Rotosound brengt hun Vintage Fuzz Pedal opnieuw uit en maakt daarvoor gebruik van dezelfde circuit configuratie als het origineel uit de 60-er jaren van de vorige eeuw maar nu met moderne weerstanden en condensatoren. Dit pedaal wordt met de hand gemaakt in Sevenoaks, in Kent in Engeland.

Het originele pedaal is het prototype stadium eigenlijk nooit voorbij gekomen en is nooit in de winkel te koop geweestwaardoor er dus ook maar heel weinig originele Rotosound Fuzz pedalen zijn. Rotosound heeeft dit pedaal  opnieuw uitgevonden in samenwerking met Dr Barry R. Pyatt. Het pedaal is, volgens Rotosound, zo ontworpen dat het trouw blijft aan het origineel mede omdat de belangrijke onderdelen in deze Fuzzpedaal komen uit de vintage ‘germanium’ voorraad van het bedrijf.

De Rotosound Vintage Fuzz pedaal zal leverbaar zijn vanaf eind 2012.

Prijs: ± 325, euro


Alle specificaties over dit pedaal kan je hieronder lezen:

A faithful reproduction of our original 1960’s unit using the same circuit configuration as the original design, combined with modern resistors and capacitors. This new pedal combines yesterday’s mojo and tone flavour with the reliability and stability of today’s technology.

The Rotosound Vintage Fuzz Pedal Re-Issue uses exactly the same circuit configuration as the original design from the 1960s, and has been developed exclusively for Rotosound, by Dr Barry Pyatt, (fabled, bespoke, guitar “tone-tweaker” of the 60s and 70s).

The importantly active devices are germanium, and therefore preserve the mojo and tone flavour that was associated with the original unit. Passive devices (resistors & capacitors) have been updated to modern equivalents, at no detriment to the sound, but with the increased reliability and stability of today’s technology.
In order to accommodate currently available semiconductors (the original types have not been made since about 1972), certain aspects of the design have been modified, to allow us to match, as closely as possible, the characteristics of the original pedal. The re-issue circuit, just like the original, uses a Darlington Pair input for high gain, which then drives a temperature compensated  ‘fuzz’ transistor via the front panel ‘Fuzz’ control.
This control changes the amount of drive, from a soft crunch to a gruff growl, but retaining that fabled germanium roundness. The ‘Treble’ control varies the ratio of bass to treble. allowing a good variation from muddy to crisp. The Volume control varies the output level.

The re-issue pedal employs true bypass switching, and is powered exclusively from an internal PP3 type battery (being a PNP orientated device, external powering is not available, for safety and compatibility reasons).The original unit used 9 volt battery of a type not readily obtainable  in the UK today, so it has been replaced with the PP3 style.
The pedal is switched on via dedicated contacts on the ‘instrument’ input, so the cleanliness of the instrument jack plug is  not so important as commonplace 3-pole jack switching designs. Other design features have been incorporated to facilitate, as far as is possible, overall RoHS, CE and EMC compatibility and conformance. Obviously, the overall tone is determined by the entire combination of guitar pickups through fuzz pedal through amplifier. But, if it is the true vintage sound Germanium Fuzz that you seek, then you have found your Holy Grail, in this Rotosound re-issue of one of their own, original, 60s products.