With so many boutique pedal makers popping up, it has to be hard, as a consumer, to know what you should set your sites on in terms of gear. I am pretty sure all boutique builders focus their a lot of their time making fuzzes and distortions. There are so many of these out there, some sound very similar and some are so unique, they tend to only appeal to a small audience. PedalsAndEffects has decided to do an experiment and make 3 – 4 minute videos featuring three fuzz/distortion pedals going head to head. Very little talk and a lot of playing.
The point is to try to give you, the fans of PedalsAndEffects, a better idea of what is out there and what can get you where you need to be as an artist. I have a hard time with deciding. I never thought I would like a midrange fuzz until Justin Meldal-Johnsen brought his Malekko DIABOLIK. You have to investigate and come to your own conclusions!
What I need from fans of this site are your opinions. I need to know what you like, every week after three pedals get played through. I can’t say enough how important it is for me to hear your feedback. Please take the time and rank them as follows:
The El Boludo “is a chunky massive semi-clean boost to fat overdrive pedal. A new mix of the old going on in there as it is an 5534 op amp for a thick, full signal driving a hand selected NOS NPN transistor to give us a good bit of age old techno-fuzziness.”
The Mini is “FET overdrive at the core. a very simple bias knob allows the user to dial in saggy lo-fi, low-watt amp tones to clean chime-y hi-fi. with the addition of extra bass, a bass cut knob allows for a range of even cleaner, sparkle-y treble boost tones or huge low end suitable as a bass overdrive or full-range boost.”
The TSVG Slow Ride “features three hand selected AC128 transistors, carefully chosen to deliver articulate buzzy fuzz with endless sustain. Use the toggle switch to change the overall body of the tone.”
If you leave a response for PedalsAndEffects, you will inspire me to do more research, videos, hard work for this site. I realize sometimes I won’t give fair air time to some pedals but typically that could be because I don’t feel inspired. This is a natural instinct inside a musician but please don’t let that sway you. Get your best monitors or headphones on and do your best to give me your honest opinion.
PedalsAndEffects will post results after six rounds of these videos. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making these videos!