All the ripping fuzziness you’ve suspected couldn’t exist without ritual human sacrifice. The Blunderbuss Hybrid Fuzz is based on the formidable Musket circuit and formerly a limited edition offering; with an updated graphic in the original teal & red colorway. Sharing the Musket’s DNA, the “Bbuss” utilizes the same layout and control configuration, but with a tonal character all its own. The Blunderbuss uses hybrid silicon/germanium asymmetrical clipping to achieve an even more crunchy and fuzzy assault, but that’s not where the differences end. In all, there are more than a dozen tweaks on the circuit that help differentiate its behavior from the Muskets. The Bbuss is less compressed and more “open” sound in comparison to the smooth, singing compression of the Musket. It’s a less refined sound, more raw and rude, more vintage ripper than the Musket’s quasi-fuzz/distortion sound.
A highly tweakable, highly fuzzed-up iteration of the vintage muff-type circuit. But why stop at 4 gain stages? 5 is clearly 1 better. The Blunderbuss’ added controls over MIDS-shaping, PREamp control, and FOCUSing the sub-low end frequencies address all of the commonly discussed shortcomings of the old 3-knob fuzz. Like it’s cousin the Musket, the Blunderbuss can be found as one half of our dual fuzz monster, the Special Twosome Deluxe.
- PRE – a front end clean boost to slam the fuzz circuit for all kinds of new weirdness. The FUZZ control interacts with it to not only control the amount of fuzz but also sustain and compression.
- MIDS – lets you control the tonal flavor of the Musket from super scooped up to mid-boosted and everything in between. The ability to adjust the MIDS brings a whole new world to the fuzz pedal and will make sure that you are never buried in the mix again.
- FOCUS – this seemingly subtle control is at the heart of the Musket’s uniqueness. The FOCUS knob is a pre-fuzz sub-low end control that allows the Musket to not only produce vintage fuzz but to also get a more modern quasi-distortion/fuzz flavor with a sharper note attack and better palm muting capability than any other muff-type circuit that we know of.
- 9V operation preferable, but safe up to 18V. Negative center supply with 2.1mm plug required; top-mounted.
- Mono input/output jacks; side-mounted.
- 10-15mA current draw
- Based on the Musket circuit
- Preamp, Midrange, Focus, Gain, Volume, Tone Control
- Hybrid Silicon/Germanium; asymmetrical clipping
- Less singing violin, more rusty trombone
- Not overly sensitive to order placement in fx chain
- Made by hand in Asheville, NC USA
- True bypass switching