SolidGoldFX Imperial MKII
Muff-style gated fuzz with JFET-preamp.
The SolidGoldFX Imperial MKII is inspired by the vintage JEN Jumbo fuzz. If a ripping, royally raucous fuzz, with impeccable manners, is what you seek in your tone conquest or whether you are chasing those soaring Gilmour-esque leads that propel you to the far side of the moon, then look no further than the SolidGoldFX Imperial MKII fuzz.
JEN Elettronica was an Italian manufacturer who made pedals for Vox, Dallas Arbiter and Sound City (among others) in addition to making equipment under their own brand. The Jumbo Fuzz was their spin on the venerable EHX Big Muff® that swapped the knobs out for sliders and added a nifty germanium noise gate. In terms of sound, the tuning of the Jumbo Fuzz lies somewhere in the Ram’s Head camp – not overly scooped or woofy, with a nice gain range.
While the Jumbo’s noise gate is a great feature and gives this BMP variant a unique at-tack with practically zero noise, vintage units vary greatly from one unit to another, with some gating too much and others not at all. Capturing the Jumbo Fuzz’s vibe and redesigning the gate was essential to our Imperial redesign. Let’s dive in…
True to the original SolidGoldFX Imperial, the MKII retains the high impedance JFET preamp. Bass, guitar or synth, stick it anywhere in your effects chain and feel free to ride your volume knob for clean-up – the Imperial’s preamp will respond. While the tone stack is carried over from the original design, a new Contour slider replaces the mids switch, which changes the frequency of the high-pass filter in the tone stack. This allows you to boost or scoop your mids, with every shade in between.
SolidGoldFX has swapped out the Jumbo Fuzz’s germanium transistor design with silicon devices and given it an improved envelope generator, to ensure consistency and response throughout. Having fine-tuned the at-tack and release, not only does the noise gate allow for virtually zero noise, but it also gives the pedal a unique, sharp attack with no loss of sustain at higher fuzz settings. Align this to a nice, dry attack at low settings, and Imperial MKII will pair great with other dirt boxes too. The noise gate will even allow you to add fuzz to a hollow-body, while controlling the howl and feedback should you choose.
|Highlights||Based on the vintage JEN Jumbo Fuzz
Works with guitar, bass or synths
JFET preamp for exceptional clarity and response
Top-mounted jacks, sliders, LED for bypass and gate
Hand-made in Montreal, Canada
|Power consumption||9V DC center negative (power supply sold separately)
|Dimensions||H: 5,5 cm (incl. knobs)
W: 12 cm
D: 9,5 cm