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
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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.

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
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A micro version of the pulsemonger!

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to this:

the vault is a high-gain, over the top fuzz
intended for clean, high power amplifiers
not suitable for smooth jazz or blues
features three modes of operation
wide range, unique tone controls
expression pedal control of harmonic content


  • Mcspunckle : Gnomeratron VTF

The Gnomeratron VTF is a multi-stage fuzz pedal with tons of control, a clean blend, and a unique octave-up sound. The fuzz section has the typical volume, tone, and gain controls, but also a gate control to control the noise (and sometimes create gated fuzz tones), versatile clipping options, and a filter switch to change the function of the tone control.

The two diode switches change out clipping diodes in the two cascading clipping stages. To the right, lighter clipping. To the left, harder clipping. In the middle, there’s no diode clipping at all, but with less diode clipping you get more volume to slam whatever comes next in the circuit. It’s all very interactive.

The octave switch engages an octave-up circuit that sits between the two clipping stages.

The filter switch gives 3 tone control modes. To the right, it’s a typical scooped one-knob tone control. To the left, it’s much closer to flat. In the middle, the tone control just rolls off highs– it’s also quite a bit louder when all the way up.

The clean(ish) blend has volume and tone controls. The tone control just rolls off the high end. Newer pedals will roll off highs to the point all that’s left is low end.

Magic mode (magic switch to the left) uses the clean blend as a booster at the input of the fuzz circuit. Great for guitar players that don’t really need a clean blend.

There are 4 small trimmers on the side of the pedal. These are gain controls for various stages of the circuit. From top to bottom: Output, Clipping 1, Clipping 2, Clean(ish). More gain results in more volume and distortion– most noticeable in the the clean blend.

Above the trimmers (not shown in the picture) will be 2 toggle switches for oscillation and feedback points. One will interact with the gain trimmers, while the other interacts with the tone control. YEAH!

  • Bigtonemusic Royal Beaver

We’ve taken the experience that we’ve gained at BYOC over
several years of studying vintage big muffs inside and out,
perfecting the art of recreating vintage muff tones, and helping
thousands of people build and modify their own big muff clones,
and used it to design what we consider to be the holy grail of big
muff pi inspired guitar effects.  After countless experiments, we’ve
distilled the essence of what makes each version of the big muff
different.  We found which components were crucial to the tone of
each version, and how to manipulate them so that the tone of any
version can be acheived.  Not only can it dial in vintage muff
tones, it can dial in new tones that you’ve never heard before.
Everything from a gritty low gain overdrive/boost to an over the
top, crushing distortion that goes into endless feedback and
sustain, even at whisper-quiet sound levels.

Transistor Configuring Controls: You have complete control
over the V+ (positive voltage), gain, and bias of the transistors in
each of the clipping stages.  These knobs allow you to sculpt and
mold the tone and texture of the fuzz into your dream muff.  You
can dial in the tone of any version of the Big Muff Pi – Triangle
Era, Ram’s Head, Vintage NYC, Green Russian.  Or you can
create your own new muff tone.  Anything from creamy sustaining
distortion to gated ripping-velcro fuzz.
In addition to being able to control the sound of each clipping
stage, you can also bypass or turn each stage on individually.
And we’ve added a 3rd clipping stage to the circuit.  This means
you can have a one, two, three, or even zero clipping stage muff
The original muff circuit consisted of two clipping stages with a
boost in front, and the tone control and another boost tacked on
at the end.  So with two of the clipping stages bypassed and only
one clipping stage engaged, you get a grindy overdrive-like fuzz
that’s capable of low gain tones that you just can get by turning
down the sustain knob or your guitar’s volume knob.  And with all
of the clipping stages bypassed, that leaves you with two
cascaded boost circuits with tone and sustain controls for a gritty
boost to slam the front end of your amp and send it into singing
overdrive.  With all three clipping stages engaged, you’ll enter a
new sonic territory of high gain fuzz and never-ending sustain that
no other incarnation of the Big Muff circuit has ever been capable
And of course, you can turn on just two of the clipping stages
for standard muff tones[…]

The BigToneMusicBrewery Royal Beaver features all panel
mounted hardware, including open frame Neutrik jacks,
true mechanical bypass, and is soldered, wired, and
assembled completely by hand in the USA.  The pedal is
topped off with a pink or purple LED (we can’t decide which
color we like better).