Phase One Technologies Fuzzymoto

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Bill Carrigan (Owner and Chief Circuit Designer of Phase One Technologies, LLC)

They are very VERY large (appoximately 7"x4"x4"). This first run was limited to 40 units mostly due to the fact that the housing was of limited availability (it is a part of a pressure washer cart that we found as byproduct from another business). After drilling the housing, fuzzy fabric was attached to the housing via Loctite epoxy (yeah, it's NEVER coming off). The bottom plate is sheet aluminum which is hand etched with our logo, the pedal name and the unit number. Each etching is unique as each was first handdrawn then etched one at a time... no real template to work from aside from looking at the one made right before it. The circuit itself is a bit similar to that of the original Fuzz Face with quite a few changes in resistance and capacitance throughout in order to make it respond to and output the frequencies most desired along the entire gain spectrum of the unit. The only thing the same, really, is that it is a dual NPN transistor style fuzz. To be more accurate, the pedal works like a fantastic overdrive up to about 90% gain then works like an insane fuzz from 90%-100% gain. It is very responsive to volume control adjustments made at the guitar while playing, allowing for the player to achieve an almost complete clean tone if manipulated skillfully at the guitar. Also, we found that dropping the tone pot on the guitar to zero actually INCREASES the high frequency output of the fuzz unit... rather strange, but certainly useful and sounds GREAT. When the pedal is pushed (90% or more on BOTH the gain and volume pots), it tends to octave a bit, but not super fat like other pedals do which are designed to be octave/fuzzes. This is more a natural byproduct of a very hot dual transistor circuit that sounds great, but is prone to feedbacking if tried in the wrong surroundings.

We've tested this pedal with every kind of pickup imaginable (from strat to Les Paul to EMG to P-90 to vintage gold leaf... etc etc). It sounds best through stock (or upgraded) stratocaster pickups, then sounds equally fantastic amongst the remaining pickups with the exception being EMGs. When sending active EMGs through it (only tested with the humbuckers, not the singles), it can, but doesn't always, have trouble handling the input signal. If you try to run an EMG pickup AND an Afterburner before the pedal, it will definitely freak out and not be nearly as responsive as one would like. This is the ONLY drawback of our design that we could find, and we're ok with that. We also ran several basses through it and found that it did sound much better when proceeded with a bass having passive pickups rather than active, but works fine either way.

Different colors were used during production

  • 1-10: All Red
  • 11-15: Red with Black-Hawk
  • 16-20: Black with Red-Hawk
  • 21-25: Black-Right, Red-Left Braveheart Style
  • 26-30: Red-Right, Black-Left Braveheart Style
  • 31-40: All Black
  • Phase One Technologies

    Fuzzymoto is a modern take on classic fuzz. Cased in a HUGE housing and completely covered in fuzz, it is arguably the most eye-catching pedal currently (or ever?) available on the market. No need for an LED; you'll know when it's active!

    The design is simple: Fuzz and Volume. The tonality of this pedal is preset to give a truly warm 60's vibe while allowing for shreiking highs towards the upper gain spectrum. With volume set high and gain set low, it will give you an near perfect voicing of a classic Marshall JMP. With gain set high and volume low, it will push the limits of fuzz saturation ala Jimi Hendrix. Finally, with both controls pegged at 100%, the pedals drives into harmonic overload producing overtones usually associated with several thousand dollar rigs. Of course, like all our other pedals, Fuzzymoto is a true-bypass circuit.

    Only 40 of these monsters have ever been built, and aside from a call from a multi-platinum artist, no more will ever be made. At least 20 have been sold around the world (as of April, 2010) and the last of the lot are poised to move quickly.

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