Hizumitas was designed for the one and only Wata from the legendary
experimental band Boris, one of the heaviest bands ever to come out of
Japan. The trio of guitar sorceress Wata, drummer and vocalist Atsuo, and
double-neck bassist, guitarist and vocalist Takeshi has almost 100
releases filled with genre and brain-melting music.
In their nearly three decades together, Boris has infused doom, hardcore,
thrash, noise-core, ambient, free improv, drone, psychedelia, and more
into their extensive discography. Boris is also known for their unique
collaborations with mutually adventurous artists, including American Doom
mongers Sunn O))), noise legends Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Ian Astbury of
Wata, always seen and heard on stage wielding her black Les Paul Custom,
mixes killer riffs with searing, fluid, or jaggedly melodic leads and
controlled walls of feedback, often with help from an EBow. It's a
connection of chaos and melody that has enchanted Boris fans worldwide
and influenced many bands that have followed in their considerable wake.
Simply stated, no other band sounds like Boris, and no other guitarist rocks
But with EQD's Hizumitas fuzz on your pedalboard, you can carve out your
own singular, mega-heavy tone.
Hizumitas is a faithful recreation of Wata's go-to distortion pedal, the
Elk BM Sustainar. The Elk is a Japanese variant of the very well-known
"Triangle" BMP. The designers at EQD tried several vintage
BMP's during development, found that each pedal was wildly different and
realized that to truly capture the magic they needed the original. Wata
graciously sent her beloved pedal halfway around the world, and EQD
discovered that it had something special the others didn't have: heavy
saturation with a gritty edge and massive bottom while maintaining a
clear and dynamic tone with enough mids and top end to cut through any
sludge. The studious wizards at EQD have built all of those
characteristics into the Hizumitas.
This fuzz/distortion brings loads of heavy distortion and smooth sustain
and an underlying grit that sounds like the speakers are on the verge of
ripping apart while delivering amazing and unexpected clarity from such
an aggressive sounding pedal.
The Sustain control has a wide range of saturation, meaning even small
changes will significantly affect the overall tone. Hizumitas responds
excellently to all types of pickups and playing dynamics. Power chords
will sound huge and heavy, while open chords will be dynamic with
fantastic note separation, and single note leads will come across smooth
and powerful, especially with the neck pickup.
The Tone control can drastically change the character of the distortion
in conjunction with the tone. Bass frequencies are boosted clockwise, and
treble frequencies are boosted counter clockwise. The Tone control can go
from an aggressive mid-range grind to piercing highs as you turn it
counterclockwise. As you turn it clockwise, the mids become less
present, the highs are tamed, and a humongous, thundering low end comes
to the forefront. The Volume control offers massive output gain with
unity at around 9-10 o'clock and beyond that, prepare to hear and feel
the power of Hizumitas.
Faithful sonic recreation of Wata from Boris' crushing go-to fuzz: the Elk BM Sustainar
Offers loads of heavy distortion and smooth sustain with an underlying grit
Excellent response to different pickup types and playing dynamics
Unique Tone and Sustain controls greatly impact the distortion’s character
Offers plenty of output Volume - unity is around 9-10 o’clock; everything above that is set to destroy.
All-analog signal path
Silent relay-based switching
Current Draw: 10 mA
Input Impedance: ≈150 kΩ
Output Impedance: <10 kΩ
GTIN-12 (U.P.C.): 810019912399
Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.50 x 2.25 in. (120.65 x 63.50 x 57.15 mm) with knobs