Fulltone was founded in 1991 by me (Michael Fuller) a Session Guitarist, Composer, Performer, Electronic Tinkerer featured in Guitar Player Magazine and winning first place in their "Ultimate Guitarist Competition" Blues category. Fulltone pedals were born out of a love for music, tone, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, etc. Early on I developed a love for fine vintage pedals, and my frustration at the inconsistencies and the often fragile nature of old gear drove me to start Fulltone. Rich, Fat-sounding TONE TOOLS with a reliable build quality is the goal. All Fulltone effects carry a 5 year warranty and are built for (and by) musicians.
We use True Bypass switching (with L.E.D. status indicators) in all our pedals, whenever possible. Most other pedals have a buffered output that destroys the performance of most pedals that follow in the signal-chain. Don't be fooled by the claims of "Pure Bypass," "Hard Bypass" or the like. These are just catch phrases to divert your attention away from the fact that those pedals are not true-bypass. I designed and manufacture the Fulltone 3PDT , the world's only Super-Duty Triple Pole Double Throw footswitch.
I have manufactured my own custom Potentiometers because what has been offered as "Industry Standard" has a 20% failure rate within 2 years... not acceptable. Here's how we do things at Fulltone.
All Fulltone pedals are hand-built & tested by us at our shop in Southern California using full-sized top-notch components. In the Choralflange, a rather complex pedal as analog designs go, there are NO miniature surface mount chips, capacitors, or resistors. I have our wire custom-made, and it's 22 gauge copper stranded with no tin-coating, so it stays flexible over the years without breaking. You might not know or care about components, but you'll certainly hear the FAT, Clean, Warm results. And I practice the same philosophy on all my other pedals. Overkill? Maybe. But this is something you'll keep the rest of your playing days. It's actually amazing that we offer our pedals at comparable prices.
For more insight as to how we do things, here's an interview with Mike Fuller from late 2007 done by Guitar Center's Platinum Magazine.
Specifications and features of Fulltone pedals are subject to change whenever I feel like it depending on what sounds best to me at any given moment.