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Rare Buzz Effects

Latest Release: The Fuzz Bob-Omb

The Fuzz Bob-Omb is the culmination of substantial research and development at Rare Buzz Effects. This discrete hybrid fuzz features a JFET input buffer that feeds a four-stage germanium fuzz core followed by a simple transistor buffer to preserve signal strength at the output jack. Each germanium stage incorporates carefully selected surplus Soviet transistors – three different varieties are used. Fuzz is created by rectifying the signal, done by a deliberate arrangement of four germanium diodes – topology based on an incredibly rare Soviet-era circuit from the 1970s.

Latest Release: The Fuzz Bob-Omb

The Fuzz Bob-Omb is the culmination of substantial research and development at Rare Buzz Effects. This discrete hybrid fuzz features a JFET input buffer that feeds a four-stage germanium fuzz core followed by a simple transistor buffer to preserve signal strength at the output jack. Each germanium stage incorporates carefully selected surplus Soviet transistors – three different varieties are used. Fuzz is created by rectifying the signal, done by a deliberate arrangement of four germanium diodes – topology based on an incredibly rare Soviet-era circuit from the 1970s.

An epic pedal of epic epicness. Easy to dial in with intuitive controls, the Fuzz Bob-Omb produces diverse fuzz tones – from subtle rumble to high pitched scrapes. A fuzz for those who hate fuzz, it finds a home in varying musical genres: blues, metal, rock, or songs that make you think about death and get sad and stuff. Sounds just as good on bass, even if you only play one note the entire song. Available exclusively from Rare Buzz Effects.

Restock expected July 2022.

An epic pedal of epic epicness. Easy to dial in with intuitive controls, the Fuzz Bob-Omb produces diverse fuzz tones – from subtle rumble to high pitched scrapes. A fuzz for those who hate fuzz, it finds a home in varying musical genres: blues, metal, rock, or songs that make you think about death and get sad and stuff. Sounds just as good on bass, even if you only play one note the entire song. Available exclusively from Rare Buzz Effects.

Restock expected July 2022.

The Latest News from Rare Buzz Effects:

Middlemarch Development: Switching

The first development challenge I worked through is the switching. I wanted to have the pedal handle any combination of mono and stereo at the input and output of the pedal, and I wanted to have it do this automatically on the daughterboard without the need for digital control.

Ukraine Cyborg Charity Pedal

What began as a simple idea – build thirteen special pedals to commemorate the now famous Ukrainians on Snake Island who told the Russian invaders to “go fuck yourself” – may have gotten carried away.

Free Plaid Couch: Octave Up Prototype with Big Ear Woodcutter

This week’s episode from the Free Plaid Couch is a bit different: we invite you into the prototyping process at Rare Buzz HQ.

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