It all started with a blank pedal.
Pedal-junkie Grant Wilson asked designer and partner, Karen Schierhorn, to "draw something" on a blank guitar pedal. 10 minutes later, the pedal sported the line-art of a maniacal bunny cranking gears, and a light bulb went off in Grant's head!
This was the beginning of BIG EAR n.y.c.
Envisioning a great-sounding, easy-to-understand effects pedal line with catchy names and a clean look, Grant hired a team and took to social media and the streets of New York to spread the BIG EAR news.
Five years later, Grant and Karen along with their two bunny rabbits, Pam and Chase, braved the long haul and moved to Nashville, TN: Where the grass is greener, the space more plentiful, and the opportunity of working together full-time became a reality.
We strive to see our pedals sitting on boards alongside the many greats of this industry, so we do our darndest to make some of the finest effects pedals we can. We put a lot of time into making sure our pedals both sound and look their best, so when you hold one in your hand you feel like you're holding something special. We think you'll notice the difference before you even plug one in... and we know you'll notice it once you've plugged in!
We met Charles (Chuck) Bennett at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA and pretty much became immediate friends. Then after hiring Chuck to do some PCB work, and after seeing the exceptional quality of his finished builds, we decided to hire him to do all of our production.
Today, Chuck, along with his wife Stephanie build each of our pedals by hand, with tons of love and attention to detail, at their shop in Anaheim, CA. The pedals are then shipped to us in Nashville for final assembly, biasing, testing, boxing, etc. before they are finally sent off to you!
Chuck and Steph have really helped us "up our game" from our early days. Probably most importantly, they have taught us how to build a structurally sound pedal that can withstand the rigors of life on the road... so when you get a new pedal from us you can feel confident putting it in your rig!