Ampeg | SC-1 Scrambler Fuzz
Scrambler Bass Overdrive Reissue
In 1969, Ampeg roared into the effects world with the Scrambler. It was, and still is, distinctively unlike other distortion units of the time, and it doesn’t appeal to everyone. Built like a tank in a heavy cast casing, part of the circuitry was potted in epoxy for copy protection. The sound of the unit is a mixture of strong fuzz with a bit of octave up and sometimes slight ring modulation. The Texture control ranges from an almost normal-sounding fuzz to one that brings to mind giant mosquitoes on steroids. The Balance control mixes in variable amounts of straight signal. The effect can be very extreme. Imagine sound gushing out of a firehose and splattering against the wall.
The Scrambler was not a commercial success for Ampeg, and perhaps 2500 units were produced, making it one of the more collectible effects
- Loud and aggressive sound which was perfect for filling up any jumbo-sized arenas, and standing out among all the thin and raspy first-wave-fuzz's from a few years earlier.
- Only 2500 produced.