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Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal

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Big Hendrix sound in a mini size.

Over the course of '69-'70, Jimi Hendrix appeared at a few of his most noted live appearances - Live at Woodstock, Live at Berkeley, and Live at the Fillmore East - using a mysterious red Fuzz Face Distortion with white knobs. That fuzz box sounded like a completely different animal from any of the other Fuzz Face pedals in Jimi's arsenal, snarling with a far more aggressive, biting tone.

The pedal itself has been lost to history, but its unmistakably unique tone lives on in the recordings of those three iconic shows, and Hendrix aficionados have tried to cop that sound for years. We are happy to say that their tonal quest can finally come to a glorious end.

Poring tirelessly over all of the different customized circuit designs Jimi used over the years, Dunlop's engineers narrowed down this elusive fuzz tone to a version of the Octavio circuit that didn't have the octave up signal. After making a few tweaks, they nailed it.

Now, you can get the same Fuzz Face tone Jimi used to woo the masses at some of his most famous performances. It comes in a pedal board-friendly Fuzz Face Mini housing, complete with an AC power jack and an on/off status LED.

FEATURES
  • Capture Jimi's elusive live sound from Woodstock, Berkeley and Fillmore East
  • Based on Octavio circuit without octave up signal
  • Pedalboard-friendly size
  • On/off status LED
  • Includes AC power jack

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DunlopBand of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally!!!

This thing is a beast! It's got gobs of fuzz when played with a good tube amp, preferably with a little dirt, I think all fuzzes sound better into a on the verge...Read complete review

This thing is a beast! It's got gobs of fuzz when played with a good tube amp, preferably with a little dirt, I think all fuzzes sound better into a on the verge of breakup amplifier imo. I've had the most fun with the fuzz at 3 o'clock and the volume at 2 o'clock. There it still cleans up pretty well, not as clear and bright as a true fuzz face but good enough to leave it on.

I've been cheating by using a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret at lower volumes when the family is home to give the amp a little dirt but I got a chance to use it in a live setting with the amp cranked up (Fender 68 custom deluxe reverb 22w) last night in a hotel ballroom that had approx 150-200 people inside for a benefit show and it had no issue cutting through with another guitarist using a silicon fuzz face. I can't recommend this thing enough!

now why I bought it... I've been searching for this fuzz tone forever, I've had a Sunface NKT275, Fulltone 70, Dunlop Hendrix JHF1 and all three mini's, (the only ones I still own are the mini's these things are great!) All have been great fuzz faces but whenever used with a vibe pedal there's been this rasp, no matter where the vibe was placed in the chain. My search came close to an end when I got a Dirty Little Secret MkIII and had that to simulate a cranked Marshall.. Guitar>Wah>Fuzz>Vibe>DLS. The rasp was almost unnoticeable and I finally had that ragging fuzz tone with that throbbing vibe sound going on.
Then this came along, I've been trying to recreate that Hendrix at Woodstock tone for ever and I think this is it! Plays well with a wah, great with a vibe, cuts live, and has gobs of sustain and is just a great great fuzz pedal!

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Meh.

I ordered this fuzz pedal because I just got a strat and I wanted to learn some Jimi Hendrix songs. The first thing I noticed was that there was a very low amount of...Read complete review

I ordered this fuzz pedal because I just got a strat and I wanted to learn some Jimi Hendrix songs. The first thing I noticed was that there was a very low amount of sustain in the fuzz effect itself. It would short out after a few seconds leaving just the clean guitar signal coming out of the amp. I don't know if every fuzz face has this problem or if it was just mine. I returned it and after some more research replaced it with an Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz pedal.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally!!!

By BG77

from Dallas, TX

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This thing is a beast! It's got gobs of fuzz when played with a good tube amp, preferably with a little dirt, I think all fuzzes sound better into a on the verge of breakup amplifier imo. I've had the most fun with the fuzz at 3 o'clock and the volume at 2 o'clock. There it still cleans up pretty well, not as clear and bright as a true fuzz face but good enough to leave it on.

    I've been cheating by using a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret at lower volumes when the family is home to give the amp a little dirt but I got a chance to use it in a live setting with the amp cranked up (Fender 68 custom deluxe reverb 22w) last night in a hotel ballroom that had approx 150-200 people inside for a benefit show and it had no issue cutting through with another guitarist using a silicon fuzz face. I can't recommend this thing enough!

    now why I bought it... I've been searching for this fuzz tone forever, I've had a Sunface NKT275, Fulltone 70, Dunlop Hendrix JHF1 and all three mini's, (the only ones I still own are the mini's these things are great!) All have been great fuzz faces but whenever used with a vibe pedal there's been this rasp, no matter where the vibe was placed in the chain. My search came close to an end when I got a Dirty Little Secret MkIII and had that to simulate a cranked Marshall.. Guitar>Wah>Fuzz>Vibe>DLS. The rasp was almost unnoticeable and I finally had that ragging fuzz tone with that throbbing vibe sound going on.
    Then this came along, I've been trying to recreate that Hendrix at Woodstock tone for ever and I think this is it! Plays well with a wah, great with a vibe, cuts live, and has gobs of sustain and is just a great great fuzz pedal!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cool pedal

    By Bass buddy

    from Indianapolis

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The only complaint I have is I had a hard time fitting it on my pedalboard , I use a lot of different pedals and found a round pedal dosn't fit side by side to terribly well with square ones !! Other than than that it's a great pedal with a very nice sound .

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Fuzz of the Year!

      By Teddy

      from Miami,Florida

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I order the Dunlop Band of Gypsy Fuzz face on first day Musician Friends posted it on its web site. This is the real deal! I tested it with the other Fuzz units at a local Guitar Center and this unit blew all the others away. It was so impressive that the sales manger was amazed by it when we did the comparison. It has a very powerful Hi gain and a Hendrix type fuzz. Dunlop really nail it with this pedal. Shop at Musician Friend if you wanna get your gear first.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        FFM6 Band of Gypsys

        By Mark one

        from Silver Spring,MD

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The FFM6 really does have the sound characteristics of Jimi's custom Fuzz. Add a Wah pedal and it sounds like Jimi's recordings. The guitar pickup selection and volume knob can control much of the tone and Distortion level with out adjusting the FFM6 knobs, going from thin and bright to fat and gritty. very well constructed. fun to play with.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hendrix Heaven

          By Ogami Itto

          from Chicago

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Truly has a Hendrix vibe to it,as advertised.Plenty of gain,as a someone else pointed out.After forty years,this is my first fuzz face and I'm very pleased.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome fuzz pedal!

            By jester77

            from Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great fuzz face pedal. I own the regular sized Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face and this one is every bit as good. Smaller footprint on the pedal board and interacts better with my wah pedal than the reguar Jimi Hendrix fuzz face pedal. Good, solid construction. The volume and fuzz controls are very interactive and the pedal itself is very interactive to the guitars volume and tone controls.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Fuzz Pedal - Highly Recommend

            By Ron

            from Boston, MA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I never really was a big fuzz guy nor one to buy any effects that claimed to be "Hendrix Signature" or be the next step to getting a Hendrix-like sound, but I am glad I made an exception for this pedal. Although it takes some work to coax them out, there are a lot of great sounds and tones lurking in the fuzz face past the advertised later-Hendrix fuzz tone and several sweet spots where the pedal is just wonderfully responsive. I would definitely recommend having an amp with a bit of warm distortion already going, ideally from driven tubes, when you kick on this pedal, the fuzz is a bit snarly which can get oppressively trebly if you aren't careful. Overall this is a great pedal though if you are looking for a very musical and dynamic fuzz or if you really just want that later-Hendrix sound.

               
              4.0

              Great pedal

              By JD

              from Pensacola Fl

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              Pros

              • Versatile

              Cons

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                • Performances

                Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Great versatility and tone

                 
                5.0

                Great pedal very versatile!

                By Murf

                from Providence,RI

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I love this pedal very versatile great for a variety of players.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  VERSITILE WITH VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS

                  By RADARS COUSIN.

                  from OTTUMWA ,IA.

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    REACTS GREAT WITH A STRAT AND A WAH , I DON'T SOUND LIKE JIMI , LIKELY NEVER WILL,BUT I HAD A FUZZ FACE IN 1972 AND IT DIDN'T SOUND AS GOOD AS THIS PEDAL.THE ONE I HAD WAS SECOND HAND AND HAD A RERPLACEMENT POT IN IT,AND NEVER SOUNDED THE SAME AFTER THAT,AND AFTER GETTING MY FIRST AMP WITH A MASTER VOLUME SAID FUZZ FACE WENT TO CITY DUMP. DUH. ANYWAY THIS PEDAL SOUNDS GOOD, GREAT WITH A LES PAUL OR ES335. ALSO SOUNDS GOOD STACKED ON TOP OF A VHT V DRIVE INTO A CLEAN AMP. (TAKES SOME TWEAKING BUT YOU CAN GET THERE) EVEN WITH A LES PAUL, THINK HIGH OCTANE FUDGE WITH NO SLUDGE.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Meh.

                    By Harrison

                    from West Chester PA

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                    • Very little sustain

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I ordered this fuzz pedal because I just got a strat and I wanted to learn some Jimi Hendrix songs. The first thing I noticed was that there was a very low amount of sustain in the fuzz effect itself. It would short out after a few seconds leaving just the clean guitar signal coming out of the amp. I don't know if every fuzz face has this problem or if it was just mine. I returned it and after some more research replaced it with an Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz pedal.

                       
                      5.0

                      Greatest pedal I ever bought

                      By shane

                      from colorado

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This pedal really impressed me. I've tried out tons of fuzz pedals, but with the right amp and style, this one takes the gold. I play with a strat, this fuzz, vox wah, and univibe on a marshall dsl, and this fuzz really tops off that hendrix tone!

                         
                        5.0

                        sweet sweet fuzz

                        By MCL

                        from Long

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • has the fuzz tone I've been trying to get

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur playing

                          Comments about Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I'm no pro, but I've been playing for a long time. I've never used too many pedals, I could never get the sound I was looking for from them. This pedal in conjunction with a crybaby wah, does give me the distortion and fuzz I've been trying to get for years! Hendrixesque is the way I would describe it. Love this pedal, in fact it may be the gateway drug to me buying many more Dunlop products.

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