The MXR Classic 108
Fuzz pedal is basically
the guts of a BC-108 loaded Fuzz Face in a pedalboard-friendly
shaped, super-rugged metal enclosure. With its simple controls,
it easily let's you dial in those vintage tones you know
and love. Whether you're a heavy metal-thrasher, Hendrix
clone, or typical basement rocker, you can appreciate the
late-Sixties/early-Seventies crunch that the MXR Classic
108 Fuzz produces.
The MXR Classic 108 Fuzz is housed in a heavy-duty Phase
100-sized box that has a cool hammer-tone turquoise finish.
It sports the modern conveniences of a battery door (for
quick replacements), optional AC operation, and a true bypass
switch with an LED light. There's also a Buffer switch (with
its own LED)
eliminate the audible oscillation caused when some wah-wahs
are placed in front of a Fuzz Face. That also allows you
to put other pedals in front of the Classic 108 Fuzz and
keep their character intact.
This is especially handy over long cable runs, where the signal could degrade
if not for the buffer.
The knobs on this pedal are
Volume (for obvious reasons), and Fuzz, to dial in the right
amount for your taste.
Note: The MXR trademark is now owned by Jim Dunlop.
MXR Classic 108 Fuzz Review
Unlike the original
Fuzz Face, this device has a convenient battery door, so
to change the battery you don't have to unscrew the pedal
base plate. That's definitely something I like, as I'd rather
not have to look for a screwdriver in the middle of a playing
session when the battery goes weak. And also compared to
the Fuzz Face, the shape of the MXR Classic 108 Fuzz is designed
to fit in with your other guitar pedals on your pedalboard.
This pedal adds its own character to your guitar sound,
whether you have the Fuzz knob all the way up or way down.
The fuzz sound is reminiscent of a vintage Hendrix-like tone.
It can squash the dynamics, but pick attack and note definition
are still intact, as well as upper midrange harmonics. You
can achieve a thick, compressed tone, but with harmonics
to spare. It's great for the violin-like sustain that some
guitarists really go for.
The MXR Classic 108 Fuzz pedal
delivers classic fuzz tones, right under your feet. Overall,
I give it thumbs-up (or toes-up?). If vintage fuzz tones
are what you seek, I recommend you to give it a try. It could
be just what you're looking for in your next guitar fuzz