A point-to-point, handwired, vintage-inspired fuzz from Italy
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Germanium diode selected, +/- switch set to +. Fender Twin Reverb Reissue.
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Cycling through the six frequency stages, starting with the most treble boost. Marshall JCM800, slightly overdriven.
|Clips recorded with 2008 Fender American Stratocaster.|
Right To The Point
The Super Hoffman’s internal circuitry is based in a time-honored, true point-to-point fashion. There is absolutely no circuit board housed inside of the enclosure, just an assemblage of capacitors, resistors, and diodes that are expertly soldered from one component joint to another. DIY’ers who have attempted PTP circuit design understand that it can be a real pain to craft a circuit that keeps each component lead from touching another. Thankfully, the Super Hoffman’s circuit layout resembles a fine work of art, rather than a rat’s nest of wires and solder.
A Modern Edge With A Vintage Flavor
Not only does the Super Hoffman share a circuit build similar to vintage fuzz effects, it also features a set of tone shaping options that harkens to the era of fuzz boxes from the ‘60s and ‘70s. At the heart of the effect is a six-way rotary switch that changes the peak frequencies—and amount of gain—of the overall tone. The frequencies range from thin, reedy treble with a clean top end to a woolly fuzz with a large bass boost. The fuzz is generated by a single diode in the circuit, which is switchable between being either germanium or silicon-based. Finally, a switch labeled +/- switches between a smooth, high-gain tone and a cleaner, lower-gain fuzz with a more prominent quack in the midrange.
The Super Hoffman is a killer-sounding fuzz pedal on its own, with a sound that shares the horn-like qualities of the famed Maestro Fuzz Tone, but even more impressive is how well it acts as a treble and midrange booster—almost like a preamp, but in a fuzz pedal flavor. Plugging in with a 2008 Fender American Telecaster into a reissue Fender Twin Reverb combo, this benefit was immediately apparent. After I dialed in some grit from the Twin, I let the Super Hoffman do the rest of the work, adjusting the frequency knob to taste. As expected, the silicon diode mode tightened up the attack nicely, but I found myself laying back with the juicy feel of the germanium mode. The Super Hoffman is not a high-gain fuzz by any means, rather a nice add-on to an already overdriven amplifier that needs more cut and punch.
The Final Mojo
For players who understand just how well a good fuzz booster can open up a nice tube amp, the Super Hoffman is a great choice. It’s well built, versatile, and sounds fantastic. It definitely doesn’t have the massive gain as, say, an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, but it has tonal clarity and a set of features that set it apart from a lot of other fuzzes on the market.
you’re after classic fuzz booster tone with more tonal range and features than the average vintage fuzz box.
you need a high-gain fuzz.
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Flare is a dual-function pedal with a tube-like booster and a 1970s-style ring modulator effect that can be played separately or together.
Flare’s ring modulator is based on the iconic tone of the original Dan Armstrong Green Ringer. This vintage classic was made famous by Frank Zappa who loved the unusual modulations created by generating a harmonic octave over notes. Messiah’s version offers two control knobs: a “Sparkle” tone attenuator and output Level control. Its taupe-gold body, purple and green knobs and stick-figure rock ’n’ roller holding up a flame convey an appropriately rockin’70s vibe.
In a unique twist, Messiah’s Flare pairs the ringer with a warm tube-style boost instead of a fuzz. Flare feeds the booster into the ringer for an extra punch, while preserving the Green Ringerspirit. The ringer side also turns any fuzz into an octafuzz, and it has the ability to quiet signal background noise fed through it.
The booster side features a single Boost knob to control the MOSFET circuit, making it very tube-amp-friendly with a warm, organic boost and gain of up to 32dB.
The pedal is a distinct improvement over the 1970s pedal that inspired it. “Most ringer pedals don’t track well,” Tom Hejda, owner of Messiah Guitars. “The player can’t rely on repeating the same effect even with the most consistently played notes. We carefully matched the components, so our ringer follows your every move, producing that slightly dirty octave you expect on demand.”
Messiah developed this vintage octave pedal with flexible features so that people who love that messy, dirty Zappa-esque sound can get there with ease but there’s also something for those who have not fallen in love with fuzz or the Green Ringer alone. Flare offers an array of sonic options while retaining simplicity in the controls.
Each Flair Pedal Includes:
- 3 control knobs: Boost, Sparkle, and Level
- Two effects – Ring Modulator and Boost – can be used together or separately
- Space-saving top side jacks
- Durable, cast aluminum alloy 125B enclosure with fun artwork
- Easy to see, illuminated True-bypass foot switch
- Standard 9V pedal power input
Flare Pedal Demo
Messiah Guitars pedals are designed with an explorative player in mind. Like their custom guitars and amplifiers, Messiah’s pedals are hand-crafted in Los Angeles for a long life with guaranteed quality.
Flare retails for $199.00 and can be purchased directly at Messiah Guitars or you can hear it in person at Impulse Music Co. in Canyon Country, CA.
For more information, please visit messiahguitars.com.
This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal.
If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and QUACKS like a duck, then it must be a duck. That's how we came up with the name for our new envelope filter. This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal. Trevor explains how this is possible in the launch video, as well as gives a demo on Le Canard’s operation.
The attack control determines how quickly the filter responds to the envelope, and the decay sets how quickly the filter releases afterward. The range controls which frequency spectrum the filter does its magic on. Add to this relay-based full-bypass switching with failsafe, and you've got one crazy little quacky beast. It is so expressive that you'll want to give up on your rocker-wah forever.
The MayFly Le Canard envelope filter features:
- Super fast responding envelope follower. Touch it and it jumps!
- Range control to dial in the character of the filter
- Attack control to control how fast the filter moves on that first touch
- Release control to control how slowly the filter slides back to baseline
- Full bypass using relays with Fail SafeTM (automatically switches to bypass if the pedal loses power)
- Cast aluminum enclosure with groovy artwork
- MSRP $149 USD ($199 CAD)
Introducing the MayFly Le Canard Envelope Filter
All MayFly pedals are hand-made in Canada.
For more information, please visit mayflyaudio.com.
Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
NOMAD ISO M
NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
More info: https://www.outlawguitareffects.com.