Video interview: ROGER MAYER, Guitar Effects Guru – 28 June 2014

Roger Mayer made his first effects unit back in 1964 and his designs influenced a whole generation of guitar players.

In his 50th anniversary year, Roger tells Pete Feenstra about a career that took him from a research job in the British Admiralty to the States where he toured in 1968 with Jimi Hendrix.  He had met the flamboyant guitarist a year earlier in a London club and developed for him the Octavia effects unit.

Whilst in the States, Mayer formed his own studio equipment company and subsequently worked with Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley.

Returning to the UK in the late 1980s he responded to an increased demand for retro guitar effects and established a new company, reissuing the Octavia in his “Rocket” series and the “Axis Fuzz”.

Photo: Connie Mayer

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