Acorn Amplifiers’ new Circuit Fuzz pedal comes with a boost PCB built into the housing which you can pop out of the chassis and then wire up yourself. Good idea or gimmick? The jury’s still out…
Circuit Fuzz by Acorn Amplifiers
Circuit Fuzz is a straight-up fuzz effect pedal with two controls, Volume and Fuzz, so it’s nice and simple to use. Judging by the demos, this 2-transistor effect pedal should nevertheless have enough flexibility. From overdrive to distortion to creamy fuzz, I expect this pedal will meet all your dirt-tone needs. Rolling back the volume control on your guitar will let you clean the sound up a little.
But this fuzz pedal takes the “circuits” idea a step further. The top panel doesn’t just look like a printed circuit board (or PCB). It is one! Ambitious users can take it off and use it to build a boost effect, following the online instructions. The boost can either be used within the Circuit Fuzz as a boost pre-stage, or as an independent effect. The instructions are free of charge.
It all sounds pretty cool. But I’m not sure how practical it is. If I take it off to build the boost effect, do I have a huge hole in the top panel of the case afterwards? Or is there a plate underneath? And if I want to do it after years of everyday life on stage, is everything already rusted and unusable?
It’s a neat idea, yes, but I’m not so sure it’s a great one. This pedal may prove very tempting for collectors of pedal curiosities, though.
RRP – USD 149