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Red Witch Famulus Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Red Witch Famulus Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal is a distortion/overdrive pedal with two totally separate, parallel circuits inside. Each circu...Read More

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Distortion/overdrive with two separate, parallel circuits so you can create sonic alchemy.

The Red Witch Famulus Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal is a distortion/overdrive pedal with two totally separate, parallel circuits inside. Each circuit has it's own distinct voicing, so you are able to blend between the two effects for any conceivable combination.

Volume controls the overall output of the Red Witch Famulus pedal. The output of both circuits are controlled in parallel by this control. The Tone is more like a presence control than a tone control. Like the volume dial both circuits run through it, offering parallel tone control. Gain A sets the distortion/overdrive level of the first circuit. It's a really biting, crunchy sound with masses of dynamic scope. Set the effect pedal really low and the guitar sounds almost clean, wind it fully clockwise and you're suddenly moved to uncontrollable head-banging, power-chording, 8th note-chugging, metal. Gain B sets the distortion/overdrive level of the second circuit. This one is bitey too but it has a fat mid-range punch and spank. Like it's brother, Gain B can clean up and then get down and dirty when turned clockwise.

The Alchemy control on the Red Witch distortion/overdrive pedal is where things get rather interesting. It enables you to blend between to the two separate circuits. Fully counterclockwise gives you only Gain A, fully clockwise gives you only Gain B. Set it anywhere in between and you create your own unique combination. Dial up any variation of the two channels and their respective gain levels for an almost limitless palate with which to create your own unique sound. Bring the overdrive/distortion effect into the signal path by clicking the shiny chrome footswitch, which offers true bypass switching.

The Red Witch Famulus distortion/overdrive pedal can be powered from either a 9v battery or an external 9v adapter (Not included).

"Alchemy is a bridge between Earth and Heaven, matter and spirit, the solid and the fluid, the visible and the invisible, bringing the horizontal and the vertical together." - J. Ramsay

  • Volume control
  • Tone control
  • Gain A dial
  • Gain B dial
  • Alchemy control dial: gain mix
  • Chrome footswitch: true bypass

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A Witches' Familiar is Famulus


  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Red Witch Famulus Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is a spectacular sounding pedal with great harmonics. I use it with a strat and tele through a Deluxe Reverb reissue on the edge of breakup. It gets almost any overdrive and classic distortion sound you can dream of. The tone control is supposed to be a hi-cut but it also affects compression and dynamics. Very interactive controls on this pedal. The blend knob is where the magic is though. I must admit I wasn't as impressed from the get go because I was used to more straightforward kind of pedals. It takes time to learn this one, but once you do, it really justifies its name. My TS808 and OCD are closet queens now (I only run a couple of pedals) although I like to boost the Famulus with the TS808 once in a while. I am most impressed with how amp-like the gain is. Thirty plus gigs and no problems, just compliments on my tone. I can't compare it to some boutique pedals like Wampler and such, but I bought the Red Witch Empress Chorus pedal and was impressed enough to try the Famulus even at this price. Turned out to be a keeper for sure.

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    By Grime

    from Cincinnati, OH

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    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile


    • Breaks Easily
    • Build Quality
    • Longevity-nonexistant

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Red Witch Famulus Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    First off, I want to start out by saying that the pedal, while working, is fantastic. Any sort of grit you could possibly want can be had with this bad boy.. the two seperate distortions with the ability to blend the two gives you a wide range of sonic ability..


    I have had nothing but issues with this pedal after the first week of light use. Gain B completely died on me despite only using the pedal for 2 days (roughly 4 hours each day). I sent the pedal back to New Zealand to be fixed, got it back about a month or two later in good working order.. Then, TWO DAYS after getting it back, the GAIN B died AGAIN. Since I needed a pedal that weekend, I had to wait to send it back and decided to just use Gain A.. in the middle of my show, Gain A completely died on me.. so now I have an expensive boutique pedal that is nothing more than a paper weight and my only way out is waiting a month or two to get it looked at, again, without any peace of mind that the issue will be fixed. I no longer trust the quality of pedals from this company, similar issues are being had with my pentavocal tremolo as well. poor quality

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