Seymour Duncan has introduced the Fooz, a robust synthesizer pedal that aims to recreate the playing experience of an analog synth.
With its effects and Nintendo-harking design, the Fooz is an all-analog gateway into the ’80s. It comprises three main sections: fuzz, LFO and filter. And it can also be used as a standalone fuzz, tremolo or auto-wah.
The fuzz section is a saturated square-wave fuzz—with only “Level” and “Gain” controls—that transforms your guitar into an oscillator of sorts. So your signal passes through this stage, and is then sent to the other two stages.
The next section is the filter. This can be set to a Low Pass Filter or a Band Pass Filter. The former is commonly seen in synthesizers, while the latter creates a wah-like effect. The “Freq” knob here allows you to set the frequency parameters, while the “Resonance” adds ring to the effect.
Finally, your signal hits the LFO section. The LFO can be programmed to act as a tremolo, to modulate the filter or as an envelope control. In the former mode, you can pick your wave and shape, then dial in the “Speed” and “Depth.” And in the latter mode, the frequency of the filter will sweep from high to low—or vice versa—as the note fades out.
To round out the features on this eclectic stompbox, most of its surface controls can be manipulated with the use of an external expression pedal.
Check out the pedal here:
Retails for $349. More information at seymourduncan.com.