EHX Lizard Queen

Filthy Fuzz
EHX Lizard Queen

Price: $99

In 2021, JHS Pedals founder Josh Scott teamed with graphic designer Daniel Danger to design a ’70s-style/E-H-inspired fuzz pedal. The response convinced Scott to present the idea to Electro-Harmonix president Mike Matthews, and the two joined forces to produce the Lizard Queen Octave Distortion.

The nano-sized pedal has a Volume control, Octave knob that blends the signal an octave up, and Balance to modulate between smooth sustain (Shadow) and surreal crispiness (Sun). With the Octave control rolled counterclockwise, users get sweet ’70s fuzz without the octave. Its fixed gain can be manipulated with a guitar’s Volume knob.

Using a Marshall combo and a superstrat, a symphony of sounds were produced by finessing the Octave knob. From stand-alone fuzz, octave up, and ring-mod overtones, the Lizard Queen is sensitive to picking with single-coils or humbuckers. That classic ’70s grittiness truly cuts, while octave-up brings an addictive gnarly texture. It’s the perfect size, takes a 9-volt adapter, and will cover everything from Jimi’s Band Of Gypsys to grunge-era guitar saturation. For filthy fuzz users, the Lizard Queen Octave Distortion is badass.

This article originally appeared in VG’s July 2023 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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