marc Bence/for metro edmonton
You could say Sherwood Park’s Ryan Clarke and Tanya Bach are putting the pedal to the metal with their new business venture.
The pair have been busy since starting up their guitar pedal-making business from their basement last summer and their unique pedals have struck a positive chord around the world, as they’ve already sold about 300 of the hand-crafted accessories.
Each pedal that they make offers its own unique sounds and is decorated with art inspired by pop culture, bright colours or anything else that grabs their attention.
“Anything bright that we see, or any bright combinations that we notice, we will try to put that into a guitar pedal,” said Bach. “If we see dinosaurs, we will put dinosaurs on the pedal. It’s whatever we think is neat and what will make people smile.”
Bach and Clarke came up with the idea of opening their own business after they began dating while studying at NAIT.
Clarke, who was in the college’s electronic engineering technology program, was always interested in playing the guitar and wanted to make his own guitar pedals.
Since Bach was studying to become a graphic artist, it was an obvious fit to open up their new business called Dr. Scientist Sounds.
“When I made the pedals from the start, they looked pretty lame, but with (Tanya) being a graphic artist, we have now made some unique pedals,” said Clarke.
Clarke invented his own sounds that he’s named the Frazz Dazzler, the Cleanness, the Woofer Wailer and the Cosmichorus that can sound like an up-tempo theme song to an old Atari game.
While not using any advertising other than their own website at www.drscientist.ca, their pedals are now sold in stores in London, New York, Montreal and Brantford, Ont., for about $215 each. Locals can also find the pedals in some stores along Whyte Ave.
Clarke says the store in London could sell 50 pedals a month, if he could produce them fast enough, but the couple doesn’t want to mass-produce their product in fears of hampering quality and uniqueness.
“These pedals are made by real people and these people spend a lot of their time and care on every single pedal,” said Clarke.