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May 10, 2024: These pedals are based on a batch of Philips/Mullard OC45 transistors, and they definitely measure up to the standards set by the previous OC75, OC44, and OC42 versions (a few of those pedals are still available – email for details). There will be only 25 of these pedals available, strictly limited by the supply of these excellent transistors.

IMPORTANT INFO:

We get a lot of questions about how the OC44 or OC45 version is different from the OC75 version, or the standard Elektrika, etc. Here are a few points:

OC75 are the most expensive transistors, hence the higher price. They were used in original Tone Benders, and demand the most attention when pedals are built with them! The gains tend to fall into that sweet spot, not too low, not too high, and they have a sweet and mean character when driven into fuzz sounds. HOWEVER

OC42, OC44, and OC45 ALSO fit the bill! These transistors were, until recently, available at a better price… but the word got out – they sound EXCELLENT in a fuzz box! OC44 can be a tad high gain, but by selecting the right ones, you get a killer fuzz right up there with the OC75’s. Is there a difference in sound? Yes… it’s in the realm of the subjective – OC44 sounds to my ears a bit more “gutsy” or “rude” than the OC75. This might translate into “more lower mids”, or “distorts sooner as you turn up the gain”.

OC42 – which we have only a few more transistors for now – has an amazing “clean up” with the guitar’s volume knob. Right up there with a fuzzface, no kidding. I don’t know exactly which parameter of the transistor causes this, let’s call it “magic sparkles”. Why not. They’re just great for that. They fuzz well, but have an almost “overdrive” character.

OC45 – These tend to be lower gain transistors, and I now like to blend OC45 and OC44 to get a fuller fuzz tone, but OC45 is perfectly fuzzy when maxed out, but has a lot more in-between… distortion/overdrive style sounds, and excellent cleanup, like the OC42, albeit a bit warmer, fluffier, less “clear and sparkly” like the OC42.

So there you go – that’s transistor cork-sniffing at it’s best. Prices of these pedals reflect the cost of transistors, not that you “pay more for a better sound”, which is nonsense. The Standard Elektrika is literally a steal at the moment – I got a killer price on a large batch of great transistors (80’s vintage) that make a killer fuzz, albeit a tad more “hi-fi” sounding than the OC series transistors. Turn that built in tone control down a bit and you get right into that warmer “vintage” tone area. Can’t beat it for a budget pedal, for road work, or a spare to lend a friend when dueling fuzzes!

cheers

joe

The OC45 Elektrika: We’ve settled on a “Goldtop Les Paul” style finish for this edition, a sparkle gold that is more consistent and durable than the hammerite and also allows much better print quality:

Comparing Our Different Elektrika Editions

It’s always difficult to find the right descriptions for the tonal differences between these pedals, but let me try to make a rough comparison so you can get an idea of where the OC45 edition fits in the mix:

OC75 Edition: A brighter, buzzier fuzz than the ’44 and ’42, doesn’t clean up as well as the others, but for that a bit of a wilder, trashier, smashier fuzz when gain is cranked. A good choice for humbucking pickups to get a 70’s fuzz / proto-punk sound. Wide “Gate” control range. This creates Mick Ronson / early Bowie tones so well, there’s something special in the OC75, just a tad “grainy” or something… hard to put a finger on it, exactly.

OC44 Edition: Great low mid presence, excellent for fattening up single coils, and really “blooms out” in sustain and controlled feedback as well. When cranked, it feels like it’s creating more punch, more pressure than buzzy fuzz. I’d grab this first for Stooges-style low-down mean and dirty riffing.

OC42 Edition: These Mullard metal can OC42 have very low leakage, making for a more fickle “Gate” control, but its also more temperature stable. I love how this cleans up with the guitar’s volume – great low gain sounds with warmth and clarity, and sings beautifully when dimed. Hard to beat this as an all-arounder. Somehow feels more “hi fidelity” that the previous two. Definitely the quietest.

OC45 Edition: This lives somewhere between the others – the OC45 have quite low leakage, like the OC42, but the character is just a bit leaner in the lows than the OC44 (in MK1 mode, mind, all versions do get a nice low-end trim in “Zonk” mode) and doesn’t feel as “grungy” as the OC44, and cleans up better than the OC75 version. A great upper-midrange fuzziness that doesn’t ever feel harsh, and with loads of sustain as long at the gate control is not down too far. Great for QOTSA style tones, with good definition on complex chords.