We last visited with the fuzzy wonders of this Brazilian company when we reviewed their BOG and Kryptone pedals in the August 2015 issue. Designer Du Menegozzo likes to take classic fuzzes as inspiration, but then vows never to replicate the originals. As a result, Deep Trip pedals are almost figments of Menegozzo’s sonic imagination, as pulled from fuzzy dreams and a ton of research. Yeah, it makes sense when you stomp on the pedals.
The Hellbender ($199 street), for example, is a mirage of a Sola Sound Tone- Bender MKII, but it’s extremely dynamic, possesses gain to burn, and sustains beautifully into harmonic feedback. I haven’t exhausted its ability to pull new sounds out of thin air yet, as the Volume, Bias, Fuzz, Highs (smooth to bright), and Lows (thick to tight) knobs are brilliantly interactive and offer seemingly endless tonal options. The coolest benefit of all of this for me is that the aptly named Hellbender always delivers feral sounds and has the ability to make those sounds even scarier. This is critical when you’re continually striving to find unique and almost preposterous sounds to smack listeners upside the eardrums. The Hellbender is a fuzz like no other—a treasure chest of savage racket that you can bend and shape to your evil whim. This is one of my all-time fave fuzzes.
Kudos Vicious. Versatile.