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Red Witch Fuzz God II review

A praise-worthy fuzz pedal? Amen.

  • £159
  • €189
  • $309
The toggle switches double the gain and bring in a treble boost

MusicRadar Verdict

Like fearsome fuzz from the top of Mount Olympus.

Pros

  • +

    Great if you enjoy unwieldy fuzz tones. Fun features.

Cons

  • -

    Takes a bit of dialling in.

Featuring silicon transistors, the New Zealand-built Fuzz God II sports two footswitches: a normal bypass and one designed to "incur the wrath of the Fuzz God," says Red Witch, unleashing oscillation and octave effects governed by the wrath knob.

"A sputter knob dials in a sweet spot for descents into dying battery weirdness"

Volume and fuzz controls are standard, while a sputter knob dials in a sweet spot for descents into dying battery weirdness. On top of that, you get toggle switches to double the gain and bring in a treble boost.

While you encounter thick and musical character fuzz with the sputter knob fully clockwise, going backwards makes things more ragged, as the fuzz hangs on for dear life. The second footswitch brings in sonic chaos that you can leave running to ensure you get an encore ( just so it gets turned off!).

If you like the madness of the ZVex Fuzz Factory, the Fuzz God II will appeal. Lining up your knobs is crucial, as there's so much interaction, but get them right and satisfaction is guaranteed.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.