The Hyperion is everything the Big Muff wishes it could be. It can cut through in a loud, live, band setting. It has a gorgeous sustain that full of harmonically rich tonal characteristics that doesn’t require much tweaking of your amp, guitar, or pedal board to get just the right sound you are looking for. The gain control is incredibly interactive allowing for intense over the top octavia-style leads, wooly gainy rhythm, or pulled back all the way gives you just enough grit with out being too gated. The Hyperion is also the first pedal to have the honor of being stolen and cloned by another pedal company (and sold for twice the price no less!). So while most people are cloning and tweaking the Big Muff… it looks like some people are beginning to find it more useful to clone and tweak the Hyperion… and rightfully, because a modern age, deserves a modern high gain fuzz worth imitating.
Guitar – playing open chords
BASS – bright setup
BASS – low end setup
Revision #’s / # made since February 2012
HY12S / 157 – SMD components, everything board mounted, 100k audio volume, 100k linear intensity
HY12T / 6 – Through hole, “floating” pcb’s, 100k audio taper volume pot, other pot 100k linear taper, all resistors film comp, all caps Dipped Radial Multilayer Ceramic, TO-92 transistors.
HY12T2 / 13 – Through hole, “floating” pcb’s, 100k audio taper volume pot, other pot 100k linear taper, all resistors film comp, mix of caps Dipped Radial Multilayer Ceramic and metal film poly box caps, TO-92 transistors.
HY13TF1 / 65 – Through hole, “floating” pcb’s, 100k audio taper volume pot, other pot 100k linear taper, all resistors film comp, Metallized Plastic Film Capacitors, TO-92 transistors.
printed artwork serial #’s / # made since February 2012
AHY1 / 6 – photo
AHY2 / 22 – photo
AHY3 / 1 – photo
AHY4 / 16 – photo
AHY5 / 2 – photo
AHY6 / 6 – photo
AHY7 / 5 – photo
AHY8 / 2 – photo
AHY9 / 17 – photo
AHY10 / 5 – photo
AHY11 / 17 – photo
AHY12 / 12 – photo
AHY13 / 1 – no photo – missing graphic – it is a mystery!
AHY14 / 7 – photo – 2012 anime rock girl, english title
AHY15 / 7 – photo – serial number discontinued (see AHY16)
AHY16 / 81 – photo – same as AHY15
AHY17 / 1 – photo – anime girl, blue, rock and roll control labels
AHY18 / 1 – photo – anime girl, hot pink, black circles, curly title
AHY19 / 41 – photo pending – gizmo
hand painted artwork serial #’s / # made since February 2012
HHY1 / 6 – photo
HISTORICAL FUN FACT :
The Hyperion was originally designed to be a “cork sniffer” boutique pedal that I was going to release under a dummy company called “Desert Island Audio” to poke fun at lawyer / doctor vintage-style-over-priced-boutique phenonema that occurred during the rise of the third wave boutique pedal companies (Lovepedal, etc).
I was going to build it using all the parts and standards that people were throwing around at the time in regards to “top shelf” boutique effects. My hope was to slowly build the Hyperion up to be something on the level of the Klon with long wait times, limited quantities, high price tag, bull shit about how only I have the parts that can really make the pedal as good as it can be…
… and then, at the height of Desert Island Audio and the Hyperion’s success, I was going to reveal that it was me all along, and there was a reason the pedal was called the HYPErion.
Fortunately the fuzz I put together for the Hyperion was just too fucking awesome, and as funny as that kind of shenanigans would have been, it’d be even more fun to just release it as a normal, affordable, devi ever : fx fuzz!
Interesting that in the long run it has been one of my biggest sellers and most beloved effects! :D