[review] Haunting Mids v3 (by Bieke)

Where to begin?

Perhaps a little explanation for those who are not familiar with Haunting Mids. The first rule of Haunting Mids is you do not talk about Haunting Mids. The second rule of Haunting Mids is you do not talk about Haunting Mids. Third and most important rule is you do not talk about not talking about 'it'.

Some say that Haunting Mids was created by Chuck Norris and that Steven Seagal is a member there, although it can be hard to pick him out in the group meetings because everybody has to wear a kimono although a smelly pair of Nudies are also accepted.

All I know is that Haunting Mids is a jolly gang of 369 pedal connaisseurs, who have a hidden forum on the interweb. If you want to join Haunting Mids, you have to be invited by a member. It is so hard to get into, even the members cannot get in sometimes.

Now, what about the Haunting Mids pedals?

Let me start by making things clear. You can only buy their pedals if you are a member of Haunting Mids. The pedals have to stay in the Haunting Mids family. If a member sells one to a non member, he is banned for life and they are forever haunted. So far, Haunting Mids have been releasing a new pedal about every 18 months and only a few have made it out there into the big world of pedals.

Some say the Haunting Mids pedals released so far are the HMv1 (single knob phaser), the HMv2 (single knob octave sustainer ringmod thingy) and more recently, the HMv3 (single knob delay). There are rumors that the next pedal -the eagerly awaited HMv4 - might become a fuzz.


So, here we have the HMv3, allegedly a simple one knob delay marvel.

Some say the pot is a push/pull and you pull it up to set feedback and click it to the down position to set the delay time and that if you hold down the foot switch, it goes into infinite repeat mode.

All I know is that the original red HMv1 fuzz was limited to about 50 pedals, that the HMv2 never came into existence and that the HMv3 is a silicon fuzz of which roughly 100 units were made with great care and you had to be a Gibson shredding napalm poet to even have been considered for one. You would still have to get your name on the HMv3 list. The pedals came with swag items such as picks, t-shirt, koozie, picks, buttons, magnets and last but not least, pedal feet.


It is a fuzz, a huge, mean, ripping fuzz. The Big Muff is the classic benchmark pedal when it comes to silicon fuzzes, and my first impression when I switched on the HMv3 was that it indeed sounded a lot like the Green Army Big Muff. Still, the HMv3 has a more low end and sounds less muddy and most important, it is much louder. It cuts through much better than any Muff out there. Turn the control clockwise to get more gain as well as more attack and volume. Simple and effective. The pedal comes alive at when the control is set around one o’clock. Below 12 o’clock, I noticed a little bit of background hiss. Anyway, since it is a silicon fuzz, the old roll back the volume control on your guitar trick – to get a mild overdrive sound- does not work. Instead, You get the palm muted chugga chugga sound. You also get a really saturated, thick fuzztone with tons of gain , without any fizziness. Turning down the tone control on guitar does work however, you can make it sound really bassy and still make it cut through the mix without losing clarity. Very nice and useful. Simply amazing how well it works, on chords or for leads, just with the twist of the knob you can let the chords ring out dripping with distortion or play big screaming solos.

It looks stunning in light blue with a gold sparkle and the Haunting Mids logo, it has a bright blue LED and the standard 9V Boss adapter jack, in and outputs on the side, classic Dakaware style knob, tasteful metal washer for the footswitch (I dislike those cheap white plastic ones).

Beautifully engineered inside as well, it has got the three stages like those found in a Big Muff, true bypass, the circuit looks like a box of candy, neat layout, big polyester film caps, 2 LEDs, no tone stack and a colorful array of old school carbon resistors almost symmetrically arranged around a trimpot. This trimpot is supposed to be a gain control. Adds treble when turned clockwise or counter clockwise for more growl. Handwritten serial number inside as well.

The HM v3 is

  • Designed by Dave from Montgomery Appliances
  • PCBs etched by Nathan from Superpuma
  • Circuit built by Gregory from GMRfx
  • forumite RussV organized shipping, handling, payments and made sure everyone got his pedal and assorted goodies.

A job well done, best one knob delay ever.

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