Free Fuzz review by BBE

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (3 votes)
BBE: Free Fuzz

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: Guitar Showcase (used)

Sound — 9
Currently I am using a Jackson Dinky (don't know the exact model number), with a Duncan Distortion in the bridge, and a Squire Strat (which aren't as horrible as some people say they are). The guitars go from the Fuzz into a cheap Behringer wah, and then into a Roland Micro Cube. It's pretty hard to get a bad sound out of this thing. Used as your only distortion, it sounds O.K. (though a little fuzzy), but it's when combined with your amps distortion that it really shows it's stuff. When used in this way, it really warms the distortion, turning my little amp into a Marshal stack. Plus, the distortion lessens considerably when the volume is rolled off, allowing a huge range of possible texture changes with a flick of the wrist. Using this technique, you could could conceivably leave it on during a whole performance, rolling the fuzz on and off whenever you want. You have to be careful with the settings though, because too much fuzz cad destroy your tone (but you already knew that, anyway).

Overall Impression — 9
I play everything from blues to metal (and some classical, too) and it works like a charm. Of course, I've only been playing for a year, so I may not be as knowing about guitar lore as some. At any rate, this is the pedal to buy for someone looking to give some tube- like round and response to their solid-state amp. A fantastic purchase. I'd buy it again.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's covered in a metal housing. The knobs look like they came off a Telecaster ('cause they're made of metal, and they're big). This thing could probably take more than the equivalent Boss pedal. And the battery life? I left it (off) plugged into the guitar cable for probably a week, and I couldn't hear any noticeable change in sound. I'd gig without a backup, definitely.

Ease of Use — 9
First of all, this thing is insanely simple. Two knobs: volume and fuzz (a.k.a. Gain). No manual (because it was used), but that's fine as it's extremely uncomplicated. Just keep the fuzz down for some crunchy chords, or run it at full blast for some headbanging. One issue though is that, as you increase the gain, the volume goes up. So in order to keep an even volume, you have to twiddle with the volume knob. No big deal, but it takes some getting used to.

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    I just scored one of these. It has little to none signal in bypass..? Fuzz engaged it works.