Based on recovered Cold War Death Ray technology and constructed from military-spec wiring, hand-soldered stacked PCB’s and a cast aluminium chassis the Spaceman Effects Sputnik is quite the evocative and imaginative stomp. In it’s standard “fuzz” mode it has a wide range of tones and gain available that definitely lean towards the classic psychedelic era but when the two second knobs are engaged (labeled Filter and Sync/Drift) the Owsley influences appear and we’re treated to 8-bit artifacts, oscillation, synth tones and pseudo-octaves.
The controls on the Sputnik are all highly interactive, it’s beautifully engineered and designed and although on the high end of the scale in terms of pricing the sheer quality, versatility and supreme standard of construction will no doubt entice some Cosmic Voyagers to touch down on Gaia long enough to load their funk capsules with this brilliant pedal. The limited Copper and Red editions also feature Cyrillic labelling, copper plating and vintage glass jewel indicators on the former with a red enclosure and modern glass on the latter – get them before they’re redacted!
Deep within the Kremlin vaults, an artifact of international conspiracy has just been uncovered. Classified documents pertaining to Earth’s first artificial satellite outline how the Soviet-era Sputnik 1 was a secret vehicle for a fuzz death ray. The fuzz ray experiment was reportedly a complete failure according to the leaked documents.
During its three month voyage around the Earth in 1957, the fuzz ray was fired at random earthlings. Instead of vaporizing the ray’s unsuspecting targets, the satellite unwittingly spawned the psychedelic music era by shooting unheard-of fuzz tones into the brains of young folks like Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Robby Krieger and many others. A few years later these sounds were made a reality, bending minds across the planet. Thanks to a failed Cold War space experiment, this psychedelic propaganda continues even today.
We present to you Sputnik, a unique all-germanium fuzz featuring vintage Soviet transistors. Sputnik is an extremely versatile fuzz in a compact enclosure. The three main control knobs enable an uncommonly wide range of fuzz tones. There is enough volume boost available to launch your tone through Earth’s upper atmosphere. When it comes to fuzz gain, the Range control delivers everything from light overdrive tones to thick sustain-laden fuzz. The Calibrate control dials in the tone of this fuzz, and interacts with the Range control, giving even more versatility between the two. And we’re just touching the surface of what the Sputnik can do.
In addition to Sputnik’s three main control knobs, there are two toggle switches, labeled Filter and Sync/Drift. The Filter switch enables a second tone-circuit variation, effectively doubling the variety of tonal options compared to traditional fuzz pedals. The Sync/Drift switch, when set to Drift, turns the otherwise mild-mannered Sputnik into a corrupt death ray of fuzz; Synth tones, oscillation, pseudo-octaves, 8-bit artifacts and much more. Adding a layer of control to this double personality is the final dial on the Sputnik, a mini control knob labeled Scan. All other controls become very interactive in the Drift setting, as well as your instrument’s control knobs and switches.
Within Sputnik lies a plethora of fuzz tones. Smooth, gritty, vintage, modern, thick, thin, buzzy, bassy, splatty, sputtery, noisy, buttery, controlled or very much out-of-control. A truly endless cornucopia of fuzz awaits you.
The Sputnik is completely hand-soldered and handmade in Portland Oregon to the highest degree of quality possible. These are truly artisan crafted tone devices, sparing no detail within or without. The Sputnik utilizes true-bypass switching via the heaviest duty mechanical footswitch available, while your tone is transferred via quality open-frame jacks. Open one up and you’ll see an unparalleled display of craftsmanship; with immaculate hand-soldered stacked PCB’s, detailed military-spec wiring, and custom heavy-duty battery connector. On top of the USA-cast aluminum enclosure sits a durable, engraved vinyl faceplate and red jewel indicator light. This pedal is truly built to last a lifetime.
We will be releasing the Sputnik in multiple batches in order to avoid long wait times. The First Editions are Copper and Red. The Copper Edition (limited to 30 pcs) features real copper plating and vintage glass jewel indicator. The Red Edition (limited to 69 pcs) features a special red/yellow engraved faceplate and modern jewel indicator. Both pre-order editions feature Russian Cyrillic text and will be the only editions to do so.