French company, Buffalo FX has announced two new pedals – the Germanium Fuzz and Bender MkII. The Germanium Fuzz is an updated version of the two knob germanium fuzz face, Buffalo FX has re-housed the original circuit allowing for tool free battery change,top mounted signal jacks and external bias and pre-gain controls.
They say that it has more output than the previous pedal to still allow unity gain when the pre-gain is pulled back and is made more versatile by the addition of two extra controls.
Buffalo FX had this to say: "[It's] fat warm and harmonic, [and] cleans up like a vintage Fender with your guitar volume control. Dig in and initially you will hear the note bark followed by thick sustain.
"Pre-gain control rolls off the thick bottom end that is often a problem with this type of circuit, external bias to compensate for temperature changes without having to adjust internally. The transistors are selected by gain value and then tuned by ear until I find the perfect pair."
Pricing and Availability:
Germanium Fuzz: 145.00 euros + shipping
Bender MkII : MSRP 155 euros + shipping