The MK 1.6 Germanium Fuzz is a handcrafted effect pedal based on classic fuzz circuits of the mid-60s. The closest ancestors are the fabled 'MK 1.5' Tone Bender and Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. This model includes a few added touches to enhance playability in the modern world.
The circuit is built upon a hand etched board with the highest quality components and an obsessive attention to detail. The standard MK 1.6 Germanium Fuzz is battery powered only – the on/off switch disconnects battery from the circuit when plugged in so you can keep on your board without having to remove the input lead. We can also custom build with a DC input jack and LED indicator – please enquire for additional options.
Each Pedal is built by hand, one at a time, and individually voiced to optimize its specially selected pair of transistors. This means no two pedals are exactly the same - they all have unique attributes and components are chosen to enhance the sonic qualities of each circuit.
The controls are simple but highly effective - 'Attack' dials up the fuzz and 'Level' sets the overall output of the effect, which ranges from soft to sonic destruction. The MK 1.6 is designed to provide a high level of output when desired and is capable of a significant volume boost - this fuzz will not disappear in the mix when engaged.
Raising the level also hits the input of your amp harder and interacts with tube preamp stages to produce beautiful overtones and a wide range of overdrive and distortion tones through to raging fuzz. The pedal provides a vast tonal palette to play with and subtle changes in pick attack and tweaks to your guitar's volume and tone controls offer up unlimited avenues for expression.
The Gain Mode switch provides three separate gain settings for the pedal. Low is a boost setting with Med and High progressively adding more gain and fuzz. Lower gain is also a tad brighter, high is fat and juicy. Each setting imparts its own special character and greatly adds to the versatility of the pedal in response to different musical situations, guitars, amps etc. Wherever you set it, be prepared for scintillating boosted fuzz tones!
All pedals come complete with a hand made padded carry case, signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and instruction card.
- NOS Germanium Transistors
- 9VDC or battery powered
- Premium quality components throughout
- Custom fitted padded cover (included)
- Certificate of Authenticity (included)
- Instruction Card (included)
- Custom options available
- Handmade in New Zealand