Frantone Bassweet fuzz pedal
I HAVE THIS love/hate relationship with a certain germanium transistor- equipped Seventies fuzz pedal. It has endeared itself to me with its thick and grindy big-bottomed fuzz tone, but I loathe its frustrating inconsistency and fickle lack of durability. Enter the Frantone Bassweet. The offspring of Frantone's Fran Blanche, and the direct descendent of his coveted "The Sweet" guitar fuzz pedal, the Bassweet is loaded with primo germanium transistors (similar to those that imparted much of the mojo to the original Fuzz Face pedal).
The Bassweet is intended specifically for bass, as it's tuned and re-voiced to a lower frequency range. And according to Mia Theodoratus, self-proclaimed "Sales and Janitorial Engineer" at Frantone, the Bassweet is lovingly handmade in nearly every way: It flaunts a hand-painted purple finish, is meticulously hand-wired (using aircraftgrade Teflon-insulated silver wire), and sports rugged Switchcraft jacks and tone-preserving truebypass switching.
Teamed with a Sadowsky PJ5 5-string running through an Epifani UL502 head and a pair of Epifani UL112 cabinets, the Bassweet served up an impressively thick slab of dynamic, transistorshredded harmonics, and a heapin' helpin' of good old low-end booty and corpulent girth. Lower sustain-knob settings yield a chunkier fuzz sound reminiscent of a Big Muff, while more extreme settings can provide toothier and more volatile zipper-edged textures. Hardcore fuzz-heads will surely appreciate the Bassweet's long list of distinctively cool tones and features.
Thick and raunchy germanium-fueled fuzz? Check. Bodacious low end? Check. Tank-like construction, boutique-shop attention to detail, and mile-wide grin from ear to ear? Check, check, and check. Without a doubt, this is premium fuzz at its finest. Check it out, fuzz fans.
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