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If 6 Was 9 MKII BC183 Fuzz Pedal

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If 6 Was 9 MKII BC183 Fuzz Pedal

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If 6 Was 9 MKII BC183 Fuzz Pedal
If 6 Was 9 MKII BC183 Fuzz Pedal
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If there's one pedal that captures the history of sonic rebellion and the soul of classic rock, then the Fuzz Face is it. Bold and raunchy when fed power chords, velvety smooth and angelically soaring when presented with lead lines and with an almost too-good-to-be-true volume knob cleanup, which allows for the best clean tones you've ever heard, the Fuzz Face is truly a multi-faceted tonal treasure. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pete Townsend all carved their undying legacy with this iconic fuzz machine and with Solid Gold's If 6 Was 9 MKII, you can instantly tap into those legendary tones or go far beyond to discover your own saturated signature sound.

It's been at least 10 years since Solid Gold launched their original If 6 Was 9 BC183 and improving on this solid design was no small feat. SGFX's pedal pays tribute to all the players who contributed to the pantheon of rock, with specially selected components to get your mojo working. They put two BC183 devices in each one, which is widely regarded as a happy medium between the potentially mushy compression of germanium and the brash sawmill-like fuzz of silicon. The tone of the If 6 Was 9 MKII is just that - smooth and refined, without falling apart on chords and with loads of sustain on single-note work. The MKII includes all the soulful fuzz tones of the original BC183, but incorporates a variety of new features aimed at bringing this vintage inspired design into the modern age.

What really sets the new If 6 Was 9 MKII apart is the power supply. Fuzz Face tone has been whittled down to such a precise science that players now know what voltage at which they prefer their Fuzz Face to be run. Eric Johnson famously kept a box full of batteries drained to various degrees. This Fuzz pedal is equipped with a variable voltage pump, supplying anywhere from 5 to 15VDC from a single 9V power source. No need for a box full of questionable batteries anymore, just set the knob to your preferred supply voltage and get as much fuzzy compression or meaty breakup you desire consistently, every time.

This, in conjunction with the bias control, will allow for any shade of fuzz ranging from gated and sputtery, to smooth and dynamic, then all the way to bold and punchy. The new saturate control trims the circuit's input for better cleanup, signal chain integration or impedance matching, ideal for use with a wah pedal. Finally, soft-touch true bypass switching and top jacks really bring this fuzz face into the 21st century.

That was a lot of tech babble. At the end of the day If 6 Was 9 MKII is just here to help you with what you do best: plugging in and rocking out!

Features
• Silicon fuzz pedal
• Based on the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit
• Uses two BC183 transistor for soulful fuzz tones between mushy compression of Germanium and brash sound of Silicon
• Variable voltage pump supplies power between 5 to 15VDC internally
• Thick balanced bass response and tight fuzz tone
• Tone toggle switch chooses between tight and thick fuzz voicings
• Bias knob for varying the operational voltage for a huge range of tones from compressed and nasty to big and bold
• Saturation control trims the circuits input for better cleanup or impedance matching
• Soft-touch True bypass switching and top-mounted jacks
• Hand-made in Montreal, Canada

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6 is 9 is Awesome 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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The solid gold FX 6 is 9 is amazing. Oh Canada knocking it out of the park. What a killer customizeable fuzz that does all sorts of fuzz and distortion. Oh my, my. Wow check out solid gold effects out of Montreal they also bought diamond. Go Canada go
Posted by Ira on Dec 20, 2023
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Rock and Roll 3 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Peterborough, Ontario
I own a lot of fuzzes and even built a few myself. This one is the KING of silicone in my experience.
Excellent shaping possibilities with these controls.
Blahblah, watch some demos then if you want a fuzz face you can tweak sideways buy it.
This sits next to my '69 fulltone fuzz which is the best sounding germ fuzz, imo. Now I just need to find some more pedals named 69 to fill out the board.
Posted by Les on Oct 24, 2022
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Excellent Pedal 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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My first FF was the Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini, and I sold it because I never bonded with it. And it put me off fuzz faces for a while. However, after seeing youtube reviews of this pedal, I thought I'd give it a try. I'm always cautious of youtube reviews because they always sound way better than when you get them home (obviously). Not this case with this one - it sounded brilliant right away. So tweakable, and it cleans up beautifully when you roll the volume back. This is now my go to fuzz, and I don't see it ever leavinig my board. Get it.
Posted by Frazer on Sep 5, 2022
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