Meet the Danelectro 3699 Fuzz

I love a good bit of synchronicity, and there’s an absolute gem at the end of this press release about the new Danelectro 3699 Fuzz!

Danelectro reissue the iconic 3699 Fuzz™.

Renowned for their cool retro looks, playability and unmistakable sound, Danelectro® guitars were right there at the birth of rock and roll and are still as popular as ever.

Throughout this incredible journey, Danelectro owner Steve Ridinger has also produced some of the finest foot pedals in the history of guitar effects, which includes the classic FOXX® 3699 Tone Machine®, one of the most iconic guitar effect pedals of all time.

Now available as a reissue, the new Danelectro 3699 Fuzz™, mirrors all the glorious fuzz tones that made the original a must-have for thousands of players around the world, ever since it was invented by Steve in the 1970’s.

Today it’s housed within a sturdy metal chassis with Danelectro’s custom wear and tear finish, aged knobs and funky large lens orange on/off indicator. Steve’s also reintroduced the original analogue circuitry and included decades old NOS transistors which are gain selected so there’s a narrow gain range to produce really sweet tones along with some modern tweaks.

While the unmistakable vintage core-tone voice remains, upgrades include, independent foot switchable octave, now with a significantly more pronounced octave shift, adding a new dimension to chords and extreme highs to solo note runs.

The overall tone is also warmer, while a single tone control with a massive range, blends a broad array of exciting frequencies with the 3699’s classic edgy fuzz, which responds exceptionally well at any point throughout the guitar’s volume control sweep. New features also include a mini-toggle switch for a boost in the mid-range (to counteract the mid-cut of the original pedal) and true bypass switching.

Steve’s often been asked why this stunning octave fuzz pedal was originally referred to as 3699. Back in the ’70s, it was considered cool for a company to have a phone number that spelled out the name of your product, so he figured out which numbers were needed to spell F-O-X-X. What he got was 3-6-9-9. To his utter amazement, this was already the FOXX company phone number, which was randomly assigned the year before by the phone company. Weird or spooky maybe, either way, the Danelectro 3699 Fuzz™ is the #1 choice for vintage fuzz.

Cool Gear Alert: Roger Mayer Visage

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In honour of the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix landing in London and changing the world, Roger Mayer has announced the Visage, a new fuzz pedal which lets you reconfigure its internals for 45 different tone options, mirroring the myriad modifications Roger made to Jimi’s gear as the demands of the studio required. “I am constantly asked about our tone secrets and of course there was not one but many with a F1 approach to obtaining the ultimate solution for performance and tone for whatever the situation might be,” Mayer says. “So I decided to manufacture a new cutting edge design with heritage roots and configuration to bring today’s modern players a solution that will offer them many of the same parameter changes and electronic techniques that Jimi and I shared and developed.”

For full details on how it works, head to this link.

Meet The Catalinbread Fuzzrite

PRESS RELEASE: The Catalinbread Fuzzrite is the newest addition to our arsenal of hand built effects pedals. We wanted to bring back this iconic, classic, sixties fuzz. This gnarly garage fuzz is a faithful reproduction of the classic Fuzzrite sound that can be heard on The Ventures’ “2,000 Pound Bee”, Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida”, to the Black Keys. The Fuzzrite has a rich history of taking guitar tones to new levels; it is splatty, raw and unapologetic. We’ve brought back the classic silicon circuit and added the option for a 9v power supply. Read More …

The Electro-Harmonix Octavix

From ehx.com: Octavix delivers the definitive late 1960’s fuzzed out, octave up sound together with modern enhancements that update the classic concept. Housed in EHX’s rugged nano package, the Octavix features Volume, Boost and Octave knobs. Volume regulates the output level of the pedal. Boost controls the amount of fuzztone and Octave adjusts the volume of the octave above. A mini-toggle lets the player select between 9 or 24 volt power rails and determines the power supply voltage for the entire circuit. At 9V the pedals behaves like the classic, saggy fuzz box. At 24V the Octavix delivers a tighter sound and a richer octave tone. True bypass ensures maximum signal path integrity.

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Meet The EHX Octavix

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The new EHX Octavix is designed to deliver a late ’60’s Octavia-style vibe with an octave up and classic fuzz to transport you to a world of bell bottoms and purple haze. Sounds good, right? The Volume, Boost and Octave controls let you dial in the right vintage tone while 21st Century updates for the modern player include switchable 24/9volt power rails that bring on a tight or saggy sound, as well as true bypass. More info here

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Keeley Limited Release Black Glass British Fuzz

BlackGlassSplashPRESSS RELEASE: Keeley Electronics today announced it is building the Black Glass British Fuzz effect pedal. The pedal will be limited to 150 units.  The 100% hand-built Black Glass is a modern compact circuit of the classic OC81 based design and was created for the most demanding fuzz effects lovers. The Black Glass offers a wealth of tone bending vintage musical MkIII sounds with reduced noise and treble response and a modern power supply. With controls for FUZZ, TONE, and LEVEL the Black Glass makes it easy for players to dial in very wild amounts of fuzz. Modifications to the circuit allow for an increased high frequency not heard of before as well as ultra-low noise.  Furthermore, design modifications have solved temperature problems that can affect vintage fuzz units.  Players have the needed power supply inversion so that they can use a regular 9 Volt power supply.  Read More …