Quick Hit: Jordan Fuzztite Review
This painstaking clone of Mosrite’s late-’60s silicon Fuzzrite has something for tone freaks and trad-minded players alike.
The Jordan Fuzztite is Mahoney Guitar Gear's take on the rare late-’60s Mosrite Fuzzrite—specifically, the silicon-based versions made after the first 250 germanium units. Like the original, it has volume and depth controls, while an added toggle boosts volume and frequency girth in its up position by removing a 22k filter resistor from the circuit.
Players tired of Fuzz Face, Muff, and Fuzz Factory clones will love that the Fuzztite avails a variety of fizzing, trebly, mid-sculpted tones that sound like furious bees wielding an ear probe outfitted with shorting-out electrodes, especially in the low-gain original mode. Unity gain is achieved with volume just past 1 o’clock in low-gain mode, but push volume and depth past noon in high-gain mode and you get furry rotundness and even quasi Octavia sounds that should appeal to fans of more conventional fuzz fare. Some tone weirdoes may lament that most of the wonderful and disgustingly din-piercing sounds require careful lowering of your guitar’s volume knob, while others will shrug that off as merely part of the fuzz game.
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