Welcome to my lab! You're in a place where every idea, as long as it's 'functional' and stylish, is turned into matter until it reaches its goal. Here we pursue sound, instruments and aesthetics, trying to embrace an ideal of 'beauty'. For a long time I've tried to create something special where art and technology would merge with ideas, experience and taste, through research and experimentation around the world of music and the emotions it has given me since my youth. Now I'm finally beginning my 'sound trip' along with whoever wants to follow me, a trip we can improve on the way, thanks to creations already available and some ideas on the drawing board. I'm a guitarist and my musical origins range from Blues and Rock to the more modern Grunge and Stoner. The charm of these musical genres has tied me to the desire of building pedals whose sound is connected to guitar legends, using selected high-quality components and a refined style of construction and finish, which respect both tradition and innovation, and try to resist any fashion. In a word, classic or properly revised sounds that strengthen and give voice to the playing of every guitarist.
Some guitarists consider the pedal as an intruder between guitar and amp, something whose absence makes them feel safer. Someone believes that a pure sound without
artifices is the best sound to pursue. But of course... The sound of an electric guitar without a pedal which raises its general qualities is quite useless, at least in some genres.
At this particular historical and guitaristical moment, the pedal is as important as the guitar or the amp inside the audio chain. The colour a pedal can give to one's sound is crucial. It represents the element that can enhance the imagination and creativity of a musician.
Nexihum pedals are conceived for the purpose of prompting the musician to interact as much as possible with all the elements of his/her setup and all the possible dynamic variations of sound, also exploiting the slighter details concerning timber and sensitivity, through a wise use of volume and tone knobs on the instrument (guitar or bass).
The refined and original style of construction doesn't admit approximations. All pedals are entirely handmade and that requires a lot of commitment, from silk-screen printing to circuit boards. The latter, in stripboard versions, are engraved, polished and assembled by hand in my lab using 'audio grade' components. At the same time, the selective quality of components and the circuits' efficiency also require attention and experimentation.
All Nexihum pedals are made with entirely mechanical true bypass wiring, in order that the signal bypasses the circuit when the pedal is off, avoiding a significant loss of signal, especially if there are several pedals connected together.
According to the characteristics of the transistors used in Germanium devices, the basic circuit can include an additional module called polarity inverter, whose aim is to connect the ground to the negative pole of the circuit. In this way, it will be possible to power the pedal, sharing the external power supply with other pedals simultaneously connected to any 9-volts supplier with negative centre tip (Boss style).
Germanium transistors are the core of many Nexihum projects. Unfortunately, their availability is always a problem, particularly for the quantity of pieces needed, their reliability and the required specific characteristics. For this reason, building pedals based on this kind of transistors is strongly bound to the availability of these transistors. Nonetheless, as a consequence, each project will sound in a different way, depending on the characteristics of the transistor used.
Another crucial aspect in circuits employing two or more Germanium transistors is their combination. In theory, it is possible to match different typologies of transistors, but the timbre outcome will hardly be balanced and musically interesting. On the contrary, in order to get good results and timbre characterizations you need some experience and a lot of experimentation!