This is posted in effects since for me personally, this is mostly an effects pedal question. Looking at my pedal board the other day, it occurred to me that I have had the good fortune to own some great pedals, and the even better fortune to have direct contact with many of the people who have either directly designed or built many of my favorite effects pedals. Made me wonder - how many of us are that lucky to be able to say that about our gear? Anyway, here's the gear I have, and the people who have designed/built it. At least these are the pieces of gear whose designers/builders I know. There are plenty of other DOD, Boss, and Joyo pedals on my boards as well. Amps GK 700RB-II, 400RB-IV, MB200, Backline 112 - Designed by Bob Gallien, who is active right here on TB. The foundation of much of my tone! Pedals GK Rails Pedal - Designed by Frank Appleton, tested/tweaked by John Kallas, and my pedal was built by Dominic Decosa. All are active here on TB, and the pedal was built and discussed here "live" on a forum thread. Pork Loin - Designed by George Tripps, with a mod recommended by John Kallas. B3K - Designed by Doug Castro, mine was built by Spencer Doren during the time he built them stateside. Pharaoh Supreme - Designed/built by Mark of BAT. Don't know his last name for some reason... Proton - Designed/built by Spencer Doren. FDeck HPF 3 - Designed/built by Francis Deck Echo-Puss - Designed by George Tripps Gamma Bass OD - Designed/built by John Kallas Trans-Boost - Designed by Frank Appleton, tweaked/tested by John Kallas, and mine was built by Dom Decosa. On the guitar side of things, I have a few duplicates, but also have the Rivera Metal Shaman designed by Paul Rivera as well as the FatMetal by James Brown. I have had direct or indirect contact with pretty much all of these people with the exceptions of George Tripps, Mark from BAT, and Paul Rivera. I just think that's pretty cool. I've found that I apparently like JohnK's stuff, even if we don't agree on the B3K. Overall, I like what he likes. Even some pedals not on this list were only bought because of his glowing reviews. And thus far, there hasn't been a pedal or recommendation of his that I didn't really agree with, B3K notwithstanding. Anyway, I think this is just a fun little thing to investigate about our gear. So, what gear do you own that you know who made it? Have you learned anything from/about those people or yourself? Corollary - anybody know who designed some of the big, non-boutique stuff? I'm thinking DOD and Boss mostly, but anything really would be cool.