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    Russian Alchemist

    Turns Russian Tin Into Golden Fuzz Tone Every Time

    The Golden Sickle Has Risen Like a Phoenix from the Flames of Time:

    Having now appeared a third time in the Caucasus Mountains, flourished beautifully, and brought forth fragrant and Golden Red Seed. It took many long years to discover how the blood of the Russian Tiger Lion were to be extracted and distilled with visions from the sniffed glue of the Pickled White Eagle, and how these were to be mixed in their natural proportions, enclosed, sealed, and committed to the secret fire producing abundant molten Germanium ore. We have, indeed, studied the writings, parables, and various figures of the Ministry of Tone with singular industry, and labored hard to solve their manifold wonderful enigmas, most of which are simply the vain products of their imaginations. It was long before experience taught us that all their obscure orthodox rhetoric and high pretensions are mere folly and empty phantasms, shewn and imparted to all the Sons of G.O.A.F.
    Pre Cold War Communist brothers labored hard and long for the Russian transistors used in the Russian Alchemist knowing that one day their labors would produce such a beast of freedom and hard rock fury!  The Russian Alchemist hath cometh!

    WTF is It?
    The Alchemist is a red hot Russian blast furnace of fuzz tone eruption.  Hand Wired Dynamic Heavy Fuzz with Massive “buzzy/trebly” tones imparted by 1 - NOS AC125 and 2 Russian Germanium transistors.  Our take on the legendary Buzzaround insane-o-matic fuzz sound.  The Russian Alchemist is a heavier version of the Alchemist series working particularly well with humbuckers.  Hand selected components and extensive listening to each component yields one of the most usable tone monster fuzzes to grace your pedal board.  If you are looking for the typical fuzz, the door is closing, go elsewhere.   If you are looking for a unique fuzz few have experienced in their arsenal of tone madness, come in to the cave and plug in and fly your freak flag high and proud.

    User Controls:

    “Master Volume” Knob:
    • The “Money” knob symbolized by the Deniro symbol.
    • Below 50% = Dark Energy and above 50% = Light Energy. Go into the light.

    Tone Shape or “Balance” – Primarily “Mids” Control:
    • In General - Above 12 o’clock position increases level to “Mids.”
    • In General - Below 12 o’clock position reduces level to “Mids” and thins tone.
    • This is adjusting the Fuzz Bias with a direct effect on the mid EQ range. 
    • This directly works with the Fuzz/Sustain Amount control and affects the mid range of the fuzz.
    • Symbolized by the Moon, you must feel where this knob needs to be set. The phase of the moon directly affects this depending on day and hour.

    Fuzz/Sustain Amount
    • Controls the amount of Fuzz.
    • Note if you turn this all the way to the left you will not hear your guitar.  This is also know as “the sound of one hand clapping” effect.
    • Symbolized by the Alchemical Lead symbol, as things can get heavy with this knob.
    • This knob is also associated with Saturn, which should remind us to use self-control.

    Timbre/Tone/Attack Knob – Primarily “Treble” Control
    • Timbre/Tone/Attack - Interacts with the Fuzz Bias (Moon knob) and can have a dramatic effect on your Fuzz Treble as well as a slight effect on your pick attack.
    • In general - Above 12 o’clock adds treble.
    • This can be subtle but increasing changes your tone based on the house Jupiter resides in, in your birth chart.
    • Symbolized by the Alchemical Tin symbol, mix to taste. This knob is associated with Jupiter so beware of excess, and overindulgence.

    • 3 5/8 W x 4 5/8 H x 2” D - Including Knobs (not including optional rubber feet)

    • Battery Power:
      • For best tone Massive FX Pedals recommends using 9V Eveready Super Heavy Duty Carbon Zinc batteries.  Fuzz aficionado’s claim slightly drained 9V batteries in the 8 to 8.5v range have the sweetest tone 
      • Spare Eveready 9V Carbon Zinc batteries are available on our products page.
    • DC Power Connection and the Russian Alchemist:
      • For convenience we have provided a DC power connection. You can use most REGULATED 9V center negative power supplies such as the *Boss PSA style adapters as well as an isolated 9V output from a “power brick” power supply such as the *Voodoo labs Pedal Power 2, BUT see WARNING below.
      • WARNING:  The Russian Alchemist is a vintage circuit utilizing many vintage parts such as transistors, it has a positive ground, so do not daisy chain the Russian Alchemist with other pedals if using the DC power jack
      • BOTTOM LINE:  DO NOT DAISY-CHAIN the Russian Alchemist with other pedals. 

    Recommended Accessories:
    • Extra 9-volt carbon zinc batteries, solid body electric guitar, tube guitar amp, rolling papers, Russian Vodka and a fat bag of Leningrad's finest.


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