Red Witch unveils Opia Fuzz and Xenia Overdrive engines
Red Witch Pedals released a few boxes of dirt for those who are fed up with rotating dials looking for a usable electric guitar tones – a big step for a company that has brought us the “The most switchable fuzz on the planet” only last year.
The Xenia Overdrive Motor and Opia Fuzz Motor reduce the pedal concept to its essentials, providing ultra-simple overdrive and fuzz pedal options for your crankset.
Both arrive in mini, cream-painted metal cases with distinctively wizarding, pagan art across the front – purple design for Xenia, red for Opia – and these siblings are designed to be more versatile than their simple format might suggest.
Let’s take a look at the Xenia Overdrive engine. It has at least one control per se, a single side dial to adjust the gain of the preamp, and a foot switch to engage or bypass the effect. No need for manual or YouTube tutorial. And no presets either.
But via this unique control, Red Witch promises a huge payout and an abundance of juicy, juicy music. Set it low to add a bit of warmth to your sound, then add a bit of hair for a bit of grain for blues and blues-rock.
But when you push it halfway, the Xenia produces a classic, amp-like rock sound based on ‘Britain’s greatest fire-eaters of the last century’, with crisp metal guaranteed at the end of the button travel. Cared for.
There’s an internal potentiometer for adjusting the master volume – the sort of thing you tweak once and leave.
As for the Opia, you have a footswitch and that’s it. Red Witch describes it as “a romantic getaway between your guitar and your fuzz sound”, clearly designing this device for players who like to crank up a guitar amp and flip their guitar’s volume control to adjust the gain.
To suit this style of playing, the Opia features a dynamic tactile circuit, featuring two silicon transistors, and there are two internal knobs for fine-tuning your fuzz and for output volume – a tunable chord and to forget.
Both pedals are real bypass, hand signed and numbered, and draw 15mA of current. The Xenia is the heavier of the two, but at 145g, it’s barely a paperweight. This additional mass may be due to its machined aluminum dial.
The Xenia and Opia are priced at $ 149 and are available direct from Red Witch Pedals, where there are currently a range of Black Friday deals, with 10% off when you spend over $ 140, 15% off orders over $ 200 and 20% off orders over $ 290.