Hurts

£139 plus shipping. 

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Mods:

Deep switch (bass mod) add £10

A switch to let more low frequencies into the circuit and also adjusts the circuit to help prevent oscillation.

Hurtsenboost add £39 

Adds a by-passable MOSFET booster option. It sounds glorious and LOUD!

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The new version of the Hurts - complete with Sputter control! This lets you alter the transistor bias which allows you to go from classic dad-rock tones to Mr Albini and beyond! This is the Hurts with the added Deep (bass mod) switch mod. This switch allows more low frequencies into the circuit making it ideal for Bass and Doom!

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The infamous Harmonic Percolator circuit tuned for maximum tone. Capable of filthy sub octave and wilful feedback, through to just a hint of grit, or an amp slamming transistor booster. Definitely more than just a fuzz.

As in the original HP-1 the Hurts uses both germanium and silicon transistors carefully selected and graded for both sound and gain. Inside it has a couple of trimmers, one to tune in the octave "sweet spot" and one for gain compensation in case of oscillation.

It uses 1N695 germanium diodes as in the original HP-1 and has a switch to change to silicon diodes which are slightly louder (my favourite on bass). In the mid position this switch bypasses the diodes making it a loud transistor booster that really pushes the front end of an amp. I have bought up the last of the best quality 1n695 diodes I can find, unlike the alternatives these germanium diodes bring out the octave effect whilst ensuring adequate output from the vintage pedal circuit.

I had wanted a Harmonic Percolator that sounded something like Steve Albini’s, but couldn't find the sub-octave throaty HP-1 sound I was looking for - especially after I luckily got to record an old 70s original Ed Giese built Interfax HP-1 which sounded amazing!

Anyway, back in 2012, after more breadboard experimentation and research than is probably healthy, I came up with the Hurts pedal. Although I have now changed the name from 1000 Hurts to Hurts, it is still exactly the same circuit. 

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Controls:

Harmonics: fuzz/distortion gain

Sputter - transistor bias

Balance: output volume

Diode switch: Ge = germanium diodes, Si = silicon diodes, centre position = diodes bypassed.

Internal trimmers:

- Octave: adjusts the octave “sweet spot”. Set diode switch to Ge and Harmonics to max for strongest sub octave effect.

- Gain Compensation: It is recommended to leave this trimmer alone unless your pedal oscillates, in which case back it off slightly.

9V power either by standard Boss style power supply or 9V PP3 battery (not included).

"I’ve used Albini’s actual HP, and the Latent Lemon Audio Hurts is dead on" 

R.C., Chicago USA

Hurts demo with P90 pickups:

My original prototype pedal demo which became the Hurts:

Bass demo, note that the density control is now a switch which not only allows more low frequencies into the circuit, but also alters the internal gain to avoid oscillation. With the Density switch off the pedal is a regular Hurts:

"Hey man, Just to say finally got a chance to try this at band practice and it was fantastic. I've been going between a fuzzrocious rat's tail and a xxxxxxx effects percolator for my nasty overly distorted sound for the past year with neither sounding right, and this blew them both off the board when I did a shootout between all three. Got a gig on Thursday that I can't wait to use it for. Cheers!" Ex Wives, Glasgow UK

On this Ex Wives track the guitar setup  is an EGC guitar - Hurts pedal - Bassman amp. They also have the first Hurtsenboost pedal - the Hurtsenboostenstein!

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“I dont know how to thank you? You’re attention to detail... you nailed it. You have the best harmonic percolator on the market. Truest to Interfax as far as I can tell. Plus your pedal just out right kicks ass with all the options you offer in Ge and Si switches and so on. This pedal knocks all other HPs in the dirt. Including the xxxxxxx cause I got one of those. Kudos, man. Playing it through my Orange amp... makes me the happiest kid in the world. Where may I leave a positive review, sir.”

D.B. USA