There is a common theme to entrepreneurship. When you find something in a product or a service that’s missing, you decide to do something about it. That desire is what got Rob Hargrave of Huber Effects into business in 2014. What was the “lack” that Rob decided to address? Options. Not enough options.
“I’m a designer/builder of custom effects and enclosures for all types of instruments and uses. I recreate faithful representations of vintage effects, as well as custom design requests. I repair and do modification to pedals, amps and most other electronics.”
On top of all that, Rob even provides graphic design services.
Another characteristic common to our SLAMM participants? The music bug bit early. At fourteen, pestering his parents for years eventually rewarded Rob with a Memphis bass and a little Peavey practice amp. Not long after, a no-name electric guitar and a Peavey Rage 158, “Which I kinda wish I still had. I didn’t think pedals were ever within my reach as a teen, I did have a Zoom 505 that I used for years. When I got older, and a job, I could afford Boss pedals, so of course, I had a Metal Zone and a CE-5.”
As a self-taught hobbyist turned pro, Rob has had plenty of experience with the other major trait of the entrepreneur: Not being afraid of a challenge.
“Coming from a design background, realizing someone else’s vision is always a task. Filling in the gaps between sound in the customers head to real life is always challenging, but at the same time, it’s also the best part. Finishing something and blowing the customer away is always super rewarding.”
That ability to impress comes from the experience of being a lifelong musician and artist. Being able to play and know what you’re looking for in the equipment he builds provides an invaluable edge when it comes to the end product. The inspiration for all this? Well, that comes back to addressing the “lack”.
“I do find lots of inspiration from my peers. There are so many people doing amazing things, but there is a difference between “inspired” and being a copycat. I try to find my own way of doing things.”
“While I’ve had some very specific requests, usually how my pedals come about is that I find something that I want to make. And if I wanted it, chances are other people want it too.”
Good as his current work is, Rob isn’t content to leave it at that. “I’m always working toward expanding my knowledge and experience, always learning. I’d like to be able to offer more services than your average technician. I want to the go-to for people because of exceptional work and service.”