Welcome to the Valvette website and thank you for
My name is Johan Maertens and I design and build the
pedals you find on this site.
I grew up in a family of musicians and have been a
guitar player since I was nine years old. I have also
had a keen interest in electronics since a very early
age, courtesy of watching my dad bent over tube amps on
his workbench and inhaling some of the solder fumes I
On my quest for tone throughout the years I have come
across a number of situations where what I was looking
for was simply not available on the market or not
within my reach...
So I took to the soldering iron and started designing
my own stuff. some projects where more successfull than
others, but eventually some fellow musicians where
asking me to build them some of the pedals I actually
designed for myself ...
Over the years the music has taken a bit of a back
burner as a family with two lovely daughters, a lively
son and a carreer in film sound recording have a way of
taking up lots of time, but I have decided to rekindle
the old flame and gradually release some of my
creations in limited runs.
The products you will find on this site where born from
a dedication to tone, not commerce. No costs are being
spared to build a product that is dependable and road
As this is a passion of mine I want to keep it this way
and I will only produce limited numbers of my
creations. This will also protect your investment and
the resale value of your pedal should you ever find
your playing style move away from the tones it creates.
I hope you enjoy the stuff on this site and wish you a
very musical partnership if you decide to order one of