The Flying Tomato is the successor to the Birthday Fuzz. It features almost exactly the same circuit at its core, but with a few improvements, and some major additions.
Unlike many fuzz circuits the Flying tomato has an input buffer in front of the effect. This allows you to use it after virtually any pedal, or with active pickups. A high and low tone control have been added, as well as a "squish" knob.
This is where it gets crazy. The squish knob essentially lowers the voltage supply to the fuzz circuit. This can be especially useful for recording overdubs, and back ground noises in the studio. Running an overdrive before it or delay or modulation effects after it can produce some very interesting sounds. Due to this knob directly altering the available power it will make some minor scratching sounds when its turned.
The high and low knobs work as variable frequency filters, very similar to the Stupid Box, but there is a low control as well. They work differently than an EQ which boost/cut at fixed frequencies. Instead they move the frequency of the filters.
The Flying Tomato uses a jfet buffer at the input. This input has very high impedance. Translation: This fuzz does not need to be first in your signal chain.
- The Flying Tomato is hand made in Woodinville, WA with the high quality components.
- Die cast metal enclosures for durability.
- 3PDT switches for true bypass switching.
- Runs on a single 9 volt battery, or a 9VDC adapter.
- Red LED indicator.
- Three-year limited warranty.
Flying Tomato 2.0
Mutant Fuzz - Similar to many classic fuzz designs the Flying Tomato adds a number of modern improvements, and it doesn't stop at true bypass, and an LED. It also works with other pedals and active pickups. We also added Tone controls, and a bias control. This fuzz goes from hair raising, to classic, to gated.
What is the Flying Tomato?
The Flying Tomato is loosely based on the classic two transistor fuzz design, but with many modern improvements including, a switchable impedance matching input buffer, tone controls, bias control, true bypass switching, and an LED indicator.
The Flying Tomato input buffer allows it to work after virtually any pedal, or with active pickups.
One of the ideas we strive for here at Subdecay, is pedals you can "match" to your guitar and amp. Some fuzzes sound great with a combination of certain guitars and amplifiers, but sound awful with others. With the bias, and tone controls, you can dial in the sound you want, and still cut through the mix at your next gig.
Notes from the engineer:
Over the years I have built a number of fuzzes for my own personal use. Typically based on classic fuzz designs, a number of things always bugged me about them. Almost all of them had to be first in the signal chain, or they would sound awful, and they all were limited by the classic two knob design.
These characteristics were both products of my conventional thinking towards fuzz. I started to thinking "outside of the box. Sometimes this is hard when it comes to fuzz. Some might even consider it a sin to defy convention when it comes to such a topic.
If you are a "vintage tone purist" you probably want to stop reading right here (but wait you're almost done anyways). While the Flying Tomato is loosely based on classic designs, it is not authentic to any original. Like most of the tomatoes you buy at the grocery store these days, this fuzz has been unnaturally redesigned.
Can be powered by a 9 volt battery or 9VDC adaptor with a negative center 2.1mm barrel style plug. Current draw is less than 10mA.
What is the Flying Tomato? The Flying Tomato is loosely based on the classic two-transistor fuzz design, but with a few modern improvements.
One of the ideas we strive for here at Subdecay, are pedals you can "match" to your guitar and amp. Some fuzzes sound great with a combination of certain guitars and amplifiers, but are lackluster with others. The Flying Tomato addresses the limitations of classic fuzz designs with a few modern improvements, and it doesn't stop at true-bypass and an LED.
A switchable impedance-matching input buffer allows the Flying Tomato to work well after virtually any pedal, or with active pickups. With the Bias control, you can dial in just the right flavor of fuzz, from gated, to classic, to hair-raising. Finally, with the separate Low and Hi tone controls, you can refine your fuzz tone, from being a subtle background texture to cutting mercilessly through the mix when you need it to.
If you are a "vintage tone purist" you probably want to stop reading right here (but wait, you're almost done anyways...) While the Flying Tomato is loosely based on classic designs, it is not authentic to any original. Like most of the tomatoes you buy at the grocery store these days, this fuzz has been unnaturally altered.