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Catalinbread Merkin Fuzz
This is 60's fuzzPublished on 12/19/11 at 09:55
I've never really had an issue with Catalinbread quality or utility. Sometimes their pedals respond differently to certain power supplies which can get boring. I eventually sold my dirty little secret for this reason.
My biggest complaint about classic fuzzes is they take the "buzzsaw" sound way to far, to the extent that the pedal loses all its dynamic response and tonality. Also, some try to do more than they should, and be "all fuzzes at once." The Merkin isn't about that. It pretty much gives you one sound, which is that whole Hendrix 60's gritty lead buzzsaw tone. It can also give the whole surf rock solo thing if you lay back on the knobs a bit and plug in a strat. And if you crank the fuzz knob you'll get into ozzy territory. It's very responsive to guitar volume, so you don't really have to play with the pedal to get a varying tone out of it.
The Merkin isn't the be all of fuzzes but it does get "that" tone in spades. I have a lot of fuzz pedals, many of them over the top. This is not one of those. It's a very aggressive, yet melodic sounding fuzz. Nicely balanced. Go listen to some clips and you'll catch my meaning.
- Manufacturer: Catalinbread
- Model: Merkin
- Category: Fuzz pedals
- Added in our database on: 08/10/2010
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