The first Automatone.
What happens when you combine the DNA of Benson Amps’ Chimera in a box Preamp with a little fuzz, some of Condor’s resonant parametric mids, and full blown preset control from your friends at Chase Bliss Audio? The Preamp MKII. Built in collaboration with Chris Benson from Benson Amps, and known around here as the first Automatone.
This baby has variable diode clipping control (transistor only, silicon, and asymmetrical germanium), fuzz you can swap from open to gated, three mids resonance settings with variable routing you can place before or after the preamp, and three banks of ten presets each that give you thirty presets to set at your leisure.
But what’s an Automatone, you ask? It’s a pedal built with motorized faders that adjust automatically – and a little magically – as you cycle through presets. Check out the video below to learn more and see it in action.
Wren and Cuff Garbage Face J Mascis signature pedal.
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A bonafide guitar legend by any standard, his band, Dinosaur Jr., toured with and influenced many of the bands that defined the 90’s. Bands like Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and too many others to count. Ask nearly any punk or grunge band from that era (and most today) if they’ve heard of J Mascis and you’ll get a look like you’re a fool for even having to ask. His association with the Big Muff is well documented as one of the main building blocks of the Dinosaur Jr. sound. So it is understandable that the muff experts at Wren and Cuff would be the ones calling when the idea for a signature pedal came about.
After more than 2 years in the making, that pedal is finally here. A part-by-part recreation of J’s number one muff since 1987, a 70’s EHX Ram’s Head, which is not just any Ram’s Head. J’s pedal is an odd bird with parts values that are “incorrect” and component values that have drifted far from their original values during its 50 year journey. On the other side of the pedal, a replication of his favorite germanium treble booster that J uses to slam the input of said muffer. And nestled in between the two is a wonderfully simple but incredibly useful tool... A second volume knob with a footswitch to let you bounce between two muff outputs!
• Faithful recreation of J Mascis’ favorite muffer
• Vintage germanium transistor treble boost
• Selectable output volumes
• All true-bypass operation
• Artwork by Thom LessnerView full product details