Noise Maker: EarthQuaker Devices Erupter

Like a kissin’ cousin of Joe Gore’s Duh Remedial Fuzz, the brand new Erupter Perfect Fuzz has a whimsical name, one big ol’ knob, and a footswitch, and that’s all it requires to unleash a tempest of gorgeously savage caterwauls of pungent aural fury.
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Like a kissin’ cousin of Joe Gore’s Duh Remedial Fuzz, the brand new Erupter Perfect Fuzz has a whimsical name, one big ol’ knob, and a footswitch, and that’s all it requires to unleash a tempest of gorgeously savage caterwauls of pungent aural fury. Yep—this was the sound of the Erupter ($145 street) through a Vox AC30, a humbucker-equipped Framus Panthera Supreme II, and a single-coil California Guitars T-style. Although there’s no Level control here, you get a reasonable signal boost when you hit the switch, as well as an increase in low-midrange frequencies. The amount of mayhem depends on which side you set the Bias knob. (It’s like a vastly more ferocious take on those Left Twix/Right Twix commercials.) Full Left Knob produces gritty, glitch-y spittle that can sound something like a robot having a psychotic episode. The Erupter is very dynamic, so a soft attack can crate 8-bit synth-like sounds, while full-on pummeling simulates overdriving a mic preamp (think “Street Fighting Man”). Full Right Knob delivers textured saturation, more low-end boost, extreme compression, and some underlying midrange artifacts that almost make it sound as if you doubled your parts. The center position is for those with weak tummies—it produces a less-tormented, early ’60s-style fuzz tone with incredible sustain, taut lows, and a sweetly articulate attack. The true-bypass Erupter—made in Ohio with hand-matched NOS silicon transistors—may not be for the weak of heart, but it’s one badass machine for the daring and the crazy. earthquakerdevices.com

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