The newly overhauled If 6 Was 9 BC183 MK II Fuzz from SolidGoldFX takes their classic vintage flavoured fuzz pedal to new levels of violin-like creaminess and beyond. Will it give you those classic retro fuzz tones without the hassle?
If 6 Was 9 BC183 MK II Fuzz
SolidGoldFX has introduced the new If 6 Was 9 BC183 MK II fuzz, now with some neat tweaks to the formula. These include top-mounted jacks, a soft-relay footswitch, a variable voltage pump and a more wah friendly fuzz design. As the name suggests, this fuzz pedal is based around a dual-BC183 transistor design.
What is new?
This silicon fuzz is based on the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit. It now has a new variable voltage pump that supplies power between 5 to 15VDC internally. This by itself will help you coax multiple fuzz tones from this pedal, but the Canadian pedal designers have taken it a step further.
The Bias knob varies the operational voltage and when combined with the new Saturation knob, it gives you even greater control. As this latter control gives you the ability to trim the input of the circuit for better cleanup or for better impedance matching, which should help tame the fuzz. Helpful, when using things like wah pedals for example. Finally, the three-way Body switch selects between Fat, Treble Boost and Classic modes.
Retro Fuzz Tones without the hassle?
It certainly has added some great new features, but as with all things fuzz, the proof is in the pudding. You can hear the new SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 BC183 MK II Fuzz in the demo videos below. I like what I hear and for the money, you are getting some very useful new options. Fuzz pedals can be a real pain in the rear end to use in studios or live, so these new updates could really be useful for guitarists who need retro fuzz tones, without the retro headaches.
MSRP – USD 199
- Dual-BC183 transistors: SolidGoldFX