Posts Tagged ‘Fuzz’

Fredric Effects Do The Weasel Stomp is a clone of the Systech Harmonic Energizer
I recently built a few straight Harmonic Energizer clones and was pleasantly surprised by the interest, both on ebay and guitar forums. This is my improved version. In addition to being a clone of the original Harmonic Energizer, it also features a switchable fuzz circuit, closely modelled on the 70s IC Muff Fuzz, and an expression pedal input. Do The Weasel Stomp! pedals feature brilliant custom artwork by Stacey Hine, professionally screenprinted onto powdercoated enclosures, for a lifetime of hard-wearing Weasel Stomping.

It’s an interesting oddball filter/harmonic expander type pedal favoured by Frank Zappa. Can be used as a treble or bass boost, and there’s a cocked wah setting. Very rare and obscure.

The expression input works with expression pedals with 50k pots, with 0-50k resistance from ring to tip. Expression pedals vary widely in specification, so I just picked one which is commonly available, cheap and rugged and went with it… So this pedal works best with the Behringer FCV100 expression/volume pedal.

Dr Freakenstein Fuzz

Posted: June 14, 2011 in News
Tags: ,

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.

The Silver Rose is quite simply a classic Super Fuzz and IC Big Muff design combined together with a Mixer that allows you to blend seamlessly between the two fuzz sounds, and includes a clean knob (up to 50% clean / wet), and active bass / treble EQ knobs (that can be bypassed).

This unique design was commissioned by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and is now available for everyone to enjoy! :D

Made from top-quality boutique components professionally board mounted with a “soft-touch” footswitch utilizing relay switching, which makes replacing the foot switch a breeze years from now when you’ve put the pedal through millions of hours of good rock and roll use. :)

Powered by a standard negative tip 2.1mm 9 volt DC jack, but does not include a battery snap.


Synthmonger : Micro Fuzz Monger

Posted: April 10, 2011 in News
Tags: , ,

A micro version of the pulsemonger!

from this:

to this: