Dedicated to making all hand wired effects pedals for musical instruments, Nicolás Sabbadin, in Córdoba, Argentina builds tailor-made effect pedals. Made of selected high quality materials, these effects pedals provide excellent sound and durability.
My name is Nicolás Sabbadin I was born in Córdoba Argentina on August 16, 1981. I began in music when I was about 14 or 15 years old and it never left me, it is like a hobby or profession. I am a guitarist fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix and I would say that they are who greatly inspired in music and also in recreating the vintage sounds in my effects pedals.
Everything began with the help of Carlos Fonseca who raised me together with my grandmother. Carlos was already building, assembling and repairing radios equipped with tubes valves or transistors, he was always teaching and showing me the order and use of every component. Simultaneously he was also buying me electronic magazines of this that come to help me assemble circuits of things that later never worked or you get lost a number of times and you want to die ha ha.
After a lot of time from me insisting with parents of friends and friends I got squarely into the electronics, I explained that I wanted to build effect pedals for electric guitar and that it was necessary and there was a need for it.
I started buying beginner books on electronics to know what is resistance, a capacitor, transistor, integrated circuit, etc. and began building a simple circuit. By simple I mean that the circuit was not very big and consisted of only a few components.
I borrowed from a friend of mine a fuzz pedal to see the electronics and to copy the circuit to see if I could assemble a "clone" of it. The results were very good then I started investigating the circuit more and changed different components like capacitors to change values etc.
I managed to achieve a fuzz pedal better than the original one of my friend, then thought to myself: audio electronics is what I want to do for the rest of my life and this is the way I felt since the beginning.
I was constructing effect pedals for sale in 2002 and in the year 2004 I took a year long course in advanced electronics and obtained the permissions to make effect pedals under the registered trade mark of SABBADIUS.
After a few years passed and having more wisdom regarding to audio electronics I started making improvements on my products with regards to aesthetics and by having Hi-Fi audio components made to my specifications in factories of Japan and the United States of North America.
It is worth clarifying that I do not have a degree in electronics as a "technician in electronics specialized in audio" but I continue being a guitarist very demandingly with regard to the sounds. I have developed a refined ear to be able to give the customers of my pedals a particular sound, that same vintage sound over and over.
In finishing my biography I want to say to everyone that it is not necessary to have a university degree neither of technician nor of electronics to be able to do what one's passion is. In my case, music and effect pedals, there is neither formula nor mathematical or physical calculation to achieve what the human ear is hearing. You can not achieve without giving time and sense to formulae the technologies and skills to arive at a goal or in my case a product, an effect pedal that sounds to me to produce the greatest sounds.
"The effect pedal does not make the musician sound well, it is the musician who has to make the effect of the pedal sound well. Everything is one in the tact of one and it is not quite, there has to be thought and knowledge to know where to use the sound and in what situation to locate a suitable feeling to what he or she wants to obtain in one's response"
Users of SABBADIUS pedals due to their great sound include: Ricardo Mollo and Diego Arnedo (Divididos), Willy Crook, Indio Márquez, Sean Chambers, Tommy Katona Jr. and Sean Chambers from Voodoo Blue Band (EE.UU), Pablo "Sarcófago" Cano (Ratones Paranoicos) among others.
All pedals use a 100% True Bypass mechanical footswitch and can be powered by 9VDC battery or a 9 volt 200 m.a positive center polarized source, have dimensions 120 mm in length x 80 mm in width x 40 mm in height and weight around 600 grams unless otherwise indicated!
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