You may have heard that the infamous Silver Rose dual fuzz pedal was resurrected as the Dwarfcraft Silver Rose V2, a most righteous pedal. Well, it’s more like an unholy cauldron that spews forth abominable fuzz. One side of the Silver Rose V2 featured a variation of Dwarfcraft’s own Eau Claire Thunder, a Muff-ish fuzz pushed to monstrous extremes. The other side of the pedal featured an all-new “Super Fuzz” inspired dirt flavor. But the wizardry within the new Super Fuzz circuit couldn’t be contained as a mere sideshow within another pedal; thus, the Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer was unleashed upon the world to help guitarists summon forth the most gnarly and evil riffage ever devised. For this review I’ll dare to wield this necronomical fuzz and share with you a taste of its dark and twisted power.
Contains the Silver Rose V2’s Super Fuzz inspired circuit and EQ section with additional Mids control knob
Control knobs for Volume, Bias, Gain, Treble, Mids, & Bass
Mids knob is voiced to the deepest frequency dip created by flipping the Mids switch down
Mids switch selects between a classic fuzz sound with a rich mid-range presence and a heavily mid-scooped sound with more bass and treble
EQ switch bypasses the Treble, Mids, & Bass control knobs.
Powered by 9VDC power adapter
Check out our Silver Rose V2 demo & listen to the Super side to hear some of the sounds the Necromancer is capable of.
Sound & Performance:
Silver Rose V2 vs Necromancer
Let’s start by comparing this pedal to the Silver Rose V2’s Super Fuzz section. Basically, the Necromancer nails those sounds in all their explosive glory, making it a killer standalone pedal for guitarists or bassists who just want those tones. There are 2 noteworthy performance differences that are in favor of the Necromancer. Expanding on the SRV2’s 2-band EQ section, the Necromancer’s new Mids knob lets you contour even deeper (and heavier!) mid-scooped tones or add even more classic sounding mid-range presence. Extra tonal range is a big plus. Also, due to the extreme nature of the Silver Rose V2’s fusion of 2 separate fuzz circuits, it has a more present noise floor while the Necromancer remains a bit more quiet and controlled, despite its capacity for extreme fuzz carnage. In summary, the Silver Rose V2 offers more fuzz distortion colors thanks to its blending of 2 distinct circuits (and has a Clean blend knob and Clean Output jack); the Necromancer gives you just the excellent Super Fuzz tones with greater EQ flexibility and quieter operation. That’ll be enough for some of you to know if the Necromancer is the right fuzz pedal for you.
If you’re less familiar with the Silver Rose V2’s Super Fuzz section, let’s talk a bit more about what the Necromancer is all about. When I use words like “explosive” and “extreme” to describe its character, this is in reference to a certain unstable yet paradoxically focused sound the pedal has. The Necromancer adds immensity to low-end riffage, a thickness and girth that could also be described as tectonic. Certain classic fuzz flavors can be achieved with lower Gain settings, but pushing the Gain upwards towards as high as 3 o’clock unleashes the devastating tones that this pedal will be most highly regarded for. While Super Fuzz flavored circuits can rip up guitar chords, there’s a refined nature in Dwarfcraft’s interpretation of this classic style of fuzz that rewards players with a more controlled form of fuzz chaos.
Aside from the Gain knob, the Necromancer has 3 different methods for adjusting the tonality of its fuzz: the Bias knob, Mids switch, and switchable 3-band EQ section. I want to talk about these aspects at once as they’re integral to understanding how to make the most of this particular fuzz pedal – or you can always just turn knobs till it sounds good. The Bias knob adjusts the voltage to a part of of the circuit that attenuates the degree of focus and chaos, tightening up or loosening the feel of the fuzz. Some areas of the Bias sweep are noisier than others, but this won’t really be an issue when you’re riffing out. The Mids switch selects between a mid-focused tone and a bass and treble heavy sound with an aggressive mid-cut. Flipping the EQ switch activates a 3-band EQ (with the Mids knob being centered at the same frequency as the Mids switch’s cut). The EQ section can be used with the Mids switch in either position, letting your refine the mid-focused or mid-cut sound. Dwarfcraft is proud of offering “too much” treble & bass if you need it, and the dramatic range of EQing possibilities actually contribute greatly to this pedal’s versatility.
A few quick pointers… try setting the Bias at minimum with the Mids switch set to mid-cut, crank the Gain, and enjoy the searing, molten lava fuzz distortion that ensues. Then flip the Mids switch to a more mid-focused tone and roll the Bias up towards 10-11 o’clock. Notice that killer “splatty” character that doesn’t fully rip your guitar to pieces. Sounds so good. Also, on that second setting, try selecting your guitar’s neck pickup for some killer octave up fuzz. Then try some power chords (just roots & 5ths) lower on the neck for some raucous riffing. So nasty. So rad. I usually leave the EQ on at all times; it’s always great for tweaking the pedal to your instrument and amp. Also, while another one of my favorite Super Fuzz flavored pedals, the SolidGoldFX Formula 76, is particular well-suited to single-coils (to my ears anyway), I rather enjoy the Necromancer with single-soils & humbuckers, again edging this pedal towards a bigger win in the versatility department.
I can’t really gripe about much here. The lower noise floor compared to the SRV2 edges it out as my preferred pedal of the two. My only minor complaint is that I wish the input & output jacks were top-mounted, hardly an issue to anyone except those of us with super tight pedalboards. Just understand what type of fuzz you’re getting into with this one as this pedal is a gnarly beast. Dwarfcraft rocked it hard with this one.
The Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer is a nefarious & tonally versatile Super Fuzz style pedal that packs enough earthshaking, seismic fuzz to break the richter scale. Seriously, it’s heavy and it’s dirty. Assuming you like breaking things, musically speaking, you’ll probably dig this ripper of a pedal. As an alternative to Dwarfcraft’s monstrous Silver Rose V2, the Necromancer takes half of the SRV2’s awesomeness and lets you further tweak that sound to perfection thanks to its 3-band EQ. Of the fuzz pedals I’ve played in 2016, the Necromancer is most deserving of attention for those with a taste for aggressive and versatile fuzz pedals.
That concludes our Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer review. Thanks for reading.