Dr Freakenstein Fuzz

Posted: June 14, 2011 in News
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From What thats dude play

David at Rainger FX has the Mk III version of his very unique Freakenstein Fuzz shipping out to select dealers. The new version of the pedal sports a foot switch and it lights up – the light showing input level on a VU meter that also throbs in time with the modulation speed. The builder describes the pedals sound as an ‘unsubtle Fuzz Factory having wild sex with a broken Q-Tron in a steam room.’ The first 20 of these appear to be heading for Macaris in London at price around £220 to £250.

The knifeswitch atop the pedal turns the power on – like plugging a lead into the input sockets of most other pedals. On throwing it, the orange control-illumination LEDs come on. The pedal is true bypass and incorporates a noise gate that allow for eerie silence in between the fits of chaos. According to the builder, the noise gate is part of how the distortion works – not a separate thing. The circuit is adapted from the John Hollis’ Crash Sync circuit, based on a 555 time chip.

The pedal also comes with an ‘assistant’… appropriately dubbed Igor. Igor is a postage stamp-sized pressure pad that plugs in via mini-jack to either tweak the OSC according to how hard you press, or to adjust the bias of the modulation range. On a fast modulation setting, this can give an effect reminiscent of a bubbling synth, sweeping down from high cutoff to low. Igor is like ‘aftertouch’ on a synth – but for guitarists. One Igor comes with each Dr Freakenstein.


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