Whimsy Machines is a new, Virginia-based boutique builder that has been spoiling us with some very imaginative devices. Their new creation makes it clear right from its moniker that the company’s stomping ground hasn’t changed: enter the Great Fantabulizing Whatsitdo, a “Recursive Octave Fuzz.”
So, you may ask yourself, “whatsitdo?”
The simple answer is: “a helluva lot!” and it does it with only two controls: the Wonderment knob sets the intensity of the effect. The other unnamed rotary switch is a Distortion Mode knob – modes are called “Fundamentals” by the builder.
We couldn’t find a description of what each mode does, but you can hear the sounds they concoct in the Demos in the Dark demo below – here are the links to each section of the video to facilitate comparison between them:
It’s also interesting to hear how the pedal sounds direct, without an amp taming its edgy high-end.
It’s not entirely clear what the two blue lights do, but they look great!
The Whimsy Machines The Great Fantabulizing Whatsitdo was added to our article about the best weird and unusual fuzz pedals.
Whimsy Machines The Great Fantabulizing Whatsitdo, Builder’s Notes
Recursive octave fuzz? Envelope following anti-filter? Analog pitch shifter? Angry robotic bee generator!? What’s it do!?[ Wonderment ] – Intensity of generated fundamentals and corresponding harmonic content. [ 4 Way Switch ] – Number of fundamentals generated.
Say hello to the most difficult to describe guitar pedal we have ever developed, or probably will ever develop.
This warps and distorts your waveform, generating higher-frequency fundamentals along with their corresponding overdriven spectra. Harder you play, stronger the effect.
100% analog and is capable of achieving over 300% total harmonic distortion.
?PCB Level Controls[ True/Buff ] – True bypass or buffered bypass.