On-board fuzz circuit

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mellowgerman, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I've dabbled with passive fuzz circuits in the past, which can be fun, but I've always experienced a bit of a volume drop with them, so switching on mid-song was always a little bit of a let down. Debating how to get a nice snarly fuzz boost, I considered installing the guts of an existing fuzz into my strat bass, but then I came across the Artec ODD on-board distortion/overdrive circuit. Couldn't find any bass demos of one but it's super cheap, so I figured there wasn't much to lose in trying it out. I was pleasantly surprised to find just how killer it sounds on bass. Actually preserves low end!
    There are 4 gain settings. The first two are pretty lackluster, at least with this single Gibson Minibucker in the neck position. The last two are great though. One being a moderate chunky fuzzy overdrive and the other being a full-bore laser beam of fuzzy glitchy goo. In this short video you get the high octane setting. I plan to play around a little more withthe circuit, with switchable capacitors and a pre-fuzz volume, so I plan to put up a little more comprehensive demo then with better recording methods than my cell phone camera, but here's a little sneak peak as-is:
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  2. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    CORRECTION: it's QDD not ODD... not sure why, but talkbass is not letting me edit my original post
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