The Fjord Fuzz EMBLA represents the Norwegian manufacturer’s ongoing attempt to create a fuzz pedal made for the live stage that behaves more like an overdrive – more dynamic and flexible than your average one-trick-pony fuzz.
The EMBLA has been going through several versions to improve this original concept, and in its current iteration it can produce a variety of tones, from clean boost to thick, heavy fuzz and anything in between, also cleaning up very well.
It can produce starved circuit sputtery tones by turning the Bias knob to the left settings, while the Thickness control allows it to match with any amp setting: turn it down for low wattage setups and up for big stage amps.
This circuit was my first true invention and it has now gone through dozens of iterations to end up like this. I wanted a fuzz that behaved like an overdrive. I didn’t like overdrives. Found them too boring. I couldn’t find a fuzz that sounded cool, but could be managed like a regular drive unit.
EMBLA takes care of all of this and more. The gain and volume knobs take you from crisp, beautiful clean boost to thick, heavy fuzz and any nuance in between. It cleans up brilliantly and just always works. With any instrument, any amp and in any setting.
The bias knob lets you starve the signal without ever turning the pedal off. This can come in handy for bassists who don’t want to just add to the noise floor of the band while idle or it can help you make your guitar sound like a 60s tonebender type fuzztone. The thickness control gives you the ability to pair it up with any amp. Turn it down for low wattage setups and back up for huge stage amps.
This is the pedal Ruban from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bent from Motorpsycho, James Bay and countless others have been jamming on for years now.
It’s time to get one and free yourself from the tedious hassle of soundchecking all your drive units. This one saves you all that time and trouble, and sounds really cool while doing it!