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Odin, the wanderer, is the one-eyed King of Åsgard, the mightiest and wisest god of all.
Interestingly he seems to have been an immigrant from somewhere close to Turkey and his archetype can be found in many indo-european mythologies. ODIN takes one of the best octave-up fuzz circuit designs of all time, strips away all the fluff and over-engineering and leaves you with a simple, yet powerful device. Turn it on and you are greeted by a wonderful, saggy, yet open and carefully compressed fuzztone, not too dissimilar from the old smiley-faced fuzz boxes we’ve all tried to love. This one however is louder, more mids-forward, less compressed and just a joy to work with.
Click ODIN into octave mode with the secondary foot switch and you now have one of the best octave up fuzzes on the market roaring from your speakers. It’s really loud and it’s tuned to let your guitar jump out of any mix without getting pointy and harsh.
The two fuzzes are entirely discrete designs within the box, making switching between them a seamless experience, not usually something you’ll find with this type of circuit. Making the two channels independent also made it possible to choose components to specifically suit each side.
New for Autumn 2021 is the addition of individual gain controls for each channel.
I did this for two reasons: you can now remove the control plate if you ever wish to clean or polish it, and a bunch of people have been asking for gain controls, so there you go!
Power with 9VDC, centre tip negative. Same as Boss Pedals. Easy.
Current draw is quite high as I'm using logic based relay switching.
Prior to mid May 2021 all ODINs shipped had a current consumption of a little less than 300mA with both switches engaged. In mid May I moved from Fujitsu Takamisawa relays to Omron relays. These do the exact same job, but draw much less current:
One foot switch engaged: ~70mA
Both foot switches engaged: ~120mA
ODIN uses an input stage that shares that sweet cleanup and loading feature as smiley-faced fuzzes. While usually I find that buffers are OK in front of ODIN, Wahs require a buffer between them and ODIN.
Some wireless receivers also mess with the input on ODIN, but who uses those in 2021?
For safe travelling, stick ODIN first in line. Your Wah sounds better this way anyway! Fight me!
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Fjord Fuzz Odin
I got my Odin (and Bifrost) in December and love it. The sound is great - or better: the sounds are great. It quickly became my go-to fuzz, and as Daniel puts it on his website: I am also one of many who tried to love the classical smiley-kind fuzz faces. I do like them, but Fjord Fuzz just takes it miles further down the road. They look cool, and about the Odin, I love the combination of simplicity on one hand and versatility on the other hand. This is a very powerful fuzz, and the octave part of the Odin is also very cool. Service is also great. These pedals appear very sturdy and I suppose that you are unlikely to ever need technical help, but in case you do, my experience is that you will get support very quickly. Something can always happen, indeed this happened to my one and Daniel obviously takes pride in making his customers happy by helping out quickly. Full recommendation by all aspects!