Interview with Lefa Pedals
Thank you for join us, my first impression about Lefa Pedal is simple design, distinctive look and “amp crusher sound”. What is your goal when making a pedal?
I have never made two equal pedals, the pedal I make is the pedal I sell, and the next one is totally different. I try to make at least one new pedal per week, maybe two if I have time. My goal is to make pedals that I want to have on my personal pedalboard and I´m definitely an amp crusher kind of guy, so every time I sell one of my pedals, I get a little sad. I want to build a single-use pedal, which when connected the amplifier explodes. A long time ago I managed to get the cones of my amplifier to make light of the amount of saturation that it put in, I explained it to a engineering friend and he confessed to me that this was physically impossible. I promise you, the cones gave off light.That I think is my ultimate goal.
Super Levis is soo great pedal man, it just perfect, very awesome enclosure with VU meter, and just sound soo great, broken hi gain fuzz sound! Tell me about that, silicon, op amp, or CMOS?
Super Lefis is my version of one of my favorite pedals, Green Russian Muff by Sovtek, with a few mods like mids control, kaos oscillator, just a pair of diodes instead of two pairs, and a crazy boost made with IR LEDs that I got on a remote control from an old television. A sonic bomb.
What is your favorite classic fuzz pedal?
All Big muff versions and the Proco Rat, but with 2 red leds instead the diodes for clipping like the Turbo Rat.
Lets talk about guitar, youre a strat guy right? Me to, strat is most common model in guitar history, but you know its most comfortable electric guitar in the world. What is your favorite strat, and fav pickup strat?
I love Strats, but the reality is that I am a bassist, Jazz bass is my main bass right now, that’s why I try to make all my pedals sound good on both guitar and bass. I made the guitar that you see in my videos putting together different second-hand pieces. My mission was to make a guitar that sounded great for less than $ 200, and I think I did it. I like anything that has strings and can connect it to distortion.
Last stupid question, be honest, what do you think about Boss DS1? Strat single coil bridge pickup into DS1 and solid state amp?
I love the DS1, it was one of the first pedals that I modified to get more bass and for a long time it was plugged into my pedalboard, I have also used it to play the harmonica, the feedbacks are impossible to control and I love that, just before a delay and filters.