Nectarine Fuzz

"Articulate boutique fuzz with a big bottom"

 

 

 

The Nectarine Fuzz rack effect module compares to the Frantone Peachfuzz pedal.  The Peachfuzz is a big, bold fuzz with plenty of bass, but remains oddly articulate and doesn't strangle the character out of your guitar's tone.  This is a great fuzz for bass players, but with a twist of the Tone knob the bass rolls off and you're left with a wicked guitar fuzz that still sounds like your guitar.  

 

Description

The Gerlt Technologies Nectarine Fuzz compares to the Frantone Peachfuzz.  Fran Blanche began building Frantone pedals in the '90's.  You may remember that she also worked with EHX to design the v9 "NYC Reissue" Big Muff Pi.  The 2-knob (no Tone) version of the Peachfuzz was introduced somewhere around 1996.  A pause in production of these hand-built pedals from about 2009 to 2016 made them somewhat scarce (and pricey) on the market.

This is a big, no-holds-barred fuzz, a bit on the dark side.  You should have no problem getting a thick and heavy fuzz tone.  It is a simple circuit of three distortion-producing op amp stages feeding a Big Muff style hi cut / lo cut Tone control, then out through the Volume.  The heavy sound is achieved by letting a good deal of the bass go through the circuit, so bass players take note.  Usually, a fuzz tends toward muddiness or flub when the bass isn't trimmed back, but that doesn't happen in this circuit except maybe a bit when you wander into the extreme ranges of the Fuzz and Volume controls.  

At first, you may jump to the conclusion that it is another "blanket over my amp, bassy fuzz.  You need to twiddle with it for a minute to figure out that isn't the case.  Yes, the Tone is shifted more toward the bass end, but if you dial it the other direction, the bass rolls down and more highs come through.  Either way, you've got a good fuzz going on.  Another thing you'll notice is that your guitar tone is still coming through in all that fuzz.  For instance, you expect those woodier tones on the higher frets and you get them, nicely fuzzed up, but clearly there.  This might be a good fuzz for stacking, staying articulate and not getting muddy.  The fuzz itself will go from kind of cleanish to heavy duty.  It sounds and feels somewhere between a heavy fuzz and a high gain distortion.  You can hear what your fingers are doing more than you can with most heavy fuzzes.

There's a good amount of Volume on tap.  With humbuckers, the fuzz tends to thin out more than clean up with the guitar volume.  With single coils, it cleans up a bit more.  But that's not what it is about.  It's best to think of it as a medium to heavy high gain fuzz, with the top end trimmed back a bit.  The trimming of the top end keeps the noise pretty low.  It didn't seem that remarkable when we first started playing it - just another woolly, heavy fuzz.  But the more we played it, the more we liked it and now we "get it".  Find your settings and let it rip!

Nice as this fuzz is with guitar, it seems to pair equally with with a bass.  The controls feel like they have a wider range with bass.  Fuzzes have some noise, of course.  That noise is trebly by nature and can be more apparent when you are just sending in bass.  But a quick adjustment of knobs on our bass or the module let us dial it out to yield a surprisingly noise-free, heavy fuzz bass on our J-Bass with N3 pickups.  As with guitar, the fuzz stays nicely articulate and you can still clearly hear your base tone.  This fuzz doesn't cover up sloppy playing like some others, so you can easily hear what your fingers are doing.  Very nice.  Best bass fuzz...???  That's pretty subjective, but if you haven't found your bass fuzz yet this one is worth a try.

 

Configurations

  • Nectarine Fuzz - Compares to the Frantone Peachfuzz

 

Buffers

None

 

Options

This is a simple circuit that produces a unique tone.  It is carefully designed.  It has more range than a "one trick pony", but on the other hand, it is what it is and changes would make it something else.  There are lots of fuzzes to choose from, so maybe it is better to choose them for what they are rather than trying to make them what they aren't?  For that reason, we don't offer any options, but if you have something in mind let us know.  For example, we haven't tried carbon comp resistors in this circuit...

 

Front Panel

  • On/Off LED
  • Volume control
  • Tone control
  • Fuzz control

 

Rear Panel

  • Audio In
  • Audio Out
  • On/Off Footswitch
  • On/Off Override
  • DC Power
  • DC Power LED

 

Module Width

  • 1.5", with 2" left and 1.5" right wing configurations also available

 

Power Consumption (aprox)

19 - 23mA

 

Base Configurations

Part # Description List Price
MOD-NECTARINE Nectarine Fuzz module  $189

 

Options

 N/A

 

Parts

Part # Description List Price
MPT-NECTARINE-CA Replacement pot, switch, jack, LED cable assembly $19
MPT-NECTARINE-KNB Replacement control knob $2
MPT-NECTARINE-PB Replacement power board $29
MPT-NECTARINE-SB Replacement switching board $29