Fuzzrocious Pedals, another family-owned company that was showing off its full line of boutique effects pedals at NAMM, is run by the husband-and-wife team of Ryan and Shannon Ratajski. “Every one of our pedals is made by hand, and Shannon hand-paints each direct order, with some help from our children,” Ryan explained. “We pride ourselves on working with every customer on a one-to-one basis, so that every pedal is made by hand for that customer. We also work one on one with dealers, as well. The pedals we sell to dealers are screen-printed, but still handmade.”

In addition to offering modifications of existing pedal designs, the company recently launched a line of its own original pedals. “We started out making clones of famous effects, but taking them steps further,” Ryan recalled. “Over the last two years, we’ve been developing more original designs from the ground up. We’re creating things that haven’t been done before with specific op amps or chips, and things that haven’t been done with an EQ before.”

That approach has led to Fuzzrocious’ wide-ranging, innovative line of effects. “We have fuzz and distortion, of course, and we do delays, reverbs and EQ,” Ryan continued. “This year, we’re debuting the Blast Furnace, which is an original fuzz delay design, and the Baxstabber, which is an EQ preamp tone shaper. We have a nice, full line so that, when people come to us, they can find the sound they’re looking for.”

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