North Effects The Rite



The History

Designed by Ed Sanner in the mid-60s, the FUZZRite was one of the most popular first generation fuzz pedals. The first 200 or so made had germanium transistors and go for suitably crazy sums nowadays; these were temperature-sensitive so you couldn't be quite sure how it was going to sound on a given day. A quick redesign produced the common silicon variant which went on to sell in very large numbers from the late 60s onwards. A good original example will set you back around £200 on a good day. Notable players: Stephen Stills in Buffalo Springfield (esp. "Bluebird"), The Ventures, Davie Allan and The Arrows (check out "Blue's Theme" - best. fuzz. ever.), although the jury's out on weither they had the germanium or later silicon version.

The Clone

What we have here is my take on the later silicon FUZZRite. Controls are nice and simple - volume, and the somewhat unique "depth" control; the circuit is based on two transistors, much like the Fuzz Face, but instead of the signal cascading from one transistor to the next (as in the FF), the output of both transistors are mixed together via the depth knob. This makes for some pleasing and unique out-of-phase type sounds and interacts nicely with the pedal's volume control and the volume knob on your instrument. The clone is built with top quality components (heavy duty die cast aluminium enclosure, Neutrik jacks, Alpha pots and footswitch and all ceramic caps for that distinctive FuzzRITE bark), and is true bypass wired so it won't sap your tone when not engaged. Like the originals there's no 9V adapter and no LED indicator (believe me, you'll know when this is on). Like all fuzzes, it sounds best with batteries and comes supplied with a fresh Zinc Chloride PP3, which should keep you going for a very long time. I'm not a graphic designer, so I've left the enclosure in its bare metal state (and it kind of suits how it sounds). It's also based on the complete schematic and not the not-quite-complete one that's floating around cyberspace.

The Sound

Trashy freakbeat nastiness when played nice and loud though a clean set of valves. Pour onto an already overdriven amp for searing phasey psychness. It has bags of output, and stacks very well with other fuzzes - try putting a Big Muff after it for total obliteration. Much like the Fuzz Face it cleans up very well if you back off your guitar's volume a bit, so you can control the amount of fuzz while playing without having to reach down to the floor. Unlike more modern designs, it's nice and responsive to playing dynamics and gets truly aggressive when you hammer the strings. Also, as already mentioned, the "out-of-phase head-to-head" transistors in the circuit give this box its own flavour. I love these.

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