A brutal yet smooth op amp overdrive and fuzz.
A great fuzz pedal should energize your playing with fire and brimstone. But sometimes the fieriest fuzzes can be a real handful. Yellowcake’s Furry Burrito manages to be hot and forgiving by mating a nasty fuzz circuit with a relatively civilized overdrive employing a combination of silicon and germanium clipping diodes. It’s as smooth a fuzz as you’ll hear, without sacrificing the desired nastiness.
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The Furry Burrito is essentially an overdrive cascading into a fuzz. The fuzz and overdrive are controlled via the gain and drive knobs, respectively. Together they can produce eyebrow-raising snarl, but they also provide mellower saturation shades. Meanwhile, the filter knob controls a low-pass filter that lets the Furry Burrito move from wooly and bassy to hot and bright.
The LED indicator is an unexpected treat: It doubles as a trim pot controlling the amount of voltage feeding the circuit. Starving the voltage mimics the glitchy sputter of a ’60s germanium fuzz running at low gain. Cranked, the control adds highly musical and predictable oscillation.
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I tested the Burrito using a Les Paul with a P-90 neck pickup. The pedal did an impressive job of turning a Fender Deluxe Reverb (set to the brink of breakup) into an agent of destruction. I could conjure liquid, Smashing Pumpkins-like lead tones and beautiful controlled feedback. Power chords became massive bricks of sound while retaining strong note-to-note definition, even with drive and gain set to maximum.
The Furry Burrito has the singing sustain and creamy saturation of a transistor-driven, Muff-type circuit, but with more focus and without the aggressive midrange scoop.
Some of the richness may be attributable to the asymmetric clipping of the silicon/germanium diode set. You hear less of the metallic sizzle you sometimes encounter in op amp-driven Big Muffs, and the fuzz tends to sound more harmonically complex. Both qualities make the Furry Burrito an agreeable fuzz when switching between amps. A fat switch also contributes to the pedal’s play-nice nature. It engages a larger capacitor, adding a touch more bass for open-back cabs and thinner-sounding combos. The Furry Burrito’s “tunability” also makes it perfect for bassists, who are likely to love the pedal’s tight low-end response in high-gain environments. The Burrito provides all the filth with none of the flub.
The voltage-starving trim knob is heaps of fun. The pot is sensitive, veering quickly from smooth distortion to a sputtering mess. It definitely takes finesse and practice to dial in. When you get it right, though, it adds a nice touch of ’60s germanium splatter. This relatively fragmented output lacks some of the ghostly overtones you hear in fuzzes with more sensitive or complex biasing functions (or, say, Neil Young’s strangled tweed Deluxe), but it sounds plenty cool when you need to get weird.
The Furry Burrito packs an impressive punch and much versatility into a relatively small footprint. While you can’t operate the overdrive and fuzz circuits independently, you still experience the extra gain, color, and dimension that a properly paired fuzz and overdrive can provide. It’s a study box that delivers uncommonly smooth and controllable fuzz at a fair price.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.