This fuzz effect pedal was produced in the 90s and quickly went down in music history. Its modern sound based on silicon transistors, the ultra-wide range of possible tones and the gating function gives a lot to work and play with. Sculpting your guitar sound with Big Cheese* is simply fun. The pedal offers a bright and present tone, full of freshness and is quite expressive – it responds to the way you play your instrument very accurately, but always adds some nice meat. At high volume levels it can sound really massive and is an essential item for fuzz enthusiasts. The pedal can operate in four different modes (rotary switch). We can choose between two different ways the tone control interacts with the signal, we can bypass tone regulation completely if we want to use external EQ and, last but not least, we can turn on the signature gate which imitates an 8-bit synthesizer, which is one of the features which made the pedal so popular and sought-after in the first place. Some of the most famous uses of Big Cheese* are Radiohead’s „National Anthem” and U2’s „Discotheque”, but it is impossible to mention all classic songs which were recorded with it. In my opinion, one of the interesting fuzz pedals ever produced.
The pedal was built with hand-selected BC549 transistors, just like the original. Inside there is a potentiometer which sets the intensity of the gate mode. The unit is enclosed in bright orange stompbox which stylistically nods to the original. I have added a small and useful modification – a switch affecting the FUZZ knob, which allows achieving a lower level of distortion.
- Requires stabilized 9V power supply (2.1/5.5 plug with “plus on the outside”)
- Can be used with a voltage higher than 9V, but not exceeding 18V.
- Under the cover, there is a potentiometer which can be used to set the GATE threshold.
?The level of guitarist’s experience on a five-point scale. The higher the level, the more skill the pedal requires.
?The level of distortion on a five-point scale.