Pictured - a small taste of my personal pedal collection (prototypes, etc.)
I started Escape Plan Pedals after my daughter was born to have a hobby that was a little quieter than banging around on tube amps cranked up at night. I'm not sure if I succeeded in that endeavor, but I did stumble into something that combined two of my life long loves: taking apart / putting together electronics and guitar.
Growing up, I fell in love with the massive displays of effects pedals in the local guitar shops, but it seemed like you had to have a small fortune to buy even simple distortion pedals. I remember saving up an entire summer's worth of Burger King pay to buy a Sovtek Big Muff, Morley wah, Boss chorus, and Ibanez delay only to have friends talk smack because I didn't have a multi-effects unit, which were starting to be all the rage in the mid 90s (Remember those pink Art rack units? Yeah, that kind of stuff). One of the things that I wanted to do with Escape Plan Pedals is create pedals that would be the envy of every guitarist on the block at prices that many guitarists could afford. Are they as cheap as mass produced units rolling in from overseas facilities with labor camp like conditions? No. Are they a great deal on a hand-built piece of functional art? I think so. I price my pedals so that I can cover my material costs and pay a decent wage to anyone that will put in the hard work to build my pedals. Right now I rely on the kindness of friends and family for help. My day job for the past 10 years has been that of Business Analyst, and I employ Lean Six Sigma principles to help keep my costs low and minimize defects. What does that mean to you? You get a pedal for a lower price than other companies would be willing / able to charge, and it's still made by hand in the US.
- Andy Greene