Function f(x) Releases the Clusterfuzz

A pedal that serves up gain ranging from medium overdrive to square-wave fuzz.

Elk Grove Village, IL (January 19, 2015) -- Effect pedal manufacturer Function f(x) LLC today announced the launch of the Clusterfuzz, the company's inaugural product. Featuring a wide array of tone-shaping controls, the Clusterfuzz serves up gain ranging from medium overdrive to square-wave fuzz and is very reactive to adjustments of a guitar's volume knob. The Clusterfuzz is a new design that utilizes modern components for consistent performance and a long operational life. There is no pixie dust inside the Clusterfuzz, just great tone supported by solid circuit design.

Designed for guitarists who demand maximum flexibility from their dirt boxes, the Clusterfuzz offers a unique set of control knobs for the gain enthusiast: Volume, Tone (high-cut), Fuzz , 8-bit (fuzz threshold), and a clipping diode selector that offers five distinct levels of compression and sustain. Additionally, the Clusterfuzz features a Filter toggle switch that is a variable low-pass filter on the pedal's input. To avoid the all-too-familiar switching noise and help reduce loud pops, the Clusterfuzz sports a relay-based bypass switching system that Function f(x) developed in-house.

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Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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