The Fuzz Probe is a kind of cross between a theremin and a fuzz factory. There is a 3 5/8” antenna plate mounted on a chunk of 3/8” clear acrylic that passes over the top of the pedal housing, angles down to sharp turn, and goes back to the pedal. Under the whole mess is a 3 5/8” by 7” sheet of aluminum that provides shielding from annoying ground effects and wires under the stage. It also serves to protect the knobs from being knocked off if you drop it on them... and it makes a nice toe chopper if you are barefoot, so (legal disclaimer:) DO NOT DROP THIS PEDAL ON YOUR FOOT! IT IS HEAVY AND HAS VERY POINTY CORNERS THAT COULD DAMAGE LIVING CREATURES AND FINE HARDWOOD FLOORING. ALSO, YOU COULD BREAK SOMETHING. Like your dog.
WHAT DOES THIS PEDAL DO?
Already, it should be apparent that this is the most dangerous pedal I have ever made. Ow! The antenna plate projects a field of RF energy that is affected by your foot (or other appendage), altering the circuit that generates it, and in so doing, increasing the brightness of that LED on the top of the pedal and also controlling the STABILITY (STAB) knob on the back. I could have made it just control that LED, I mean, that’s enough for some people, but nooo, I went and connected it to the stability knob too. This lets you select your favorite squealy Fuzz Factory™ setting (doesn’t the band love that?) and then mess around with the STAB knob with your foot and create little melodies and interference modulations with your guitar (doesn’t the band love that even more?).