The Cusack Screamer Fuzz is a flexible little monster. Part overdrive, part fuzz, it doesn’t quite know what it is, but it certainly knows what it’s not: polite and wimpy. It’s based on the company’s Screamer pedal, which Cusack themselves describe as “A Tube Screamer copy, but …much more than that.” The Screamer offers around twice the available gain of a typical Ibanez Tube Screamer, which sounds pretty cool to me, but the Screamer Fuzz goes even further, starting with the basic Screamer guts, but with a bit of a twist too. A filthy, dirty, fuzzy twist.
The Screamer Fuzz features Level and Scream controls very much like the Screamer pedal, but it also has a Fuzz knob in place of the Screamer’s Tone control. Turn the Fuzz knob all the way counterclockwise and there’s no fuzz. Crank it up for what Cusack calls “Broken Op-Amp’ tone which cuts out as your note decays. Similarly, turn the Scream knob all the way down for no gain (but you can still use the Level control to put a little hurt on your preamp), or crank it. Both the Screamer and the Screamer Fuzz have a Clip Selector switch and associated LED, which lets you select between Standard, Crushed or Assymetrical LED clipping.