Titan Tone from a Tiny Fuzz Pedal
You love fuzz. Of course you do. It’s a beautiful, sinful, irreverent effect which can’t help but inspire new riffs. But, there are so many fuzz pedals already available to buy. What kind of fuzz pedal could we at Vein-Tap.com possibly create to compete with the likes of the Face, the Factory, or the Muff?
Simple; we took a tiny enclosure and stuffed it full of the heaviest, angriest modern fuzz tone we could summon. We called it Saint Doom. We’re selling it for less than the price of a night out.
We created Saint Doom to follow a three-pronged philosophy; full analogue circuitry, affordability, and simplicity. Analogue circuitry gives a warm, soulful response that digital modelling can only emulate. It’s also far less expensive to produce, which leads on to affordability. Affordability means you don’t have to remortgage your home – or worse, sell any of your existing gear – to get hold of a sinfully good fuzz pedal. Simplicity allows you to dial in a perfect tone quickly, letting you focus on the killer chops that layers of saturated fuzz with inspire.
Kneel. Saint Doom has arisen.
HE WILL FREEZE YOUR HEART AND MELT YOUR FACE
An Avalanche of Brutal Fuzz
It’s not every day you get to use mountainous phenomena to advertise effects, but with Saint Doom, it’s appropriate. He’s got all the thundering fuzz tones you need.
Combine the Doom control on the pedal with your guitar’s volume control (or a Leech Volume Attenuator) to access a great range of fuzz tones. Rolling the volume off on your guitar gives you a relatively clean, early 70s, Hendrix-type rock tone. Leave your guitar’s volume control on full and crank the Doom knob, and you’ll get a full, modern, bass-laden noisewall to rival Sunn O)))’s tones.
We had to slightly bend the laws of physics to do it, but we’ve crammed decades of fuzz into this tiny pedal. It rocks.
Designing Our Fuzz Pedal
Fuzz is a tricky effect to get right. Without careful thought and selection of components, a fuzz can sound sub-par – either with an overly hissy, grating high-end which will hurt your ears, or a muddy, slushy bass that won’t cut through a full band’s noise. However, overthink a fuzz circuit, and you can take away that low-fi, brutal noise element that makes the effect different from overdrive and distortion. That’s why Saint Doom does away with unnecessary bells and whistles – you’ve got a single Doom knob which controls the output, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with more complicated fuzz boxes – it’s just that Saint Doom was bred to be a simple animal. It also means that he’s a pretty small fella, and can find a place on even the most crowded pedalboards.
The amount of fuzz added can actually be controlled by your guitar’s volume knob, or by adding a Leech Volume Attenuator directly before Saint Doom. The control knob on Saint Doom’s face goes from silence at 0, to unity volume at about 12 o clock (halfway) to ridiculously loud at full whack. For such a brutal little guy, Saint Doom is loads of fun to have around, so experiment!
True Bypass as Standard
Because Saint Doom isn’t selfish, he’s wired with True Bypass footswitch circuitry, which means that when he’s on, he’s on: but when he’s switched off, his circuit is kept out of your signal path completely, allowing your clean tone to sing through as clearly as always. Unlike some fuzz pedals, Saint Doom needs a standard, centre-negative power supply (the same as Boss or EHX effects) and can be happily daisy-chained with other effects. He’s small enough to fit on even the most crowded pedalboards. He doesn’t cost much at all – pennies compared to some boutique fuzz units – and he’s sexy.
- (2015-12-27) Saint Doom Fuzz Pedal Tone Demo by Vein-Tap
- (2015-12-27) KNEEL. Saint Doom has arisen. by Vein-Tap
- (2016-11-29) Sometimes customers ask us to make awesome pedals even awesomer. Matt asked for a Saint Doom which could go glitchy, Fuzz Factory style. So we made one. This thing goes from sheets of thick fuzz distortion to that-amp-died-years-ago splutter, looks like a by Vein-Tap