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Rare Buzz Effects

Piccolo Falsetto

The Piccolo Falsetto: The Piccolo Falsetto is a multi-stage hybrid germanium overdrive, featuring a MOSFET buffer/boost, a passive pickup simulator, and a germanium gain stage. Built by hand in Columbus, Ohio, the remaining Piccolo Falsetto in the first run are built on the next generation hybrid boards, developed over the last six months at our studio. These provide better signal routing and a lower noise floor with surface mount resistors and actives, Wima and Nichicon capacitors throughout, and have no fear – the transistor at the core of the Piccolo’s boost stage is still hand-picked surplus Soviet germanium. The Piccolo is buffered at both input and output, so it can be placed anywhere in the pedal chain.

The Piccolo Falsetto circuit is still available in various forms in the Dragon Series. Click here to find out more.

Description

Controls:

  • TONE: DESIGNED LIKE THE TONE CONTROL ON A GUITAR, ALLOWS THE USER TO FINE TUNE THE TONE OF THE PEDAL.
  • SUSTAIN: CONTROLS THE SIGNAL LEVEL PASSING INTO THE CORE BOOST STAGE.
  • VOICE SWITCH: IN THE DOWN POSITION, THE PEDAL REACTS LIKE SINGLE COIL PICKUPS. IN THE UP POSITION, THE PEDAL REACTS MORE LIKE HUMBUCKERS. ALSO MATCHES THE TONE CAPACITOR TO THE VOICING.
  • BOOST: Controls the volume of the germanium boost stage at the core of the Piccolo Falsetto. Indirectly acts as the final volume.
  • FILTER: SELECT FROM FOUR FILTER SETTINGS (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): FULL BAND, LOW-MID THROUGH TREBLE, MID AND TREBLE, TREBLE.
  • PRESSURE: (internal) CHANGES THE INPUT STAGE FROM A SIMPLE BUFFER (COUNTER-CLOCKWISE) TO A BOOST. SET TO ROUGHLY NOON ON MOST UNITS DURING ASSEMBLY.
  • BIAS: (internal) ESTABLISHES THE BIAS POINT ON THE GERMANIUM TRANSISTOR. SET DURING ASSEMBLY AND SHOULD NOT NEED ADJUSTMENT DURING REGULAR USE.

SIGNAL CHAIN: TRUE BYPASS SWITCHING WITH MONO INPUT AND OUTPUT. LUMBERG AUDIO AND DC POWER JACKS.

Additional information

Dimensions

2.6″ X 5.0″ X 2.3″

Weight

Input

1/4" Instrument (Mono)

Output

1/4" Instrument (Mono)

Input Impedance

Power

9V; 2.1mm DC Jack

Consumption

< 100mA

Video Demos of the Piccolo Falsetto

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