Park Fuzz Sound
Park Fuzz Sound
The Park Fuzz Sound is based on the vintage Park Fuzz pedal. It does, however have some new features that make it one of the most exciting fuzz pedals to become available in the past few years. In a collaboration with Earthquaker Devices, we bring you the Park Fuzz Sound.
The original pedal featured unlabeled TO-1 package transistors, so one would think that the circuit left us forever. While the original deployed the aforementioned mystery cans, the new Park Fuzz Sound uses a different set of NOS germanium transistors, hand-selected for a tonal match. Indeed, when A/B’d with the original unit, the sounds were strikingly similar. In fact, the staff at PGS was split right down the middle as to which was which. What’s more, when doing the test, we had to set the new Park Fuzz Sound’s Fuzz control at about half, whereas the original was dimed. The reissue has way more range in the Fuzz dial than the original.
Another bugaboo of original fuzz pedals is the powering situation; in the case of the original Park, it’s powered by a battery only but changing it out required using a lever to pry open the lid. While that’s a hassle, using batteries is kind of a hassle in and of itself. However, this and many older fuzz pedals are positive-ground; the common workaround is reversing the lugs on the power jack internally, but this configuration means that the pedal cannot be daisy-chained. The new Park Fuzz Sound doesn’t phone it in, offering a chip inside that corrects the voltage problem for complete rig integration.
The new Park Fuzz Sound is hand-made, one at a time in exotic Akron, Ohio. The pedal is wire for true bypass and accepts a standard 9v center-negative Boss-style power adapter. The current draw is low, so it’s ready for your isolated power supplies.
4 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ x 2.25″ with knobs
The Fuzz Sound takes a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise. Do not run at higher voltages! Current draw is 10 mA.
Volume: This is the level control, louder to the right, quieter to the left.
Treble/Bass: This is the tone control, thicker tones to the right, brighter to the left.
Fuzz: This is the gain control, more fuzz to the right, less to the left. In this pedal, more fuzz also brings more brightness so use in conjunction with the Tone control to achieve tonal nirvana!