Introduced in Summer 1993, the DOD FX69 Grunge shared the same basic circuit as the FX70 Metal X (FX70X), but was voiced as a high-gain fuzz pedal. The FX69 was also notable as the first of many DOD pedals with non-intuitive control names (see below). The FX69 sold well, paving the way for less commercially viable products such as the FX33 Buzz Box, but was ultimately replaced by the final-series FX69B in 1998.
Among notable "grunge" artists, only Kurt Cobain of Nirvana "used" a Grunge pedal, at MTV's "Live and Loud" broadcast (Dec. 13, 1993, Pier 48, Seattle). However, it was a "complete joke", with Kurt subsequently throwing it into the crowd on some accounts. Kurt never used the FX69 live or in the studio, instead favoring Boss DS-1 and DS-2 distortion pedals. Despite the lack of a strong connection to "grunge" music, a DOD FX69 Grunge pedal resides in a display case in the "Northwest Passage" wing of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, just down the hall from Mudhoney's eponymous Superfuzz and Big Muff pedals.
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Other names: fx69 grunge, fx69grunge, fx 69 grunge