Presenting Hizumitas From EarthQuaker Devices!Hizumitas was designed for the one and only Wata from the legendary experimental band Boris,one of the heaviest bands ever to come out of Japan. The trio of guitar sorceress Wata,drummer and vocalist Atsuo,and double-neck bassist, guitarist and vocalist Takeshi has almost100 releases filled with genre and brain-melting music.In their nearly three decades together, Boris has infused doom, hardcore, thrash, noise-core,ambient, free improv, drone, psychedelia, and more into their extensive discography. Boris isalso known for their unique collaborations with mutually adventurous artists, including AmericanDoom mongers Sunn O))), noise legends Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Ian Astbury of The Cult.Wata, always seen and heard on stage wielding her black Les Paul Custom, mixes killer riffswith searing, fluid, or jaggedly melodic leads and controlled walls of feedback, often with helpfrom an EBow. It's a connection of chaos and melody that has enchanted Boris fansworldwideand influenced many bands that have followed in their considerable wake. Simply stated, noother band sounds like Boris, and no other guitarist rocks like Wata.But with EQD's Hizumitas fuzz on your pedalboard, you can carve out your own singular, mega-heavy tone.Hizumitas is a faithful recreation of Wata's go-to distortion pedal, the Elk BM Sustainar. The Elkis a Japanese variant of the very well-known "Triangle" BMP. The designers at EQD triedseveral vintage BMP's during development, found that each pedal was wildly different andrealized that to truly capture the magic they needed the original. Wata graciously sent herbeloved pedal halfway around the world, and EQD discovered that it had something special theothers didn't have: heavy saturation with a gritty edge and massive bottom while maintaining aclear and dynamic tone with enough mids and top end to cut through any sludge. The studiouswizards at EQD have built all of those characteristics into the Hizumitas.This fuzz/distortion brings loads of heavy distortion and smooth sustain and an underlying gritthat sounds like the speakers are on the verge of ripping apart while delivering amazing andunexpected clarity from such an aggressive sounding pedal.The Sustain control has a wide range of saturation, meaning even small changes willsignificantly affect the overall tone. Hizumitas responds excellently to all types of pickups andplaying dynamics.Your power chords will sound huge and heavy, while open chords will bedynamic with fantastic note separation,andsingle note leads will come acrosssmooth andpowerful, especially with the neck pickup.The Tone control can drastically change the character of the distortion in conjunction with thetone. Bass frequencies are boosted clockwise,and treble frequencies are boostedcounterclockwise.The tone control can go from an aggressive mid-range grind to piercing highsas you turn it counterclockwise. As you turn it clockwise, the mids become less present, thehighs are tamed, and a humongous, thundering low end comes to the forefront. The Volumecontrol offers massive output gain with unity at around 9-10 o'clock and beyond that, prepare tohear and feel the power of Hizumitas.
Faithful sonic recreation of Wata from Boris' crushing go-tofuzz: the Elk BM SustainarOffers loads of heavy distortion and smooth sustain with an underlying gritExcellent response to different pickup types and playing dynamicsUniqueToneandSustaincontrols greatly impact the distortion’s characterOffers plenty of outputVolume-unity is around 9-10 o’clock; everything above that isset to destroy.All-analog signal pathTrue bypassSilent relay-based switchingLifetime guaranteeCurrent Draw: 10 mAInput Impedance: ≈150 kΩOutput Impedance: <10 kΩ