Maxon Apparently Had a Fit of Insomnia, Designed 7 New Fuzz Pedals in a Bout of Delerium

Maxon aren’t messing around. I don’t know if they’re hooked on uppers or if their R&D department just couldn’t sleep and needed to keep themselves busy, but they’re releasing 7 fuzz pedals:. Yeah, 7 of them. That’s a lot of fuzz.


This new line has been deemed Fuzz Elements. Each pedal in the series is designed to mimic a classic fuzz of yore, like an Octavia or Ampeg Scrambler or a Roland Bee Baa… okay, I’ll admit that I haven’t heard of that last one.

But I also have to question the use of the elements to name them, because there’s 7 pedals and only 4 elements (unless you count an additional 4 from the dark crystals lorded over by the dwarves), so you wind up with impostor elements like “ether” and “void,” which are kind of the same thing in addition to not actually being elements. Also basically the same thing: “wind” (an element) and “air” (not an element). Why not name these pedals after samurai or deadly sins or something else that there’s 7 of. Layers of burritos, maybe?

With that rant out of the way, here’s the model info on these new pedals, straight from Maxon:

FA10 Fuzz Elements Air – Accurately replicates the classic octave-fuzz sounds of the Univox Super Fuzz. Two distinct fuzz tones via the Fat/Scoop switch. Street Price $189

FEA10 Fuzz Elements Earth – Based on the classic “Ram’s Head” transistor fuzz circuit of the 70’s – loud, throaty fuzz with singing sustain and excellent note definition. Street price $189

FE10 Fuzz Elements Ether – Adds a parametric tone section to the FA10 circuit. Cut or Boost specific frequencies to create a variety of new fuzz/Octavia tones. Street price $199

FF10 Fuzz Elements Fire – Emulates the massive, bottom-heavy octave-fuzz sounds of the Roland Bee Baa. Features two distinct fuzz sounds via the Notch Footswitch. Street price $189

FWA10 Fuzz Elements Water – Adds a parametric tone section to the FEA10 circuit. Cut or Boost specific frequencies to create a variety of new fuzz/distortion tones. Street price $199

FW10 Fuzz Elements Wind – Conjures up the classic fuzz tones of the Vox Tonebender Mk. II. Vintage/Hot gain settings and switchable output buffer. Street price $189

FV10 Fuzz Elements Void – Based on the Ampeg Scrambler, generates even-order harmonic overtones that are dynamic and frequency dependent to create unique Octavia/ring modulator sounds. Street Price $189

Source: Guitar Noise

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.