SolidGoldFX Introduces the Imperial MkII Fuzz Pedal

SolidGoldFX Imperial MkII Fuzz Pedal

SolidGoldFX is throwing things back with their latest pedal called the Imperial MkII. Inspired by the JEN Jumbo fuzz, the pedal has four sliders for controlling your volume, tone, contour, and fuzz for a sound the company calls “ripping, royally raucous fuzz with impeccable manners.” The new version of the Imperial builds upon their original tribute.

“True to the original SGFX Imperial, the MKII retains our high impedance JFET preamp, giving the low noise floor detail and definition you would expect from any SolidGoldFx pedal. Bass, guitar, or synth, stick it anywhere in your effects chain, and feel free to ride your volume knob for clean-up – the Imperial’s preamp will respond. While the tone stack is carried over from the original design, a new Contour slider replaces the mids switch, which changes the frequency of the high-pass filter in the tone stack. This allows you to boost or scoop your mids, with every shade in between.”

Another main improvement in the MkII is in its noise gate. The vintage Jumbo Fuzz had a germanium transistor design, but the new Imperial utilizes silicon devices and an improved envelope generator for more consistency and response. “Having fine-tuned the attack and release, not only does the noise gate allow for virtually zero noise, but it also gives the pedal a unique, sharp attack with no loss of sustain at higher fuzz settings,” they add. “Align this to a nice, dry attack at low settings, and Imperial MKII will pair great with other dirt boxes too. The noise gate will even allow you to add fuzz to a hollow-body while controlling the howl and feedback should you choose.”

Other features include dual LED indicators, top jacks, and true bypass switching. The SolidGoldFX Imperial MkII is available now for $199.99.

SolidGoldFX Imperial MkII Fuzz Pedal Features:

Controls: Volume, Tone, Contour, Fuzz
True Bypass Footswitch
LEDs for Bypass Status and Gate Status
Power: Center-Negative 9VDC Power Adapter
Dimensions: 4.77″ x 2.6 x 1.39″

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