While the Western world was preoccupied with its Fuzz Faces, Tone Benders and others, the Eastern world was bubbling up with plenty of fuzzes of its own. This very distinct era in fuzz history gave us many treasures that have been crowned fuzz legends—the Univox Super Fuzz, Ibanez Standard Fuzz, Ace..
Once, when on a junket through the American South, I stumbled upon a chain of pet stores called Pet Supplies “Plus” (emphasis theirs). This troubled me.Not because I don’t like pets, or pet supplies, it was the “Plus” that did it. I don’t cope well with uncertainty. Did it mean Pet Supplies “Plus” Z..
You’ve dipped your toes in the water with our Surf Rider, now it’s time to get swept away in the Counter Current—our do-it-all immersive lo-fi reverb unit that gives you just the type of degraded reverb madness that you need to create crumbling walls of verb, 8-track garage rock ambience, and swells..
The debate over which type of delay is "the best" is one that has plagued guitar shops and internet forums for half a century. On one hand, we have analog purists that prefer the murky degraded repeats of an analog delay, while digital users prefer the exacting repeats of ones and zeroes. Personally..
If you’ve ever awoken in a cold sweat dreaming of synthesizers, we’ve got just the ticket: Lysis. There’s always been something about synth players for which guitarists and bassists alike have yearned. Though they’re essentially the same instrument, the onboard accoutrements are what makes all the d..
There are very few things that we enjoy more around here than guitars and records. What could be more satisfying than putting your mitts on your favorite instrument or spinning a record and watching the needle drop on a limited color pressing?We love vintage guitars for very much the same reasons we..
If you think you have Flangers all figured out and placed neatly in your little square genre-defined box, then get ready to have your world turned upside down by the OBLIVION QUAD FLANGER. An otherworldly vast sonic sea awaits you with this device, as every turn of a knob and flick of a switch unloc..
There’s no doubt that the Fuzz Face and Tone Bender share the crown for “most important fuzz.” Just as many iconic records were cut with the Bender as the Fuzz Face, and each original unit commands scads of money in the used marketplace. And with all the reliability issues that plague vintage models..
Shin-Ei's FY-2 Companion Fuzz was born in a time when the East and West shared a hunger for fuzz, and all the fuzz pedals were being made that are now considered modern classics. As for the Companion Fuzz, let's just say the original needed some work. Despite this, it still had its devotees—lots of ..
The year 1969: Not only was Led Zeppelin’s eponymous album released, but Woodstock took place in August. 1969 marks a turning point in the gear world also; it was the year that Dallas-Arbiter switched Fuzz Face production from the lower-gain germanium transistor core to readily available higher-gain..
Reverb purists often point to amp reverb as being the pinnacle of spring reverb. That may be all well and good, but what if your amp just doesn’t have reverb? What if your amp’s reverb isn’t good? What if you want more options after a simple “level” control? It is time to ride the waves into the Sur..