The Zander Circuitry American Geek takes all that's great about the classic silicon Big Muff circuit and ramps it up a notch. Combining one of the most popular vintage guitar sounds with modern circuit design, the American Geek needs to be experienced.
Key to getting a great tone with a Muff-style fuzz is the EQ, and the American Geek features a super-tweakable EQ section. Two Shift controls alter the capacitor values in the tone stack, adjusting the filter sweep and cut-off. These controls interact with the Tone control to enable you dial in all versions of the silicon Big Muff - and more.
This latest version of the Zander Circuitry American Geek features a more compact footprint, knurled steel knobs, and an upgrade from six to eight clipping options:
Germanium: A smooth, sweet sounding form of clipping, very ‘amp-like’ in its response.
Silicon: Louder, brighter and more aggressive sounding.
LED: Even louder, less saturated but very punchy.
Asymmetrical germanium: A more aggressive germanium sound.
Asymmetrical silicon: Beefing up the aggression of the silicon sound.
Asymmetrical LED: A more aggressive version of the LED sound.
MOSFET: Similar to the silicon setting but a bit sweeter, crunchier and a touch more saturated.
No diodes: Loads of output but not much gain.
The American Geek features two footswitches, the second of which gives you access to the Blast function - a second channel with an independent volume control and the gain set to maximum. The switches support both momentary and latching switching, meaning that you can temporarily engage a channel by holding your foot down on the relevant switch then releasing it when you're done.