NAMM 2019: Electro-Harmonix debuts the Flatiron Fuzz, Nano Battalion

A RAT2-inspired unit and a bass preamp/overdrive.

Electro Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz

Alongside the release of the Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has announced two other dirt boxes: the Flatiron Fuzz and the Nano Battalion. The former takes after the iconic RAT2 pedal while the latter is a bass preamp/OD with a few tricks up its sleeve.

Flatiron Fuzz

The Flatiron Fuzz is EHX’s take on the iconic RAT2 distortion pedal. It’s a pedalboard-friendly op-amp-powered fuzz/distortion unit that boasts vintage appointments, including a late-70s style drive circuit and symmetrical hard clipping.

In terms of sound, the Flatiron shines in both low- and high-gain settings. The former dials in mild distortion, while the latter delivers thick, saturated drive tones.

Control-wise, the pedal retains a simple three-knob layout comprising “Volume”, “Drive” and “Filter” controls. The latter functions as a low-pass filter that can be configured for a specific cut-off frequency. This allows you to dial in the desired amount of high end.

Listen to the pedal here:

Retails for $72.70.

Nano Battalion

Electro Harmonix Nano Battalion

The Nano Battalion is an analogue bass preamp/OD pedal. Designed with the popular MOSFET drive circuit, this compact unit can serve up a wide range of grinding bass tones.

A standout feature of the Nano Battalion is the inclusion of a three-band EQ with three EQ positions for added customisability. The EQ controls are as follows:

  • “Treble”: Boosts or cuts above 1kH
  • “Bass”: Boosts or cuts below 200Hz
  • “Mids” switch: Selects between a nine dB boost or 500Hz cut

The three-way “EQ Position” switch, however, allows you to dictate where the EQ is applied:

  • “Distortion” mode:
    • Places EQ after the distorted signal
    • Shapes distortion tone while preserving clean sound
  • “Input” mode:
    • Places EQ before entire signal path
    • Shapes both clean and distorted sound
  • “Dry” mode:
    • EQ shapes clean signal while distortion is preserved

Apart from the above, the pedal also features “Volume”, “Drive”, “Blend” and “Tone” controls.

Check it out in action here:

Retails for $117.50. More information at ehx.com.

*Updated to include demo of Flatiron Fuzz pedal.

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