Screaming, High Gain Distortion
Not Too Fuzzy, Very Open and Articulate
Skreddy Pedals™ Top Fuel:
strikes a balance between high gain, sustaining distortion and articulation.
First, I trim out the woofy, mushy, congested bass. Then amplify (a
lot) and distort using mosfet soft clipping (twice), for a fine-toothed,
modern, tube-like distortion character. Then trim out the harsh and fizzy high
end and use a mid-hump tone stack that's centered around 700Hz.
The string attack is
always preserved throughout the entire range of the fretboard, regardless of
the sustain level. Tonal
emphasis is placed on the midrange in order to showcase the player's
Thanks to Ed Rembold at Toneczar effects for
helpful advice I've used to
refine this circuit.
User Manual (pdf)
||Comfortably Numb outro
The setup goes: 72 RI strat->Pinkmour->EHX DMM->Roland JC-50 (solidstate of
||Top Fuel ("Pinkmour") video
Skreddy Stack video
(Mayo, Screw Driver, & Top Fuel)
||Open this huge folder of baddass clips!
Featuring a faded SG guitar, Roland BC-60 amp, and an Ibanez DDL 10
Copyright (c) 2006 Tommy Foytek
|Teddy Boy -
Top Fuel Clip
Les Paul > Top Fuel > Memory Lane Delay > Monster El Mariachi 15W Class A
(Copyright © 2006 Thomas Lilley)
|The Gainster, tone monster!
PRS > Keeley Comp >Top Fuel > Chandler Echo > Blue Angel w/ 1
Altec 417H 12"
proud owner of TF#1, using a Strat and his Top Fuel, into a Johnson
J-Station amp modeler.
Numb neck pickup, sustain at 12:00 o'clock
- Sorrow neck
pickup, sustain at maximum, tone at 9:00 o'clock
The Top Fuel is an amazing pedal which is capable of nailing David Gilmour
Another gorgeous pedal, the tones are really "airy" and "articulate".
Although I didn't like it quite as much as the Zero, but hey it's hard to
compete with the best pedal on earth. Don't get me wrong it's still an
amazing pedal, loving it.
The Top Fuel, for me sitting here in my apartment trying to be
quieter than the lawnmower I hear outside, I can get singing, searing tone
with a slide on my Strat (with the BL pickups). I'm using basically the
settings you suggested, and really haven't strayed at all from them. I've
got the Blues Jr WAY down, and I even have my volume pedal backed up, AND
the volume on the guitar pulled back. So given ALL of the gain challenges
I'm giving this baby, it's amazing how good it sounds. It's really a keeper.
I A/B'd it against the RAT, which granted I only have in my set up because
it's been in my gear so long - I've always preferred "real" amp/tube
distortion but need some low-volume crunch here and there. The RAT in
contrast to the Top Fuel has very little if any color (it's actually
striking how synthetic it sounds). The Top Fuel has amazing color and
harmonics, and the sustain reminds me of the way Bill in Rutabaga uses the
Dyna Comp for his lead overdrive in a band situation. Very very beautiful.
...I've really been digging the Top Fuel at gigs now. A perfect fuzz that
cuts through the mix like a hot knife through butter. It's never harsh
As I said the Top Fuel is perfect for me in a band with two
guitars and keys. If I want to be heard I just kick in the Top Fuel and let
rip. It's perfect with the Les Paul, smooth and creamy and a healthy amount
of volume boost on tap! Few fuzzes work as well as the Top Fuel with
humbuckers in my opinion. Top Fuel, top notch!
I just got the top fuel and had a few hours to mess with it. Holy shit this
pedal is sick! I have two Analogman NKT-275 Sunface pedals, several nice
silicon fuzzes, a Damage Control Demonizer, a good analog delay, and, blah
blah blah too much other stuff to write, usually running through my Fender
tube amp. I read the Harmony Central reviews for your pedals, and while I
knew I wouldn't be disappointed, I wasn't sure I'd be blown away. I didn't
think I would be. I figured it'd be like, "Yeh that sounds really nice,
maybe I'll dial it in tomorrow or something." Well I was blown away. This
pedal is -different- in a very satisfying way. I wanted a David Gilmour
sound and here it is - it's like you soldered a strand of his hair into the
circuit. Your pedal opened my eyes more than any of the other boutique
pedals I've played through. Damnit now I have to spend more money on your
other stuff because now I'm curious. Hey people BUY THIS THING.
One of the more versatile pedals I have ever come across. I find it
to be an exceptionally smooth and usable sounding pedal that works really
well when stacked with a Screwdriver, or any other good dirt pedal. Whether
I want to play some Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin, the Top Fuel
has a sound to suit, and when I want to play my own music, I can get a sound
that I hope is unique to myself.
Skreddy has done an amazing job with this pedal. This pedal now stays on
most of the time that I am playing, it has decades of sustain, adds almost
no noise at all and on top of all that, it looks cool. I could not be
Can't speak highly enough of this pinkmour, I know it sounds
dramatic, but its really got me back into playing guitar lately after a bit
of a lull.