This is a full-on fuzz pedal designed especially for bass guitar, replacing the now-discontinued Dr Freakenstein Bass – but takes the best elements of it and puts them in a convenient, compact – and deeply cute – mini-pedal package! It uses a very similar fuzz circuit to the Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DRFF-3, but with more low-end.
Like the regular Dwarf pedal, the overtone is adjusted by knob or by the Igor pressure pad controller (dual sensitivity), giving great real-time expression. The Dwarf Bass also has an LFO button, which modulates the overtone automatically in a slow spacey way… And when this is happening, Igor instead controls the speed of the modulation, enabling expressive higher speed modulations (like a Leslie cabinet, or a classic dubstep-type of effect).
The speed of the modulation is displayed by LED brightness, which – when there’s no modulation happening – shows the Igor pressure.
As part of how the distortion circuit works, the Dwarf Bass has an impressive fixed-setting noise gate built-in, creating dead silence between notes (which is very unusual for a distortion effect!).
It also has a ‘mix’ button, which changes the sound from all fuzz, to about two thirds fuzz/one third clean, and inside there’s an ‘active/passive’ switch making the Dwarf Bass usable for all kinds of instruments.
With real-time control of tone, and of modulation speed, this is an extremely useful pedal – adaptable to all kinds of bass-playing situations.
Does the modulation affect the clean signal too?
No – the clean is always clean.
Is it possible to change the regular speed of the modulation?
Is it possible to change the mix of clean to fuzz?
No – only to all fuzz.
Will my clean tone be affected by the Dwarf Bass’ ‘clean’ sound?
No – the clean amplifier used is quite transparent, leaving all lows and highs unaffected.
Does the noise gate work on the clean sound too?
Is Igor basically a switch – to switch between slow and fast LFO speeds?
Igor is a tiny expression pedal, and is capable of providing all sorts of oscillation speeds
Can the same Igor work different Rainger FX pedals? Yes.
Can I use it with my hand? Yes – it has dual sensitivity.
What are the dimensions? 55mm in diameter, 9mm thick.
Does Igor use a battery? No – it’s entirely passive.
I’ve lost my Igor – what can I do? Get in touch…
Can Igor be used in place of an expression pedal for different makes of effects pedal? Quite possibly – though all regular expression pedals vary in resistance, and often with wiring. Of course you’d need a minijack to ¼” adaptor. Igor works pretty good with Electro Harmonix stuff BTW.
What is the resistance of Igor? He goes from about 1M Ohm down to tens of Ohms.
Does it have a mono or stereo minijack plug? It has a stereo one, though the ‘sleeve’ tab is not connected
Do you ship internationally? Yes we do. Standard or trackable.
What are the PSU requirements? 9v DC, 200mA (centre earth, sleeve +9v)
What warranty do you give? 3 years. There shouldn’t be, but if there is a problem do get in touch.
How can I pay? Paypal or electronic transfer are the usual methods.
Do you do any stickers or T-shirts etc? Got stickers – just ask. T-shirts – coming soon.
Are Rainger FX pedals true bypass? Yes they all are.
How are your audioclips recorded? Usually with my Gibson SG, and – unless otherwise stated – always plugged straight into the one effect only and then into a mixing desk and onto a computer using Logic, no EQ or other tweaking.
Where are your pedals made? All are made in the UK.
Are you going to be re-making the old pedals like the Compactotron or the Minor Concussion any time soon? In one form of another…