Manx Loaghtan Fuzz
Manx Loaghtan: At a Glance
- Sustaining fuzzbox with heavy low end and a ripping high end.
- Powerful Baxandall EQ for numerous tones.
- Great lower gain crunch sound without being hashed, spitty, and under biased
- Get classic mid scoop or mid boost and anything inbetween.
The Big Muff is probably one of the most sought after, and heavily replicated pedals on the planet. Even though it is still made by the original manufacturer, it's long and varied history has made it's way into many other pedal manufacturer's fold. When Catalinbread set out to create the Manx Loaghtan fuzz, their goal wasn't to brush off an obscure build to recreate. Rather than looking back over that pedals heritage, they wanted to try and push it forward. One of the more common traits among fuzzes of that ilk is the tone control. However, such a tone stack was rather limiting. Often you would follow the sweep looking for the one spot that sounded right. The one spot where it didn't sound too boomy or constricted and thin, where the pedal finally finds its harmony. Instead of a compromise between too bright and too bassy, the Manx Loaghtan Fuzz is capable of doing either or both with a nice mid range scoop in order to sound HEAVY for chunky chords. So rather than using the traditional tone control, Catalinbread incorporated the Baxandall.
About the Baxandall tone control: Crank both treble and bass and you get a classic scooped midrange. Back both off, while turning up the volume knob and your midrange content increases. Park the treble and roll back the bass and the midrange scoop frequency shifts downward so you have complete control over which frequencies you are cutting. Roll the bass below noon and you start to add a bump to your midrange which is great for running into a hot amp. This tone control style is capable of numerous sounds, making the Manx Loaghtan one of the most versatile pedals of this style.
However, Catlinbread's goals were more than just including a more effective tone control.They wanted sustain that wouldn't wolf out with the neck pickup, and a flute like sing with nice upper harmonics ringing through. Catalinbread wanted to be able to use this into a hot amp if you wish to, so when you lower the bass nice mid range content can cut through. The SUSTAIN range can be usable all the way throughout the dial. Some of the tones Catalinbread referenced range from Gilmour to Black Keys to J Mascis to Dead Meadow to Thurston Moore to Adrian Belew.
The Manx Loaghtan Fuzz... Chunky, flutey singing sustain. Powerful Baxandall tone controls offer independent control over the bass and treble frequencies so that there is never a balancing act compromise!
- 2.34" x 4.39" pedal
- Specially Selected Components
- True Bypass Switching
- Battery operation or 9v-18v DC
- 4 mA draw
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