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Red Witch Factotum Bass Suboctave Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Factotum features two separate effects in one glorious chrome package; the ridiculous might and sub thumping girth of our 100% analog suboctave a...Click To Read More About This Product

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An all-analog bass overdrive and suboctave that delivers earth-rumbling tones.

The Factotum features two separate effects in one glorious chrome package; the ridiculous might and sub thumping girth of our 100% analog suboctave and the ultra dial-able grit of our 100% analog bass overdrive.

Use either effect independently our simultaneously - they each have their own true bypass stomp switch. Dial as little or a much of each effect in with the two mix controls.

The Factotum's overdrive section was based on a collaboration between Ben from Red Witch and Faith No More's bass player - Billy Gould. Billy contacted Ben to design the electronics for his upcoming Zon signature series. He wanted an overdrive that would add grit and bite to his sound and would feature an overdrive that would get more aggressive as the player "dug" into the strings.

Billy also was specific about wanting to offer the blend option - allowing the player to chose between the clean, unaffected sound and the overdriven sound. The best facets of this design have been elaborated on by Ben with an additional independent analog suboctave circuit - resulting in the Factotum. A deliciously gritty, thunderous device guaranteed to anchor any bass players tone to the lowest end of the frequency spectrum.

  • Independent overdrive for bass
  • Independent sub octave for bass
  • Independent wet/dry mix for each
  • 100% analog = totally unique

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BEST Bass overdrive I've used; Octave is a nice bonus!

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Comments about Red Witch Factotum Bass Suboctave Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal:

The separate controls for Blend, Volume, Tone & Drive make this the most versatile and organic sounding bass overdrive I've ever used, all while preserving the original tone of my bass. The Blend, in particular, allows me to dial in anywhere from a slight SVT-like growl to full on distortion. Plays nicely with all of my other envelope & modulation pedals as well. When stacked w/my Wounded Paw Fuzz, the tone is absolute nirvana! The sub-octave is a great bonus & when set relatively low (around 9 o'clock), adds a nice chewy bottom to the drive (sub-octave + drive + chorus + envelope = SWEET SYTH tones). Although I wish there was an internal trim pot to boost the output of the sub-ovtave (to compensate for the perceived drop in volume when using the sub-octave without the drive), this is a relatively minor complaint. I originally purchased this pedal as a "2 in 1" to go on my smaller board, but she has now become the centerpiece of my main rig.

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