• SviSound OverZiod and Ge Fuzz review

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    It’s not often that you come across pedals that stand out as being really unique. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so much great coming out these days that it’s hard to choose but every now and then you find these pedals that offer something different. Something new. I recently got my hands on the OverZoid and Ge Fuzz from SviSound and here’s my review.

    SviSound (Bulgaria) is a new company for me although they’ve apparently been making pedals since 2012 and since then, received numerous raving reviews for their pedals. Their catalog is fairly large, consisting of what first seems like clones of old favourites. However, that’s just only part of their story.

    Looks shouldn’t matter when you’re purchasing pedals but I like to look down at my pedalboard and go “oh yeah”. It’s about inspiration – both tone and design and the pedals from SviSound offer both great tones and some really amazing futuristic industrial design.

    OverZoid

    The pedal is housed in a MXR-sized box, with controls for volume, tone and gain, a bass boost switch, led and true bypass switching – running on 9V.

    It’s hard to describe the tone of the OverZoid in detail because it’s really nothing I’ve heard before. It no doubt belong in the late 70s mids oriented overdrive family, with a close resemblance to the Tube Screamer. It’s got a nice emphasis on the mids, with a smooth gain stage and a rolled off and balanced low end.

    Tweaking the controls makes it evident that this pedal has a lot more to offer. Rolling off the gain, takes it towards a Klon, with a much more transparent character and the legendary warmth. Turning up the gain and tone introduces a tone close to the early Marshall amps, with a nice mid range, creamy gain and lots of sustain. Maxing the gain brings out rich harmonics, much like a germanium fuzz.

    The strength of this pedal lies in its ability to sound balanced and rich even at low typical bedroom levels. In the featured YouTube clip, I’ve recorded the guitars low enough for the mic to capture me picking the strings. As you can hear, the pedal sounds extremely dynamic and focused.

    The bass switch is subtle but it adds a hint of low end boost, which you often need on smaller amps and low volume.

    The OverZoid is probably one of the better sounding overdrive pedals I’ve tried in a long time. Perhaps ever. Extremely versatile and it sounds great on almost any guitar or amp you throw at it. Highly recommended! 



    Ge Fuzz

    The pedal is housed in a MXR-sized box, with controls for volume, tone and gain, a bass boost switch, led and true bypass – running on 9V.

    As the name implies, the Ge Fuzz is a take on the late 60s fuzz using germanium transistors. This thing is loud and like those fuzz pedals typical of Hendrix and early Gilmour, the Ge Fuzz is able to cover a lot of ground just by tweaking the controls on the pedal and your guitar.

    Unlike most fuzz pedals, which sounds like, uh, a fuzz, the Ge Fuzz has a wide range from clean boost to warm overdrive and classic fuzz. Its got all those sweet harmonics and a real vintage flavour but there’s also a slightly modern touch underneath it all.

    As you can hear from the featured clip, there really isn’t a huge difference between the OverZoid and the Ge Fuzz. With moderate gain settings, the Ge Fuzz sounds very much like an overdrive and it responds incredibly well to your picking and use of the guitar’s volume control.

    Again I recorded the clip low enough to hear my picking, which means that I’m playing at a very low volume level. Unlike most vintage style fuzz pedals, which often sound fizzy on smaller amps, the Ge Fuzz sounds creamy and dynamic.

    The Ge Fuzz is an excellent choice if you want that classic late 60s fuzz tone on smaller amps and bedroom setups, without compromising the tone.

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29 Responsesso far.

  1. Pete W. says:

    Dig it! Been a fan of SviSound for a while now. (Mark is in Bulgaria by the way.) I’ve got a couple of pedals and am very glad that you enjoy them as well. Besides sounding great, they really are eye catching as well.

  2. Steve says:

    Nice sounding overdrive! kinda reminds me of the Wampler Clarksdale delta

  3. Matt says:

    Hey, these are awesome! How much do they cost?

    Thanks,

    Matt

  4. Pasqual says:

    Wow! Both very nice sound! Love them;)

  5. Jake says:

    Great tone! I love their pedals and your playing so much :)

  6. Nuno says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Recently I tested the Lunar Module with a Power Booster(with two BC169C and one BC109 combination inside) and I was back in love with the Fuzz world. However I saw this David Gilmour clip playing Time solo in studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyDwT-z9Id0 ___and I think he´s using a Germanium Fuzz.. I liked your opinion on which Germanium Fuzz i choose for that tone?
    By the way, what do you think about the new Havalina Way Huge by Dunlop in a compared Way?

    Thanks

  7. Brad Roller says:

    Awesome! Love the atom heart mother part! The fuzz sounds so mean…but I have a feeling it will not work well with EMGs? Did you experiment with that?

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! It didn’t work that well with the EMGs… as most germanium fuzz pedals… The OverZiod sounded great though.

      • Brad Roller says:

        Ok thank you! I dream of a fuzz that can work with active pickups good. I may have to get the overzoid

        • Bjorn says:

          Yep, the OverZiod is an excellent choice. I’ve had some success with active pickups and fuzz with the Olympia and the MXR Classic Fuzz is also designed to be used with buffers and active electronics.

          • Brad Roller says:

            Ok thanks for the recommendations. Hey I was going to tell you, I’ve been experimenting with my srv112 rotating speaker, with different slow speeds and I have very close to the yamaha ra200. The motionsound has a slight flangerous tone similar to the yamaha. That’s just micing the cab externally. The cabinet has two mics on each side of itself internally(with two xlr sockets on the back of the cab for the mics) I was thinking, when using both mics, wouldn’t that create an even more dominating phasing or flanger effect? By theory it should sound a lot like an ra200. I’m going to experiment some today and let you know. You should really consider getting one. They are very portable.

  8. Will says:

    Great sounding pedals, and an awesome review! You said in your review that they sounded pretty similar, so is there one that you would recommend getting first? I was thinking the Ge Fuzz because I tend to play at bedroom levels, but I really like the Marshallesque tone of the Zoid.

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! I would say that the OverZiod is the most versatile being an overdrive. The tone span ranges from clean to creamy overdrive to crunchy fuzz. Depends on what tones you want though but again, the OverZoid I guess :)

    • Zwiefldraader says:

      I agree with Bjorns statement about the Zoid. I found the pedal while being on the search for an OD that can get completely clean with the volume pot. I was after the Buffalo Booster for these in-between tones like an amp at the edge of breakup. The Zoid came to me by incidence and I did not look any further. But unlike other more british voiced ODs, the Zoid can also sound relatively smooth, without fizz.
      I don´t agree with the bass being rolled-off. To my ears, the Zoid can be quite flat sounding. The mids are much less emphasized compared to a TS pedal. And while the bass and lower mids are tightened a tiny bit, a TS sounds chopped off in the lower mids / bass compared to. When I roll back my guitars volume, the OverZoid colors my tone much less than any OD I have used before. This is quite impressive. It simply ended my search for an OD.
      It shines with Humbuckers I think, maybe because of the way it is voiced (even though the frequency alteration being very subtle). My Bluesbuckers love it. My Strat sounds good, but not as breathtaking. Although this may sound strange, I prefer my low-gain TI/UK Analogman Sunface for overdrive colors with my singlecoil axes. Hope this helps a bit.

  9. Pete W. says:

    I recently picked up the SviSound EchoZoid. AWESOME!!
    Two different delays, (one short for some great slapback, the other longer), very analog sounding. Also has an incredible chorus and a reverb. SviSound knocked it out of the park on this.

  10. Geva says:

    HI Bjorn
    after seeing your clip here i’ve bought svisound overzoid oz02. it sounds great. really clear & unique sound.
    is there a point for me to also buy the svisound fuzz ge? or are they too similar to each other?

  11. Kevin says:

    Bjorn – thoughts on OverZiod vs Tree of Life? I have a Strat/Laney Lionhart 5W amp

  12. Jason Fillion says:

    So is this the fuzz I would want for Gilmour tones on a Fender? I have a 1969 Fender Champ that does not like my sunface fuzz.

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