Fuzz Review: Devi Ever – Bass Fuzz (super massive black hole)

Devi Ever Bass Fuzz
Manufacturer: Devi Ever : FX
Model: Bass Fuzz
MSRP/Paid: $135.00/$135.00
New/Used/Loan: New
Battery: Yes
Power Supply: 9v boss style
Size: Approx. 2 3/4” wide, 4.5” tall, 2” deep (jacks/knobs etc included)
Available from: Dealers

From the maker:

description:
bass heavy fuzz with expansive filter tone control.

controls:

  • output knob : lots of gain on tap
  • filter knob : emphasize the highs, or lows, to your liking
  • intensity flip switch : increases fuzz intensity
  • specifications:

  • true bypass
  • mxr sized enclosure
  • boutique quality components
  • incredibly low mA draw
  • silicon transistor based
  • 9 volt, 2.1 mm, negative tip power jack
  • 9 volt battery snap inside (unscrew the back plate)
  • Prototype Video:

    Lovetone Cheese Source

    Initial thoughts:

    I’ve been a fuzz junky for awhile now, and I’ve always kind of looked at Devi Ever’s catalogue of work with curious eye but never took a step into the water. I kind of felt that it was more mojo and marketing than actual substance, because compared to most manufacturers there seemed to be an ridiculous amount pedal designs coming out of there. As I started to approach this project, I felt that I needed to put that bias aside and take a stab at a few pedals and make a decision based on sound, construction, and features rather then my own crazed ideas based on years of forum surfing. As such I’ve acquired 3 of the Devi Ever line; a year of the rat, a bit fuzz, and this bass fuzz. This is the first review.

    This is the third pedal that I picked up, and it’s the first review that I’m doing… why is that do you ask? This pedal caught my attention, in a good way. Before I knew it I had most of the review done while the others sat unloved. I’ll get to them, but there was no question in my mind I had to do this one first.

    Video Overview

    Samples

    Positions for Testing (in o’clocks):

    1. Output 12:45, Filter 7, Intensity: Left
    2. Output 12:45, Filter 5, Intensity: Left
    3. Output 12:45, Filter 2, Intensity: Right

    Note: Headphones or good speakers required. Bass samples!

    P Bass

    Position Sample
    1 1
    2
    3
    1 2
    2
    3
    1 3
    2
    3
    Mix

    Active J

    Position Sample
    3 1
    2
    3

    Fretless

    Position Sample
    3 1
    2
    3

    Short 5

    Position Sample
    3 1
    1.5
    2
    3

    Picture Gallery

    Devi Ever Bass Fuzz

    Construction and cosmetic concerns:

    Pretty basic looking unpainted box with a heavy sticker for logo and control labels.

    The insides are tighly packed and the “shake test” revealed a little clanking. It turned out to be the battery connector as no battery came with it. There is no clip for the battery, but with the case being so small, it’s not really going anywhere once inserted. Everything else is solid and well mounted. Some glue has been splashed around the input jack that makes things look a little messy, but it should hold up. Soldiering looks very good.

    <repeating rant>Side layout of jacks is fine, but I still always end up struggling with power taps that are located just below the jack, I feel like I’m always fighting with it when I want to use it. Battery access is the standard 4 screw system.</repeating>

    Conclusion:

    The bass fuzz meets the first basic rule of pedals labeled ‘for bass’, it keeps the low end intact at the majority of the settings. I’m pretty impressed with this pedal on the whole, it can sing a couple of different tunes and they all sound pretty good. I wouldn’t call this a classic fuzz, but it’s range has more subtle side in addition to some really biting industrial sounds. That said, the high end isn’t particularly articulate I notice the high notes getting swallowed in the sound when playing chords or arpeggios at the majority of the settings.

    The utilitarian design/contruction leads my mind wandering down the path of the classic argument: pedals, toys or tools? This one is clearly a tool, I can almost hear the internal dialogue about doing basic boxes to help keep the cost down. So while it might not get a lot of attention sitting on your pedal board, it will when you turn it on and that is what really matters.

    An affordable bass pedal with a very usable gated sound by itself stands out, but I think there are more than a few angry young/old bass players who would be glad to call this fuzz “home”.

    As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment or let me know

    Note: A rating of 5 = acceptable and should considered a ‘good’ basic score

    Sound Category: Gated, Synth, Wall of Fuzz
    Versatility: 6
    Sound: 7
    Value: 8
    Overall: 7

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