MXR M173 Silicon Fuzz Classic 108

Fuzz Pedal

Once frowned upon - back in the day, only real tube sounds were permitted - but today totally in again: the classical distortion pedal. This doesn't refer to tube-like sounding overdrives or distortion pedals, but really the classic fuzz boxes of the late 60s.

MXR is offering a truly pure-fuzz pedal with its Silicon Classic, which can sound nasty and evil at times, but remains musical all the while. Not a sound-shredder, but a truly audible effect pedal, which produces great results when combined with both clean and distorted amps.

  • True bypass
  • Controls for volume and fuzz
  • Made of metal
  • Made in USA
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Overdrive No
Distortion No
Fuzz Yes
Metal No
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A really nice Fuzz to have!

10.03.2014
This is the MXR Silicon Fuzz by Dunlop. It works fantastic in my rig. My pedal board contains of a TS-9 by Ibanez, and a Vox wah, Specifically the Vox V847-a Wah.

The Fuzz works and sounds amazing by itself straight into my JTM-45. It really "biggens" the tone, in a very crazy way. The fuzz sound itself is not metallic or shrill sounding, but it is very very fat. It sounds almost like a distortion pedal when the fuzz is the only pedal engaged. The trick with this pedal (for me) is to use it with a mid-boosting overdrive pedal; the TS-9 works great for mid-boosting. When you have both the Fuzz and the TS-9 on you can get a really full killer lead tone. I have the "buffer" switch on because it sounds a little too "sputty" without it engaged.

Build quality is really heavy duty and really feels like you're holding quality.

I would recommend the Fulltone 70-BC Fuzz if you dont have mid-boosting overdrive at hand. That mid-boost is crucial if you want to play lead and cut trough the mix.

High-quality, great-sounding silicon fuzz.
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Too edgy for me

06.12.2014
Product quality is good. Buffer will help if you have wah pedal in front. Buffer will change the sound to cut thru more and somewhat more edgy. It is a matter of taste but I found that softer germanium fuzz was more pleasing to my ears.
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