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Info: jexttelez.tumblr.com
Prices: $349 (Canyon Climber),
$299.99 (Jext Face)

FUZZ BUZZ

The Jext Telez Jonathan Wilson's
Canyon Climber, Jext Face

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here's nothing subtle about Jext
Telez stompboxes; they're about loud
colors, loud sounds, and loads of fuzz.
The latest creations from designers
Bob Ebeling and Colin Simon harken to
the glory days of '60s fuzz tone, rejoicing in the extreme end of the distortion
spectrum. After all, those were the heady
days of the Space Race, and that quest to
go places where no one had gone before
extended to the fuzz box.
In the company's fuzz stable, the Canyon Climber is the far out-est. A seemingly
innocent little box, it's modeled after the
original Companion FY-2 made by Japan's
Shin-ei, a company renowned for its wild
effects, which included wacky wahs that
emulated sirens and hurricanes, as well
as the legendary Uni-Vibe sold to Univox
(the FY-2 was also badge-engineered and
sold under numerous other monikers
including Jax, Tele-Star, and Zenta). Jext

Telez's take comes courtesy of guitarist/producer Jonathan Wilson (Conor
Oberst, Father John Misty), whose love
affair with the Shin-ei is no secret.
One of the lovable characteristics of
the FY-2 was its relentless fuzz capability, and the Canyon Climber retains that
in spades. Basically, there's no fuzzless
setting here (beyond hitting the bypass
footswitch, that is). The Biofeedback dial
controls fuzz intensity, but in truth acts
more like an EQ, adjusting - and only
subtly - the tonal range of said fuzz.
Kick the pedal on and you're rewarded
with sonic mayhem. But it's a sonorous
mayhem, lovely in its degree of blur. Single
notes are all prickly; double-stops are
pure barbed wire. It's a killer wall of fuzz.
Original FY-2s are also famous - or
more accurately, infamous - for providing lower output volume than the input
signal. This new iteration is true to the

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original, yet also includes
a volume control (Nature) as well as a toggle
(Vanity) that provides
muscular boost - as
much as 10 dB of
oomph. This is a
welcome feature, though
it would be
nice if it
was footswitchable for
solos.
The Jext
Face is Jext
Telez's take on
the Fuzz Face. There's
no shortage of such clones on
the market, but this one is all about build
quality, packaging, and tone.
It's offered in two versions; a blue-box
normal-gain overdrive and a red highgain full-on fuzz machine. All of which
proves Ebeling's and Simon's dedication
to getting the sounds "right." In fact, they
say they spent so much time getting these
pedals dialed in that girlfriends fled and
wives put divorce on the table.
The blue Jext Face offers a sweet, clear
signal boost with both a Volume control
and toggle-switched turbocharger. And
it's not just a transparent boost, but a
rich electric warmth. Think Jimi. Spin
the control knob to enhance the lush
qualities of that tone as it heads into fuzzy
territory. Dimed, you get a sweet, enduring fuzz - never brittle, but all bite. And
the pedal pushes natural sustain, as well.
Both Jext Face options have "no-squint"
packaging, meaning the box and controls
are supersized. The housing is the width
and height of a typical stompbox but
stretches a lengthy 10". The control knobs
are hefty, too, as if salvaged from a '50s
TV set. It's unique and you're never going
to misplace it on a dimly lit stage.
Jext Telez effects are hand-made with
pride in Detroit - solid inside and out.
One more reason for fuzz connoisseurs
to check out these wild '60s-inspired
boxes. - Michael Dregni


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