MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz
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MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz

M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz, Bass Distortion/Overdrive from MXR.

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Captain Danny 05/15/2012

MXR M182 El Grande Bass Fuzz : Captain Danny's user review

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Analog fuzz pedal for bass.

In and Out jack, input power supply.

Well finished with two blue LEDs, the brushed metal and silkscreen.

True Bypass pedal.

UTILIZATION

General configuration child with a volume control, adjustable fuzz, and a general tone.
It also has a bass boost activated in mod with a front push and adjustable via a switch and a trimpot inside the pedal (from - to + 15db 87Hz or 113Hz on).

The manual is only there to give the product specifications for the rest, we find her without her PhD ...

We would still have preferred an external adjustment of the mod to change more easily, but hey, the mod by opening the adjustable pedal is a bit of dada in the MXR ...

SOUND QUALITY

Fuzz ultra filthy, organic and vintage sounding for my taste too sharp, even with extreme settings on the bass I think the fuzz sounds a little too loud and sharp. Of couse the most exploitable knob is very effective from 0 to third and bottom, but the first third to the extreme was not a significant change of the Fuzz.
The volume knob is monstrous, it is the same as the sound bypass around 8am! Imagine the boost that is available with any of the race remaining knob ...
The tone is quite effective and the bass bost mod brings a lot to her.

But hey, I do not like the sound of this fuzz, too loud, aggressive as possible, imprecise (the definition is lost in his game). With a knob to blend in more (as in Bass Fuzz Deluxe released recently, as what it was a requested feature) I could have put up with these features I think.
In short, this is relative here, we like it or not, I like it. But I can not deny that it's very good sound quality.

OVERALL OPINION

I used 6 months, I could not bring myself to keep it or not, I did not love him more than that but at the same time this pedal a little je ne sais quoi that you cling to each and pushes you to play, looking for the right setting for hours. To stop the torture I sold it, and someone who loves the strong personality of the little beast I hope.
In fuzz I've tried anything else, overdrive / distortion on the other hand I knocked.

I think I do not like because in reality this is not the pedal that I dislike but the effect itself, the fuzz on bass. Already on that guitar I think it's filthy and means, while on a low I fart a lead when I lost the clarity and precision in my game and then OverDrive know distos remain accurate.

It's a bit expensive, I think. But hey, it's MXR.

I do not think I would venture over to the side of fuzzs low, except in stores where I would have a crush on me or my needs and opinions should change.