In this episode of SofaDemo we check out the new Kijo Fuzz from Demon Pedals. It's their take on the classic fuzz face circuit and features a neat toneshift to even out the difference between humbuckers and singlecoils. It's also very well responding to your playing style and the guitar volume with decent clean up. Let's have a look!
Demon pedals are a small boutique company from Aschaffenburg, Germany. Up to now they have 3 pedals on the market, followed by the new Kijo Fuzz, which we would like to introduce here. Because we like what Demon Pedals are saying about the Kijo here’s their description: „Kijo is Japanese for female demon. They have transformed from humans into monsters – either out of intense jealousy, wicked crimes committed, or a terrible grudge that twists the soul into pure hatred.”
Ok, we're expecting the evil himself in pedal form. But first the facts, the Kijo is based on a Fuzz Face circuit with germanium transistors. A vintage classic that should be known to everyone since Jimi Hendrix.
So let's start with the outer appearance. The Kijo is housed in a dark purple enclosure which is quite shiny in the sunlight. The whole thing is embellished by an illustration of Kijo. You find two pots, one for volume, and the other for gain. In between there is a toggle switch to change between a lower or fatter sound. It’s well suited for switching between single coil and humbucker pickups. On the back are the input, output and the power connections. As with all Demon pedals, the design and finish is nothing but perfect. And of course, the cases are powder coated by the guys themselves.
The sound is just like you would expect from a fuzz face, nice and brittle. The fuzz and the volume control of the guitar interact perfectly with each other. That's the way it should be, lower input volume reduces distortion steadily and evenly. The gain pot also has a linear control path. Try to place the Kijo at low gain behind a delay. The delay gets beautiful grit. The pedal does exactly for what it is loved. The Kijo got its special touch from the toggle switch, which switches between a thinner and fatter setting. In the lower position it adds significantly more low end, for example to thicken single coils. Overall, the pedal sounds very good and is built with best parts.
But one thing should definitely be avoided. You should never place the Kijo after a buffered pedal, unless you're noise heads and want the scrapy sound… which can be intended… and nice.
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