Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face
Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face

JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face, Fuzz pedal from Dunlop.

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Hatsubai 01/27/2012

Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face : Hatsubai's user review

« Very solid fuzz »

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Joe Bonamassa is an amazing blues player. He's really taking the world by storm, and his tone is amazing, albeit a bit of a copy of Eric Johnson's tone. He has always had an interesting theory in that he likes to utilize off the shelf gear. This way, if something goes wrong, he can just stop by the store and get a new one. With the boutique pedals, you can't really do that. To help him out, Dunlop decided to make a signature fuzz based on his old school Fuzz Face that he used to run. It has your standard level and fuzz knob, along with the crazy housing they used to have.


The pedal itself isn't the best in terms of design. It takes up a ton of space on the pedalboard, and it can be a real pain to place on cramped boards. In fact, it's almost impossible. That's why you see so many of them off the board instead of on them. The knob layout is super simple, and anybody can figure this thing out without having to use a manual. I never personally read the manual, so I couldn't tell you how well it's written, but it's seriously not needed. The housing itself is crazy sturdy, so no worries about it breaking.


The sound is very much like the normal Fuzz Face. I'm actually not a huge fuzz user, so a lot of these old school fuzz pedals sound the same to me. It's an old school, lower gain fuzz sound. It can give your amp a nice kick in the nuts, but I prefer using a more subtle setting. Once you do that, you can get a really cool sound through a Marshall. In fact, you can get that neat Eric Johnson-esque tone with this thing, but you have to be careful not to use too much fuzz...unless you're looking for that fuzzy kind of tone.


The pedal is solid, and it sounds good. I don't run one because of how much real estate it takes up on the board, and I prefer building my own pedals, but it's a very solid pedal that sounds good and can deliver that signature Joe tone, as well as that Jimi tone.