Origin Effects was founded in 2012, but the story starts a few years earlier with a single home-made pedal. After playing through a pair of Urei 1176 studio compressors he was repairing, company founder Simon Keats set about designing a pedal that could produce the same impeccable sound, surpassing that of other stompbox compressors. The result would eventually become the Cali76, and the response that its first incarnation got from other musicians convinced Simon that there was a need for genuinely high-quality, studio-grade guitar pedals.
This desire to make the best possible products has informed the complete Origin Effects lineup, from industry-leading compressors to ground breaking amp-inspired overdrive pedals. All share the same quality and attention to detail that has garnered artist endorsements, rave reviews, and fantastic feedback from the guitar-playing community.
As our range and reputation has grown, so too has the Origin Effects team, with each member of staff united by a genuine enthusiasm for the products and for making music. From our factory in Buckingham, England we hand-build and listen test every single pedal we make. Each of our new designs is meticulously tested to meet the same high standards we started with, and it’s that commitment to quality that makes our pedals the world’s finest guitar effects.