Yeti Fuzz-Stortion review by Tortuga Effects

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (5 votes)
Tortuga Effects: Yeti Fuzz-Stortion

Price paid: $ 299

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Sound — 10
This pedal has a 'central' tone which is at all times big and slightly chunky. The pedal is fitted with Silicon transistors which, to my ears at least, accent that chunk and give this pedal the ability to really roar. The Growl knob goes all the way from a more 'vintage' sounding and slightly splatty grind all the way to enough gain to make you think you're actually being chased by a Yeti. The Scream knob not only increases the high frequencies as it's turned up, but is also tames the lows ever so slightly. It helps find a balance between woofy and tight. But the crown jewel of this pedal is the four-way Anger switch. At the first position (furthest counterclockwise) the mids are 'scooped' for a more modern tone (this position with the gain knob at about 3/4's gives you the most distortion like tones). The second position gives you flat mids. The mids here are still pretty tame, and this position would seem useful in a bad situation where you still want those scooped tones and want to cut through the mix at the same time. The third position is boosted mids. This is where the Yeti starts to get a lot creamier (not like syrup cream, more like coffee cream if that makes sense). The fourth position is an absolute monster unto itself. It bypasses the Scream knob, giving you a nice volume and slight gain boost. This position really feels like the pedal is wide open. Feedback is easily had and controllable at this setting. This pedal's sounds are quite diverse, but they always bring a smile to my face.

Overall Impression — 10
Oh, I forgot to mention in the sound category that I'm playing this pedal through my Peavey Classic 30 with my Warmoth Telecaster (one HighOrder Pickups t-top replica humbucker in the bridge, the pickup is wired straight to the output jack). I think this pedal is outstanding. Before I got it I wasn't impressed with most fuzz pedals, they just never seemed useful to me. But this pedal has opened my eyes to a whole new world of tonal posibilities.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Internal wiring is neat and tidy, the paint job (as mentioned before) is very high quality. It really impresses me that there's only one guy doing all the work here. To me that says consistency and dedication. But back to the pedal. My son has even managed to get a hold of this thing and throw it (which he was promptly disciplined for lol), but no damage whatsoever (well, the wall suffered a tiny bit). And given the three year warranty I think this pedal will do just fine.

Ease of Use — 10
This complete monster of a fuzz-stortion (it really does live up to that description by the way) was built by a gentleman named Matt in Washington. It has three standard knobs and one four-way chicken head selector Switch which give you control over Howl (volume), Scream (tone), Growl (gain) and Anger (mid shape/shift/sweet/whatever). These controls give you a huge amount of control over how raging or tame your Yeti is. A quick read of the manual explains all the typical do's and don't's and also lines out the three year warranty against defects (sweet! ). The pedal has very neatly applied graphics and those are even covered by an evenly painted clear coat for longevity. A wonderfully easy pedal to behold and use.

4 comments sorted by best / new / date

    These pedals are absolutely excellent, they are expensive, but in my book they're worth it.
    Time Seller
    EpiExplorer wrote: Expensive. And cheesy.
    Might want to actually hear the pedal at work before making pointless comments.