may 2019

A beast of an octave fuzz with versatility in mind.


DeArmond Jet Star with DeAmond USA GoldTone humbuckers and 1968 Fender Bassman through 2X12 cabinet with Warehouse G12c/s speakers.
Clip #1 — All EQ controls at noon. Volume and Fuzz at noon, two, and three o’ clock.
Clip #2 — All knobs at noon. Pre-fuzz octave position and Tight voice, followed by Post-fuzz position and tight voice, followed by pre-fuzz position and open voice.
 

Ratings

Pros:
Excellent tone and huge control. Fuzz and Octave circuits can be used separately.

Cons:
On the slightly expensive side for an octave fuzz.

Street:
$199

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