Flickinger Tone Boxes
Unlike other fuzz effects that have several stages of transistors with clipping diodes cascaded into one another, the Angry Sparrow Tone Box has only one clipping stage. The result is a more musical fuzz tone that is versatile and dynamic. The controls are pretty self-explanatory, however here are some tips for getting the most out of the device.
- VOLUME: This controls the overall output volume of your Angry Sparrow. Be aware, this device is capable of a very large volume boost to your signal. Make sure not to overload other effects or your amplifier! There is an internal trim-pot that can be set to reduce the maximum volume of your pedal. It is preset to provide zero reduction. Remove the back and use a small screwdriver to adjust it if you wish.
- TONE: This is a passive low-pass tone control. Very similar to what is on your guitar/bass. Most of the time you will leave it wide open (full clockwise), just like most players do with their tone control on their instrument. However, it can be very useful to tame the highs on a very bright amp, or if you want a darker tone at higher gain settings.
- GAIN: Much time and effort was put into exactly how the gain control functions. At the lowest (counter-clockwise) settings, there will be very little change from your original sound, only a little compression and a warming of the tone. You can set the volume higher and use the pedal as a “warm-boost.” As you increase the gain, you will find dozens of musical overdrive/distortion/fuzz tones that work with more complicated chords and harmonies than you would expect from a circuit of this type.
Your Angry Sparrow can use a standard 9V battery, also the jack on the rear accepts a standard 2.1mm (BOSS type) AC adapter. Make sure the center pin is negative. Using the wrong polarity will not harm the pedal, however it will not function.