Hot on the heels of its Ages Five-State Overdrive and Eras Five-State Distortion, Walrus Audio has unleashed the Eons Five-State Fuzz.
Multi-voiced dirt pedals are the latest thing, and the new Walrus brings five fuzzy tones in one small, convenient package along with (like the other two) cool graphics, a sturdy build, and simple functionality via controls for Volume, Gain, Bass, and Treble; a Voltage knob controls the degree of current, allowing the user to achieve that sought-after “dying battery” tone at three volts, or adding low-end and compression when cranked to a full 18 volts.
Mode I on its rotary dial produces a big, smooth, compressed, silicon-fuzz sound. Mode II also includes silicon clipping with more bass, compression, and crunch. Mode III switches to germanium yielding more dynamics and added distortion. Mode IV is darker, producing more high-end cut using LED clipping diodes – great for offsetting thinner-sounding single-coil pickups. Finally, Mode V yields hard-clipping silicon transistors combined with soft-clipping diodes for brutal saturation.
All Modes are malleable, with the Gain, EQ, Voltage, and Volume controls allowing users to tailor a range of gainy, ear-friendly sounds. It’s a sweet buffet for fuzz freaks, ranging from light, volume-boosted peach fuzz to all-out adolescent garage mayhem. It uses a 9-volt power supply and will make a sonically handy addition to any studio.
This article originally appeared in VG’s February 2023 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.