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Alex Lifeson Unveils Lerxst Snow Dog Octave Fuzz

Alex Lifeson Unveils Lerxst Snow Dog Octave Fuzz

A 1970s-inspired circuit with separate fuzz and octave switches, a toggle switch to change the order of circuits, and sturdy construction for years of use.

Just a few months after the successful launch of the By-Tor overdrive/boost pedal, Alex Lifeson and Lerxst have announced their next pedal collaboration - The Snow Dog. The Snow Dog is an octave fuzz that utilizes the Lerxst two-in-one pedal format to provide a versatile array of modern and vintage fuzz sounds with a foot switchable upper octave effect. The Snow Dog is available now for $295 as a limited-run of 500 pedals available exclusively through the LERXST Reverb Store and also includes a tour pass signed by Alex.​

With this latest creation, Alex found himself chasing the sounds that he was hearing on records by Hendrix, Beck, Page, and more. "My introduction to fuzz was before I had any on my face,” he says. “My first pedal was the glorious Fuzz Face and ‘In A Gadda Da Vida’ never sounded better!"

The Snow Dog builds off of a beloved silicon octave fuzz circuit from the early 1970s while updating the effect for the needs of the modern player. The fuzz section of the pedal has a wide gain range that runs the gamut from subtly satisfying vintage fuzz sounds to thick sustain that can be dialed from the pleasantly muffled to screaming leads with the turn of the tone knob. There is also plenty of volume on tap to provide an added kick to even the cleanest of amplifiers.

The octave section of the pedal combines multiple semitones to create The Snow Dog’s signature upper octave sheen. When used without the fuzz, it can add subtle synthy textures to your core guitar sound as well as a slight gain boost. When combined with the fuzz section, The Snow Dog reaches its final form as a searing octave fuzz that can cut through any mix while still retaining its thickness and texture. Just like By-Tor, the order of the two sections can be changed via toggle switch, resulting in two distinctly different octave fuzz sounds.

“I use distortion, fuzz, and overdrive pedals and plug-ins when I'm looking for that kind of specific sound for the projects I work on and am having fun with both the By-Tor and Snow Dog pedals,” Alex says. “But it's the Snow Dog that really screams. It can produce the most horrific fuzz in the Universe!”

As with all Mojotone products, Snow Dog is handcrafted in the USA with top-quality components for years of trouble-free use at home, on stage, or in the studio.

  • 1970s-inspired circuit for a rich, creamy fuz
  • Analog octave circuit
  • Separate fuzz and octave switches
  • Toggle switch to change order of fuzz and octave circuits
  • Sturdy steel enclosure
  • Heavy-duty footswitches, knobs, and jacks
  • 9V DC Negative Center Power
  • Current Draw: 70mA
  • MAP: $295

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