New Gear Review: Maxon Seven Fuzz Elements

Godlyke, Inc. releases seven new Fuzz Element models designed to reproduce the classic and unique sounds of the most desirable vintage fuzz pedals. The secret is to model the internal circuitry and component choices meticulously and use solid, analog circuit designs.

Each Fuzz Elements model features a compact, die cast aluminum box, LED status indicator, easy-access battery door and true bypass switching. All pedals are $189 MAP unless noted otherwise.

FA10 Fuzz Elements Air is the classic octave-fuzz sounds of the Univox Super Fuzz with distinct fuzz tone choices. FEA10 Fuzz Elements Earth is based on the Ram's Head transistor fuzz circuit of the '70s with a loud, throaty fuzz, singing sustain and excellent note definition. The FE10 Fuzz Elements Ether adds a parametric tone section to the FA10 circuit.

The FF10 Fuzz Elements Fire emulates the massive, bottom-heavy-octave-fuzz sounds of the Roland Bee Baa also with two distinct fuzz sounds via the Notch foot-switch. FWA10 Fuzz Elements Water adds a parametric tone section to the FEA10 circuit and sells for $199 MAP. FW10 Fuzz Elements Wind has the classic fuzz sounds of the Vox Tonebender Mk with vintage/hot gain settings and output buffer.

The FV10 Fuzz Elements Void is like the Ampeg Scrambler for generating even-order harmonic overtones that are dynamic and frequency dependent to create unique Octavia/ring modulator sounds.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.