The 5G conspiracy theory has been one of the most prevalent throughout the pandemic. Who would have thought that the BOSS Metal Zone would play a role?
Love it or hate it, the Metal Zone is one of the most iconic pedals in the hallowed BOSS stable. And this humble distortion pedal has seemingly pulled the wool over the eyes of more than a few COVID-19 conspiracy theorists.
The image below has been doing the rounds and was picked by an Italian software engineer, Mario Fusco, and outed on Twitter. Understandably, the responses have been pretty hilarious.
The thought that 5G cellular towers are responsible for the spread of Coronavirus is far fetched, to say the least. Somehow inserting a 5G ‘chip’ into a vaccine takes the theory to a whole new level of madness.
Here in Italy people started to share this figure claiming that this is the diagram of the 5G chip that has been inserted in the covid vaccine.
In reality it is the electric circuit of a guitar pedal and I believe that putting it in the covid vaccine has been an excellent idea💡 pic.twitter.com/qXKnv7VVly
— Mario Fusco 🇪🇺 (@mariofusco) December 28, 2020
So while the people of the world need not worry about 5G somehow being inserted into their bloodstream, the ‘news’ has been understandably excellent fodder for pedalboard nerds. See below for a couple of cracking responses:
It’s a distortion pedal circuit. The sound can be improved by adding another diode in series with one of the clipping diodes to create asymmetric clipping.
It will not prevent Covid, but it will rock your world.
— Cat what looks like a duck (@Joseph_Palmer) January 2, 2021
Excellent. Reassured to know that 5G relies on op-amps and some 1n4148 diodes. Proper old school. None of that digital and microprocessor nonsense. I’ll take one in each arm.
— Tim Green (@OtherProfGreen) January 2, 2021