All of us here at Pedals and Effects love fuzzes and the incredible variety they come in. Whether it's a vintage Sovtek fuzz or a newer interpretation on that circuit like Earthquaker Devices' Hoof, it seems like no one can get enough fuzz! I started "Fuzz Wars" primarily because I get a lot of fuzz boxes sent to me. I can't seem to keep up with the reviews of all the fuzzes I receive, so I decided to knock out a few at a time and that is how "Fuzz Wars" emerged.
As many of you know, I get bored easily so Nick and I decided to really push these latest four fuzzes to the extreme. Either through our playing or our knob twisting, we managed to achieve some noisy and violent sounds out of these little dudes. After reviewing the video, I couldn't just sit back and call this another "Fuzz Wars" so I deemed this "Fuzz Wars: The Anarchy Series."
From here on out, when we get fuzzes that are built to destroy sound, we will bunch them together and present them in this series. Sound cool? Well, we think it does and I am going to bet our competitors will follow suit with their versions of this after they see our premiere.
Up in this series, we have four pretty insane fuzzes that promise to cause riots at your band's shows and up first, Rainger FX comes raging with their Dr. Freakenstein. Starting with the hottest design on a fuzz, Rainger FX then delivers in a few other ways. Not only does this fuzz bring the noise, it also has a tight little expression pedal design and the coolest on off switch known to man.
The Dr. Freakenstein is followed by the Moxtronix TransTone fuzz that we reviewed recently on Pedals and Effects (even though I say something contrary in the video...my bad). Though not as gnarly as some of the other fuzzes, it holds its own via definition and the boost switch that kicks this dude loud enough to shatter glass. Moxtronix also has been so kind as they said if you mention Juan or Pedals and Effects, they will give you 10% off!
Third up is one of the craziest sounding fuzzes we have ever seen on Pedals and Effects and that is Portland's very own Retro Mechanical Labs Electron Fuzz en español! This fuzz was first seen in an interview we did with Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails a while ago, and he hipped us to the destruction this pedal brings in sound. I received this particular Electron Fuzz en español as a gift from the best music store in all of Mexico, Guitar Gear, and you can get one yourself by ordering it through them (they have stores in Monterey, CDMX and Guadalajara and please tell them Juanito sent you)!
Last but not least is the Digitech Carcosa fuzz that is the only non boutique pedal in the bunch but it is also the smallest fuzz. Don't let the size fool you as the Carcosa is an insane fuzz with heavy tones that metal and sludge dudes can use but also knuckle head noise makers like Nick and I can enjoy. Digitech may not be boutique but that has never stopped them from designing pedals that go over the top and rip!
Now...hit me up, and let me know if you dig "Fuzz Wars: The Anarchy Series!"