Skreddy Pedals

SKREDDY PEDALS Hybrid Fuzz Driver

The Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver™ brings your guitar sound alive.

This is vintage tone.
Features a germanium output transistor for warm, tube-like, soft, fuzzy breakup.

Sounds like: Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Stevie Ray, EVH, and David Gilmour--none of whom, of course, endorse this product.

Skreddy Pedals™ Hybrid Fuzz Driver combines the best aspects of our popular Screw Driver and Lunar Module pedals into a format optimized for humbucking pickups.

To counteract the tendency of some humbuckers towards muddiness, the Hybrid Fuzz Driver (HFD for short) keeps low frequencies from over-saturating. This lets you hear that gorgeous bell-like attack with the woody tone of your Les Paul instead of a brick-wall buzz or excessive coloration.

With single coils, you get all that lovely chime and with a nice, hot top end that makes your Strat's in-between settings really sparkle and pop out like you've always wished they would. This is great news for those of you with RWRP middle pickups: No more dark, un-usable out-of-phase settings!

Headroom, openness, and clarity are all increased. You will hear the TONE OF YOUR GUITAR, with its natural eq and attack, coming through--not a fuzz tone superimposed upon it; no thinning out or muddying up, and no excess compression or congested feel.

Guitar volume clean-up is superb, No change in tone as you roll off your volume--it just cleans up gradually and predictably.

The pre-gain control has been converted to a mid boost

The output volume is increased to match unity gain of high-output pickups more easily

The tightness control is mild and well-balanced, with no excess bass boosting at counter-clock-wise but just low-mids, for a denser, thicker tone. And of course extra tight jangliness--but still not too thin--at clock-wise. Neutral eq is noon (of course).

TIP: The bass will be rolled off at low volume-knob settings when playing with your amp at living-room volume. If it sounds thin, turn the pedal's volume a bit higher. You might find unity gain at about 1:00 o'clock or so (maybe even higher than 2:00 o'clock if you have very loud pickups).
At gigging levels, there will not be a problem with bass content. Were I to boost the bass content for living-room volumes, the overall effect would be to create a more modern, scooped eq, which would spoil the vintage mojo it has going on with the mids. So please do take a few seconds to find where unity gain is with your guitar. This will ensure that you are getting the proper bass content.

Lets you play in that magical zone between clean and dirt, between overdrive and fuzz

Works great with ALL types of pickups (especially humbuckers) and specifically intended for guitar-volume cleanup. You're only getting half of this pedal if you never play with your volume knob rolled back.

The term "hybrid fuzz" refers to a silicon transistor--in this case a BC109C--driving a germanium transistor--in this case an AC127. There's also a 3rd transistor, which is the input stage: a BC109C set up with tight bass response and boostable mids.

Volume, Fuzz, Tightness, Presence, and Mid Boost.

The Tightness control dials in the amount of bass going into the distortion section, to tighten up your sound or allow its natural fatness to come through.

The Fuzz knob controls the tamed-down hybrid fuzz section (old-school silicon into germanium) and takes you from clean through touch-sensitive overdrive all the way to light but sustaining fuzz.

The Presence control lets you get a lot more brilliance and bite or make it darker and smoother, to suit your amp and taste.

The Mid Boost control sets the gain of the oldschool silicon input stage, and is set to boost mids rather than full range boost. Gives you more aggression and compression but not more wooliness and bass. Almost cocked-wah sounds at max!

The Volume control is set up so that high-output pickups should achieve unity gain between noon and 2:00 o'clock.

Unity Gain: Since any dirt pedal will compress your signal, you'll get roughly the same volume no matter how hard you hit the strings, when it's on, yeah? So here's how you figure what constitutes "unity gain" with the HFD pedal: turn it to bypass and hit a chord LOUDLY. Now turn the pedal on and do the same thing. Turn up the volume of your HFD until its volume roughly matches your bypassed volume when you are hitting a loud chord.