In the early 60’s they used to cut speaker cones, to produce fuzz tones. Well, they used to. Don’t do it now, you might need them for the next song. If you like fuzz tones, and we mean really harsh and destroyed fuzz tones, this is the pedal that explodes when you plug it in between your guitar and amp. The X-plosion of Fuzz gives you the right tone, so you can enjoy in your cigarette, long hair and a extra large beard – yup, that’s what’s it all about..
X-plosion of fuzz is based on modern high-gain silicon transistors to get the vintage/modern combination of fuzz tones. The combination of Body (bias / gate control) and SAG (dying battery simulation) gives the pedal a whole new dimension. You most probably know the story of guitar players that felt a good fuzz sound improvement as the battery started to die. One cool additional feature of this pedal is an extra gain stage, that can be bypassed or not. Basically this is a dirty booster placed in front of the fuzz circuit. When the GAIN STAGE 2 control is below its half position, the booster reduces the overall gain. As you turn it up, things get a bit nastier.
Oh and one more thing. This pedal is not a “Plug ’n’ Play” kind of a thing. Buy your favorite 6 pack of beer, go to your practice room and start turning the controls until you find your sweet spot. An hour or two will go by, but there might be a big smile on your face at the time you finish playing. This pedal can provide lots of good fuzz tones from classic fuzz, destroyed “velcro” fuzz, wild oscillations and even some sub-octave tones can be achieved. The controls are very interactive with each other, so try different settings. By the way, you might want to try different supply voltages (from 9 VDC to 18 VDC) and see where your fuzz sounds the best.
Settings and Controls
GAIN STAGE II: Controls the amount of second gain stage distortion
GAIN STAGE II on-off: Switches in/bypass the second gain stage
VOLUME: Amplitude level control
TONE: Basic hi-cut one control
GAIN STAGE I: Controls the amount of 1st gain stage (it’s very interactive with the 2nd gain stage when it is switched on)
BODY: BIAS control for one of the transistors. Its lower position fully opens the transistor so you’ll get the pure fuzz tone that you’re familiar with. Once you start to increase the Body control the ideal conditions are not met anymore, so the fuzz sound get’s more and more gated.
SAG: This is the “dead battery simulator”. When fully opened, the circuit gets it’s normal supply voltage, but when you start rolling it off the fuzz sound gets smoother and smoother. At the extreme settings the effect starts to oscillate and you might hear a sub octave as well.
More custom options:
If you want a custom designed faceplate (the handmade aluminium plate on top of the effect), we can make it for you as well. The price depends on the faceplate complexity.
Additional payment: from 10-30 €