While traveling thru LA I got the opportunity to run thru our new pedal lineup with some talented young guitarists. This is a impromptu session I captured of them just running with the pedals with no direction. You can really hear the The Architect, The Whaler and The Chemist in this video.
Takes your guitar from a Velcro monster of the depths to a massive attacking beast of the sea.
An original fuzz circuit built on a desire to find that elusive tone that is always taunting us, the Whaler is a unique pedal that is capable of more than just a great fuzz. Dive into its deceptively simple controls for a deep wealth of sounds that will leave you constantly finding new ways to use it.
-improved and redesigned "Sustain control
-additional gain stage for higher gain than V1
-New/improved PCB design
With the whaler we wanted to create something that was unique but could still capture our favorite tones. We set ourselves adrift on our breadboard with no particular design direction but a hunger for the unkown. We built the fuzz through experimenting with every component and stage and sound we could create without going down the tradional path.
The Whaler's eq section starts with the eq control, which as turned clockwise, gives you more highs and less lows. As you turn counter clockwise you get more lows and less highs. A simple enough eq that is made is dynamic by the addition of the body control which lets you sculpt your mid response. Scoop them completely out or dial in a heavy mid eq. Between the two deceptively simple eq controls you can create a wide range of tones.
To create different fuzz and gain tones you use the "Sustain" and "Squish" controls. The "Sustain" lets you dial in how hard your signal is hitting the front of the circuit letting you choose between a wide range of dirty drive and thick fuzz. The goal here was to give you more than just one useable sound but create something that you can forever be a useful tool in your collection.
The "Squish" control lets you change the positive bias to different gain stages at different degrees with the simple turn of the knob. This has the effect of changing the characteristic of the gain. Go from a ripping velcro gated sound to a more open traditional fuzz.
I wanted to broaden the dynamic range of the sustain control so I redesigned it from the ground up. It is completely different than the previous sustain control. Its lets you dial in the same tones as before but now you have a much wider range to play with. You can even clean up the whaler and turn it into a pushed tube drive tone.
For the V2 we wanted to put even more gain at your fingertips! We added a additional gain stage that can really thicken up your fuzz tone give you a wider gain range than ever before with the whaler!