The 2015 Winter NAMM Show has come to an end and it is back to PedalsAndEffects! I saw so many great instruments and effects but one stood out to Nick Reinhart and me and that was Earthquaker Devices Fuzz Master General.
The Fuzz Master General is Earthquaker Devices take on the vintage Ace Tone Fuzz Master FM-2 Professional fuzz (an octave fuzz that was very similar to the Super Fuzz). The basic circuit was re-imagineered and basically updated. The “Voice” toggle allows you to enhance the fuzz capabilities while opening up variable tones out of the classic circuit. This toggle selects between germanium, silicon and no diode clipping. The germanium diodes offer more output and a more gnarly fuzz tone while the silicon diodes compress the signal, giving you a tighter fuzz tone. When the voice is set to no diode clipping (center position) it is straight insane dirt grit with a ring mod sound! The Fuzz Master General delivers a more versatile version of the original while still retaining the same swelling octave grind.