No, this isn’t deja vu. ZVEX did release a Silicon Fuzz Factory 7 Mod only a few days ago, and now, the brand is back with a new edition of its flagship pedal.
This time, the folks at ZVEX opted to use rare Russian GT308V germanium transistors that they allegedly found in a warehouse in Russia. And, according to the brand, this iteration is the new standard-issue Fuzz Factory 7. The vintage transistors, ZVEX claims, ‘turn on’ a lot faster than others, resulting in different fuzz/oscillation textures and response.
Otherwise, this version remains identical to its predecessors.
The controls—”Gate,” “Comp,” “Drive,” “Volume,” “Tone,” “Fat,” “Stab,”—remain exactly as they were on the previous edition. If you want to achieve the Fuzz Factory’s strange noises, tinker with the “Comp” and “Stab.” The “Fat” knob on the other hand, is a nine-position rotary switch that gives access to a wider—and weirder—sonic range.
Check out the new Fuzz Factory in action here:
The Russian Fuzz Factory 7 lists for $469. More information at zvex.com.