VEMURAM Shanks 4 Knob

This is a 2 germanium transitor late 60's Fuzz face like overdrive booster. The range of tone is very large and can go from a firm and gorgeous clean tone, to an edgy crunch boost.

On top of that turning up the Fuzz and Bass will get you a thick Fuzz Face like distortion. It is very touch sensitive, so picking strength and guitar volume play a large role in expressing different tones.

The signal line used hand picked N.O.S parts and the electrical input area uses state of the art pieces. This gives a noiseless sound with lots of head room.

On the top there is a fuzz colour trimmer, which can give that stuttery so called fuzz, and also a smooth drive depending on where you turn it.

Unlike the creamy distortion of an overdrive, we went for the Hendrix/Page tone. The Earthquake like distortion you get when you attack the strings, but when played sensitively, it gives off a nice clean tone with an edgy crunch. This is what we wanted to give you.That is what our partner John Shanks strived to achieve until we finally got it.

*John Shanks

John Shanks, born 1964, December 18th in New York, is most known recently for producing the new Van Halen album "A Different Kind of Truth". He has also worked with artists such as, Bon Jovi, Sherryl Crow, Keith Urban, Michelle Branch, Bob Dylan, Steven Tyler, Rod Stuart, Santana, Sting, etc...

He personally owns a collection of musical instruments and gear, from vintage to new. He especially collects guitar gear and there is not much that he does not have. His ability to use these collections through his job is what has helped make him a grammy winning producer.

When we visited the Jim Henson studio and his home studio, it was filled with vintage gear (guitars, amps, pedals etc.) Recently, his '60 les paul, given to him by Mick Mars, was used as the model for the Gibson Collectors Choise #7 1090 Les Paul "Shanks". This original 70' les paul was used in the production of the Shanks 3, among many other vintage gear.


  • Transistor - Germanium type (selected)
  • Controls - Level, Fuzz, Bass, Treble
  • Control Trimmers - Fuzz colour, Bias
  • Switches - ON/OFF
  • Terminal - Input, Output
  • Power - 9v Battery or 9v DC
  • Size - 70(w) x 112(d) x 51(h)mm
  • Weight - 425g