It’s time for another 2016 update and throwback of Fuzz Wars and, once again, I was fortunate enough to have my good friend and bass partner in crime, Jonathan Hischke (Dot Hacker,Hella, Broken Bells) on board to help review four must-have fuzz pedals! The video features some awesome boutiques fuzzes, like the Walrus Audio Jupiter Fuzz, the Idiot Box Effects Cool Buzz Bass Fuzz, the Mojo Hand FX BMP-1 Fuzz, and the Caroline Guitar Company’s Wave Cannon. All four are very different fuzz pedals that can range from a simple, one-switch, straight-forward fuzz to a multi-knobbed, versatile noise box!
It’s no surprise that people constantly ask about the Walrus Audio Jupiter Fuzz here at Pedals And Effects. This pedal is so multifaceted and is equipped with such an extensive fuzz tones that you are almost guaranteed to find a sound suitable for any situation. With an almost completely opposite approach, the Idiot Box Effects Cool Buzz Bass Fuzz has two knobs and only one switch that turns on the scoop filtering! But don’t let its simplicity fool you; this pedal’s fuzz carries such a distinctive tonal punch that it definitely deserves a place on your pedalboard.
The Mojo Hand FX BMP-1 is the only clone fuzz that we covered in this edition of Fuzz Wars, and is a re-creation of the legendary “Tall Font Russian Muff,” as noted by the Russian tank on its paint job. This true bypass pedal is a heavy duty, and a very limited edition monster that was built for battle! (2016 note: This pedal has since been updated with the BMP-2. The BMP-1 is no longer in production but pops up occasionally on Reverb)
Finally, we have what I think is the craziest fuzz of this installment: Caroline Guitar Company’s Wave Cannon. This stomp box carries a ton of tonal potential with its multiple gain settings, filtering and unique “Havoc mode” feature. Jonathan and I had so much fun dialing in the knobs and switches to search for those over-the-top wild sounds that you can’t find out of your average fuzz box.