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Red Witch Famulus Distortion / Overdrive Pedal Reviews

3.5 stars based on 3 customer reviews
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  • Mike
    from Oregon December 22, 2016

    Incredible for guitar & bass

    If you can only have one dirt pedal, this thing would keep you satisfied. This is everything you expect from a great OD pedal and the dual-gain / alchemy feature gives it a lot of range. As you crank it up, it easily gets into distortion territory (like an Fulltone OCD, for example), but does not get insane like a MetalZone or Fuzz pedal.

    My favorite thing about this pedal is the attack. It has a really crisp bite even at full gain, and plays nicely when I send it into other overdrives. I can also get this to overdrive by bass and bass amp wonderfully, but expect a drop in low-end. The alchemy (blender knob) feature is awesome because you can set one gain high and the other low, and get some very unique grit sounds blending them. Think the intro of "Drown" by The Smashing Pumpkins - clean sizzle!

  • E. B.
    from Central Point, OR June 27, 2014

    Nice Overdrive

    This is a really sweet overdrive, but a little lackluster as a standalone distortion. When overdriving the gain channel of a tube amp, the Famulus gives a nice punch to the mids and highs, not really overwhelming you with lows.
    How the gains interact with each other is also pretty cool.
    The box itself is well built, and the paint is durable enough for my toddler to smack it with a patch cable without leaving a mark (I just about crapped my pants though).
    Something pretty odd about it is that the tone knob is backwards: counter-clockwise for brighter, clockwise for darker. Not really inconvenient, but worth mentioning.
    Summary: I love mine. It adds mid-punch to my lead channel, and I like that. As a standalone distortion, a little lackluster (I play metal though, so take my opinion with a grain of salt).

  • Grime
    from Cincinnati, OH October 3, 2014Music Background:
    Serious Hobbyist

    Great sound, poor quality

    While working, this pedal was great. You can dial in any sort of grit you could possibly want, thanks to the two different gains coupled with the ability to blend them together..

    however- this pedal has given me nothing but trouble... after very light use, Gain B died on me... completely. I sent it back for free repair, to New Zealand, and received it back roughly 2 months later in good working order, or so I thought.. After a 2 days of "just to be sure" sessions Gain B died completely again, needing a pedal for a show I decided to just make use of Gain A and then send it back for repair again after the show... in the middle of the show, Gain A died completely... so now, I have a useless pedal that cost some serious $ and I have no peace of mind that it will be fixed whenever I send it back for repair...

    I am now experiencing the same issues with my Pentavocal Tremolo... poor quality

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