Earthquaker Devices Terminal Destructive Fuzz Device (Version 2)
Congratulations on your new Terminal! Are you ready to take the stairs to the top of the tallest tower of fuzz? You are now.
The Terminal is our take on the elusive vintage JAX fuzz. These units are increasingly hard to come by, and are better known by most of us as the Shin-Ei Companion Fuzz. We love the Companion FuzzÕs unique buzzy sound, but the lack of output volume and EQ controls really got us down. So, weÕve taken the Companion Fuzz design three steps further, adding ÒVoiceÓ and ÒTrebleÓ controls, along with twenty storiesÕ worth of output volume to erect the Terminal.
The ÒVoiceÓ control adjusts the TerminalÕs midrange focus and overall frequency response. Clockwise youÕll hear vertigo-inducing upper mids with an almost nasal, cocked-wah quality. Counter-clockwise youÕll find enough low-mid thickness to make even your wildest Siamese Dreams come true.
The ÒTrebleÓ knob controls the TerminalÕs biting top end. This control is especially interactive with the ÒVoiceÓ knob, so itÕs anything but Òset and forget.Ó At the low end of the dial, youÕll find muted, subdued fuzz tones that sit back in the mix and play nice. Crank it up, and youÕll hear searing blown-out buzzsaw treble sharp enough to cut glass.
ÒFuzz.Ó ThatÕs why weÕre here today, isnÕt it? The TerminalÕs ÒFuzzÓ control has a wide sweep for causing all sorts of mayhem. Keep the ÒFuzzÓ low and youÕll find Òseparated, Óspitty garage tones, and plenty of Òsatisfaction,Ó as the Terminal just wants to be your dog. Take the ÒFuzzÓ all the way to the top floor, and youÕll hear a thick, searing grind with a unique attack envelope and loads of sustain. Between these three interactive controls, youÕll find a wide range of fuzz tones at your disposal.
The Terminal is true-bypass, uses archaic all-analog circuitry, and is built one-at-a-time by a team of basketball champions in rubbery Akron, Ohio, USA.
- Volume: Controls output volume level as you dial it clockwise.
- Voice: Clockwise for upper mids, counter clockwise for lower mids.
- Treble: Clockwise for more bite, counterclockwise for less.
- Fuzz: Clockwise for more blow outs, counterclockwise for less.