EarthQuaker Devices has just announced its new Erupter fuzz pedal. The circuit is simplicity itself to use – it’s only got one knob! And that’s a good thing, because in my experience of fuzz pedals, the simpler the circuit, the better the fuzz.
A fuzz pedal with only one knob? Yes! Over the years, I’ve found that with a quality fuzz box all you actually need is that one knob to control the fuzz circuit’s bias. The rest of the tone shaping and sound manipulation comes from the dynamics of your playing and the volume and tone controls on your guitar.
The Erupter uses NOS silicon transistors to get the core fuzz tone, and the online demos indicate that this thing should sound equally good on bass or guitar. EarthQuaker say it can do everything from spluttering fuzz tones to smooth walls of dirt. This is certainly a full-on, no-compromise fuzz pedal that – judging by the demos – keeps the low end tight rather than turning it into a mush-fest, while still adding the required filth across the spectrum!
Its handily small size and ability to run from either a battery or an external 9V power supply make this pedal very appealing to me. I could squeeze one onto my pedal board with no problems at all. Simplicity can be such a great thing, and EarthQuaker Devices’ Erupter fuzz pedal is as simple as you can get. I think the demos sound great and should give you a good indication of what you can achieve with the Erupter fuzz pedal.
Earthquaker Devices have been making some fantastic boutique pedals over the last few years, and this new fuzz pedal is a welcome addition to their range.
RRP GBP 155
Earthquaker Devices Erupter Fuzz product page