The Blackbird is a 100% analog nasty, wild, octave fuzz. It's lineage lies with the 70's Japanese fuzz pedals from Shin-ei and Ibanez. The Blackbird has been tweaked to push the mids, but with enough low end to mesh with bass as well as guitar. Loud and aggressive, it's perfect for glitchy leads, scuzzy blues riffs, through to psychedelic and fuzzy freak-outs.

The Blackbird uses the same analog octave generation method as many classic octave fuzzes from the 60's and 70's. The amount of upper octave present in the signal and how it reacts depends on what notes you feed into it, where abouts you play on the fingerboard and which pickup you are using. For the most pronounced upper octave sound, play around the 12th fret and use the neck pickup of your guitar; rolling back the tone knob of your guitar can help to enhance the octave. Single notes, octaves and power chords produce the most 'musical' sounds from the Blackbird whereas complex chords (especially played above the 12th fret) create unpredictable results, very much like those generated by ring modulators. These can be discordant, colourful and downright strange but at the same time exciting and inspiring!

Simply watch Pete Townsend's performance at Woodstock and you'll get the idea.


Check with an authorized dealer for availability.

  • Hand selected and matched discrete components
  • NOS Germanium diodes
  • CITEC potentiometer
  • Carbon film resistors
  • Neutrik jack sockets
  • Heavy duty foot switch


LEVEL – Sets the overall output. Unity is around 11 o'clock


A standard 9 volt DC regulated power supply with a 2.1mm negative tip barrel plug or a 9 volt PP3 battery

Current Draw: 3mA

Dimensions: (including knobs and jacks)

125 x 95 x 55 mm

Full two year Warranty

Blackbird Manual