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Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal Condition 1 - Mint

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The Buzz Boy Power Fuzz makes no secret that it can get downright obnoxious (if thats what you're into!) but can also yield plenty of warm, rich tone...Click To Read More About This Product

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Goes from slightly rough around the edges to a screaming maniac.

The Buzz Boy Power Fuzz makes no secret that it can get downright obnoxious (if thats what you're into!) but can also yield plenty of warm, rich tones too. By slowly moving the knobs as you play you'll begin to see that even the slightest movement can give you tones you weren't expecting. Best of all, every one is unique, original, and completely useable!

FEATURES
  • Wide range of distorted tones
  • Fizz, Fuzz, and Fluff controls

A versatile fuzz should be on every player's pedal board. Get your Fuzz Boy now!

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ModtoneMT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (9)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

  • Not responsive (5)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not exactly a fuzz... but still amazing!

Wasn't really in the market for a fuzz pedal (was looking for more of a distortion to use with my Joyo Ultimate Drive) but just loved the design of this little guy and at...Read complete review

Wasn't really in the market for a fuzz pedal (was looking for more of a distortion to use with my Joyo Ultimate Drive) but just loved the design of this little guy and at the Warehouse price, I couldn't pass it up.

Wasn't too fond of ModTone products previously - I purchased the mini-overdrive and it was absolutely terrible so was nervous how this guy would sound. Got it in the mail, plugged it in and wow! Not what I was expecting. This pedal is more of a distortion with fuzz on top. Now I must add that there really is no "subtle" setting on this guy - I literally have my Fuzz knob turned to the very left and I still get a heavy trashy distortion (however, I'm also using an LTD EC-1000 with active EMGs but still...) It's a fantastic sounding distortion! I can already tell this will cut through a mix nicely when playing with my band and when I kick on my Ultimate Drive, I get a beautiful lead tone, almost "metal" territory (Although, I wouldn't recommend this for metal - it's way better for grunge and hard rock.)

If you're still seeing this for the sale price, I'd definitely consider snagging one. Definitely a sleeper pedal in my book.

VS

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ModTone Buzz Boy

I was looking forward to receiving this pedal based on the advertising and reviews and the sale price was hard to resist. I was very disappointed upon trying it out, however, as it...Read complete review

I was looking forward to receiving this pedal based on the advertising and reviews and the sale price was hard to resist. I was very disappointed upon trying it out, however, as it immediately produced a very loud hiss at any volume. What's more I could only get it to produce anything resembling a "Fuzz" when it was cranked all the way up, and then the effect decayed almost right away leaving a clean sound for most of the sustain of any chord or note played through it. I have returned thia for a replacement but if the same problems reoccur I will ask for a refund.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

P*U*N*K*

By NICHOLASHAPPENS

from Kansas City

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Kills It
  • Responsive
  • Versatile
  • Wins The Game

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Sonic Face Punching

    Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Want that ear slicing punk sound? Here ya go... The Fizz dials up the high end, the Fuzz dials in your low to mid range, and the fluff makes it loud.. and theres a button on it that turns it on and off.. crazy idea?!?!?! YES. Quite thrashy... worth a whirl. DOOOOO IT! Also eat your veggies.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice, versatile little distortion pedal

    By JR

    from Charlottesville, VA

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Lows
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I've been playing live music for decades, but I'm relatively new to the world of guitar effects chains. I saw that this pedal only had a single 1-star review, and that's just not right. I bought it thru Musician's Friend's Stupid Deal of the Day, and at that price it was a total steal. But even at regular price, I'd say it's reasonable. I already owned a Boss DS-2, which has some tones I really like but compresses the signal a lot...I need to ride that pedal's output level near the max to keep the bass from disappearing.

        By contrast, the Buzz Boy does not seem to compress the signal as much, and I'm able to get some pretty punchy lows out of it. As far as I can tell, "Fuzz" = distortion, "Fizz" = tone, and "Fluff" = level. Setting Fuzz and Fizz near 12 o'clock gives me a pretty aggressive tone, and the pedal has plenty of volume. Pushing those controls closer to 3 o'clock yields some nasty shreddy goodness, if you like that kind of thing. The mellower end of the spectrum is way different, and there's plenty of territory in between.

        I did not experience the noise problem described by the previous reviewer...to the contrary, in fact. Seems cleaner than my Boss.

        Chaining the 2 distortion pedals together yields some insanely torrential sounds and ridiculous sustain...but only if you go from the highly compressing DS-2 to the Modtone Buzz Boy...not so much the other way around.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This pedal sucks, noisy and useless

        By Pop's

        from Olympia, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects
          • Not Responsive
          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Fill Empty Pedalbd Space

          Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I could not find any setting that was useful or noise free enough to use onstage or in the studio. Buzz boy does buzz when turned on, very noisy.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          ModTone Buzz Boy

          By Lefty Fitz

          from Ithaca N.Y.

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Responsive
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I was looking forward to receiving this pedal based on the advertising and reviews and the sale price was hard to resist. I was very disappointed upon trying it out, however, as it immediately produced a very loud hiss at any volume. What's more I could only get it to produce anything resembling a "Fuzz" when it was cranked all the way up, and then the effect decayed almost right away leaving a clean sound for most of the sustain of any chord or note played through it. I have returned thia for a replacement but if the same problems reoccur I will ask for a refund.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not exactly a fuzz... but still amazing!

              By Scott Bykowicz

              from Hamburg, NY

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              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Low cost

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Jamming With Buddies

                Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Wasn't really in the market for a fuzz pedal (was looking for more of a distortion to use with my Joyo Ultimate Drive) but just loved the design of this little guy and at the Warehouse price, I couldn't pass it up.

                Wasn't too fond of ModTone products previously - I purchased the mini-overdrive and it was absolutely terrible so was nervous how this guy would sound. Got it in the mail, plugged it in and wow! Not what I was expecting. This pedal is more of a distortion with fuzz on top. Now I must add that there really is no "subtle" setting on this guy - I literally have my Fuzz knob turned to the very left and I still get a heavy trashy distortion (however, I'm also using an LTD EC-1000 with active EMGs but still...) It's a fantastic sounding distortion! I can already tell this will cut through a mix nicely when playing with my band and when I kick on my Ultimate Drive, I get a beautiful lead tone, almost "metal" territory (Although, I wouldn't recommend this for metal - it's way better for grunge and hard rock.)

                If you're still seeing this for the sale price, I'd definitely consider snagging one. Definitely a sleeper pedal in my book.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                More of a moped than a chainsaw

                By Jimy The Walrus

                from United States

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                Pros

                • Compact Design

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Not Responsive

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Not exactly what I was looking for in a fuzz pedal, but it is very cheap. The biggest problem with this is the sound quality, it acts more like a standard distortion than a fuzz. When rolling back volume on the guitar not much changed as far as clarity as would happen with something like a fuzz face. The second thing would be the dumb names they put on the knobs they do not help you understand what is going on, and don't seem to do much when manipulated. Overall it seems to be another one trick pony "fuzz". I would not recommend this but instead save some money up and buy either one of the FULLTONE fuzz pedals, or a standard DUNLOP fuzz face.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Llikable, usable gnarly fuzz

                By I am the Wugbus

                from Fuzzopolis, Oregon

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                Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I rocked the Buzz Boy with a Strat and a Tele through a modified tweed Deluxe style amp. I was pleasantly surprised, particularly for the price. It's got a punchy sound with broad-shouldered mids, beefy rather than thin sounding. It is fairly responsive. There are enough crackly sonic artifacts that you know you're playing a fuzz rather than your precious transparent overdrive, but it doesn't hit my ear like a Fuzz Face and certainly not like a Tone Bender or Maestro Fuzz Tone. In fact, it buzzes less than many other fuzz circuits, so the name seems ironic.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Decent fuzz pedal

                By Stickynotes

                from Santa Rosa,CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I've tried the Xotic fuzzy drive and the big Dunlop Hendrix fuzz face so compared to those I like this better. I was able to a/b it with the fuzz face and I found the fuzz face to be a little harsh compared to it. The real draw back to the fuzz face's though is the lack of a tone control. Also when you try to dial back the fuzz, the high frequencies disappear (at least on the big Hendrix one) so you're left having to run the fuzz at 10 and dialing back your guitar volume. That works well but then leaves you with an overall level problem if you're playing live. Dialing back the fuzz on this ModTone is not a problem. Bottom line is I kept this and sold the fuzz face. if you use a fuzz pedal infrequently like I do you'll find that this one sounds just fine. I play a Les Paul.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    It's not an everyday pedal

                    By SGPlayer73

                    from Sterling, VA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Cool Light
                    • Solid Build Quality
                    • Unique Sounding Fuzz

                    Cons

                    • Fizzy
                    • Not Useful Live
                    • Silly Parameter Names

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Unique Fuzz In The Mix

                    Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I was looking for a novel effect to add to my pedal board. The Stupid Deal of the Day served this one up, and I bit. The problem is, turning the fizz anywhere beyond zero makes it unbearably fizzy (duh).

                    The good news is, this pedal should be a perfect vessel for adding those guitar sounds to a mix that sound awful on their own, but really liven up a rock song. Not sure if that sounds like a compliment, but I mean it to be.

                    Also, if you roll back the guitar volume, with the fizz at no more than 9 o'clock, you can get some very nice chunk with your pick (depending on the two other parameters).

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Versatile Fuzz

                    By mattegg

                    from Seattle WA

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This was my first Modtone pedal. Before this I was completely unfamiliar with Modtone products, but I was looking for a fuzz pedal and MF had this on sale so I gave it a go. I was a little frustrated with this pedal at first which leads to its one drawback, ease of use.

                    The three controls are labeled fizz, fuzz and fluff and, at first, I thought they were cutesy, unconventional replacements for the standard control names like what DOD used to do back in the '90's. When I first started using the pedal fizz seemed to correspond to tone, fuzz was fuzz and fluff was level; and I wasn't able to find the tones I was looking for. With further experimentation I discovered that the controls are extremely interactive and with a little fiddling you will discover an extremely wide range of sounds.

                    The interactive nature of the controls enables you to find everything from vintage '60's fuzz to extreme modern sounds and everything in between but the price of this versatility is the loss of ease of use but, like everything else, this gets better with practice.

                    After this first pedal I have become a Modtone fan and have added four more of their pedals to my collection. All of the pedals have excellent quality components and build. They have all been worth full price and are bargains on sale. Modtone also seems to listen to criticism, coming out with new versions of older pedals that address the complaints of users, you gotta love that.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nasty

                    By Richard

                    from Augusta, GA

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Bright LED allows easy visual confirmation that the unit is on. The housing is rugged and will stand up to road life. The POT for the Fuzz is a little noisy, out of the box, but quieted down nicely with some use- twisting on and off, a few times. As far as the sound goes, a little adjustment goes a long way, from subtle to screaming nasty sounds. Definitely worth the money you put into it.

                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      This pedal does what it's suppose to do.

                      By Skip

                      from Grant Park, Il

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • It Is Easy To Use
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                      • It Could Use A Bat Door

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      For a pedal that is so easy to use it should have a battery door. I have enough tools already in my gigbag. Putting in another screwdriver I guess is not too bad.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great pedal....definitely not 1-star

                      By Haystack

                      from Southeast

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Extremely Adjustable
                      • Loud
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I have no clue how someone came up with 1-star for this product. I agree whole heartedly with the most recent 5-star review just prior to mine. This is a great pedal that can get that good "trashy" sounding distortion, or can be adjusted to really give a nice soft, yet powerful feel to your guitar. As stated before, the fizz, fluff, and fuzz buttons are simply your standard, level, gain and tone controls (as far as I can tell). Its a great pedal, and if modtone comes out with something similar, or this becomes available again, I'd get it.

                         
                        3.0

                        Buzz boy

                        By E sharp

                        from Boise

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design

                        Cons

                        • Limited Selection Of Effects
                        • Not Responsive
                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This is my 2nd fuzz pedal and it does not sound any different that my firts one. I was under the impression that Modtone would have better sounding pedals but after this one ,I am not willing to try anotherone of their effects.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        I would not buy this

                        By Al

                        from oregon

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Good Selection Of Effects

                        Cons

                        • Not Responsive
                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          tried to use for Hendrix effects no go

                           
                          5.0

                          Great pedal

                          By Gibby412

                          from Elmira NY

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Great pedal for the price. Lots of sounds come from this time monster and it's easy to use and dial in.

                             
                            4.0

                            Great little addition to the collection!

                            By Willy B.

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

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                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Performances

                              Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              A great addition to my pedal collection! This is going to find its way on to some cool distorted bass recordings for sure!!

                               
                              3.0

                              Not Quite My Style

                              By SouthernRockDude

                              from St. Louis, MO

                              About Me Novice

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design

                              Cons

                              • Difficult To Use
                              • Lots Of Hiss

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                I really wanted to like this pedal. It was my first fuzz pedal purchase. The YouTube reviews really throw this pedal out as versatile. Distortion is far beyond this stomp box's reach. If you're looking for something with a wide range of sounds, I would look elsewhere. This pedal was born and bred for fuzz. It performs anywhere from saturated and smooth, to bright and aggressive. My biggest disappointment was with hissing, however. One of the knobs must be kept below half, otherwise the noise is quite bad.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Fizzy Fuzzy Wuzzy

                                By Shep3

                                from Idaho

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Modtone MT-BB Buzz Boy Power Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  Nice fuzz. Very cool. Responsive and a tough little unit.

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