Spaceman is the pedal company based in
Oregon, Portland, USA. Spaceman pedals are extraordinary pedals, mostly
fuzzes, but there are also boosters and an overdrive. All Spaceman
pedals are hand made in small batches, so there's a limited
availability. In fact, the Sputnik I am about to review is currently out
of stock. To keep up to date about the availability of this pedal, you
should join the Spaceman e-mail list or regularly check Spaceman on Facebook.
I'm looking at a fiery red Sputnik pedal The Red Edition (limited to 69
units) featuring a special red/yellow engraved vinyl faceplate with
Russian Cyrillic inscriptions and a red jewel light. It has a bit of a
Cold War and Soviet theme going, all in good taste. In fact, the Sputnik
is a germanium fuzz that uses vintage Soviet transistors.
looks very cool on the outside, but beauty lies within the cast aluminum
enclosure. The circuit boards inside the Sputnik are a work of art,
really one of the most impressive builds I have ever seen. There are 3
unmarked transistors in there that look like miniature army green Soviet
army helmets. The circuit boards -there are 2 separate PCB stacked
inside- are decorated with little stars and sputniks and are packed with
top quality components, military spec wiring, ultra clean wiring and
soldering. Stunning job. There are also 2 trimpots inside, hmmm,
something tells me these are best left alone.
switching. The Sputnik has input on the right, output and power jack on
the left. It takes a regulated 9-12V DC adapter with negative center.
- Signal: Output Volume
- Range: Fuzz Gain
- Calibrate: Tone
hard to describe, when switched in Drift mode, the Scan control
interacts with the Range and Calibrate controls and yields the craziest
fuzz sounds imaginable.
- Sync/Drift (toggle switch): again, hard
to describe, I'd say in Sync mode it acts like you would expect from a
fuzz whereas Drift mode is a fuzz surprise, let the fuzz entertain you.
- Filter (toggle switch): enables bass cut with mid-scoop filter