Now, this is where most of us would give into the frustration and make due with what was available, but not Sean. You see, he also has more than 10 years under his belt as a tech for a major boutique pro audio manufacturer, and believe us when we say he spent those 10 years building a formidable set of ears. Sean set those golden ears to work in 2009 building and tweaking his own circuits, but it wasn’t long before friends and other players had to have those bad-ass pedals for themselves. In classic American Dream fashion, Lotus Pedal Designs was born.
Lotus Pedal Designs products are not clones. Erspamer’s circuits are novel in that they utilize components based on how their characteristics suit his singular vision of guitar tone, not conventional wisdom or fad. Everything is top-quality, with Neutrik jacks, Alpha pots, Teflon-coated wiring, and all-analog circuitry. All pedals operate on 9VDC. Both battery and DC jack (center negative) options are provided.
We dig Lotus pedals for their simplicity and ability to quickly dial up excellent tone—a real plus in all recording situations. Hell, Erspamer doesn’t even label the controls because time spent twiddling knobs in excess is time not used playing guitar.