DOD’s new Chthonic Fuzz promises “sludgy, tight-grain fuzz tones” under its spooky shell

“This fuzz was designed with brighter guitars and bright, clean amps in mind,” says the brand.

DOD Cthonic Fuzz Pedal

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In 2022,  Cor-Tek Corporation (parent company of Cort Guitars) acquired the DigiTech and DOD pedal brands from Harman/Samsung, with plans for new releases under the two iconic names.

The Chthonic Fuzz (pronounced ‘thaw-nick’, says DOD) marks DigiTech/DOD’s first new creation following the change, bringing players “sludgy, tight-grain fuzz tones” under its spooky exterior.

Touted as a “deceptively minimalist” pedal, the vintage-inspired Chthonic Fuzz is said to offer offer “impressive versatility” while maintaining a “distinctive voice”. Interestingly, the pedal is specifically designed to pair with single-coil, P90, gold-foil, and DeArmond style pickups, though it also works great with PAF-style humbuckers, says DOD.

On the inside, the Chthonic Fuzz features a pair of 2N2222 transistors for traditional transistor clipping. Controls wise, we have the standard Fuzz and Output dials, along with a passive tone control Lustre knob that ensures audible pick attack throughout the entire frequency range. The pedal also includes true bypass and accepts a linear 9vDC adapter or 9V Alkaline Dry Battery.

The Chthonic’s eye-catching visuals is rounded out by a sturdy footswitch, crisp blue LED power indicator, and a unique “Kraken/Cthulhu” graphic by the same artist behind the artwork for the DOD Carcosa Fuzz.

As a two-transistor pedal, the Chthonic Fuzz — like many vintage-style fuzz boxes — works best when placed first in the signal chain. Guitarists seeking fat, meaty fuzz and singular overdrive textures need look no further than the Chthonic Fuzz, which is now available for purchase at price of $149.99.

In the meantime, you can check out our review of the DOD Carcosa Fuzz.

Learn more at DigiTech.

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