The Battle Of Boutiques series is getting pretty divided responses and I want you all to know that this is an experiment to gauge what the PedalsAndEffects audience is into. My personal tastes always seem to be pretty off base from most bassists so it helps me and PedalsAndEffects to understand what you all want. Being a passive bass bassist, I imagine I have put off a lot of active bass bassists but I can only represent what sounds good to me. There are so many sites that do pedal reviews and I think if you want to know who is making radical and unique stuff, chances are you will find it here.
This week’s Battle Of Boutiques fuzzes/distortions come from Canada, Denver and Germany! First up, we have Fairfield Circuitry’s Four Eyes. In the video, I carelessly called it by the number stamped on it but it is his famous Four Eyes crossover fuzz. The Four Eyes has “three parallel JFET fuzz circuits driven by a voltage controlled state variable filter with resonance control, mu-amp input stage and quite possibly, a wedgie.” It is not “designed to sound like your favourite vintage fuzz. You might be able to tweak it to sound close, but it truly does its own thing.”
Mantic Effects are known for their incredible sub pedals. The have the Density Hulk and Beef Bag (Meatbox Clone) but this is their Vitriol distortion. This distortion is a “variable gain distortion with low and high pass filters.”
Last up is Kleissonic’s Screamin Skull fuzz. This fuzz a “self oscillated fuzz” which is “somewhere between a fuzz and distortion pedal, which acts differently when the oscillator is ‘on’. When the oscillator is ‘on’, it is a fuzz-distortion device with velcro kind of sound.”
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:
I am super excited to see what you think of these three, and all of the pedals used in the Battle Of Boutiques!