Review of: Red Witch Fuzz God II
Reviewed by: Gabriel TanakaRating:4On October 31, 2013Last modified:October 6, 2016
The Red Witch Fuzz God II is the successor to Red Witch’s Fuzz God pedal, offering a welcome twist with some silicon fuzz flavor in contrast to the germanium original. Like the dying god, Osiris, the original Fuzz God has made way for a new king to resume his throne. And what a king this is.
Red Witch have a reputation for making exceptional analog pedals of the highest build quality that sound absolutely brilliant. Check out Red Witch’s Empress Chorus, Violetta Delay, and Synthotron pedals for further sampling of their fine work. The Fuzz God II takes their renowned expertise to far dirtier extremes with a versatile, “all-out” fuzz that can go from subtle and classic to rampaging “wrath of god” chaos. Is this the best silicon fuzz distortion pedal around? You’ll find out in our Red Witch Fuzz God II review. Let’s run down the features and awaken this sleeping giant.
All-analog silicon diode fuzz.
Volume control knob for adjusting output level.
Fuzz control knob for adjusting gain level.
Wrath control for adjusting frequency oscillation. This knob is highly interactive with the Fuzz and Sputter controls and can create sub-octave fuzz sounds and extreme note corruption effects and other terrifying tones.
Sputter control knob adjusts the DC bias to create everything from sputtering, gated fuzz sounds to singing, sustaining silicon fuzz saturation.
Awaken foot-switch engages and deactivates the effect.
Lightning Bolt foot-switch activates the Wrath control knob. Disengage when the pedal is not in use to prevent signal bleed.
Lightning toggle-switch doubles the available gain on tap.
Ear toggle-switch boosts treble frequencies.
Internal Trim Pot adjusts the master bias on the transistors to create smooth or sputtery effects.
True Bypass for letting your signal pass unaffected when disengaged.
Powered by 9-volt battery or 9VDC Boss-style power supply.
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Sound & Performance:
The Fuzz God II is absolutely insane. I just have to go ahead and say it. Seriously, this pedal is nuts. You’ve been warned. I’m going to review this pedal “backwards” because you need to know about the extremities of this pedal to really understand what it’s all about. There are plenty of traditional fuzz pedals out there, and while the Fuzz God II captures a wealth of classic silicon fuzz tones to suit just about any playing style, this pedal offers some truly extreme and unique fuzz tones you won’t find anywhere else.
Some often complain about fuzz pedals that you have to tweak to make sound good. Well, that certainly isn’t a problem with the Fuzz God II. Its simple controls make it easy to dial in great classic fuzz sounds with ease. But the Fuzz God II really has much more to offer. It is a frightening deity in fuzz pedal form. Proper tribute should be paid accordingly.
I hit the Awaken foot-switch to unleash the monster, flipped the Lightning switch to double the gain, and gave the other foot-switch a stomp to incur the Wrath of the Fuzz God II. It can be a good idea to bring the Sputter down really low. You’ll need to contain and guide the overwhelming, godlike power that surges forth from this beast. Dialing in the Fuzz and Wrath between 8-11 o’clock brings forth sputtering velcro fuzz tones and interesting synth-like sounds. The Fuzz God II adds plenty of harmonic overtones to color your sound, and careful attenuation of the various control parameters will deliver very musical results. Use the Bright switch for a subtle boost in top-end, although on some settings this switch may dramatically change the harmonic response of the pedal. You can get lost in this pedal chasing that perfect sound, or you can simply crank some knobs and unleash a spontaneous roar of audio carnage.
It can be very interesting to leave the Sputter rolled clockwise with the Wrath engaged, if you’re brave enough.. But be aware that a storm will follow if you do. You can get some great sounds, but just keep playing and don’t stop. You’re guiding the lightening bolts of Zeus. If you’re unable to focus that kind of power it may blow up in your face. Fortunately, the Wrath has its own dedicated footswitch, so you can bring on the destruction precisely when needed and kick it off when you want the torrents of thunder to cease. After you’ve given your audience a taste of your fury, this is how you show them mercy.
Oh, that’s too much, you say? The Fuzz God II is too intense for you, eh? You just want some good ‘ole rockin’ fuzz tones without all that wild