The moment you plug your guitar or bass into a new pedal is always filled with magic! It can inspire you to take one step further in your musical journey, allowing you to let that sound that you had in your head for so long become true. It is KMA Machines’ aim to fulfil that dream for every musician.
We combine German engineering and craftmanship with lots of love and soul and we put that into every single pedal we make. The KMA Machines’ story consists of a symbiotic relationship between each pedal’s sound and its unique graphic design, creating a piece of art and giving every device a unique soul. The synergy of the artwork, the quality and the versatility of our pedals leads to our design ethos.
As a guitar player myself, I’ve often had those same thoughts about a ‘sound’ and been frustrated when there had appeared to be nothing available on the market to achieve what I was looking for.
Before I founded KMA, I did some one-off custom pedals for friends and musicians that I met while I was playing on tours. It was such fun to build pedals for other musicians and helping them to find their sound, that I decided to start building effects as a real business. It all started in late 2013 by building a ‘Jordan Bosstone’ clone with a bias control and a wider frequency range. I called it the Fuzzly Bear because after the mods it was capable to get skinny distortion sounds and also nice thick and meaty fuzz tones. Karlowitsch, a close friend and an absolutely talented graphic designer, asked me if he could do a nice design for that pedal. I was so stoked about his approach on the Fuzzly Bear, that we decided to work together.
Initially, we did everything in my shared apartment at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, from populating the PCBs, silk-screening the enclosures and the product packages, drilling and testing the pedals and so on. Since then, KMA Machines has been growing and growing, moving to a real workshop in Berlin (twice as we ran out of space!) and getting more and more dealers on board.
With every new dealer, it has showed us that we are doing things right, releasing more and more pedals and attending fairs like The London Guitar Show, NAMM in the USA and Guitar Summit here in Germany to mention a few. Strange to imagine that we started out just a few years ago with just one product and an initial production run of just ten pedals. Now we have many models in runs of hundreds of pieces at a time which sell really quickly. That is so amazing and we are so proud of where we are now, we have valued customers all over the planet.
KMA doesn’t want to offer pedals that are a one-trick pony though, because just like most musicians I like to swap amps and guitars and I know that our users do that too. So, we look to add nice intuitive features and controls to our models to offer a wide pallet of tonal options.
We love vintage sounds and we also love modern stuff. To bring both worlds together, we take those classic and well-known circuits and give them a modern touch to fit the needs of modern musicians, without selling their souls. In addition, we design our own circuits from scratch, but do not try to reinvent the wheel for its own sake. Also, we deeply respect the work of other companies and electronics engineers for what they do and what they had done in the past. So, let's just hold up high the tradition of passionate craftmanship, filled with love.
All KMA pedal designs always start with developing the circuit first, so we only use premium components throughout as we know it makes such a difference to tone. Each model has its journey first along the prototyping ‘breadboard’ stage, gets refined until it tells its own story with custom artwork and isn’t released until we are absolutely satisfied with how it sounds, looks, feels and performs.
Long story short - KMA Machines stands for versatility with the highest quality for modern musicians. Thank you for reading and being a part of our journey.
Enrico Preuß - Founder
What about warranty?
All KMA Machines products are supplied with a 5-year limited factory warranty for the original owner. This covers any defects in manufacturing or for faulty components.
Your product is covered as long as faults are not caused by any form of abuse or neglect. Using a wrongly rated power supply, modifying the circuit or any other mishandling etc.
is not covered by this warranty.
In the unlikely event of having any issues with your KMA product, depending on the local laws where you live, we would suggest in the first instance to please contact the dealer you purchased it from.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via e-mail and send it back to us. We will repair/replace as required and return - you just have to pay the shipping fee. For products outside of warranty etc. we are happy to quote for repairs. Our pedals are not made for swimming, firing up or flying around and landing softly. They are built to resist the daily routine of touring but, like with all electronics, handle with care.
Please send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the following:
Product Model : example ‘Minos’
Product Serial No :
Date of Purchase :
Dealer Purchased From :
What the fault is (please be as precise as possible)
You also need to provide the following information:
Your Full Name:
Telephone number (for the return courier)
If buying direct what about my return rights?
We encourage supporting your local dealer who have their own returns policies, however if you purchase direct we offer a period of two weeks to check your pedal. We believe when you buy one of our pedals you will love it from the very first moment, but if you feel that it doesn't fit your needs, you can send it back and we will refund the cost of the product (excluding shipping fees etc). Please get in touch with us before returning. The two weeks starts with receipt of the package.
How do you ship and what about the cost?
Our shipping fees are reasonable and we don’t aim to make profit on shipping, please check the latest charges upon order. We usually ship via UPS or DHL and the fee always contains insurance to guarantee that you won't have any trouble with your package. Delivery time depends on the destination and any holiday etc. exemptions in that period, but mostly it doesn't usually take longer than 14 days worldwide. We will provide a tracking code to check the status of the delivery once shipped.
Do you use PCB-Kits?
No! Every KMA pedal design runs through several stages of development in house. We start by setting up our ideas on a breadboard and running some calculations. We refine our circuits until we are 110% satisfied. After that, we will set up the PCB design together with the artwork of the pedal. As soon as our PCBs are manufactured and back in our workshop we test the first prototype. Only when everything is completely up to our high-standards, the serial production starts. As you can see, every step of designing a product happens in our workshop. We don't want to fool anybody with kit-based pedals.
Do you sell direct and/or ship worldwide?
We encourage you to support your local dealer for the fastest service.
However, if a product is not available locally we can sell direct and can ship worldwide. Within the EU/EEA, we charge the prevailing VAT rate. When exporting outside the EEA, this is removed. However, as we ship from Germany, there may be some local import restrictions applicable to you and/or costs you may have to pay locally before delivery.