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Monsterpiece Scratchy Snatch- Can't Recommend It Enough!

forgivenman

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Okay guys, I've had this pedal for two years (not days or weeks or even months) and I'm still amazed at the sheer quality and number of the tones this baby produces.
I'm one of those guys who can't go anywhere without at least seven or so pedals so I was really worried earlier this evening when I plugged my strat ('62 Vintage RI with EMG active pickups) into my 65 Danelectro DM-25 (think Deluxe Reverb without the nice reverb and you'll have the right idea) with nothing more than my Monsterpiece standing between my guitar and my amp.

Guys- this pedal can do SO many things well. It's a silicon fuzz but it can do virtually any fuzz or distortion sound you can think of while retaining it's own unique voice. It cleans up perfectly with the guitar's volume knob is incredibly sensitive to picking dynamics. For the first 10-15 minutes I dialed in a treble booster tone that put me squarely in the SRV camp. Turning the tone down some gave it a distinct mind-range bump that sounded a little fuller than my TS9. The tone was very thick but clear with lots of high end. I'm also an EJ freak so I turned down the transistor bias and upped the input bias while rolling back the tone on the pedal and got that booming "faux cello" tone I love so much. This setting was where I stayed for the majority of the evening. The Fuzz Face tones this thing is capable of producing are flat out awe-inspiring. When I dialed back the transistor bias even further and cranked up the fuzz I got the thick Muff tone I love so much from bands like The Smashing Pumpkins.

If you're on the fence about getting a fuzz, or if you have plenty of fuzzes but are looking for something that sounds amazing while offering virtually limitless versatility, I would highly recommend the Monsterpiece Scrathy Snatch. GREAT PEDAL (and a more than fair price!).

 

FuzzFaceJ

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I can only imagine this pedal being amazing, love my NPN and MKIII, tons of tones!
 
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mrbluetone

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This is a great pedal I too have the SS power and love it and I have an early stomp version also!

 
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Daka3

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Man that SS logo sure enough carries along some real bad connotations with it if you ask me. Pedal might be great but the logo - I'm not so sure.
 

weshunter

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Man that SS logo sure enough carries along some real bad connotations with it if you ask me. Pedal might be great but the logo - I'm not so sure.
yeah i agree with that, especially with the red pedal -- might have to go with a stealth mode/no logo one if i got one of these.
 

forgivenman

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weshunter said:
yeah i agree with that, especially with the red pedal -- might have to go with a stealth mode/no logo one if i got one of these.
Yeah, the SS is a reference to the SS at the end of KISS. Richard's a class act and makes amazing pedals.
 

nl128

Gold Supporting Member
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I don't care what's painted on a pedal as long as it sounds good.

Thanks for taking the time to write the review OP
 

ChaseTheAce

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i find it highly ironic that I'm reading this thread while sitting in a German Nationalism history class with a presenter currently discussing nazism and the SS.

i think the artwork, despite its intended reference, is insensitive. i would change that before it gets blown out of proportion
 

weshunter

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Yeah, the SS is a reference to the SS at the end of KISS. Richard's a class act and makes amazing pedals.
oh yeah he's great -- i've been rocking and singing the praises of my STUD ever since I got it. I had a problem with it and sent it back to him and he fixed it for no charge and was really great to deal with the entire time. I'm 100% sure it's unintentional, but he probably should change it.
 

CptSensible

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i find it highly ironic that I'm reading this thread while sitting in a German Nationalism history class with a presenter currently discussing nazism and the SS.

i think the artwork, despite its intended reference, is insensitive. i would change that before it gets blown out of proportion
Some musicians think emblazoning their gear with references to totalitarian regimes is cool. I guess Tom has never sat through a class like yours.

 

Peteyvee

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^ There's a big difference between the hammer and sickle and red star of the now defunct Soviet Union and what that stylized SS logo also stands for and I'm sure you know what it is, Kapitan...

I'd have to lose that logo or cover it with gaffer's tape. I'm sure it was unintentional, but it's also offensive to millions and millions of people.
 

Orwells Ghost

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^ There's a big difference between the hammer and sickle and red star of the now defunct Soviet Union and what that stylized SS logo also stands for and I'm sure you know what it is, Kapitan...
I'm not so sure about that, Stalin managed to kill more people than Hitler was ever able to. Mind you, he was at it for a lot longer and nobody deigned to stop him...funny how that part is often glossed over.

That said, I've got a STUD on order and can't wait to plug it in. Richard was an absolute gentleman to deal with, super friendly and incredibly fast in his responses.
 

duderanimous

Monsterpiece Fuzz - Fuzz Master Extraordinaire
Gold Supporting Member
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oh gawd, not the "SS" thing again :facepalm :D

It was not meant as the nazi thing, but as the lightning bolt kiss logo thing. I'm not even making these anymore. It has been replaced by the Monsterpiece PUMA which is essentially the same thing in a smaller 125B size enclosure, and the transistor bias has been moved to be an internal trimpot control rather than an external control since it is more of a "set it and forget it" thing anyway.

I really need to get my website back up with current pics and info.

:)
 

Peteyvee

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Cool. I didn't think you did it intentionally. A business I used to work for had stylized "esses" in their logo (PSS) and a bunch of customers complained they were offended by it, so the owner rounded them off. Problem solved.

FWIW: That was in the early 80s when a lot of stuff wasn't as PC as it is now.

PS: Your website wouldn't load for me at all. Might want to look into it. ;)
 

CptSensible

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^ There's a big difference between the hammer and sickle and red star of the now defunct Soviet Union and what that stylized SS logo also stands for and I'm sure you know what it is, Kapitan...
Not to be a dick, but you might want to crack open a history book on events in the Soviet Union in the 20s and 30s.
 

Peteyvee

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Not to be a dick, but you might want to crack open a history book on events in the Soviet Union in the 20s and 30s.
I minored in 20th century European history and am quite familiar with the Soviet Union. Your views are as transparent as a Monsterpiece Stud and maybe you ought to read a few history books yourself. Welcome to my ignore list.
 
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