SolidGold FX Imperial Fuzz BC183

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SolidGold FX Imperial Fuzz BC183

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Pretty Awesome Versatile Fuzz  (By zeppelin016)
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So I am not a "fuzz guy". I have been playing for 18+ years, but was always more of a straight Guitar->Amp tone kind of guy.

However, I recently decided that I should build a pedal board and get into all that stuff. And boy is the fuzz landscape never ending and confusing: all of the various types (fuzz face, big muff, tone bender) and all of the non-sense about behavior with regards to buffers.

I tried out a whole bunch of fuzzes and eventually bought:

- Basic Audio Scarab Deluxe
- Wren and Cuff Your Face 70's
- SolidGoldFX Imperial

I have to say the SolidGoldFX Imperial is my favorite. Don't get me wrong, those others are really cool. The bias knob on the Scarab is awesome and the Wren and Cuff sounds pretty great. But the Imperial was specifically built to be "buffer friendly". This is important to me because:

- One of my primary guitars has EMG active pickups (which act similarly to a buffer)
- I use a BOSS TU-3 as the first pedal in my chain to serve as a buffer and compensate for all of the pedals/wiring further along in the chain

Beyond being buffer friendly, the Imperial kills it for me in other regards.

- The response of the Fuzz knob is great, turned all the way up there is a lot of gain/compression, but I can roll it back almost all of the way and still get sustain and compression without all of the harshness.
- The mid-control switch in the middle of the pedal is great. Typically fuzzes are very scooped, but this switch allows me to boost the mids which is great for cutting through a band or mix.

Overall this pedal is pretty baller. Roll the fuzz back and push a Marshall, you are in Hendrix territory. Dial up a medium amount of fuzz and you get some good David Gilmour tones. Crank the fuzz and you are ready for Billy Corgan / Smashing Pumpkins sounds.

Huzzah! (Posted on 10/11/15)

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SolidGold FX Imperial Fuzz BC183

Although inspired by the classic 4-stage muff circuits of yesterday the Imperial BC183 is more than just another Big Muff clone. Built around a fine tuned high-impedance JFET preamp the Imperial BC183 offers incredibly stable buffer friendly operation, as well as exceptional volume cleanup and dynamics, while a pair of BC183 transistors provides gobs of detailed mid focused gain. The Imperial retains the classic BMP tone stack found in vintage muffs with the addition of a 3-position toggle that allows for a much finer degree of control over the midrange content. Depending on where the switch is set mids can be scooped, flattened or boosted giving end users a great deal of control over the Imperial’s voicing. The fuzz control has also been adjusted for the smoothest taper possible making it easy to dial in a variety of shades of fuzz ranging from crunchy break up to liquid saturation while a slight output boost guarantees there is always enough muscle to get the job the done. Whether you are chasing the soaring sounds of Gilmour or looking for some dark doom bass rumble the Imperial stands ready to deliver some royally raucous fuzz.

SolidGold FX Imperial Fuzz BC183 Features:

  • Fuzz: Allows you to increase or decrease the amount of distortion.
  • Level: Allows you to boost or cut your volume level.
  • Tone: Allows you set darker tones as you turn the knob to the left or brighter tones as you set the knob to the right.
  • Mid Switch: This toggle controls the midrange content of the tone control. It selects between mid-boost (center position), mid scoop (right position) and flatter mids (left position).
  • True Bypass Switch: Allows you to engage or bypass the effect.

Specifications:

  • Current Draw: Approx. 3mA
  • 9V DC Input: This pedal uses a negative ground, 9V DC power supply with a 2.1mm barrel plug and negative center. Battery operation is also possible.
  • Power supply or batteries not included
  • Dimensions:4.77" x 2.6 x 1.39" (121.1 x 66 x 35.3mm)

 

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