Ugly Twin - Boosted Octave Fuzz
Ugly Twin - Boosted Octave Fuzz
Coming in August 15, 2018!!!
So…what is the Ugly Twin??? First lets start with “why” it is.
Many moons ago my best friend Matt introduced me to a punk band called Pissed Jeans. I thought, “hmm that was nice” and then went on with my life. Slowly but surely I kept coming back to them. Especially the album “King of Jeans”. I listened to it non-stop. Then the album “Honeys” came out and the CD stayed in my car for months. I even got my wife to start humming along. At this point I was listening to everything they had on repeat and then something happened…I had found a band that spoke to me. I was in my thirties, working 9 to 5, taking my kids to swim practice, fixing up my house, going on date nights to Target, losing touch with pop culture, building pedals, playing shows, feeling like a rock star, and then coming home and taking out the trash. I was annoyed with adulthood and I finally had a soundtrack.
One song called “Chain Worker” off of Honeys had this amazing bass fuzz sound and it was a one of the many influences for me when I was building my first MBD. So naturally I emailed the band and said, “I make pedals and you guys rule”. I sent Randy (Huth the Bass Player) an MBD and he loved it (and started using it live!!!!). So we started chatting and I made it a point to see them whenever I could. Then Randy hooked me up with Brad (Fry the Guitarist) and we started talking pedals. I built him some things and he plugged them in and used them live on stage sight unseen!!! I was nervous as hell but flattered and excited and just all around floored.
So now to the Ugly Twin…Brad messaged me one night and asked if I could build him a Tone Bender. And I said sure…and then I basically didn’t. I ignored his request and built a boosted hybrid fuzz and I put it in a hilariously large enclosure because I’m an ass. Thankfully he wasn’t pissed. So I built him another one in a more reasonable enclosure. He liked that one too. So we started talking about how to refine it. I had everything ready to go and then he asks, “Hey what about adding an octave effect?”. “Dammit”, I thought…that’s a good idea.
So the Ugly Twin (named after a song by the same name off of their album “Shallow”) is the fruit of our experimentation. What it is at the core is three effects in one (three of the main tones Brad uses to get his roaring and massive guitar tones).
Octave: This is your classic analog octave up circuit. It’s dirty and mean and a little messy in all the right places. This isn’t a Hendrix style sweet octave effect. It’s made to turn your dirtiest guitar fantasies up to 11. You can get the classic neck-pick-up-tone-down octave sound but leaving everything wide open and strumming a chord will send you into inter-modulating chaos. And we haven’t even flipped the ugly switch yet. This switch ads a preset boost in front of the octave circuit and its just plain...ugly.
Boost: So this is just a boost. But it’s a nice discrete transistor boost. It’s great for adjusting the gain into the maxed out fuzz circuit or to sit in between the octave and fuzz circuits to mediate any disputes they may (and will) have. Another great use is when using a buffered effect in front of the Ugly Twin the level control on the boost can be adjusted to provide a good amount of resistance on the fuzz’s input to make sure the fuzz plays nice with the rest of your board. Sure the fuzz sounds great out front of your chain (right after your guitar) but with the boost and its level control, specific fuzz placement isn’t required to sound killer.
Fuzz: This is another classic vintage style circuit. It’s a great sounding hybrid fuzz (with Silicon and Germanium transistors) with the addition of a three band tonestack (from one of my favorite amps - I make it no secret that the Marshall JMP tickles me in all the right places). You can get a ton of great amp like tones or simply dime all the knobs and let the chips fall where they may.
Each pedal can be used independently. The circuits are stacked in series (Octave -> Boost -> Fuzz) but you can turn them on and off at will. So if you want just a boost to drive your amp or some crazy analog octave in your delay line or just some classic fuzz tones they’re all in there. Of course the most fun is when you turn everything on at once!!!
So…I explained what it is and why it is but, it wouldn’t be a Damnation Audio pedal without a deep visceral reason as to why it SHOULD exist. So, here’s my value proposition, “Before the Ugly Twin, I had never played a fuzz pedal that was equally killer on guitar and bass (if you know the way I play bass then you’d know that is a wide dynamic range to fill) but now with the carefully selected feature set of the Ugly Twin, I can create any of the fuzz tones I would ever need whether it’s balls to the wall thickness, eyeball searing grind, broken amps on fire, warm and cozy, or just plain f’n raw. The Ugly Twin may be the only fuzz you ever need”.
Use only 9VDC 2.1mm center negative (boss-style) power adapters. Isolated pedal specific power supplies are highly recommended. Damnation Audio pedals are designed for maximum headroom and ideal performance with a 9V supply. Going above 9VDC will damage your pedal and void any warranties. Damnation Audio pedals do not accept 9V batteries.
In the interest of continuous improvement, all specifications are subject to change without notice.