I'm sure by now you've heard of the fuzz that has taken the guitar world by storm: the Pharaoh. Let's see if this pedal lives up to the crazy hype it's received the past couple months.
|The top row features the hi-lo input toggle and the bass and treble knobs|
The bottom row features the fuzz and volume knobs
along with the three way diode toggle
|The Pharaoh features top-mounted in/out jacks and a 9v Boss style plug|
How it Sounds
As I touched on earlier, the Pharaoh is an extremely versatile fuzz with it's diode switching options. The germanium mode provides plenty of clipping and a nice warm tone, perfect for classic fuzz tones as well as providing a nice overdrive or boost. You can also switch out the clipping diodes for a huge volume boost with little clipping, perfect for use as a fairly clean boost. The silicon mode is where things get brutal, you can dial this fuzz in to do some pummeling sludge, stoner and doom tones. Throw in another fuzz, boost or overdrive to stack with the Pharaoh and things only get more brutal. The Pharaoh plays really well with other dirt pedals, with many varying results but usually all are pleasing. It would take me a while to demo all of the tones this thing has so I just did recordings of a few of my favorite tones from this fuzz.
Pharaoh Warm Drive by Mike Fetting
Pharaoh Germanium Overdrive/Fuzz by Mike Fetting
Pharaoh Heavy by Mike Fetting
Sorry for the low volume on the heavy clip, all clips were recorded with my Standard Rig. The heavy clip also has a Make Sounds Loudly Dirty Boost engaged for extra heaviness.
I must say the Pharaoh is one hell of a fuzz and I really have no gripes about it. Anyone who loves fuzz could find an application for this beast. Whether you want it to provide pummeling doom tones, more of a fuzzy overdrive or a boost, the Pharaoh does it all. I really can't get a bad tone out of this thing and I can't recommend Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh enough!
Thanks to Holy Schnikes for lending me this Pharaoh to try out!