Pussy Galore – Pussy Fuzz: Harmonic Percolator [Prototype] (PEDAL, US)

1987 Guitar Works Ltd. HP-1
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Prototype for the Pussy Fuzz harmonic percolator pedal made by Mr Bill.

Steve Albini had 4 of Pussy Fuzz harmonic percolators made for himself and Jon Spencer, Kurt Wolf and Neil Hagerty as Christmas gifts.

There was also a clone version of the pedal.

“The case was from Radio Shack, the pots were CTS and the board was hand etched using Datek dry transfer resist materials. The case was marked with Kroy lettering machine labels. The knobs were just like Fender amp knobs in size and shape, but were marked 0-9 in smaller sized numbers.

The circuit was based on the Harmonic Percolator but was modified to sound more like Steve Albini’s personal pedal, which really sounds like no other. Steve still has one of these versions in his collection.”

“Steve Ablini’s personal HP has one germanium and one silicon transistor and all of the clones that were made (maybe a total of 8-10) were made using the same circuit as his, but each one was tweaked to sound as close to his original one as possible. As I noted before, his personal one sounds like no other normal Percolator that I’ve ever heard.

A few years ago (after the video interview/review) a couple of P-Fuzz prototypes were created and delivered to Steve. These new versions were made in small rectangular “MXR” style boxes. One had no controls and was preset to full on as this is Steve’s normal setting.” – Mr Bill

Steve Albini talks about harmonic percolators and the Pussy Fuzz here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nahPA-RKEfQ

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