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MXR bass fuzz pedal promises more low-end

The enigmatically titled El Grande
The enigmatically titled El Grande

After unveiling two new guitar pedals (the Carbon Copy Analog Delay and the Tremolo) at NAMM 2008, MXR has announced the M-182 El Grande Bass Fuzz Pedal, designed to give classic ‘70s fuzz to bassists.

The problem with using traditional fuzz pedals with bass is that low frequencies are often lost when the signal is driven. Here though, classic fuzz circuitry has been re-tuned with low-end clearly in mind. According to MXR, the pedal is “versatile and brutal”.

In addition to standard Volume, Tone and Fuzz controls, there´s a Deep switch that gives up to 15dB of boost to the low end. What´s more, the frequency centre for the boost can be adjusted internally to anywhere from 87Hz to 113Hz.

The whole thing is packed inside a durable aluminium stompbox. Price and availability haven´t yet been announced, but more information should be available soon on the MXR and Jim Dunlop website.