Jackson Audio Fuzz Modular Fuzz Octave Pedal
Overview by GAK
The Jackson Audio Fuzz is one of the most versatile and flexable fuzz pedals around, with a powerful EQ section, independant octave circuit and the option to completely transform the sound by swapping out the analogue modules. Combined with the Fuzz’s powerful tone shaping features, you can take the sound of classic fuzz circuits to a new dimension!
Just like with their Asabi overdrive/distortion pedal, the headline feature of the Fuzz is its ability to totally alter its sound. Jackson Audio’s Brad Jackson is a huge fan of fuzz and what different fuzzboxes have to offer. The solution is the Fuzz! This gives you the option to kit out your Fuzz with the iconic sound of a legendary circuit and then take it to another level with the Fuzz’s powerful capabilities. This is no digital multi-effects - it’s a juicy all-analogue monster.
Classic Fuzz, Modern Control
The Fuzz comes with two analogue plug-in boards (Modern Fuzz and Classic/Vintage) so you can start experimenting with two distinctive tones out-of-the-box.
Swapping out the plugin modules is super easy, all you need is a screwdriver. So far, there’s the Classic/Modern (based on a later-era Hendrix favourite), the Goat Head (inspired by the Ram’s Head for those soaring Pink Floyd-style leads), the Page MKII (nails the spitting aggressive tones of Led Zeppelin I) and the Modern Fuzz Deluxe (expands the Fuzz with two additional clipping modes). The range of plugins is going to keep growing, making the Fuzz a truly versatile machine.
Powerful Tone Shaping
If you’ve ever used a fuzzbox is a band setting, you’ll know that they can become swallowed up in a mix. With the available tone controls on classic fuzzes, it can be hard to get around this.
Jackson Audio have considered this and provided the Fuzz with a fully-parametric three-band EQ section, enabling you to easily carve out the Fuzz’s place in a mix.
Octave + Boost
A powerful pairing with a fuzz is an analog octaver, if you’ve ever listened to Purple Haze you’ll know why! Jackson Audio have equipped the Fuzz with an octave circuit which can be used independently from the fuzz. You’ve effectively got two pedals in a pedalboard-friendly stompbox size. It’s an amazing way to enhance the core fuzz sound, either as a full-on octaver or blended in subtly to give your tone a lift during leads. When the Blend control is counter-clockwise, the circuit is transformed into a Boost - perfect for driving the front end of the Fuzz (as well as other pedals in your rig) for additional gain or simply used as a tone buffer/signal booster.
If you’re a fuzz fanatic, you cannot go wrong with the Jackson Audio Fuzz. It provides you with an affordable way to own an arsenal of desirable fuzz-boxes that can be sculpted with the Fuzz’s EQ and then boosted into the stratosphere with the octave.
Overview by Jackson Audio
Introducing the Jackson Audio Fuzz - Modular Fuzz Pedal with Octave. Sporting that spitting, snarling and surly sound of rock legends past and present, the FUZZ Modular Fuzz pedal from Jackson Audio takes faithful recreations of historic fuzz circuits and brings them together in one modular pedal. This allows you to create classic fuzz tone, as well as new fuzz sounds that would have been impossible with just the original circuits! The idea of creating a modular fuzz came about as we were trying to decide which style of fuzz would be the most musical fuzz of all time. The answer quickly became “All of them! They’re all different and bring something unique sonically”.
With the FUZZ, you can update your fuzz sound completely with our swappable analog plug-in modules and turn your device into a whole new pedal with a simple and affordable plug-in swap out.
In the 30 years since Brad Jackson began playing guitar, he’s always loved fuzz pedals. Having bought countless versions of fuzzes over the years, in his mind these pedals have always had a massive shortcoming - they desperately need more effective tone controls!
That’s why Jackson Audio designed the FUZZ with a 3 band, fully parametric EQ. EQ and especially the mids are where the guitar makes its stand. Not enough mids and your guitar is lost in the mix. Too much highs and your tone is piercing and off-putting. Too much bass and you compete sonically with the bass drum and bass player. With the 3-band Parametric EQ on the FUZZ, you have 9 controls at your disposal to fully sculpt your tone and make sure the riffs you are laying down are NEVER lost in the mix!
A good fuzz and a good octave pedal go hand in hand. Jimi knew it, Stevie knew it and you know it. If you want to put some purple in your haze, you’re going to need an octave pedal and the octave circuit in the FUZZ is outstanding! Covering everything from perfectly pure octave up to screaming splatting sonic mayhem, the octave circuit in the FUZZ is the perfect marriage of vintage and modern thanks to its unique octave BLEND control. The BLEND control mixes your clean signal with the fuzz/octave signal so you can dial in precisely how much octave effect you want. Guys like Doyle Bramhall II use this to great effect by adding just a little octave to their sound which gives it a little “lift”.
With the BLEND control fully counter-clockwise, the octave circuit acts as a boost and is perfect for slamming the front of the fuzz circuit for more gain! Pro Tip! Boost + Fuzz Face = Tone Bender! This boost is also perfect for boosting the front of other pedals or just running as an always-on signal buffer/booster. Fully clockwise, there is no clean blend so your signal is fully fuzzed out with however much fuzz/octave you have dialled in with the OCT control.
The Fuzz is supplied with two analog plug-in boards, so right out of the box you have two completely different and versatile circuits to choose from. From vintage-style fuzz at lower settings, to snarling spitting fuzz at higher settings the MODERN FUZZ (installed) plug-in does it all and cleans up beautifully when your guitars volume control is lowered. FUZZ CLASSIC/VINTAGE is the additional plug-in the FUZZ ships with. This plug-in is the classic Fuzz with the ‘smiley face’ and has lower gain and a looser/softer feel which is perfect for the earlier Jimi-era tones.
In addition, a growing range of other modules will be available. Dead simple to install, you simply unscrew the FUZZ’s backplate, remove the stock fuzz module and replace it with any of the analog fuzz plug-ins. Voila! Your new fuzz pedal with all its features is accessible and ready to go!
- • Analog Octave Fuzz pedal
- • Unique modular and replaceable Fuzz plug-in concept
- • Installed MODERN FUZZ plug-in module - a modern take on all that is good from a spluttery vintage pedal
- • Additional included FUZZ CLASSIC/VINTAGE plug-in module - based on the classic Fuzz Face circuit
- • Separately switchable Octave circuit with Blend control
- • Other plug-in modules available for a world of fuzz tones
- • Active 3-band Parametric-EQ - for optimal tone shaping
- • Small footprint and top-mounted jacks - for ease of pedalboard mounting
- • Powered by 9 V DC PSU (centre -, 2.1mm, ~ 50 mA current draw)