Hi. My buddy Scott and I were in a great band in college (Furious George; if you were at University of Michigan from 1990-1994, maybe you remember us?). Now here we are, a lifetime later, realizing that despite holding “day” jobs (he’s a neurosurgeon, I’m a professor), we still wanted to rock…without disturbing our polite suburban neighbors.
So, we started GoochFX. Because if there’s one thing the world needs, it’s more boutique effects pedal builders. Can you imagine a world without boutique pedals? I shudder at the thought.
Look, we’re not re-inventing the wheel or doing theoretical physics. We make stompboxes, and fairly simple ones at that. Our goal isn’t to make the sort of stuff that you can endlessly tweak to make sounds from outer space. Some pedal designers do this and it is very impressive. Some of those things are total spaceships and if I ever got my hands on one, I’d probably geek-out for days on end. Our ethos is different, though. We want you to take one of our stompboxes, plug your guitar (or bass, or whatever) into it, and immediately get a sound that feels like an old friend you’ve missed for a long time.
Now, I want to make a point – we don’t do clones. Some people out there make the most authentic clones of classic effects that anyone could ever imagine, and they’re great. We just decided to go in a slightly different direction, working with classic circuit designs but also introducing innovations that give them a bit more flexibility, less noise, better stability, or more customized features. And we’ve also designed some original circuits to nail the sounds we love – and that you probably love too.
All our stompboxes are true bypass, use quality selected components, are handmade, and are tested before we ship them out.
So, welcome aboard, look around, and reach out if you want. We’d love to hear from you.