This is our recreation of the "Shin Ei FY-2
Companion Fuzz" from the 1970's - one of the
ugliest, harshest, nastiest sounding fuzzes of all time
- it really sounds like something's broken and
smoke's about to start coming out!
I was in two minds about releasing this pedal
because it's such a nasty sound but everyone who
plays it has a huge grin - there's a kind of mad joy in
the horribleness of the sound!
The original pedal had two main problems (besides
it's horrible sound!) - the fuzz sound was quieter than
the bypassed sound and there was no control over
the amount of fuzz.
We've added an extra gain stage to fix the volume
issue - which is great because it now has enough
gain to drive any amp insane (see where the
"output" control is pointed in the video!).
We also added an input control to get some
variation in tone and amount of fuzz - when the
"input" control is turned fully up the effect is the
same as the original - turning it down gets less fuzz
and a more "gated" tone (spitty attack and fast
The "flavour" control was labelled "fuzz" on the
original units but it doesn't exactly control the
amount of fuzz - it pans between the outputs of the
first and second transistors (fully counter-clockwise
is the first transistor only - fully clockwise is both
The Companion Fuzz was most famously used on
The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Psychocandy" album
and Radiohead's "Myxomatosis"
It's always described as "an acquired taste"...
You can acquire it here!