NPD, DOD Carcosa

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  1. skydog

    skydog Supporting Member

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    I'm still settling in with it, but it seems to be more of a boost/distortion pedal than fuzz. Has anyone else found this to be true? I mean you can crank it to fuzz, but there's a very small window between there!
     
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  2. thomas4th

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    It just has a wider gain range than most fuzzes, I think. The After control influences this a lot. It’s a feature not a bug IMO.
     
  3. skydog

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    Yes! The “AFTER” knob is the hot one!
     
  4. Jaguar

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    It's a very versatile fuzz but can also be used as a fantastic boost, crunch-box or distortion. That's the reason I have 2 of them :) ... it can go from boost to splat-fuzz and do everything in between. And it does all those things very well! Quite amazing ... Oh, and one of the best features is that you can dail it in with almost laser-like precision. This pedal is something special in my experience.
     
  5. mattt67

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    Can it do convincing vintage/Hendrixy fuzz tones?
     
  6. Jaguar

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    YES (only thing, it is not a big muff but it can be muff-like) rest of the fuzztones are in there in spades. And, forgot, it is no octave-fuzz of course.
     
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  7. Analog man

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    I had one and, I didn't really got on with it. It's all personal, some will like it, some won't. I found, like you, that it is more in the distortion camp and it can also do fuzz. I didn't really like the fuzz. Good for lead, but not for rhythm stuff.
     
  8. Gaheba

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    I bought one on impulse when I spotted it for a reduced price in the store a few months ago. I keep messing with it, but I'm gonna let it go, I just don't get it.
    I really struggle with fuzz, and the Carcosa for me is just too wild and untameable.
    I guess thats why serious fuzz guys like it, but I'm not that guy.
    Spent another hour or so with it this afternoon, but its just not happening. Sigh.
     
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  9. Squatch57

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    I love how the Carcosa does the bi-tonal thang on single string stuff.
    Such a cool artifact and none of my other fuzz do it as well.
     
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  10. HeavyCream

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    A couple guys just wrote that they don’t consider it a Fuzz because it’s so tamable. Imho it’s very versatile for a fuzz.

    Not everything is for everyone, maybe you just don’t dig it. I know you’ve decided to let it go but have you tried turning the After knob down? That’s how to get more ODish fuzz tones. Especially when you use your guitar volume knob. Have you tried it without any buffered pedals in between it and your guitar?
     
  11. Gaheba

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    I messed with the After knob, turned it way down. Good point about the buffered pedals however, I forgot about that. I'll give that a go tomorrow, see what happens.
    Thanks for the tip.
     
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  12. Jaguar

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    Here a truckload of setting suggestions for the Carcosa (picked it up from different threads here on TGP and some YouTube settings I saw):

    1. If you are already running pretty saturated you can get some dirty boost that doesn’t flub out:
    Before: 10:00
    Level: 1:00
    After: 9:00
    Hi-Cut: 12:00-1:00
    Toggle: Hali (down)

    2. If you are running saturated but you want some additional fuzz feel:
    Before: 10:00
    Level: 10:00
    After: 10:30 -12:00
    Hi-Cut: 10:00 -11:00
    Toggle: Hali (down)

    3. For extra bite and boost to cut through the mix:
    Before: 10:00
    Level: 3:00
    After: 7:00 (fully counter-clockwise)
    Hi-Cut: 1:00-2:00
    Toggle: Hali (down)

    4. To push your amp from crunch into thumpy saturation:
    Before: 9:00
    Level: 3:00
    After: 9:00
    Hi-Cut: 9:00
    Toggle: Demhe (up)

    5. Tom Von Kramm favorite setting (clean & distortion channel):
    Before: 2.30
    Level: 11.30
    After: 11.00
    High-Cut: 10.30-11.00
    Toggle: Demhe/up

    6. Tom Von Kramm favorite setting (semi-clean amp):
    Before: 2:30
    Level: 11:00
    After: 11:00
    Hi-Cut: 9:00
    Toggle: Demhe (up)

    7. Tom Von Kramm girthy regardless of pickups or amp.
    Toggle: Demhe (up)
    Hi-Cut: 8:00-9:00

    8. Strictly Fuzz Into a really dirty amp:
    Before - off
    Toggle – Hali (down)
    Level - 1:00
    Hi Cut - 9:00
    After - to taste, like a bass/gain control. I have it at about 11:00

    9. Plexifuzz in Marshall style amp:
    Before: 14.00
    Level: 12.00
    After: 11.00
    High Cut: off
    Toggle: Demhe (up)

    10. Ford Thurston setting 1:
    Before: 9.00
    Level: 9.00
    After: 13.00
    High Cut: 11.00
    Toggle: Demhe (up)

    11. Ford Thurston setting 2:
    Before: 9.15
    Level: 10.00
    After: 7.00 (fully counter-clockwise)
    High Cut: 11.00
    Toggle: Demhe (up)

    12. Sabbath-ish in clean amp:
    Before: 12.00
    Level: 11.00
    After: 11.00
    High Cut: 10.00
    Toggle: Demhe (up)
     
  13. Jaguar

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    Mr. Kramm ... Krammed a lot of Von Krammness in that pedal! :)
     
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  14. DonaldDemon

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    I own two as well because it's my favorite useful fuzz with a distorted high gain amp.

    My stoner rock setting into a 800 style distorted amp:

    Before: 11.30
    Level: 12.30
    After: 9.00
    High Cut: 10.00 - 11.00
    Toggle: Hali
     
  15. Cb

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    I've got a Carcosa that I like a lot, but find the toggle voicings to be either slightly too bassy, or slighty too much bass cut.

    Does anyone know a of simple mod to alter one of the voicings to something in between, like the Boss SD-1 C3 mods?
     
  16. Maggot

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    The "after" control is what brings the fuzziness back. The "before" is fuzz too, but if it's not sounding enough like a fuzz, the "after" is your sputtery friend.
     
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  17. jimijimmyjeffy

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    Can someone explain the attraction of this fuzz to me? I know it's quite good from reports, but after a few demos I did not quite understand it, if I may beg y'all's pardon.

    This is not a veiled "don't like the pedal". I sometimes just fail to understand something I like later, like a great band. And demos sometimes don't do a fuzz justice.

    What circuit is it based on? What is the musical usage?

    If I get a grip on it I may try one.
     
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  18. Maggot

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    I think it's based on the grandaddy of them all; the Maestro FZ-1. I use it whenever my other dirt pedals aren't giving me what I want. In that context, I can almost always find something I like. It works well if you want a slightly crunchier, more dynamic fuzz that can be used like a distortion or overdrive, or as a sputtery fuzz, but you can get anything from a dirty boost to singing sustain.

    Although it touches some Fuzz Face and Tone Bender bases, that's not really its thing. It's got a lot of variety in its sounds, but there are better choices for straight up Fuzz Face + Marshall or Big Muff sounds. It sounds best either as a sputtery new-schoolish fuzz, or as a fuzzstortion. It can also get really heavy. In other words, it has SO MANY USEFUL SOUNDS, but it doesn't like to do Gilmour or Hendrix.
     
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  19. borducks

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    I heard that A LOT when it first came out. It might be a tough pedal to demo quickly since there’s so much range. If you’re a fuzz fan at all I’d grab one. They’re not expensive. Then play with it and forget everything you expect from certain knob positions. Your ears will find several tones you really like.
     
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  20. Kevy_Metal

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    The DOD Carcosa is the Russian nesting doll of fuzz pedals.
     
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