SF300 Super Fuzz review by Behringer

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 2
  • Ease of Use: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 5.3 Decent
  • Users' score: 4.8 (24 votes)
Behringer: SF300 Super Fuzz
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Price paid: $ 30

Purchased from: Ebay

Sound — 6
I use this pedal through a Blackheart Handsome Devil 15w amp, with a Epiphone Les Paul Custom. This pedal definitely works best at lower volumes. If you turn the amp up and keep the level down on the pedal, and you can get a huge variety of tones. However, it seems that the more volume/gain applied, the harder it gets to really dial in clarity and a smooth, rich fuzz. There seem to be about 2 or 3 good tones you can get from the first 2 fuzz channels, depending on your EQ tweaking. I've personally been able to get sounds like Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, and some Cream and Hendrix. This pedal is sort of a jack-of-all-trades, yet master of none in regards to tonal variety. The boost channel is probably my favorite because, overall, it seems to be the most "predictable" of the 3 channels. It works like a Muff overdrive, adding a subtle fuzzy boost to your driven or clean sound, awesome for Slide work. By far the most enjoyable thing about this pedal is that it induces some really awesome sounding feedback, even at very low volumes on higher gain settings. HOWEVER: This pedal can get very noisy at times to the point where if you're not playing, you better have your volume down. Other times its perfectly clear. It is possible to get some Killer fuzz tones from this pedal, but they're rare and don't expect to be able to find them every time you need them. Just stick with low volumes on this pedal.

Overall Impression — 6
Overall, if you use this pedal strictly for bedroom levels/practice this is quite a versatile pedal. The EQ range is great and is a necessity to pull out any good sounds from the often muddied up static that this pedal emits. I don't recommend this pedal to anyone that is looking for a "real" pedal, but I'd say this is a great first fuzz pedal. The cheap price tag is nice, and hey, you get what you pay for here. If you really want a nice sounding fuzz though, save up the extra 40 bucks and just get a Big Muff Pi.

Reliability & Durability — 2
This pedal is very far from reliable. Half the time when you push the pedal down to turn on/off it will just stay on, and you'll have to stomp down again. It is only cased in plastic, and due to the pedal's unpredictable nature at higher volumes, I would never gig with this pedal, practice only.

Ease of Use — 7
The knobs on this pedal are nice, they have a smooth, even increase/decrease. The three channels (Fuzz 1 is a mid-range fuzz, Fuzz 2 is a bass/trebly fuzz, and boost) make the pedal extremely versatile, and the EQ features treble and bass boost or cut for each. This allows you quite easily fine tune the sound of your fuzz. However, it seems that the overall sound out of each channel changes slightly each time you Switch back and forth.

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