Flattley Guitar Pedals – Personalized, Handmade Guitar Pedals in the UK
Episode 16 of Behind the Backline
Flattley Guitar Pedals – Creating Highly Personalized, Handmade Custom Guitar Pedals in the UK
What do aviation avionics and guitar pedals have in common? Paul Flattley, of course!
Achieving perfection in sound, quality, and personalization can be quite the daunting task when it comes to making custom guitar pedals, but when perfection is basically a requirement when you’re working in the aviation avionics industry, the idea becomes second nature and way easier if it’s something you’ve already been doing for 30 years.
Flattley Guitar Pedals is a small family run company in the Southwest of England. Each pedal they make is individually created by hand, given a personalized touch, and rigorously tested until it meets their very high standards. On top of that, most models can be fitted with a halo light plate with your choice of LED color. Can you imagine a guitar pedal being any more uniquely tailored to each player than that?
Their range of guitar effects pedals are used all over the world by many artists who were looking for that perfect high-quality sound. Paul prides himself on building individually hand wired effect pedals that were inspired by a lifetime of playing guitar and a background in electronics.
Paul Flattley, owner and builder of Flattley Guitar Pedals, joins us in this episode to share how he made the jump from his long-time career in avionics to custom built guitar pedals, what it’s like working with his wife and daughter on this small family business, and his goals for expanding his distribution into other parts of the world, including the United States (heads up US-based retailers!).