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Every now and again, we get an effect coming through our shop that defies all reason, logic and musicality, and those pedals usually come straight from Akron, Ohio. If you don’t know by now (all 3 of you), EarthQuaker Devices has been not just pushing, but destroying the sonic envelope for the last decade or so, crushing everyone and everything in its path to total oddity domination in the effects pedal world. Today’s...

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Buffalo FX M-1 Ram’s Head Fuzz

Buffalo FX M-1 Ram’s Head Fuzz


Posted By on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Buffalo FX, Fuzz | 0 comments

The Big Muff Pi “Ram’s Head” fuzz circuit is one of the most well-known, coveted and revered sounds in the history of guitar effects, heard on countless classic albums and in live shows over the past 4+ decades. While the original pedals are expensive and difficult to obtain, there are a number of companies who make tasty recreations of this type of sound, emulating that specific fuzz tone to a T. The M-1 Ram’s...

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Big Game Pedals FY-2 Fuzz

Big Game Pedals FY-2 Fuzz


Posted By on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Big Game Pedals, Fuzz | 0 comments

A couple years back, we reviewed a pedal from a small company in Chicago (the Nothing Is Dead Fuzz), and it was one of the funnest pedals we saw all year. Happily, we have another offering from these guys to check out today, and while it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the last fuzz of theirs we saw, it brings the heat and the heavy with ease, and will surely rock your face. The FY-2 is a modded germanium fuzz, giving...

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Pedals that are based off of old, classic amplifiers tend to produce some really incredible overdrive tones, and today’s featured pedal emulates a couple of vintage amps and sounds to perfection. The Vox Supreme, Defiant, Conqueror and Virtuoso amplifiers had a fuzz/drive built right into them, and were used to record many, many songs you know and love by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The White Pedal Fuzz Overdrive from...

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Somehow, we hadn’t yet discovered the company building today’s featured pedal until now, and we’re sure excited that we did. Midnight Amplification Devices hail from Brisbane, Australia, and feature an eclectic lineup of effects over a variety of musical genres. We’re checking out the Giant Sound Boost Fuzz Preamp today, and have a couple more pedals from these guys in the queue for review as well…...

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Whenever a weird, un-categorizable pedal comes our way, especially if it has a name we can’t quite pronounce, we become instantly intrigued. Today’s pedal, the Okto-Nøjs Octaver Fuzz from Emma Electronic checks all of these boxes, and produces some killer effects sounds as well. An octave effect and fuzz pedal in one, strange sounds lurk about deep within this creature, waiting to be released is a fiery ball of sonic fury....

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Discovering new pedal manufacturers is always a pleasure here at Pedal of the Day, and we’ve got another rad one for you today. Straight outta NOLA, Retroactive Pedals’ first offering is a fuzz/overdrive effect that has both aesthetic and sonic wonders for everyone. Loaded with options, the Designated Driver is easy to use and fun to dial in. Designed to be of the “Marshall” sound when strumming chords and...

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It’s always fun to experiment with guitar pedals on bass, and bass pedals on guitar as well. Today’s bass-oriented fuzz sounds incredible on guitar, with a tremendous bottom end beautiful harmonic structure for any six-string machine to bond with. The Woolly Mammoth from ZVEX Effects shows us that low frequencies can be enjoyed by other instruments besides bass, and that we all still think fuzz effects kick ass. As far as...

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After the thrilling experience we had with the Fat Gett Sub-Octave Fuzz from Champion Leccy a couple months back, we were super-stoked to have another one of their creations on our workbench. Once again, these guys did not disappoint, bringing a fury of thundering, powerful tones representing a number of different genres into the fold. The Evil Twin actually consists of two of Champion Leccy’s Wee Fettle Boosts in one enclosure,...

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A lot of fuzzes and overdrive pedals have the ability to make some type of clean-ish boost sound, so the option is there if you want it. That option is NOT here in the Fireburst V2 Fuzz/Distortion pedal from our friends to the north at Diamond Pedals. This smaller-sized version of the FBR-1 released a few years back still brings the thunder, but doesn’t take up as much space on your board. The second footswitch has been turned...

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Today’s featured pedal is kind of a 2-in-1, which you know we dig here at Pedal of the Day. Part fuzz, part distortion and all-powerful, the Boar Fuzz from Ohmless Pedals produces a broad spectrum of dirt tones, waiting to be unleashed from inside a smaller-than-usual enclosure, perfect for adding to any pedal setup. With simple controls and one fun additional knob, this effect will have affect on your tone, effectively and...

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Another fuzz pedal, you say? Sure, why not? Fuzz is the best, right? Today’s fuzzy wonder comes to us from a big Pedal of the Day supporter, Way Huge, and their continually evolving lineup of pedals. This newly-named effect is called the Fuzzstortion, a mash-up of two effect genres combined into one gritty box. More fuzzy than distorted, this guy features some intriguing settings to explore, and a whole lot of fun to be...

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Today’s pedal provides us with an excellent combination of effects: octave and fuzz. The f-Octave Fuzz Octave from Diamond Pedals is based off of the vintage and classic Foxx Tone Machine, and provides several tasty and dirty auditory options to choose from. This little blue beauty really brings it, and can easily drive your amp to breakup territory, do octave up and walls of fuzz sounds, and more. The Fuzz tones created here...

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If you are looking for a fuzz pedal that not only sounds great, but also has more output volume available than just about any pedal that’s come through our office, today’s effect creation is for you. The White Wave from Frana Effects is a Fuzz and a Boost, and has enough power trapped inside to take down a small building, if your amp’s speakers don’t blow first. Inspired by some classic fuzz tones from some...

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Hand made and hand painted pedals just have something special about them – you can really see how much time and effort goes into each creation, and how dedicated those folks making these effects really are. The Fat Gett Suboctave Fuzz is the first pedal from Champion Leccy that we’ve had the chance to check out, and it did not disappoint. A fuzz with an octave twist, this thing will open your eyes and ears instantly, and...

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Every once in a while around the Pedal of the Day office, we encounter a pedal that is truly like no other we’ve seen before, and that really gets us going. The DM-02 Dynamorph from Totally Wycked Audio is just that kind of pedal, as it is a fuzz, filter, synth, distortion and more all wrapped into one out-of-this-world enclosure. With a ton of sonic options to choose from, and controls and switches up the yin-yang, this is one...

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We love the simplicity of the line of effects pedals coming out of Pittsburgh, PA, from our pal Clayton and American Wizard Toneworks. That said, it was nice to see today’s pedal step up the game a little bit, and add some much-appreciated controls into the mix, making the Blk Fuzz Plus a true powerhouse in the world of fuzz pedals. Containing an extra channel and some tone-shaping capabilities, this black beauty gives you all...

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What can we say about the pedals that Spaceman Effects puts out? They’re pricy, they’re hard to find and they all sound incredible. Well, that’s a start, anyway. Their latest masterpiece, the Sputnik II Deluxe Germanium Fuzz, takes the already brilliant circuit from the original Sputnik Fuzz, and beefs it up even more, if you can believe it. With a new second mode and a couple more tasty additions, this is a fuzz...

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Let’s face it: there are a LOT of Big Muff-types of fuzz pedals floating around today, along with the true originals, for a whole lotta muff (hehe). So, when we get a pedal in that bucks convention and tries to forage a musical path of its own, we get pretty damn excited. Today’s featured pedal, the [fz] Fuzz from Hungry Robot Pedals, does just that, utilizing a totally unique fuzz circuit that isn’t based on...

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For those of us in the know, the pedals from Main.Ace.FX are pretty easy to spot, as they hold a consistent look and feel throughout the lineup created by James Granuzzo. As for their sound, that too is consistent, quality-wise, if not always surprising and creative. Today’s pedal, the Shell Shock Fuzz/Tremolo, is yet another in this impressive group of effects, a 2-in-1 that is chalk-full of sonic exploration and enhancement,...

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AC Noises Esplora Fuzz

AC Noises Esplora Fuzz


Posted By on Monday, June 19, 2017 in AC Noises, Fuzz | 0 comments

Our first foray into the world of AC Noises effects came about a couple weeks ago, when we had the opportunity to check out their Vola Preamp/Overdrive. Well, we’re back at it today, bringing you a review and demo for the next pedal in their lineup, the Esplora Fuzz. Meaning “explore,” this baby blue beauty is a timeless fuzz effect, offering a ton of tonal variety within a complex yet easy-to-use control section,...

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Unleashing a fury of new and much-anticipated effects over the course of the last couple of years, the crew at Way Huge continues to excite and defy convention with their effects. Today we’re going to take a gander at one of the newest, the Russian-Pickle Fuzz, a dirt pedal that harkens back to the sweet distorted sounds of the mid-nineties’ BC183C Russian Big Muff, for all the grunge and angst you can handle. Easy to use...

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As if Joel Korte and the crew at Chase Bliss Audio hadn’t done enough over the last couple of years to enhance and electrify the effects pedal world, here they come again with another sick auditory creation. The Brothers™ is a Boost, Drive and Fuzz pedal, but, as they say, not necessarily in that order. Full of the patented control layout we’re all used to, plus the classic dipswitch array found on the top of all CBA...

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We recently had the privilege to review the first of two pedals from Life Is Unfair, the Dream Left Behind Fuzz, which we were quite impressed with, especially for it being just a one-knobber. Today we’re going to take a look at the only other pedal in their current lineup, the Awkward Breed Fuzz. While boasting one more control knob and some different sounds, this pedal takes fuzz to the next level, as you’ll soon read...

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Animals Pedal Rust Rod Fuzz

Animals Pedal Rust Rod Fuzz


Posted By on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Animals Pedal, Fuzz | 0 comments

We have been fortunate enough over the last few years to have reviewed the entire lineup of effects from Ninevolt Pedals, and the crew behind those affordable and excellent-sounding pedals are back with another lineup and a different name. The Rust Rod Fuzz from Animals Pedal is the first of 5 pedals from this company that we will be reviewing and demoing, and this one started off the tour with a bang! Designed by Skreddy Pedals, this...

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The Chaosmic Fuzz pedal that we reviewed and demoed last year was the first offering from Rabbit Hole FX, and since that initial effect, they’ve added a couple more to their lineup, one of which we are going to check out today. The ‘Merkin Fuzz is totally different from its big brother, but features some fun options and separate volume controls, which can be super-useful in the world of fuzz. Let’s see what this...

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In an effects world full of clones and “borrowed” circuits, there’s a want, maybe even a NEED, for fresh pedals, new ideas and incredible music-making machines. A company that absolutely adheres to this mantra in Dr. Scientist, who continually reinvests the proverbial sonic wheel, creating unique design after design, some of which we’ve had the pleasure to review. Today’s pedal, the Frazz Dazzler Fuzz,...

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SviSound SiMosFuzz Silicon MosFet Fuzz

SviSound SiMosFuzz Silicon MosFet Fuzz


Posted By on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Fuzz, SviSound | 0 comments

We’ve had our eyes on the effects being produced by SviSound in Bulgaria since we started Pedal of the Day, and are really excited to bring you guys our first review of one of their pedals today. The SiMosFuzz is a basic fuzz pedal, with some nice goings-on inside, and a signature futuristic design on the outside. THe small controls ensure that once you find your settings, you’ll have plenty of room to turn it on and off...

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Sometimes, in our wonderful world of effects pedals, one knob is all you need to produce spectacular sounds. Such is the case with today’s featured piece of gear, the Dream Left Behind Fuzz from our new friends at Life Is Unfair. Coming to us all the way from the city of Cardiff in southern Wales, this bright orange tone machine has fuzz sounds you might not expect from such a simple pedal. Much Muff-y research was done to...

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We are suckers for aesthetics here at Pedal of the Day, and today’s pedal just jumps right out at you (plus it look sweet in a group of pedal, too). A collaboration between the crews at SolidGoldFX and The Tone Mob, the Model 001 Fuzz Generator is an aluminum fuzz masterpiece, a pedal that is expressive both visually and sonically, and one that’s sure to make you take a step back in wonder the moment it’s engaged....

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Eleca Effects EFZ-3 Fuzz

Eleca Effects EFZ-3 Fuzz


Posted By on Friday, March 31, 2017 in Eleca Effects, Fuzz | 0 comments

Today’s guest review comes to us from Coe S. – find him on Instagram (@coeschneider) and say Hi! You could say I have a problem. Maybe even an addiction. But at least I’m smart about it. Sometimes the urge, the need, the compulsion to buy another fuzz pedal comes on strong. What would you do? If you’re thinking the ELECA EFZ-3 Fuzz could scratch that itch, you’d be right. I was hoping to pick up something crazy and cool on...

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Plasma Pedals Primary Fuzz

Plasma Pedals Primary Fuzz


Posted By on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Fuzz, Plasma Pedals | 0 comments

Mmmmmm…..Fuzzzzzzz….. We’re hooked here at POTD, which is why we were once again super-excited for today’s featured pedal to show up on our doorstep. The Primary Fuzz is Plasma Pedals’ take on the classic Fuzz Face circuit. With a broad range of sounds available, both vintage and modern, this thing slices and dices any mix that stands in its way, and makes your amp come alive as well. Let’s check...

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A lot of times, you can tell if you and a pedal are going to gel from the first minute or so of playing it. Today’s featured pedal took us about 8 seconds before we knew it was a keeper. The White Widow Silicon Fuzz comes to us all the way from Brazil, and it was well worth the wait. Based on a special version of the Big Muff Pi from the late ’70s, this one has a couple more options and tones than its classic predecessor....

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There aren’t many companies who deliver the goods consistently with each and every pedal they release, but one that just about has that market cornered is EarthQuaker Devices. From the most complex and innovative pieces of gear to a simple, two-knob fuzz effect (like maybe today’s featured pedal?), the musical inspiration their stuff brings out when you play it is almost unmatched. The Bellows Fuzz Driver is a two-knob...

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JHS Pedals Bun Runner Fuzz

JHS Pedals Bun Runner Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Fuzz, JHS Pedals | 0 comments

Although we reviewed this guy a while back, it was V1, and we weren’t doing demo videos at the time, so we decided to revisit one of our favorite fuzz pedals, and update it a bit as well. We’ve included excerpts from our original review, as well as the sweet, sweet demo… We love this fuzz. The Bun Runner from JHS Pedals is a sonic marvel, and one of the most versatile and useful fuzzes we have ever had the privilege...

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Vick Audio 1861 Fuzz

Vick Audio 1861 Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Fuzz, Vick Audio | 1 comment

Those of us that love fuzz can’t help but dig those old, vintage effects pedals of said genre. Problem is, more often than not, they’re hard to maintain, and modern improvements on their original components and design are as tempting as ever. Which brings us to today’s featured pedal – the 1861 Fuzz. Modeled after the Civil War-era fuzzes of the early ’90s, the crew at Vick Audio has made a delicious nod...

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ProAnalog Devices MkII Fuzz V2

ProAnalog Devices MkII Fuzz V2


Posted By on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Fuzz, ProAnalog Devices | 0 comments

Fuzzzzz…..we dig it, as do a lot of you players out there. While fuzz might not be for everyone, those of us that like it like it a LOT, and today’s featured pedal is a fuzz to end all fuzzes (if that’s actually possible). You probably know the name Scotty ProAnalog, and we’re going to take a look at his MkII Fuzz V2 pedal, which replicates everything from timeless 60’s British fuzz tones to medium-gained...

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At first glance, one could easily mistake today’s featured pedal for a run-of-the-mill pseudo-copy of one of the most famous (and now expensive) effects pedals ever created. However, once you plug the Pelitaur into your amp and crank up the volume knob on your guitar or bass, you quickly realize that you were sorely mistaken, and apologize to no one in particular almost immediately. This pedal is a fuzz, but not a normal one,...

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Depth Pedals Jelly Fuzz

Depth Pedals Jelly Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Depth Pedals, Fuzz | 0 comments

Another fuzz pedal this week, you say? Excellent!! Today’s pedal is different from the Fuzz-Stang MkII we reviewed earlier, but still boats some great tones of its own, and can hang with any fuzz around. The Jelly Fuzz from Depth Pedals offers a simple control section, a wide array of sounds to discover, one special option to switch your tone and, from a designer’s standpoint, a really rad and pleasing aesthetic as well....

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Wright Sounds Fuzz-Stang MkII Fuzz

Wright Sounds Fuzz-Stang MkII Fuzz


Posted By on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in Fuzz, Wright Sounds | 0 comments

Fuzz pedals are everywhere these days, right? But so what?!?! They’re awesome, and we love checking out new ones in any way, shape or form. Today’s featured beauty comes to us from Wright Sounds in Portland, OR, and is a take on a rare and not-well-known classic fuzz from the past. The Fuzz-Stang MkII adds in an extra control knob from the original, and features more fuzz than you’ll know what to do with. The Sam Ash...

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Hailing from the Endangered Audio Research family, today’s featured piece of gear comes to us under the moniker of Moxtronix, and is entitled the TransTone Fuzz. This small grey beauty has a TON of options and sounds just waiting to be dialed in, explored, abused and left for dead, all of which you’ll have no problem doing as your ears bask in the glow of a magnificent, fuzzy wonderland. But, first things first,...

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We’ve been checking out the lineup from Cathouse Pedals over the past couple months, and today we bring you the last one in their current lineup. The Fuzzy Tongue is a brilliant take on the classic Fuzz Face, complete with old germanium transistors for authentic 60’s-style fuzz tones and more. With a simple control section and loads of sounds on tap, this little pink mystery will have you rocking and rolling in seconds...

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*SURPRISE SATURDAY REVIEW* We sure have had a fun time reviewing and demoing the lineup of pedals from our friends across the sea in Japan, Ninevolt Pedals, and today we’re going to take a look at another one of their classic effects. Now, if the name Fishing Is As Fun As Fuzz doesn’t make you smile a little bit, maybe you should rethink your life and how you can be happier. Inspired (apparently) by the completion of the...

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RayGun FX Super Fuzz Boy

RayGun FX Super Fuzz Boy


Posted By on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Fuzz, RayGun FX | 0 comments

Take a look at today’s pedal, and there’s a good chance a wave of nostalgia is going to wash over you…unless you were born after 2000, and then you won’t know what this is or why it’s awesome (sucks for you). The crew at RayGun FX have taken a little piece of our childhood and turned it into a rad fuzz pedal, because, let’s face it, it was never the best handheld video game system created, but it...

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Fuzz Goddess Atomizer Fuzz

Fuzz Goddess Atomizer Fuzz


Posted By on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in Fuzz, Fuzz Goddess | 0 comments

Before the name Devi Ever was recently issued back to the original owner, they were making pedals under the moniker Fuzz Goddess, and we’ve got a look at one of these pedals for you today. The Atomizer is a fairly stripped-down fuzz, with only two controls, but the amount of the effect here is close to overwhelming, that’s how much fuzz is available. Let’s see how this guy fares against some of the other fuzzes...

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Friday Club Pedals Fūzwami Fuzz

Friday Club Pedals Fūzwami Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Friday Club, Fuzz | 0 comments

Some effects pedals are created to strictly do one thing: make noise. Today’s pedal is not just a fuzz, not just a distorter of sound, not just an eardrum blaster, but a little box of noise-infused noise, with a light dusting of noise on top. Loud Loud Loud is the best way to describe the Fūzwami Fuzz from Friday Club Pedals, although that is not all it can do, as we shall find out. The controls on the Fūzwami are labeled...

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Orion Effekte De Luxe Motor Fuzz

Orion Effekte De Luxe Motor Fuzz


Posted By on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in Fuzz, Orion Effekte | 0 comments

We reviewed a pretty cool pedal here at Pedal of the Day a while back, from a manufacturer in Germany, and while we couldn’t read the labels on the control knobs, we discovered that it was a great piece of gear nonetheless. Well, we’re back at it again, and today we’ve got another pedal from our German friends Orion Effekte. The De Luxe Motor Fuzz is a great little fuzz pedal with a bunch of options, tones and fuzzy...

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MarX Effects Gritt Fuzz

MarX Effects Gritt Fuzz


Posted By on Monday, November 21, 2016 in Fuzz, Marx Effects | 0 comments

Sometimes, the simplest, plain-looking pedals will really throw you for a loop when you plug them in. For example, today’s featured pedal, the Gritt Fuzz from Marx Effects, does just that. With a basic design layout and minimal aesthetic to distract you, this little black box packs a wallop of sounds into a tiny and unassuming enclosure. There are only two control knobs present here: the Left side is a Gain knob, and the Right...

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The band Mastodon has been one of our favorites for years, so we were super-stoked to check out a signature pedal from their bass player, Troy Sanders. Working with the crew from Wren and Cuff, the Elephant Skin Distortion was born, and havoc was unleashed on metal fans everywhere. Featuring a well-known Wren and Cuff pedal on one side and a boost on the other, this is one piece of gear that’s sure to find it’s way onto...

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Stacks FX Fuzz Gazer

Stacks FX Fuzz Gazer


Posted By on Monday, October 31, 2016 in Fuzz, Stacks FX | 0 comments

Recently, we had the chance to review and demo a great pedal from a company who has been a supporter of our since practically the beginning: Stacks FX. Their Native Lung Reverb was one of the coolest pedals we’d checked out in a minute, and today we’re honored to be able to present to you guys another one of their fine creations, the Fuzz Gazer. This purple beast is a Silicon fuzz with a ton of tone on tap. Volume controls...

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