The Embla might be considered a fuzz, but it boasts tones ranging from preamp-like overdrive to all-out fuzz saturation. It's simple design and elegant presentation make it a great entrant into the fuzz world without losing reference points of familiarity. It is the most versatile in the expanding lineup from Fjord Fuzz, a collection of handmade fuzzes from Norway.
From the builder:
This circuit was my first true invention and it has now gone through dozens of iterations to end up like this. I wanted a fuzz that behaved like an overdrive. I didn't like overdrives. Found them too boring. I couldn't find a fuzz that sounded cool, but could be managed like a regular drive unit.
EMBLA takes care of all of this and more. The gain and volume knobs take you from crisp, beautiful clean boost to thick, heavy fuzz and any nuance in between. It cleans up brilliantly and just always works. With any instrument, any amp and in any setting.
The bias knob lets you starve the signal without ever turning the pedal off. This can come in handy for bassists who don't want to just add to the noise floor of the band while idle or it can help you make your guitar sound like a 60s tonebender type fuzztone. The thickness control gives you the ability to pair it up with any amp. Turn it down for low wattage setups and back up for huge stage amps.
This is the pedal Ruban from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bent from Motorpsycho, James Bay and countless others have been jamming on for years now.
It's time to get one and free yourself from the tedious hassle of soundchecking all your drive units. This one saves you all that time and trouble, and sounds really cool while doing it!