In 1996 Zvonko Suhodolcan (Zvonch) started to build amplifiers, guitar pedals and effects for himself, for his friends and for people who wanted small custom designs. . Zvonch started development of the V-1 back in 2009 and when the V-1 was released in 2011, he was producing the V-1 pedals in a very small room at his family home. in 2014 he expanded DryBell and moved to their current workshop in Krapina, Croatia. The company now has a core team of 5 and several other supporting workers.
Amptweaker was founded by James Brown an amplifier design engineer since 1986. Brown worked for Peavey and then in 2004 moved to work for Kustom Amplification as their chief engineer. In 2011 he left to start Amptweaker where he develops guitar effects pedals. He is also working on prototypes for amps as well.
Powered by BOSS's MDP technology, the CP-1X is a type of multiband compressor for guitar that preserves the character of your instrument and technique for unlimited musical expression. Intelligent processing analyzes your signal in multiple dimensions as you play, providing advanced dynamics control that never colors or muddies your tone like typical stompbox compressors can.
Korg Inc. is a Japanese multinational company that makes electronic musical instruments, audio processors and guitar pedals, recording equipment, and electronic tuners. Korg was founded in 1963 in Tokyo by Tsutomu Kato and Tadashi Osanai as Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd.(it later became Keio Electronic Laboratories) and their first product, released in 1963, was an electronic drum machine - the Donca Matic DA-20. In 1967 the company developed an organ - sold as the KORG and this became the companies overall brand name. In 1973 they designed their first synth the Korg miniKORG and by the 1980s Korg were making electric pianos. In 1992 they acquired Vox - best known for its guitar amplifiers and under this brand they make guitar amplifiers and electric guitars.
Walrus Audio is a US boutique guitar effects company who take pride in their unique desgins. The company was established by a group of friends in 2011 and is based in Oklahoma City. Over the years, the Walrus product line has expanded to include more than a dozen effects pedals. Each pedal design has unique artwork on the enclosure which tries to capture the essence of that pedal. The artwork is created by Oklahoma artist and musician Nathan Price who uses stylistic inspiration from classically animated films. Walrus make a wide range of effects. From overdrives and fuzzes to delays, reverbs, modulations and octavers, they have a lot of variety on offer. Walrus pedals are individually built by hand.
Joshua Heath Scott started JHS Pedals in Jackson, Missippi. He started out in 2007 modifying Boss pedals but soon began developing his own designs and expanded in 2009, moving to Kansas City and taking on 10 employees. JHS makes a range of effects pedals, including overdrive, distortion, compression, fuzz, boost, tremolo, delay, and others. JHS also has a custom shop where customers can design their own artwork to be put on a case for a standard JHS Pedal.
One Control is a Japanese company founded in 2010 by Tomokaz “Kaz” Kawamura whose main focus is guitar pedal switchers. One Control switchers range from a one-channel true bypass looper all the way to a 10 channel programmable switcher with MIDI capabilities. With most loop switchers guitarists would have to use a separate power supply to power their pedals, but One Control has made the innovation of combining a multi-power supply and an effect loop switcher into one product with products like the Iguana and Xenagama, so pedal-boards can be less crowded and more efficient.
Brian Wampler founded Wampler Pedals, Inc. in 2007 as a guitar effects pedal company. Wampler started out by modding existing pedals before making his own designs. Wampler was active in the online DIY pedal-building community and self-published a series of books on guitar pedal design that helped launch the careers of other boutique guitar pedal builders. The very earliest Wampler pedals were made in Brian's garage, before production was moved to a factory in Kentucky and circa 2019 Wampler effects were made and distributed by Boutique Amps Distribution in California.
EarthQuaker Devices was founded in 2004 by Jamie Stillman in Kent, Ohio. Stillman was a musician who began designing effects pedals after repairing his broken overdrive pedal. The first EarthQuaker production model was the Hoof Fuzz, released in 2007. Up to that point EarthQuaker was a one-man enterprise but the success of the Hoof meant Stillman was able to hire employees and concentrate more on designing new effects. At this point Stillman was operating a 9-person effects factory from his basement in West Akron, Ohio - the range included the Hoof, Grand Orbiter, Disaster Transport, Hummingbird, and Ghost Echo pedals. They moved out of the basement in 2011 and then again in 2015 into a two story factory employing 53 people making over 40 effects products.
Rockett Audio Designs was established by Chris Van Tassel and Jay Rockett in 2006 as a guitar effects brand. Hand built in the United States the J Rockett Audio Design range includes overdrives and distortions to delays, modulation, fuzzes and buffers.
Vesta Fire was a brand name of the Shiino Musical Instrument Corporation (who also used the Vestax brand). Vesta Fire effects were made from around 1982 to the early 1990s. There were Vesta Fire effects pedals as well as a rack mounted modular effects system.
Rocktek was a brand name of affordable (plastic) effects pedals and amplifiers. Rocktek was distributed in the USA by D'Andrea Inc. and the the UK by JHS. Rocktek products were available from the 1980s until around 2004.
Moollon Musical Instruments is a Korean company that makes boutique guitar & bass effects as well guitars and basses. Moollon was founded in 2002 by Young Joon Park and CG Ji, guitar builders who studied sculpture at the same art school in the 1980s. Their first product was the Moollon Overdrive pedal soon followed by a few custom guitars. Moollon pedals often have metal cases etched with designs from traditional Korean art. By 2010 they had a workforce of 5.