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Minotaur Sonic Terrors

MINOTAUR SONIC TERRORS Evil Eye MKIII


The Evil Eye MKIII comes to replace and upgrade our MKII version of the pedal. It is based on the Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII fuzz.

The Tone Bender of course needs no introductions. It’s the iconic 1966 Fuzz used by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck amongst countless others.

What the Evil Eye MKIII offers, is a tone extremely close to the original, but produced by silicon transistors. It produces a thick, saturated, full fuzz tone with sustain that goes on forever and rich low end. The attack is sharp, and the distortion is rich and meaty. Making it sound so close to the original though wasn’t an easy feat. After some tricky biasing and detailing, the transistors of choice are three BC109C transistors. I found that in this particular design, they produce a more “organic” open tone, compared to other silicon transistors I tried (and they were many), having some extra warmth in order to simulate the germanium transistors tone.

CONTROLS

Another feature of the Evil Eye MKIII is the tone control. With it you can control how meaty you want your tone to be. At its minimum setting you get and slightly thinner tone that gets bigger as you dial the tone knob clockwise.

The Gain and Level controls are of course self explanatory, and they control the amount of fuzz and volume respectively.

It is of course true bypass, so you need not worry about it buffering your signal.

Created by using:

  1. Heavy Duty die-cast aluminium enclosure, professionally powder coated (grey) and screen printed
  2. 3 X BC109C transistors
  3. Orange drop and styroflex capacitors
  4. 1% tolerance resistors
  5. High quality 3PDT footswitch and Omeg / Alpha pots
  6. Stranded core tinned coper wire
  7. Lead-free (Sn96,3 Ag3,7) solder

To use it plug your instrument or other effect output to the right side of the pedal and the amp or other effect input to the left side of the pedal and prepare yourself to be crushed!

It can be powered up either by a 9V battery, or by a standard 9V adapter (like the boss ones with negative in the centre). The DC input is at the top side of the pedal.

To make your battery last longer, please unplug the pedal’s input after using it.