About a month ago, we were privileged to have a wild, intriguing and sometimes uncontrollable effects pedal come through the office, the Schumann PLL Analog Harmonizer from FTelettronica Pedals. That pedal was so fun and so innovative, that we decided we’d better take a look at some more of their gear, so for today’s featured pedal, we have the Zero-Sum Game. A 2-in-1 Fuzz and Filter effect, this 2-footswitch pedal allows you to run each side individually or in tandem, creating a wide array of sights and sounds for all to behold.
The Fuzz side of the Zero-Sum Game is fairly straightforward in appearance, but not so much in action. Featuring one lone control knob to adjust the fuzzy output, there’s a toggle switch present as well. This lets you pick between two different wave shapes (sine or square), which really open up some new opportunities in FuzzLand. The Filter side features more controls, with Filter Resonance, Frequency and Output each having their own knobs. A Normal/High toggle switch adjusts your resonance to taste, and there’s a large, three channel selector up top, which lets you pick Hi-Pass, Band-Pass or Low-Pass filter options.
You can also plug an Expression pedal in to control the filter, adding some funky wah infusion to your sound, which sounds especially killer when you add in some fuzz on the backend. These pedals from FTelettronica are built like tanks, and there’s no shortage of crazy as far as their sonic qualities are concerned. If you’re in the market for a wacky adventure for your eardrums, and need something on your pedalboard to uplift and inspire your playing, check out this company and their gear – you’re not going to be disappointed. You’ll need to hear the Zero-Sum Game in action first, however, so click below to see our demo video, and experience a small portion of what this magnificently odd and wonderful pedal can do.