THE XOTIC STORY
For nearly 20 years, Xotic has been a leading innovator in sound, design, and tone.
The roots of Xotic go back to a small garage in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, back in 1996. The one man company began by producing and designing high-quality bass guitars and bass preamps. Xotic Basses needed a feature that set them apart from the competition and thus the Tri-Logic Bass Preamp, that was built-in to the basses, was created.
By 1998, Xotic's low profile side project donned a new innovative and creative invention. The Robotalk 1 was designed as the first pedal to be created and it was yet to even be called Xotic, it was simply an ultra-boutique pedal, made from scratch, in limited quantities. It also set a precedent that remains with Xotic today! All pedals created are to be constructed with premium quality parts, extraordinary durability, and with great functionality using only carefully selected components that are thoroughly tested by our engineers. This is what provides our instruments and accessories with musically and artistically satisfying sound.
“The Robotalk 1 was designed as the first pedal to be created and it was yet to even be called Xotic, it was simply an ultra-boutique pedal, made from scratch, in limited quantities.”
The Robotalk 1 experiment was met with great success from pro and gigging artists around the world. Then in August of 2000, in order to further grow Xotic as a brand, the corporation Prosound Communications Inc. (PCI) was established as a parent company to acquire the Xotic brand. At this point, marketing of Xotic Effects finally started and the Robotalk 1 along with the Xotic guitars and basses were made in larger quantities to meet increasing demand. PCI’s main focus was exporting of other US made brands to Japan to fund the continual manufacturing of Xotic brand guitars, basses, and pedals. This was the turning point when collaborations with musical artists, to receive valuable input on the development of Xotic products and the true success of Xotic began!
The very next year Prosound Communications Inc. expanded overseas to Japan. There, PCI Japan helped with importation and further sales of Xotic guitars, basses, and pedals which garnered respect as products with amazing quality of tone.
From 2002-2005, the little business grew slowly and steadily. Over those three years the Xotic AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp were introduced as the Tremendous Trio. With amazing success in the newest offerings, PCI decided to focus on Xotic as a brand and shifted all exporting to PCI Japan.
With a breath of fresh air from the new dedication to Xotic, a plethora of new basses, guitars, and effect pedals were introduced.
By 2009 Xotic's brand came to be more recognized throught the market the demand for its products became too great for the parent company PCI to stay working out of their tiny garage in San Fernando Valley. To make way for the future a change was needed and so PCI moved to its current production offices in Van Nuys, CA. From here the company was enabled to kick into overdrive and by the end of the year in the new offices Xotic released one of its best selling pedals to date, the Xotic EP Booster!
“To make way for the future a change was needed and so PCI moved to its current production offices in Van Nuys, CA.”
September 2015, from its shop in Los Angeles County, Xotic continues to design and manufacture the world’s finest guitars, basses, and pedals. Our promise to our customers is to design and make products that not only sound great but also inspire them as artists. Given the testimonials from players all over the world, it is easy to see why they count on Xotic for our history of quality, innovation, and attention to tone!