M173 Classic 108 Fuzz Review

manufacturer: MXR date: 07/12/2013 category: Guitar Effects
MXR: M173 Classic 108 Fuzz
This pedal has a great percussive, sustained fuzz sound that is perfectly in line with other fuzzfaces and rebuilds of the design.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Ease of Use: 9
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overall: 9.3
M173 Classic 108 Fuzz Reviewed by: Bluesblitz, on july 12, 2013
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Price paid: $ 120

Purchased from: Proguitarshop.com

Ease of Use: It has 2 knobs like any typical fuzzface build, so there's no deception, and you'll be able to find a good sound pretty quickly. The interesting aspect of this pedal would have to be the Buffer switch, which kills oscillation when using it with a Wah pedal, and brightens up the sound on lower fuzz levels. I don't use it much because it makes the pedal sound too much like a distortion, but for others it could see plenty of use. An absolutely fantastic aspect to this pedal would also have to be the AC jack that they've finally included, so if you want a fuzzface with pedalboard compatibility, get this one. The only setback the simple controls give you are a lack of flexibility, but having good sounds so well within reach makes up for it. // 9

Sound: This pedal has a great percussive, sustained fuzz sound that is perfectly in line with other fuzzfaces and rebuilds of the design. One distinction is that once you get to roughly four o'clock on the fuzz knob, hum and fuzz boost pretty significantly which is both good and bad. It readily feeds back with single coils, but not to an annoying extent as well. Of course you can also roll the fuzz back to 4 o' clock, and get a great warmer sound, but unfortunately anything lower than this is a bit weaker, but that's where the Buffer switch comes in to solidly remedy the issue. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Few knobs and exposed parts in an already spartan, square case mean that it's pretty hard to dent this thing, I do have a few scuffs on mine but I doubt I'll experience any major problems with it any time soon. As for gig usage, I've depended on it for the majority of them without a backup or any problems, so this thing is pretty bullet proof. Another handy aspect to note is the battery door on the bottom of the pedal. It's a nice addition even if it does hamper its steadiness on a pedalboard so it all evens out. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, this is a great sounding, very dependable pedal for a decent price. I personally play lots of blues, country, reggae, rock and folk, and while it lends itself better to different genres, it sees plenty of use. In terms of gear, I've been playing for 3 years, currently with an American Standard Telecaster, and a Vox Night Train 15 watt head and combo, and it's a setup that lends itself well to the fuzz. If it were stolen, I would certainly invest in a replacement, but since it's pretty indestructible that won't be happening anytime soon. Overall, I love the sound and simplicity, and don't have any major complaints outside of hum, but again, that can also be handy.

// 9

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