Earthquaker Devices has announced the Erupter, a classic fuzz with big sounds distilled into a single knob. Designed by Jamie Stillman, the stompbox is described as having “a big low end, but not too mushy, and a biting top end without being too harsh.”
“In developing the Erupter, Stillman ‘[used] every trick [he] ever learned’ to craft a fuzz Device that sounds good with any pickup type anywhere in the effects chain, even before a wah pedal, and without any impedance mismatching,” the company explains. “To this end, the Erupter uses a buffered input section, transformer-based pickup simulation, new production 5% ½ watt carbon composition resistors, metallized polyester film capacitors, Sprague and BC electrolytic capacitors, and low-gain, hand-matched NOS silicon transistors to deliver a ‘well-rounded and defined fuzz tone with just enough pummeling intensity.’”
The control knob is labeled “Bias.” At low settings, it offers a “spongy” fuzz tone and a blossoming attack envelope that’s gated. Turning the dial will add harmonics to the signal for a sitter, more complex fuzz.
Check out this demo by The Pedal Zone’s Stefan Fast:
The Erupter is available now with a street price of $145.
Earthquaker Devices Erupter Fuzz Details:
|Classic Fuzz Tone|
|Overloaded-yet-refined full-force fuzz with crushing lows and smooth top end that’s touch-responsive and reacts to changes in guitar volume and tone controls|
|“Bias” control adjusts fuzz character for unique tonal variations|
|Custom-made “Bias” pot with center detent to indicate “proper” Bias setting|
|Users may over- or under-bias the Erupter for their preferred sound and feel|
|Silent relay-based switching|
|All-analog signal path|
|Each and every Erupter is built by the hands of real-life dream warriors in the foothills of Mt. Akron, Ohio|