- Published: 06 April 2021 06 April 2021
Hello, Effects Fans!
Today we announce our new FuzzFazer module. Our FuzzFazer module compares to the Roland AP-7 Jet Phaser. The Roland AP-7 Jet Phaser is a classic vintage phaser that combined a fuzz and phaser into an early multi-effect unit. It was used to get that funky guitar sound in The Isley Brother's hit Who's That Lady? Also works great with bass, and was used by bass slapper Larry Graham with Sly and the Family Stone and many of his other collaborations, including with Prince. It was available around 1975 - 1978. Funk it up! While it wasn't used by Keith, it gives you a nice tone for the Some Girls album.
The sound wasn't the only funky feature of the Jet Phaser. The controls on the original unit were a bit funky. There was a Jet Level that controlled the volume, but only when the fuzz was on. A Resonance knob controlled feedback in the phaser portion of the circuit. A Slow Rate knob let you adjust the rate of the phasing, when it was on the Slow setting. There was a footswitch to turn the effect on and off. A second footswitch changed between Fast and Slow phaser settings. Then there was the Mode switch. You could switch between six different modes. The first four modes were combinations of bright/dark fuzz and two phaser presets. The other two modes had no fuzz. They were phaser-only settings.
Our module stays close to the original pedal design, but we changed up the controls to provide a wider array of settings than the original six modes. The original modes are all still there in the new controls, though. The original also had a fixed tone stack for the fuzz circuit, which offered only "dark" or "bright" settings in the four modes that had fuzz. We've replaced that with a simple Tone control. At the two extreme positions of the knob, you get the old tone settings, but with much finer control in between them. Four of the original modes were fuzz plus phaser and two were phaser only. But you couldn't get just the fuzz without the phaser. Our controls allow that.
We offer a number of control options for our FuzzFazer. We leave the base tone alone and just allow you to dial in more of it.
You can see the details about our FuzzFazer module at: FuzzFazer. Or look for it in the Phaser Modules section under Products -> Modules -> Modules By Type.