Heavy Electronics was created by Sayer Payne in 2007.

"After 3 years working and managing guitar stores, I saw the repeated shortfalls in pedal quality in terms of build and tone. In contrast, the few pedals that worked and sounded great were either vintage favorites or ultra high-end boutique pedals both of them carrying price tags one might expect to be hanging on a guitar. Heavy Electronics is born out of a desire for honesty in tone, construction, aesthetic, and price. Heavy Electronics makes road-ready effects pedals made with the finest components teamed with superior design. All of the pedals feature a "single point" circuit board mouting design that eliminates multiple pressure points on the PCB. Jacks are always metal Neutriks; finish is powdercoated; Toggle switches are metal and are located to avoid impact. In fact, all electromechanical pieces and connectors are metal (except the 9V Jack where metal jacks simply must not be used). However, these aspects are not considered luxuries by Heavy Electronics but rather as mandatory features. High quality is a license to flourish as a company that makes its product right, NOT a license to hold guitarist's tone ransom at an unfair price compared to cost of production. I make guitar pedals for musicians, and I play every pedal that ships to eliminate any compromises. It is for this reason specifically, that Heavy Electronics offers a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defect. All pedals are hand-made in Minneapolis. This isn't just about pedals. It's about your art."

-Sayer Payne

Heavy Electronics operates within a strong ethical platform.

These ethics include:

-The use of ROHS (lead free) components and solder
-A company pledge against manufacturing outsourcing
-Heavy Electronics pedals are made in USA Minneapolis, Mn. 55407
-Continuing commitment to work with privately owned stores
-Requirement of "brick and mortar" facility for all dealers
-Permanent on-going R&D work to ensure maximum quality
-Strong support of artists to allow them to flourish
-Unparalleled customer service

Credits:

Thanks to my mom and dad for always having the music on and believing in art and creativity. Thanks to my wife, Althea Kure, for painting the first prototypes with me on the front porch and consistently great ideas. Thanks to all the HE artists, your work infects my designs. Thanks to Tyler Dean, Bob Gatts, Tom Frid. Thanks to my longtime friend Luke Borkenhagen for photography help. Thanks to Sylvia Isabella for her previous design work. Thanks to Robert at Uptown Fedex Kinko's.

Most of all, THANKS TO ALL OF THE DEALERS AND CUSTOMERS FOR BELIEVING IN MY PRODUCT AND SUPPORTING THE GROWTH OF H.E.!


A still from the 2012 Google feature on Heavy Electronics


2008 Premier Guitar "Modern Builder Vault"
(2 page spread in the first annual "Pedal Issue")