NosePedal was founded and created by Aaron Tomberlin in early 2011. It started out from Aaron’s personal need for a better, smaller, and more versatile expression pedal… and other utility pedals. Though there is good use for a large foot controller expression, expression pedals are usually too big for more than one or smaller boards, heavier, and many guitarists need many more than just one. NosePedal created the small, useful expression pedal with a large control knob, instead of the standard foot controller, that takes up very little realestate on pedalboards and are cheap enough to have more than just one. With many expression options, sizes, and functions, every guitarist can find the perfect Nose expression pedal for their board. And why stop with expression pedals? The Nose expression pedals were doing so well by winning the hearts of guitarist’s worldwide, that very early on the same idea was applied to other types of pedals like volume pedals, looper pedals, tap tempos, switchers, and any other utility pedal you can think of. So the idea being to get more use out of the pedals already on your board, control everything with your feet… and don’t forget how cool they look.
Three equal and important factors; The Sound, The Functionality, and The Look. We wanted to apply the same concept of boutique design and versatile functionality to our effects pedals. Like our utility pedals, our effects pedals are also hand designed, painted, and wired from the ground up using the best high grade and military grade circuit parts we can find. We find the parts that you probably won’t find on other circuit boards. Along with great sound design, we add as much functionality to our effects pedals as possible… like a “Bass Boost” stomp on our Silly Fuzz for live use, instead of a toggle switch. Also, the appearance and coolness of our pedals are of high importance. Every guitarist wants a cool looking pedalboard, and something different. Usually the pedals that look the coolest are old, beat up, hand built and painted, or ugly DIY projects. So we keep all that in mind as we design our pedals. Since we hand build and paint each one of our pedals, each one will look different, giving them a uniqueness to your board. Needless to say, a lot of time, dexerity… and of course love, goes into each one of our pedals.
Why NosePedal? What separates us, our vision, and product? We are based in the heart of the music capital of the world, Nashville TN. Aaron Tomberlin, the NosePedal creator, is heavily involved in the music industry in live performance and touring, studio session work and producing, and even teaching- so we actually live out what we design in our products. Our pedals are imagined, designed, and then created for superior functionality and aesthetic coolness for the live player, as well as incredible sound and versatility for the studio musician and producer. So, our creativity and design was birthed inside the professional music industry. You can trust NosePedal because we’ve already been there, and we are here with you.
Aaron Tomberlin is a Songwriter/Musician/Blogger/YouTuber in the Music Industry from Nashville, TN. As an innovator with strengths in online marketing and development, he is also the creator of other music business and learning resources. Aaron spent the early years of his music career as a guitar teacher and developed his guitar lesson website, AaronsGuitarLessons.com, which is known for the free video lessons, lesson charts, practice tracks, and more. From previous years of experience as a professional guitar teacher, studio session player, and touring musician, Aaron gained much interest in the world of effects pedal electronics as do most guitarist. Being a tech geek, he began brain storming new ideas for his personal pedalboard and effects. In early 2011, he made a few prototypes of pedals that would better utilize board space as well as enhance pedals, and used a large knob that looked like a “nose”. The idea of the company immediately took off across the web. Thus came the Nose Pedal.
“I fell into this by accident. Well, a strategically planned accident. In the very beginning I just needed a simple mod for my DL4, so I built a pedal for it- the Nose Purp Expression. I liked it. So I made a video for it and started selling it on Ebay. Who knew!”
Hailing from Indiana, Mike has had a love for playing guitar and creating sounds for years. Out of a need for different and better quality sound, he did his first mod back in 2003 to his Crybaby wah pedal. Lights began to click on! “I realized after that first wah mod, that there was a whole world of tonal possibilities to explore”, says Mike. His passion for guitar tone turned into an obsession, and led him to start selling pedal mods online and on ebay under the name “Pedalhacker”, beginning in 2004. After about 3 years of designing pedal mods, he did his first, from-scratch, pedal build: a modified (duh, oh course) tubescreamer clone. From there, he took the knowledge he gained from going over hundreds of mass produced pedal’s schematics and modifying them, and used that to begin desiging his own effects. From time spent on the road touring, one day Aaron played a show in Mike’s town allowing for the two to meet, and begin hitting it off with ideas.
“It was a natural progression, I think, to start building my own effects, after improving the mass produced effects out there for so many years. I just began diving further into my study of audio and small signal electronics. I quit my day job at the end of 2009 to be able to devote all of my time to effects, so I’m in this for the long haul!”
We are happy to have Mike, his brain and his talents, as part of the Nose Pedal team as an amazing circuit and sound designer. And yes, that is him in the picture curling a Crybaby.
You can always used a good bass player on any music team! Ralph grew up in a very musical family and has come all the way from Florida to Nashville, TN- and we’re glad he did. From drilling and painting, to installing all the parts of a pedal and shipping out products, he does it all. He is definitely a great handyman to have around. Ralph plays bass for a Christian group called Letters From Patmos. Ralph and Aaron met while Aaron was spending most of this time on the road playing with Finding Favour. Finding Favour and Letters From Patmos played a few shows together- also signed onto the same management team. Letters To Patmos is an amazing worship band. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and go see Ralph when he’s in your area!