- Features a classic silicon circuit back
- 9v power supply
- Volume controls the output volume of the circuit
- Depth knob is essentially a blend control
- Very low mA draw
- Can accept a 9v battery, or any good quality 9vDC adapter
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Catalinbread Fuzzrite Fuzz Pedal
From The Ventures’ 2,000 Pound Bee, and Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gada-Da-Vida, to the Black Keys, the Fuzzrite has a rich history of taking guitar tones to new levels. It features a classic silicon circuit back and added a 9v power supply.
Volume controls the output volume of the circuit. Higher settings will begin to overdrive your amplifier, which can add additional body and smoothness to the fuzzed-out sounds.
Depth is the heart of the pedal. This knob is essentially a blend control that mixes in a second transistor gain stage with the first. At the minimum setting, you're hearing the first transistor on its own - cleanish and fat. As you begin to blend in the second transistor, at various points along the way you will notice more voltage-starved, gated sounds; pseudo ring mod-style upper octave harmonics; and at max settings a thinner, more aggressive saturated sound with a ripping top-end attack and huge bloom to the notes.
Powering The Fuzzrite
The Fuzzrite can accept a 9v battery, or any good quality 9vDC adapter for use with audio circuits that is filtered and regulated with a center-negative tipped plug. The Fuzzrite has a very low mA draw, so batteries will last quite a long time. Be sure to unplug the input cable to preserve battery life when not in use.
Integrating The Fuzzrite Into Your Rig
Being an old-school fuzz that is responsive to your pick attack and the guitar’s controls, it's best to place it first in your chain of effects to get the best dynamic response. If that isn't practical for you, just make sure there are no buffers in front of the pedal as they can severely limit the dynamic potential when you use your guitar’s controls. If you are planning on stacking the Fuzzrite with other dirt pedals, it pays to experiment with the running order of things as you can have dramatically different outcomes based on that order.