FEA Labs is very pleased to announce the Photon Fuzz as the latest pedal to their product lineup. The Photon Fuzz gets its name from an active component in the circuit that utilizes infrared light to control the fuzz distortion element. Light is made up of photon particles, so the name represents the action that is at the core of this distinctive fuzz design. The comprehensive control set provides full control over the tone and makes it possible to dial in just about anything from classic to modern metal fuzz.
The drive and bite controls work in tandem on the guitar or bass signal to define the character of the fuzz tone. The drive sets the overall gain stage for the distorted signal, which is then driven into the bite stage of the circuit. The bite control sets the activation point where the fuzz distortion engages upon (bites into) the signal. The level control adjusts the overall output level of the distorted signal.
The 3-band EQ is an active two stage boost/cut design with the mid band circuit separated from the low and high level circuits. This two stage design prevents the low and high band circuits from interacting with the mid center frequency and its level. The EQ circuit sits in the signal path after the distorted signal and each frequency band can be adjusted to a boost/cut of +/- 15dB for generous tone shaping capability. A pre-fuzz high-pass filter can be set using internal DIP switches, thereby reducing the ultra-low frequencies being processed through the fuzz circuit.
The dry blend control does as the name suggests and adds dry (unprocessed) signal, blended with the distorted signal. The dry blend is beneficial for use with a bass guitar to preserve the full and natural low-end tone of the instrument, but can also add tonal diversity to a guitar as well. The dry signal path can also be configured using internal DIP switches to set a low-pass filter so that the higher frequencies and harmonics are removed from the dry tone.
The octave distortion (full wave asymmetric rectifier) stage can be engaged using the additional octave footswitch. The octave circuit sits after the fuzz and EQ stages, and the control adjusts the amount of the octave affect to apply to the overall fuzz tone. As with the dry tone, internal DIP switches can be set to apply a low-pass filter which is useful to tame some of the high frequency artifacts that this octave distortion method may generate.
• Small footprint design: 4.5” by 3.5”
• Activation footswitch (stomp switch) with true bypass when the pedal is not active
• Octave footswitch (stomp switch) to activate the octave distortion feature
• Drive, Bite, and Level controls to shape the fuzz tone
• 3-band active EQ for additional tone shaping
• Dry blend control with configurable low-pass filter
• Octave distortion control with configurable low-pass filters
• Pre-fuzz high-pass filter settings of 55Hz, 110Hz, or 220Hz
• Dry blend low-pass filter settings of full band (off), 160Hz, or 1600Hz
• Octave distortion low-pass filter settings of full band (off), 500Hz, or 4000Hz
Introductory Price: $195.00 USD + S&H (plus tax if shipped within New York State) Available immediately direct from the manufacturer using the links listed below.