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Roger Mayer


The Rocket Classic Fuzz has been updated with additional features into our standard enclosure that houses our range of guitar effects. This brings this popular design into a modern player and pedal board friendly package. Additional Features: Front end Buffering. This buffer allows the fuzz circuitry to interface better with standard wah pedals and the high input impedance allows the full tone capabilities of the pickups to be heard without the loss of detail produced by a low impedance input. The buffer can be activated on or off by moving two jumpers on the pc card so you can hear the difference easily. Fatness Control allows tweaking without destroying units overall tone character. Hard Wire or 2 Buffered Outputs essential for trouble free interfacing for all situations. Easy Battery Access just slide the cover back to reveal the battery. Could not be faster. Standard DC Powering Jack allows the use of commercial powering units. Extra internal filtering ensures low noise performance and the standard polarity convention is maintained.

The Classic-X Fuzz is a modern evolution from the commercial germanium transistor fuzz pedals I modified for Jimi. The Classic-X maintains the guitars original tone characteristics with the open sound and sonic heritage that is the trademark of Jimi's recordings. The new feature and advantages of the front-end buffer will appeal to those players who strive for a modern sound with strong roots in the past. The use of front end buffering was pioneered by me and used in Jimi's recordings. You can select this feature by moving the jumpers on the pc card. Make no mistake this is not a clone of an old design that duplicates the original faults and shortcomings. I have used the same basic transistor configuration but with several new innovations applied to the very basic circuit that was used then. We employ a careful selection procedure for the two PNP germanium transistors and the pc card also has a pre-set to optimise the circuit for varying operational temperatures. The new Classic-X is a very Low Noise high gain design, stable, free from radio and other electronic interference that cause so much trouble. It has a greatly increased output level that enables it to overdrive the front end of any amp as hard as you want with the Drive set to minimum distortion in volume boosting mode. Turn up the Gain or Drive control and produce some of the deepest and tight low-end fuzz you have ever heard with the top end staying sweet encouraging soaring string bends and wild solos. The Fatness Control has been carefully developed to produce a wide range of well-rounded musical tone colours. The unit really comes into it's own during live performance situations as it cleans up superbly well using the guitar volume control and maintains the guitars original tone as the signal decays from wild distortion to original guitar tone. This unit can be effectively controlled from the guitar making life a great deal easier for the player who likes to change tone effortlessly. Because the circuit senses and uses electronic information directly from the guitar's pickups to control it's own operational parameters it is recommended to use the Classic-X 1st in the signal processing chain to take full advantage of this internal feed forward feature. It is this particular feature of the Classic-X that helps to make it quite different from early fuzz pedals and makes the unit respond very well to each individual players touch, style and playing technique. Five minutes playing with the Classic-X Fuzz will convince anyone this is not just a re-hashed design but genuinely innovative with some new tone colours. Also when using the buffered outputs you have a package that interfaces perfectly in modern digital recording situations.