The Cozmic Fuzzball from Vancouver’s McGregor Pedals is a personal, high-end take on the gnarliest of pedal effects, stacking hard clipping with soft clipping and adding an overdriven transistor to deliver a range of tones from distortion to increasingly sustained fuzz.
Somewhat misleadingly, the Attack knob controls the amount of signal hitting the transistor, adding fuzz and sustain at higher settings, while the Tone control is a variable high pass filter, cutting off muddy low range frequencies (or welcoming them if used with a bass)
Hear the sound of the McGregor Pedals Cozmic Fuzzball in the videos below.
Designed and built by Garth Heslop, the brand new Cozmic Fuzzball pedal is built on the same foundation as the previous two McGregor pedals, though you would never know it. Heslop takes it to the next level by stacking hard clipping with soft clipping and adding an overdriven transistor for that sweet fuzz tone. Beginning with the attack control on minimum the Cozmic Fuzzball delivers distortion with a bright creamy edge. As you bring up the attack the distortion gets heavier; by noon on the attack, you have already started to hear fuzz layered in. Both the fuzz and the sustain grow from there. The Cozmic Fuzzball was designed for both guitar and bass.
The Cozmic Fuzzball has a straightforward control set:
• Attack: This controls strength of the signal hitting the fuzz transistor; more attack = more fuzz and sustain. At the lower end with low output pickups the effect is mild distortion/overdrive. As you bring up the attack the distortion gets stronger. Soon you will hear fuzz starting to layer in. Pin the Attack and you are in fuzz-land. The output of your pickups will have a significant effect on how much fuzz is generated (as will your guitar’s volume pot)
• Tone: this is a variable high pass filter; the left side of the range is more for bass guitar, the right for both bass and guitar.
• Vol: This attenuates the amplified and clipped signal after it leaves the tone filter.
• LED Brightness (Unmarked Trimpot on the side): Please make the adjustment gently using a jeweler’s screwdriver.
Key Cozmic Fuzzball features:
• Hand soldered in Vancouver, Canada
• High grade components picked for their superior sound and response
• True bypass with soft-click switch
• Standard 9-volt DC center-negative power operation (no battery compartment)
• Top-mounted audio jacks and power input to help with packed pedal boards