Magazine article Guitar Player

Pawnshop Prize: B&M Fuzz Unit. (Toolbox: Essential Info for Guitarists)

Magazine article Guitar Player

Pawnshop Prize: B&M Fuzz Unit. (Toolbox: Essential Info for Guitarists)

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Considering the absurdly huge number of fuzz and distortion pedals introduced in the 1970s, it's no surprise that oddball models from that era still surface today. Take, for example, the Fuzz Unit, which reportedly was made in the U.K. by Sola/Colorsound for a mysterious entity known as B&M. The handwired circuit features British-made components--including an Arrow footswitch, Cliff Products jacks, and Radiohm pots--and the thin-gauge, pressed-steel enclosure echoes the type used by Sola during this period. The Unit's Volume, Sustain, and Tone controls are standard fare, but having the input and output jacks together on one side is a little wacky--it's definitely not the ideal setup for putting this baby in line with other boxes.

The Fuzz Unit looks cool, has obvious scarcity value, and it sounds great. While many vintage fuzzboxes are one-trick ponies, the Unit offers a broad range of textures--thanks to its powerful Tone and Sustain controls. …

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