Fulltone's all-analogue Custom Shop Queen Bee pedal delivers gloriously-saturated, old-school fuzz tones. Reacting beautifully to the position of your guitar's volume pot, the Queen Bee can be cleaned up to provide subtle boost and mild overdrive sounds - all the way up to ferocious high-gain fuzz.
The Custom Shop Queen Bee is powered by a trio of NOS military “Flying Saucer” germanium transistors, in an original Fulltone circuit that behaves in an amp-like manner. This meticulously-crafted design allows the Queen Bee to respond dynamically to the input from your hands and guitar, and is very touch-sensitive. Sweet mids, precise note clarity, piano-like sustain and rich harmonic content are all there - forming an incredible-sounding stompbox that can elevate any dull-sounding amplifier to new sonic heights!
Queen Bee's first and second transistors are configured to achieve maximum gain in order to hit the third transistor extremely hard, creating more sustain and distortion than is possible with typical 2-transistor fuzzes. This proprietary design also gives the pedal a surprisingly low-noise floor for such a high-gain design.
Rich in Mid-Range
Another thing the Bee has, something that many fuzzes lack, is ample mid-range! Fender amp owners will appreciate the 'Passive Hi-Cut' tone control for taming the treble, while further sonic-sculpting is accomplished via a smart, loss-less 3-position Bass switch (placed before transistor #3) tailoring the low frequencies and keeping the bottom-end tight.
Inside the pedal is a trim pot that allows you to adjust the bias of the third transistor by a range between 2 and 6 volts DC. Fulltone's favourite is somewhere between 3 and 4 volts. The trimmer should be adjusted by ear as there are no wrong settings, and a slight turn results in a drastic change in sound, volume and compression characteristics. Suddenly firm becomes soft, bright becomes warm, grainy becomes smooth... it’s astonishing what this little trimmer does!
- True-Bypass: Yes
- Power: 9V Battery or PSU (Centre Positive)
- 100% Hand-Built in the USA