Small Fry review by Barber

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (1 vote)
Barber: Small Fry

Price paid: € 100

Purchased from: Local classifieds

Sound — 9
It sounds great. I use it with a Strat or a Ibanez with not too high output humbuckers into a Peavey Classic 50. When I use it with the Ibanez I can get some great Dumble tones out of it, it's called a Dumble-in-a-box for a reason. But the sounds aren't limited to Dumble sounds. It's really a great versatile overdrive/distortion pedal. You can also run it up to 18v for some more headroom but I haven't tried that.

Overall Impression — 9
It's really a great pedal. Great versatility because of the 8 (!) controls. Had a Fulldrive II, TS9, Blues Driver and a MI Audio Crunchbox before this. They all went away, this one is to stay. It's great for rock and blues type of tones, I wouldn't use it for metal. If it got stolen, I don't think I would buy it again, but only because I like to try different things. If I can't find anything better I'd sure buy this again. It's a great pedal and a great price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Haven't had any problems with it. It has a metal case and great quality components as expected from Barber. I have it for about 6 months right now, but I bought it second hand, don't really know how old it is. I'd definitely gig with it without a backup. It's solid and looks like it can stand some stomping.

Ease of Use — 8
The ease if use is decent. You have 5 controls up front; a Volume, Tone, Dynamics and Burn knob, and also a Switch which chooses between 3 different compression modes. When you open it up you have another 4 trimpots for Note shape, Bass, Midrange and Presence. The note shape allows you to adjust your sound from tight and focused to a big round Vintage tone. With all these controls it's not difficult to get a good sound from it, and it's very versatile. You can really finetune your sound. The manual that comes with it gives a couple of great presets you should really try out.

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    I've wasted hundreds of dollars on OD pedals. This is the only one that truly brought my jcm 800 alive. It can do the marshall-in-a-box sound as well as the dumble sound. Also what must be mentioned is that this pedal is very very warm sounding (by warm, I dont mean bassy), so if you have a cold sounding amp, this is a definite must have