Featuring 3 x hand-picked New old Stock BC184C discrete transistors, this spicy number is capable of vicious, massive sounding Distortion/Fuzz that will feedback infinitely even at bedroom levels! But here's the clincher, dial back the "H" (heat) knob and "D" (distortion) knobs and you can nail many Jimmy Page studio tones as well as your favorite Floyd sounds. Quite possibly the most versatile distortion/fuzz ever made.
In a tiny package (this pedal fits in the palm of your hand) with top-mounted jacks, High Impedance input ( sorry Fuzzface) , ultra Low Impedance output, (sorry fuzzface) with an ability to interface with any guitar, effect or amp. Top it off with a beautiful Midrange (sorry fuzzface) and that makes it truly "More Bad!“
True Bypass switching with F.E.T. activated LED....also called “Millennium Bypass.”
This method was chosen for its pure, uncolored sound as well as to eliminate any loud popping noises while switching the pedal on and off.
V: Volume knob. Controls the loudness only when pedal is switched ON.
D: Distortion knob. Turn this Clockwise (CW) for more distortion, keep it below 12 o‘clock for Overdriven sounds...above 3 o’clock for fuzzier tones. This works hand-in-hand with the Heat knob to create a vast array of distorted tones, and where the Heat knob is set will directly affect the textures of Distortion or Fuzz you create!
C: Color knob. The Mas Malo has a unique tone control that pans between rich, liquid, darker tones (counter-clockwise) and brighter, less bassy sounds (clockwise). It is not the simple Treble roll-off that most pedals have, and is part of the reason there are so many flavors within this little box.
H: Heat knob. The most interesting feature on the Mas Malo..controls the Gain of the first BC184C transistor, and therefore sets the attitude for the rest of the circuit that follows. It works hand-in-hand with the Distortion knob, as you will soon discover.
Input Impedance: average 370K, lower with Heat knob above 12 o’clock.
Output Impedance: 10K, which is extremely low, allowing it will mate-up well with wah wahs, Univibe clones, yet well-isolated it from other pedals that follow.
Current draw: 8 ma. Your battery should last months and any well-regulated 100ma, 200ma, 500ma, power will work fine with it.
Power: You may run this pedal on the 9 volt battery or on any voltage between 9 and 18 Volts DC as long as the adapter is (standard) 2.1mm x 5.5mm barrel plug with Negative to Center Pin configuration. (not included)
To access the battery remove all four Thumbscrews from the sides of the pedal and pull the housing apart. Replace battery, put housing back together and re-tighten all four screws. Unplug guitar cable from INPUT when not in use to prolong battery life, but If you have an adapter plugged in to the DC outlet there is no need to unplug the guitar cable from the INPUT because our DC outlet is True-Bypass and disconnects the battery supply line, thus keeping the battery fresh. For 9 volt operation, the Noise-Free Fulltone IPS-1 is a great (worldwide) 9VDC regulated wall wart adapter. For 18VDC, make sure that you buy our IPS-18 International power adapter.