Pete Cornish NG-3 Fuzz
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Known from John Mayer's version of Crossroads! Lou Reed also uses this fuzz. In the range of generally available fuzz boxes covering a scale from 1 through 10, this one goes to 15 ! Specifically designed to simulate “Imminent Amp Death” this custom built unit features several separate stages so that the user may tune it to his or her own degree of ‘I.A.D.'.
NG-2 VS NG-3
"When I supplied the first NG-2 to Lou Reed I mentioned that there was an internal bias control that I set during testing. Lou asked if this could be made external so that he could adjust it to find other possibilities. As this was very successful I decided to addthe Bias control as a user adjustable control and hence called the pedal the NG-3 to
differentiate it from the pre-set bias version.
To set the NG-3 to NG-2 conditions - set Bias to 3 o'clock (IE: just a little back from maximum) and leave it there. The audio sections of the
NG-2 and NG-3 are identical.
Lou discovered many other ways to use the Bias - EG: set Bias to 12 o'clock, Drive to Max, Sustain to
Minimum - sounds like playing backwards as the volume is reduced initially and then gets louder as the note
decays - the way this works depends on guitar signal level."
The first stage is a Linear DRIVE with up to +26dB of gain feeding the second stage; a stabilized discrete preamp which overloads smoothly when overdriven. The third stage is where the NG-3™ magic takes place; it simulates a tube amp that has been over or under biased or has suffered serious tube or output transformer failure (The sound just before the fuse blows). The SUSTAIN control adjusts the signal level into the third section and can be adjusted from ‘Tired Output Tubes’ to ‘Melted Tubes and Shorted Output Transformer’.
NG-3™ Variable BIAS Control: Class A setting is with BIAS fully clockwise; Class B is approximately 12 o'clock and Class C fully anti-clockwise. Intermediate settings may be found to offer enhanced tone colours to suit the material being played.
Technical explanation: The audio signal level, which is dependent on the settings of Drive and Sustain, is compared to the amount of Bias set and my Vari-Class amplifier stage permits either the whole signal to pass (Class A) or varying amounts (Class B or C).
Class-A amplifiers are biased to conduct over the whole of the input cycle and produce the lowest distortion.
Class-B amplifiers are biased to amplify 50% of the input signal and consequently create more distortion than Class A.
Class-C amplifiers are biased to conduct less than 50% of the input signal and the distortion at the output is higher than either Class A or Class B. Only the peaks of the signal will be passed on to the next stage when the BIAS is set to Class C.
TONE and VOLUME controls complete the ensemble to allow matching to your bypassed signal level. To glory in the sound of this pedal feed it into an amp capable of delivering huge amounts of clean, pure tone into your speakers.
- RFI rejecting input and bypass buffer.
- Each unit is hand built, wired and tested by Pete, Lynda and Mingus Cornish.
- Housed in a Rugged Die-cast box with Lined knobs.
- Heavy Duty Custom made all-metal footswitch with Hi-Brite LED.
Easy battery replacement via ‘drawer’. The battery is switched on when you insert the “INPUT / PWR ON” jack and to ensure long battery life unplug this lead when the unit is not in use. If the unit is not to be used for a long length of time we recommend that you remove the battery. Preferred battery type is MN1604.
Also fitted is an input for a DC adapter: the size of the coax connector is 5.5/2.1mm and the centre pin is negative (-VE). The adapter should be noise free, fully stabilised at 9V DC and capable of supplying 20mA. When multiple effects pedals are to be powered, we recommend the use of the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus adapter as meeting the above criteria and cannot accept any liability for damage caused to this unit by the use of, or to, any other type of DC adaptor. If only a single unit is to be powered the BOSS PSA series may be more cost effective and is also recommended.
Dimensions: 171 X 121 X 55 mm
This unit has been built using the finest available components and constructed to the highest standards but should any fault occur during the two years from date of purchase please return it post paid to the above address where under guarantee repairs of any original manufacturing fault will be carried out (normal wear, misuse, unauthorized modifications or accidental damage excepted). The warranty will be voided if the guarantee labels are damaged or removed. This warranty does not apply to customer’s own equipment, which has been connected to this unit. This warranty is not transferable.