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MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

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The MXR Super Badass Variac Fuzz is a dream come true for guitar players chasing vintage fuzz tone. This tasty fuzz is aggressive and biting, and with the twist of a knob, you can drag it into that “dying battery” territory much prized by tone chasers—no need to manage a collection of half-dead batteries. To create the Super Badass Variac Fuzz, t...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The MXR Super Badass Variac Fuzz is a dream come true for guitar players chasing vintage fuzz tone. This tasty fuzz is aggressive and biting, and with the twist of a knob, you can drag it into that “dying battery” territory much prized by tone chasers—no need to manage a collection of half-dead batteries.

To create the Super Badass Variac Fuzz, the MXR design team dusted off a rare vintage circuit, tuned it up, and added a Variac control so you can set the pedal’s voltage anywhere from 5 to 15V. For that wonderful saggy fuzz effect you get as a 9V battery loses its power, just lower the voltage by turning the Variac knob counterclockwise. Increasing the voltage raises the effect’s headroom, opening up the fuzz for a more transparent sound at 15V.

The Super Badass Variac Fuzz’s simple interface is rounded out with Tone, Output, and Gain controls, and it all comes in a road-ready housing with true bypass switching.

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Set voltage from 5V–15V
Lower voltage for “dying battery” effect
Increase voltage for more headroom and clarity
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MXRM236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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5.0

Insane and Adaptive

By J Hyde

from Ann Arbor, MI

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    WAY better than I expected! Pedal is capable of "softer" overdriven tube amp sound, raunchy distortion, and wide spectrum of variable fuzz. All in 1 pedal. Equally as awesome thru my Marshall JVM or Orange Rockerverb. Technically all you ever need in 1 pedal. Will likely buy another to have 2 setting options (without having to bend over...).

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    5.0

    Great Fuzz Pedal

    By bncrkr89

    from Binghamton NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I love using it with my amps clean and distortion modes. It has a great variety of fuzz sounds, from classic to modern. In my opinion, it's the fuzz pedal to have.

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    4.0

    More of a doom overdrive than a fuzz but still great

    By MatRA

    from Topeka KS

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    Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Pretty great pedal. The Variac control allows for a range of cool tones. It does spit a nice doom overdrive sound that is pleasing to my ears. It's missing a bit of upper range bite that you typically associate with a "fuzzy" sound that I thought it would have. That's my only minor complaint.

    It sounds beautiful when you just play chords and stacks exceptionally well. If you put a tube screamer before it you'll get a gnarly, hairy sound that is just wonderful.

     
    5.0

    Very versatile

    By JC

    from Philadelphia

    Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Awesome tone. It's a Band of Gypsies fuzz with tone and voltage control. Lowering the voltage control make it killer.

     
    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Grady

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I run an all analog effects setup into a Fryette GP/DI for recording and practice.
    This fuzz pedal is perfect for me.

     
    5.0

    Dirt chasing is over

    By Dylan

    from Lafayette GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Pretty much anything from home practice to live

      Comments about MXR M236 Super Badass Variac Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have been on a quest for a versatile dirt box. I have tried the BOSS DS-1, Fulltone OCD, EHX Soul Food, EHX Big M*ff (apparently you can't write that word in these reviews) and enjoyed all of those but they didn't quite get me where I wanted to be. I now, have finally found just the sound I was looking for with this fuzz pedal. At first I thought I wanted overdrive, but couldn't get the thick bite I was looking for. Then I thought distortion was what would suit my playing, but it left me with thin sounds. the MXR M236 Variac Fuzz is capable of cleaning up really nicely for some compressed distortion but can be pushed to the most brutal, filthiest limits of gain.

      To give you some background, I've been playing guitar since 1999. I run this pedal through my VOX AC10-C1 playing on a Gibson Les Paul Studio 2013 left handed. The pickups on the guitar are Gibson coil-tapped 490R and 498T. This pedal sounds great through both the humbucking and the "single coil-esque" tapped state. I enjoy playing music in the style of Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, David Bowie, The Black Keys, and Blue Oyster Cult. I can imagine you could also use this pedal for more doom-related rock styles.

      The tone adjusts the high frequencies by adding (clockwise) or cutting (counter-clockwise) them from the mix. The output knob gives you a boost in volume, especially at lower voltage settings. The gain knob allows for more or less compression depending on your needs. Where this pedal really stands out is the Variac knob, which allows you to adjust from super thick dirty fuzzy goodness of 5V all the way up to the more "clean" distortion-like tones at 15V. At 15V, the variac knob provides a little more headroom. It gives a lot of variety without sounding harsh or shrill.

      The chassis is a very sexy dark purple with glitter and would look great on any board. On the website it looks more red/burgundy but in actuality, it is purple, albeit dark purple.

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