DMB Pedals is co-owned by two long time friends and players. Dan Minton and Michael Blakemore who have been playing guitar for a combined 35+ years. They decided to start building pedals one day to pass some time in between gigs, and the rest is history. DMB Pedals was formed in the summer of 2007.
Michael and Dan love to get creative and work on creating pedals that are practical, yet new in design and usability. They don’t want to create ideas and pedals that have already been made over and over again. DMB Pedals wants to bring something new to the table each time, to hopefully further inspire the creative musical mind.
Michael and Dan are both guitar players with vast differences and experiences of being on the road. They know what it’s like to be on the road and know what its like to be a musician constantly expanding your tonal palette. DMB Pedals strives to keep prices low, even when they have pedals that are loaded with options, they do not believe in breaking the musician bank just to buy a pedal.
Dan started experimenting building some DIY pedals back a few years ago. He had just gotten married and decided he couldn’t afford to buy any pedal so he needed to learn how to make them. Being the mechanically intuitive mind that he is, it immediately made sense to possibly make it a living. Michael came along bringing a marketing and design perspective. DMB Pedals was formed a few months after putting a business plan into practice.
DMB Pedals started off in Michael’s room with one table. It quickly out grew to more tables and quickly out grew the bedroom.
The first pedal that DMB offered was the Stellar Drive. "It was difficult at first to create and build over and over and seemed to take forever, however, once you get the hang of it, it is like clock work. Since DMB has been around for 2 years now, my knowledge has grown so much and I can now build one with my eyes closed," said Michael. "It just takes practice."
The first pedal we built worked as designed it was fantastic, said Michael. "Dan and I were thrilled, and at that point we knew we could do this."
DMB Pedals uses the internet and word of mouth to promote themselves. Dan and Michael do play out at shows and love having people come up after the show and asking why their tone sounded amazing. "It’s truly a great feeling when someone recognizes your tone, and you get to say, well, I made it and we sell them. Check it out."
Bands ask us about our gear all of the time when one of us has a show, it is an awesome feeling.
DMB Pedals has sold pedals all over the world including, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, South America, and of course all over the United States. DMB Pedals has bands such as Jars of Clay, David Crowder, Jackson Waters, and New York Summer on their artist list, just to name a few.
We build about 20 pedals every month to keep up with inventory.
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