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Red Witch Zeus Bass Fuzz Suboctave

Red Witch Zeus Bass Fuzz Suboctave, electric bass fuzz pedal with octaver, input: 6,3mm mono input, output: 6,3 mm mono output, 4 controls for octaver mix, fuzz mix, sputter and fuzz, lightning toggle switch to double the gain, ear toggle switch to boost treble, 2 bright LEDs to show the activated modes, true bypass, powered via 9V battery or optional power supply #108096 (not included), power consumption: 45mA, dimensions (W x D x H): 126 mm x 92 mm x 48 mm, weight: 435g

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Very disapointed given how good it sounded in the demo videos

Naetharu, 21.11.2015
I ordered this pedal after watching the demo videos that the company put out last month. However, when it arrived I was very disappointed with the sound.

First, the sub-octave is ok. It did seem to have a little bit of trouble tracking when notes were sustained, leading to a slightly de-tuned sound but all in all it was not bad. It sounded pretty good at volume in the mix with my band so by and large that part of the pedal gets a thumbs up from me.

The big disappointment was the fuzz. Tonally it was more fizz than fuzz ? even with the Treble Boost off it seemed to have a really crackly high end and little definition. With the gain-boost switch tuned off there seemed to be very little drive. Unless it was fully turned up it just made a bit of a nasty crackle in the background.

Once the gain boost was engaged it did offer some heavy fuzz, albeit with the aforementioned fizz top end. However, the sputter control did not seem to do what it was designed for. Now I am not sure if the unit I got was defective, or if the control simply is not as good as the videos would suggest. Moving the sputter resulted in no fuzz at all coming through, just clean signal in all but a few positions. There was no real gating effect I could hear, which was a real shame, as I was after that staccato sound for a bass solo we have in one of our songs.

For reference I tried the pedal in two different signal chains. The first was my home practice set up which is an Ashdown MiBass 2.0 into a GK410 cab with the tweeter turned off. The second was during my band practice last Wednesday at the local studio, using an SVT-CL head into an SVT-810 cab. In both cases the issues with the sound/fuzz were the same.

I?ve since done a little research online and found anecdotal evidence to the effect that the sputter controls on other red witch pedals are prone to breaking/failing to work. I have no way of knowing how reliable these reports are, however from what the various authors said their experience seems to tally with my own.

Alas, in the end I simply decided to send the pedal back. It is a shame since on paper it was exactly what I wanted. However, for the price (I paid £170.00) I need a pedal that not only sounds great but that is also bullet proof. I?m a gigging bass player and I cannot afford to use a unit that I don?t fully trust to work when I need it.

On a final note it is worth commenting that Thomann have been fantastic as per usual and the return was without hitch. A great service and exactly the reason that I will continue to buy from them with confidence.
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