Six String Effects
The Buzzard starts off as an overdrive with a moderately different texture from conventional overdrives. It's useful for chunky, back-up, rock rhythm without the saturation and compression that confuses the effect and prevents penetration within a band. Clarity and dynamics are achieved without the need to mix the driven signal with the clean signal.
The above description applies when the "Grit" control is set to zero (7:00).
As the grit control is rotated clockwise, a ripping or tearing fuzz effect will become noticeable until it reaches a point at the maximum setting where the signal is randomly gated on and off. The ripping or tearing effect converts the conventional overdrive signal to an agressive and intrusive fuzz-type tone that adds vitality to both rhythm and lead parts. The grit control will span the range of "tear-up" from subtle to acute for adapting the effect to different styles of music. Advancing the gain control will accentuate the grit effect.
Since the grit effect chews-up part of the guitar signal, compensate the loss of signal by increasing the volume control. Additionally, it may be useful to increase the bass control and reduce mids and treble as the grit control is advanced in order to maintain presence.
Roll-off guitar's volume knob from 10 to 7 for clean-up (in most cases).
In general, a small change in the guitar's volume control can cover a wide range of dirt: from clean to distortion.
Use the three knob equalization for adapting the Buzzard O.D. to
- different venues with different acoustics or
- to different gear.
- Raise the bass setting for use with bridge pick-up or when practicing alone; lower the setting for neck pick-up or when performing with a band.
- Raise the mids control to penetrate the mix of instruments when performing with a band.
- Reduce the treble control to remove the sharp edge tone (ice pick-in-ear effect) when using high gain.
The Buzzard can be considered a more complete effect than simple overdrives since it relies on internal stacking for its sound. Use the Buzzard alone without stacking other pedals to best identify its contribution to the guitar tone. The amp should be set as clean as possible, initially, in order to distinguish the Buzzard's tone from external stages of overdrive. Feel free to stack at will following the initial test, knowing that the base tone can always be recovered.
For high gain solos with sustain, please refer to the "Firebreath" pedal description.
- Connect a regulated 9 volt supply to power the Buzzard. 15 volts maximum. No noticeable improvement in tone beyond 9 volts. Polarity is center negative to coincide with the vast majority of available pedals. Reverse polarity will not harm the circuit, however, the polarity will need to be corrected for the pedal to operate.
- Any regulated supply will power the Buzzard since it consumes only 7mA. A One Spot power supply by Visual Sound can power over 50 of thesepedals.
- A 9 volt battery can be connected externally with a modified battery clip available from Tone Factor. No internal space for a battery is provided.