I dedicated to making all hand wired effects pedals for musical instruments, Nicolás Sabbadin (Nico), Using selected quality materials, these effects pedals provide superior sound and durability.
I was born in Córdoba Argentina on August 16, 1981. I began this career in music as a professional hobby at the age of fourteen. Im a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and would so I can say that they are the two artists that greatly inspired me in music and also in recreating the vintage sounds in his effects pedals.
I got the help of Carlos Fonseca (Fake Grandfather). Carlos was already building, assembling and repairing tube and transistor radios and he was always teaching and showing me the assembly of the product and the use of every electronic components.
With the knowledge I was tough my friends insisting I should get educated in electronics. I wanted to build guitar effect pedals and that there was a demand in the market for this.
I started buying beginner books on electronics to learn about resistors, capacitors, transistors, and integrated circuits... to began building simple circuits. By simple I means that the circuit was not very big and consisted of only a few electronic components.
Wanting to see if I could reverse engineer and “clone” a standard fuzz pedal, I borrowed one from a friend. The results were not very good so I tried again a few times and when I found the correct way to make it I started investigating the circuit more and changed different components like transistor, capacitor types, resistor values etc.
I was making effect pedals for me in 2001 and started for sale in 2002 and in 2004 took a yearlong course in advanced electronics and obtained the permissions to make effect pedals under the registered trademark of SABBADIUS.
The SABBADIUS trademark was inspired by my mother, Adriana Kogan, who combined my surname “Sabbadin” with “Stradivarius” to gave quality to the name and products thus the brand SABBADIUS was born!
After a few years passed, gaining more wisdom and testing lots of audio electronics I started making improvements to my products regarding the aesthetics and by adding Hi-Fi audio components and the same using NOS (New Old Stock) electronic components.
“The guitar effect pedal is not what makes the musician sound good, but the musician who makes the pedal sound good.”
Nicolás Sabbadin. (Nico)