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Melvins’ King Buzzo and Hilbish Design bring the noise with new Pessimiser distortion pedal

(Image credit: Hilbish Designs)

Hilbish Design and Melvins frontman and legendary noise merchant Buzz Osborne have unveiled their second collaboration, the Pessimiser distortion pedal.

The new unit, which follows up the pair's two-knob Compressimiser, promises to capture the unique distortion tones spanning Osborne’s entire career, according to Hilbish.

Which means we get a Boost knob that runs from light overdrive to full-on distortion to over-the-top fuzz, a Mix knob that allows for blending in a clean signal, and a three-band active EQ with low, medium and high (or, as Hilbish puts it, high AF) controls.

As for the enticingly named Blast knob? That one, says Hilbish, “controls your volume, dipshit.”

The Pessimer, with artwork by graphic designer Mackie Osborne, is available for $225. To pick one up, buzz on over to Hilbish Designs (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.