Red Witch Pedals has unveiled the Fuzz God IV, a fuzz pedal for the inveterate tone seekers out there who like options, and lots of them.
The Fuzz God IV is the latest in a storied lineage of Red Witch Fuzz pedals. What began with the Fuzz God I's germanium fuzz, soon evolved through its silicon successor, then into a compact little fuzz with an internal six-way dip switch to affect its controls' response.
Now we are number four, where a Dual NOS Silicon BC109 transistor fuzz partners the "crazed switchable oscillation" of the Fuzz God II's "Wrath" mode and the germanium diode Octavia.
Design-wise, Fuzz God IV looks similar to Fuzz God II, but under the hood you've got an eight-way dip switch to change the menu. This lets you choose from six different tone settings and three different gains, and up to 264 different tone/gain combos in total.
That's a lot to be getting on with but when you see all this laid out on the enclosure, the Fuzz God IV doesn't look too arcane. There are three tiered footswitches. One to engage the fuzz, one for the Octavia effect, one for the Wrath oscillation.
Two toggle switches override the internal dip switches to set the gain and tone at their maximum settings, while there are controls for Volume, Fuzz, Wrath and Sputter. Volume is the pedal's output, Fuzz is fuzz, Wrath is the Wrath oscillation, while the Sputter lets you dial in open, smooth fuzz all the way through to choked, gated nastiness.
A tri-colour LED lights up red when the fuzz is engaged, blue in the Octavia mode, green in Wrath mode, violet when you pair the fuzz with Octavia, cyan when its fuzz plus Wrath, and white? Well, that's when everything is run together, fuzz with the Octavia and the Wrath.
As you can imagine, that's a lot of options, and that's before you open the chassis up to start reconfiguring the tone and gain via the dip switch. The unit takes 9V DC power and draws 42mA of current.
Fuzz God IV is available to pre-order until 3rd October, with these presale units limited to 150 units hand-built, numbered and hand-signed by Ben Fulton.