Monday, November 22, 2010
Two titans in the world of fuzz reign with unreleasable grasp; the Dallas-Artbiter Fuzz Face and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff-Pi. Both are in production today in close approximation to their original forms as well as many products that aim to emulate or improve upon their sound.
The Fuzz-Face and Big Muff-Pi were studied very closely while designing our fuzz pedal (which will be available soon). Close attention was paid to the attack, decay and clipping of the Fuzz-Face, as that is what I most most recognize as "fuzz". I see the fuzz sound as a cough like attack, messy decay and clipping with audible transistor saturation artifacts. But the pedal should still clean up with the guitar's volume control.
At the heart of our design is a circuit that produces very similar harmonic content to the Germanium Fuzz-Face. We wanted to get the Fuzz-Face tone and something more pushed into complete saturation like the Big Muff-Pi can do. But without the use of germanium transistors. I ruled out the use of germanium transistors even though we have a good sized stock pile for two reasons. 1) The midrange bump associated with the germanium transistor is caused by other factors not the transistor in itself. 2) I wanted a fuzz with a flat frequency response. The remaining portion of our fuzz pedal's circuit shares a bit with the Kraken II (which will also be available soon) mostly the active EQ, which has much better performance over the original Kraken Overdriver.
Check out the video's below for a preview of the first of three new pedals that will be available February 2011. We will be taking pre-orders as soon as artwork is finalized.