US pedal maker Fulltone has just unveiled what it calls“the ultimate OCD”: a new Custom Shop model of the OCD pedal called the CS-OCD-Ge overdrive.
The new Fulltone CS-OCD-Ge is the latest incarnation of Michael Fuller’s famous OCD drive pedal. This new version is a limited Custom Shop edition and has two MOSFETs, plus two germanium diodes. There have also been a few adjustments to the regular OCD circuit design to make it the what Fulltone is calling ‘the ultimate OCD’.
It comes in a metallic teal finish with chrome undercoat, differentiating it from the standard pedal, which is cream with black lettering.
Recently I stumbled across a reasonably large stash of the right kind of Germanium diodes so I ponied-up and bought all of them. I then decided to do a small run of the ultimate OCD: a Custom Shop offering with a few circuit tweaks.
The Germanium diodes in the new CS-OCD-Ge are just the sort of ‘unobtanium’ component you need to release a limited run of an overdrive these days. That means this pedal will not be around forever.
At the time of writing, Fulltone has yet to state a price or definite release date for this new Custom Shop pedal. But until then you can go and register to win one of six pedals to be given away by Fulltone at 8AM PDT on July 4, 2019. You can read about how the original OCD overdrive pedals also used Germanium Diodes. If you want to try your luck, use the link below to enter the contest.
If you like your overdrive tones smooth, creamy and amp-like, then the new Fulltone CS-OCD-Ge model could be one for you. We have no official audio demos of the pedal in action yet, so will just have to believe the hype until something gets uploaded.