The Big John Hairy Balls is a hefty & professional preamp/overdrive/fuzz designed for bass but very popular for guitar. It prefers vintage, passive instruments to work with.
Turn up the heat with the versatile Big John Hairy Balls
Fuzz & Boost. Great looks and thunderous analog sound
in one! This pedal is loved by both bassists and guitar
players around the world for its pure sounds.
John Hairy Balls is a fuzz/boost/overdrive pedal that not
only features zippery, gated fuzz but also adds a hairy
boost that can be used in conjunction with the fuzz effect
or separately. The Boost function features its own
footswitch and a Boost control. The boost gives a
beautiful bright coloration but stays quite clean until
about 3 o’clock, then it gets scratchy and starts
overdriving and distorting as the bias changes. In the
fuzz section, Volume and Gate knobs give you an unusual,
creative control over the effect. The Big John Hairy Balls
is a great design and like all Big John Pedals, it is
handmade with top quality components with point-to-point
soldered construction (!) for maximum tone and durability.
Kicking in the Boost is like thumping a wildebeest in the danglies, the fuzz lights up and the volume goes through the roof, perfect for a lead boost. With the Boost all the way up, there is added gain and grit for a huge ballsy drive tone that will make your neighbour sweat. The Big John Hairy Balls is a pedal to annoy, enjoy, and play with for as long as you can still hear.