From Superfuzz to Hyperfuzz and back!


OK, I just uploaded my first YouTube video about the behringer superfuzz this morning.

So why am I still writing about the superfuzz? Well, I am not…., not exactly writing about the one I demoed today, I am actually writing about all three of them.

Lets talk about the Boss Hyperfuzz, it’s the reason I have a Behringer Superfuzz. The Boss FZ2 is a mean machine. Stoner rock gods love this thing. Its aggressive and thick, has three modes, including a boost and sounds great. It sounds great because its really a circuit clone of the Univox Superfuzz (picture at the top). Which is also an amazing fuzz.



“I used to own this pedal, I wish I never gave it away!”



Most fuzz pedals have a really simple circuit layout, with a couple transistors being forced into sonic death by having them clip the audio waveform into a square shape (that is, distort really loudly), and are not transparent in anyway. But the Boss Hyperfuzz is a complex circuit because it relies on a number of low power transistors, due to the early design of the Univox Superfuzz.

If this is Greek to you, than I will write a post and /or make a video making schematics easier for you to understand in the future!

The Behringer Superfuzz is a clone of the Boss Hyperfuzz, but in bright orange like the original! Behringer pedals are cheap and made of plastic, but they are not bad pedals. Yeah, they are budget conscious, but the only weak point I can find is the battery pins are a bit too flimsy. Apart from that, jumping up and down on this pedal will break it, but likely that could break any other pedal as well, fancy metal switches and all, lol! From a modification stand point, the pedal uses surface mount components, so it may be more difficult to modify it if that is your desire, although it is not impossible to do so. But really, it sounds great as is. Its original voices (three different settings) are something users love or hate, but this fuzz does not sound like any other fuzz circuit and that gives it top marks as well. I may be biased, but I love this fuzz!

Look for my next future pedal demo on YouTube, a nice sounding overdrive by a company called Caline!



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