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Black Cat Pedals was founded in the heart of Texas by Fred Bonte in 1993, at the dawn of the boutique pedal era. Fred Bonte had spent several years as a technician and road manager touring with The Electromagnets, featuring Eric Johnson. In addition to routine maintenance and repair of the band’s gear, Fred did amp mods and built custom electronics for Eric and and the band’s bass player, Kyle Brock. One of Fred’s custom built pieces was a rackmount active splitter for the bass rig, which Kyle Brock dubbed the “Black Cat box.” From then on, Fred used the name “Black Cat” for all his custom made gear, making it the official brand name for the company he founded in 1993.