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I couldn’t think of any other way to present this one aesthetically, it sounds so awesomely crazy. I wanted that early 90s industrial vibe. But if you don’t like the knobs etc. I have plenty to change out for. The bare aluminum goes with the industrial influence. I was tempted to scratch it up.

This one came flying at me out of left field via a build request (thanks for the custom request!) The Gadget Fuzz is a clone of the Zvex MACHINE. Never heard of it either? Well it certainly spiced up my playing life. Wowzers. I don’t think I was using many pedals when it came out, and almost passed me by. Think of those crazy NIN songs riffs for starters.

I instantly fell in love with its “naughty” cross distortion. The build sounded like it wound be literally the opposite of what I thought I liked at the time. I was working on “even order harmonics” projects. Harmonic Percolator type circuits, and the like.

It’s basically an oscillation of triple-frequency triangle waves that will cut through any amount of distortion in any pedal or amp with a sweeping, industrial grind, making it a truly unique fuzz? It’s tough to categorize as it modulates your fuzzy riffs in a noisy and in your face way. I was in love as soon as I built it! I was frantically combining it with all of my fuzz pedals and also using it on its own. It really shines when combined with fuzz. But is great solo as well.

It is a secret weapon of many guitarists and other players.

You get unnatural industrial bends in the frequency. And I’m convinced there are a couple of this amazing effect used on those Siamese dream solos that end with those squelchy “tails” …. Or otherwise creating the crossover distortion some other way.


I leaned crossover distortion isn’t always “bad” used In the right ways.

The bizarre sounds and pairings are endless. It really can be a secret weapon. It’s very “industrial” and destructive, but I can get some beautiful sounds out of it as well. You can add less “grinding” settings to your favourite fuzz pedal and it just creates this amazing texture in the background.


Defiantly check out some videos of the Zvex machine. it’s awesome, and a fantastic shakeup for all you sonic explorers out there. It’s up to you how you use it. Personally I love pairing it with the Peach Fuzz.

It’s the first pedal that really took me by surprise, and I can’t put it down haha. It was used all over a lot of the insane NIN guitar riffs that were always a mystery to me.

So I was working on a Harmonic percolator that puts out only even order harmonics. Then this request came in, and it’s the polar opposite. I’m afraid if I combine them it will explode or open up a worm hole 🤷🏻‍♂️ or something haha. My new favourite toy.

It’s a fairly simple circuit to look at. But you have to match the two germanium diodes exactly and also some of the FET based transistors. It requires a lot of attention to build correctly. That’s why everything is in sockets. Those are now the final selection and they are soldered in, ready for you to get experimenting. I’m glad I could add some more Rare to the Rarebird roster.


Get crazy! expand what you think is possible. Cheers :)

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ConditionBrand New (New)
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Brand
  • Rarebird effects
Model
  • Gadget Fuzz
Finish
  • Aluminum
Categories
Year
  • 2023
Made In
  • Canada

Rarebird effects

Ontario, Canada
Sales:240
Joined Reverb:2021

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