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Crucible Fuzz Si

Euthymia Electronics

  • $ 11995

The Euthymia Electronics Crucible Fuzz Si is a high-gain fuzz pedal based on the classic Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit.

Each unit is made by hand, including painting, silkscreening, etching the printed circuit board, and wiring. It is an artisan-made guitar effect.

How does it sound? It's a fuzz box, designed to distort your signal. It's not supposed to provide モwarm tube toneヤ or モsubtle boostヤ or any of that. It's supposed to make your axe scream, crunch, crush, kill, and destroy. It can get those psychedelic garage tones, those wall-of-sound shoegazer tones and that singing lead 'Reelin' in the Years' tone. It can create feedback at very low volumes.

When Euthymia started working on the design, they were shooting for early-Stooges, late-Hendrix, in that squalling neighborhood. What was eventually achieved was something beyond that. Eric Miller, the designer, says he has always been frustrated with distortion boxes that could just barely get the amount of fuzz that he wanted. He wanted one that could get TOO MUCH fuzz. That's what the モFuzzヤ control is there for. If there's more than you need, you can easily back it off a bit. Convenient, huh?

For those with a more technical bent, the design is closely based on the original silicon Arbiter Fuzz Faces as resurrected by Dave Fox and marketed by Crest Audio in the late 1980's. A pair of HIGH gain-selected BC109's and a tweaked bias are the モsecrets.ヤ Pots are Alpha, jacks are Switchcraft and/or Neutrik. True bypass via DPDT footswitch. True to its FF roots, the Crucible Si has no indicator LED (you will have no difficulty knowing when it is in your signal path). The finish is baked-on bluish-grey hammerite, similar to the original '60's Fuzz Faces. Logo and control markings are hand silkscreened. The knobs are bakelite Daka-Ware "stove" knobs, great for making your settings by feel on dark stages. And they look cool on lighted stages.

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