Cloak Audio have just announced a brand new hand-built fuzz pedal: the Jackdaw. Based in London, England Cloak Audio are a small boutique pedal builder and have designed a unique-sounding fuzz pedal, including thick synth-like fuzz tones with a ‘cocked wah’ tone stack. This fuzz is not for the faint-hearted and has some serious raw and dirty tones available on tap.
Tim of Cloak Audio is the main man behind behind this fuzz pedal and he has combined two fuzz circuits in different octave registers – one high, the other low. You can route these through a filter circuit, the characteristics of which can be changed from a regular tone control to fixed-wah to an envelope-following, more vocal sounding filter.
Tim knows a thing or two about fuzz and is well known for his work with Fredric Effects. This new Jackdaw pedal from Cloak Audio is the first under this new moniker should be available in early 2016. I really like the pedal’s graphics and the large format casing. It won’t appeal to every one, especially if you like Boss style compact pedals. I really like a nice big ‘old school’ case on a fuzz pedal, though.
Personally, I do love filthy fuzz tones and wanted to find out what inspired Tim to build these crazy pedals. I contacted him directly and asked him where he got the inspiration for these pedals, as it is a really unique sounding unit (I had stumbled upon the demo on their Facebook page and was intrigued). He got back to me and explained his thinking behind the pedal.
I love envelope/cocked wah effects like the Systech Harmonic Energizer and the Vorg Warp Sound. So this uses a more extreme version of those filters (i.e. it can go really high and shrill). This was already tried out in the Fredric Pocket Weasel MkII – along with the ability to substitute the whole wah tone section for a conventional tone stack. Making the fixed-wah respond to note attack with the envelope follower seemed a useful next step.
To like this particular unit, you need to be either into your fuzz pedals like myself or someone that wants to stand out from the crowd. The Jackdaw will certainly appeal to you if you like your fuzz filthy and with plenty of growl. I love to see and hear something that really stands out from the herd and sounds different. That’s certainly the case here.
RRP GBP £190