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Fuzz Mini Pedal
Add fuzz to your pedal board with this Fuzz Mini Pedal from Monoprice!
This mini pedal produces a fat harmonic tone, similar to the classic Jimi sound. It has a soft, bassy tone at the low end and boosted, biting highs at the high end. The pedal features true bypass, so it won't alter your tone when not actively in use.
The casing is metal for long term durability. It is powered using a 9VDC power adapter with a negative tip/center, such as our 9V Power Supply for Guitar Pedals (PID 611690). Note that the manual erroenously lists the DC connector size as 3.5/1.1mm. The connector is actually 5.5/2.1mm, which is the same as that of the 611690 power supply. The manual will be updated and posted here as soon as possible.
|Input||1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 1 megohm)|
|Input Impedance||1 megohm|
|Output||1/4" monaural TS jack (impedance: 6 kilohms)|
|Output Impedance||6 kilohms|
|Power Requirement||9 VDC AC adapter (tip/center negative plug)|
|Dimensions (WDH)||1.8" x 3.7" x 2.0" (46 x 94 x 50 mm)|
PROS: Great Price, Small size, Good tone, tweakability.
CONS: Looks exactly like the monoprice mini compressor pedal.
What does this fuzz look like? Well it looks like a Mooer pedal, comes packaged like Mooer pedal, but in a nice Monoprice box with graphics (Mooer pedals come in a plain black box). The closest Mooer pedal is looks like is the FOG fuzz, which is allegedly a Zvex Mammoth clone. The only exception is that this pedal has a 'Dry Blend' knob, where the Mammoth has a 'Pinch' knob. It is my understanding that the 'Pinch' knob on the Mammoth controls the harmonic structure of the fuzz (I perceive it as width or tonal shape of the voicing), and that's not what the 'Dry Blend' on this pedal does. So could this be a mini Bass BMPi clone???
What does the pedal sound like? Well, it doesn't sound like a Bass BMPi. It does however kind of sound like the Mammoth videos I've looked at on YouTube. The only exception being that without the 'Pinch' control, the voicing is preset, and I can't say for sure 100% that it sounds exactly like the Mammoth, because all the videos I've seen show the range of the Mammoth, and there are times when I can hear this pedal sound close, and other times when this pedal can't do what the Mammoth can do. The synth-like sub harmonics are there, especially on the 'Bass Fuzz' side of the main knob. The fuzz is smooth, dark, silky, and it feels like will sustain forever. The sputtering fuzz character is there as you travel towards the 'Treble Bite' side of the main knob. The fuzz bites and has a subtle ring modulator undertone, and will crap out here and there much like the first generation of fuzzes did (Maestro, Fuzz Face, etc). The 'Dry Blend' is functional, and the pedal sounds great with a hint of clean blended into extreme fuzz settings.
Overall? Great Fuzz!!! Is it a Mammoth? Could be...it really does seems like it, only with the 'Pinch' preset, and a 'Dry Blend' control in it's place. Does it sound like it could be a clone of another fuzz? Not really. It kinda has a FuzzFace vibe (compared to a BBE Free Fuzz), kinda has a Maestro vibe (compared to a EHX Satisfaction), has some of the features of a desirable bass fuzz being nasty yet smooth and with a dry blend (compared to a Green Russian Pi and Bass BMPi), but it also has it's own thing going on. To me, the fuzz flavor is in the style of FuzzFace lineage, but there is much more going on. For $35 I'm very happy.
My only gripe with this pedal? I wish it could do batteries. I love the dying battery sound in dirt boxes, but I could always hook this up to a pedal power supply with variable output. That's it. Great pedal. Buy one!
PROS: price, size, features
CONS: size, limited info
PROS: Cheap, Versatile, Perfect Size
CONS: Can generate a lot of feedback if you aren't careful
PROS: Dry mix knob
Very individual fuzz sound
CONS: A little noisy - but it's a FUZZ pedal!
I was surprised by the overall output on the pedal and was very pleased with it's compact setup.
Keep in mind for live situations the Drive, Dry Blend, and Volume knobs are quite small so changing them on the fly is more difficult but not impossible.
The two extreme tones you can get from this pedal is a super bass fuzz when turned to the far left and then a high end biting tone on the far right, messing with the over drive will make more of an impact on the tone.
Overall this pedal is a must for those wanting to add a little something to their guitar tone. This of course isn't a Big Muff or other more famous Fuzz pedals but this definitely is one of the best "cheaper" entry level pedals out there.
Side note, this pedal isn't only good for guitars, I recently ran a Korg MS20 through this pedal and it added so much depth to the synth that I was knocked back by how good it sounded. Be creative and this pedal can be your best friend.
PROS: Large expression knob for quick tone changes.
Wide scope of tone from low end bass to high end bite
Sturdy metal build
CONS: The Drive, Dry Blend, and Volume knobs are too small for live situations
PROS: The sound is great. I'm by no means a fuzz-expert, but for what I was hoping for, it runs the range of dark, wooly fuzz, to spitting, biting fuzz - all with a sweep of the big tone knob.
CONS: It's not really a con, since part of what you're getting is a compact mini-pedal, but it would be darn near impossible to adjust the 3 small knobs on the fly while playing. The volume and fuzz amount, as well as the dry/wet mix are best set-and-forget - then you can play with the tone knob all you want to vary it up.
PROS: well made pedal, great features, perfect for road trips
CONS: just a little hum
As for the Bass/Treble pot, sweeping around there gives a lot of different flavors. Put it to the bass side and play around on the low E and A strings, you've got a nice, synth-like warmth going on. That'd likely be great for a bass guitar as well, though I haven't tested that out. All the way up at the treble side of things it's a bright, harsh, in your face bite. A bit too harsh for my liking, but put it through a chorus or trem to mellow it out and you've got a sound. Right in the middle is, understandably, the sweet spot. You get the full range of fuzz, and it'll give you as much as you want with the drive knob.
Definitely my favorite monoprice pedal. I'd recommend this instead of the distortion pedal, which can get pretty noisy (though at the time of writing the fuzz is out of stock and the mini distortion's on sale for $9, which is hard to beat). Put this before an overdrive for a more saturated, full distortion. It might not be as suited for metal, but it's huge and gorgeous.
There is a little bit of noise that makes its way through this pedal, even without the guitar sending signal, but it's in the lower frequencies and isn't too bad.
2 months ago
PROS: Extremely powerful filter knob, simple & easy to use, good wide range of controls
Very useful as a lead sound booster for echoey things like Pink Floyd and Hendrix
CONS: Never quite gets a true fuzz tone sound.
With many settings it injects a great deal of noise into the signal (even with silent guitar). Not ideal.
PROS: Nice range of fuzzy tones.
CONS: Injects quite a bit of hissy scratchy noise with many settings