KNOBS Volume, Vig, Bias pot (internal)
SOUNDS The Buzzmaster is billed as having
“the most gain of any fuzz you can buy”
and also as “the world’s quietest fuzzbox.”
I can’t confi rm either claim, but the
Buzzmaster does have lots of gain, and
is remarkably quiet even when cranked.
The sleek, graphically understated pedal
is powered by three germanium transistors,
employs WIMA coupling capacitors,
and sports Deville’s electronically “clickless”
true-bypass switching. There’s also a
tiny Bias trimpot on the inside for achieving
optimal response in varied climes. The
Vig (Vigor) control ranges from a splatty
but cool overdrive sound to a tight, fullbodied
blast with an almost filter-like
attack and traces of low-octave heft on certain
settings—especially with humbuckerequipped
guitars. It isn’t a classic sound,
but it kicks ass.
WHO’S IT FOR? Non-cover-band guitarists
seeking a killer tool to
craft their own bold tones.
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