Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh
The Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh is a Muff style fuzz that has been in production since 2011. It is massively successful because of its warm, huge sounds.
It is for musicians who love their guitar and amp’s tone.
The Pharaoh pedal, while its roots and DNA are classic fuzz, has a few twists and a wide range of clipping and tonal options.
It sounds clear and natural, strong and bold, from a cleanish boost to a light overdrive, all the way to saturated fuzz.
Your guitar sound isn’t high jacked so your amp’s tone is not destroyed. Your guitar and amp still sound like your guitar and amp. This is because there are no drastic cuts or boosts and the tone section so this allows your amp to do the heavy lifting.
The Pharaoh utilizes a dual-tone control which is designed to suffer little volume loss, and give a natural sound.
The Pharaoh has been consistently popular for this reason.
You can see a good demo here
Silicon and Germanium
The Pharaoh has two sets of clipping diodes which are the components that produce the fuzz.
Silicon diodes for a raspy distorted sound and diodes out for more volume, headroom, and less clipping.
Asymmetrical germanium clipping diodes give a warm, tubey old-school sound.
The circuit has the clipping segments with the second offering selection of silicon, germanium, or no further diode-based clipping
The Pharaoh starts with a hi/lo input switch, not unlike that of your favorite tube amp. Lo for more headroom/less clipping. Hi for less headroom/more clipping.
A standard fuzz knob. A full range tone control with the addition of a high-end compensation knob to allow you to replenish the highs cut by the tone control when boosting lows.
The diode selector switch allows for different modes of clipping.
The two switches can take the Pharaoh from a clean/ fat boost to light OD. This cleans up well with your guitar’s volume knob, all the way to hairy open fuzz.
The Pharaoh utilizes signal capacitors that are large enough to pass all frequencies through, uncut because this produces a natural unfiltered sound.
This is especially important for bass players because you’ll get huge fuzz with no low-end loss, and without squishy flabby tones.
Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Features
- Bass and Treble controls work interactively for extreme EQ usability
- Fuzz Control
- Hi/Lo Toggle
- Diode Switch
- True bypass