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Fuzz-O-Tron

If I say "fuzz", most of you will reply with "Fuzz Face" when playing an association game. In today's post I'm not going to write about this iconic pedal, but about one of its close relatives: the Zvex Mastotron. The Fuzz Face circuit is a...

Lunch Box

The Crunch Box from MI Audio is a relatively high gain, marshallesque sounding distortion device. With this we said more or less everything about the pedal. Not an overly unique or peculiar effect, but it does very well what it does and thanks to the...

Return Of The Hedgehog

In an earlier entry I have already written about the Maxon SD9 Sonic Distortion. The guys at Maxon have created its updated version: the SD9M. The pedal became more versatile: it has now a "Gain" and a "Mids" switch. The "Mids" switch makes it possible...

Buffer or no buffer?

Today we have a bit deeper tech talk, if you are not interested in that bla-bla, then just jump to the conclusion ;) True bypass or not? This is the question! The true bypass vs. buffered bypass is a very sensitive topic among guitarists. For a...

Rubber Duck

Let's step out a bit from the good old distortion/OD/fuzz circle. A famous effect type among guitar players is the reverb. But what does it do? Basically the clean signal gets mixed with delayed copies of it, where the delay times are all about the...

The One With The Lightningbolt

Many gutarists swear on the sound of overdriven tube amps. Effect builders know this and therefore like to come up with designs that emulate the sound of such overdriven amps. These are generally called emulation or simulation effects. We already had two of these, the...