MXR M103 Blue Box Octave Fuzz
MXR M103 Blue Box Octave Fuzz

M103 Blue Box Octave Fuzz, Fuzz pedal from MXR.

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moosers 02/06/2009

MXR M103 Blue Box Octave Fuzz : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The MXR Blue Box is an extremely unique sounding fuzz pedal.  It has a standard ¼ inch input and output and is powered by either a 9 volt battery or power supply.  It is not a rack mountable effect – it is a foot pedal.


The configuration of the MXR Blue Box really couldn’t be much easier than it is.  It only has two knobs – one for output and another for blend.  Since the nature of this pedal isn’t that of a typical fuzz box, these parameters are really all you need when it comes to this pedal.  This is overall as easy as it gets when it comes to using a guitar pedal.  I haven’t seen the manual for the MXR Blue Box, but I am confidently say that it isn’t necessary as it is a really simple pedal to use.


The sound of the MXR Blue Box is unlike any other pedal that I’ve really used.  While they advertise it as a fuzz and overdrive pedal, this isn’t your typical fuzz or overdrive pedal, and tends to do a lot of weird things that you don’t get with a traditional overdrive pedal.  To me this isn’t a bad thing, but users should just know that this isn’t a standard overdrive pedal and is really a combination of fuzz and overdrive mixed with some other kind of effect that is hard to explain.  It is almost a lo-fi kind of pedal and when used right can really produce some interesting results.


I’ve had my MXR Blue Box for about two years and while it isn’t an effect that I use everyday, I love having it around because you never know when it is going to come in handy.  The price of this pedal has dropped a bit over the last few years and they are now very cheap.  If you are looking for a pedal that is interesting and spontaneous, I would definitely recommend looking into this pedal by listening to some sounds clips of this pedal or trying it out.  Overall, an awesome and interesting unique pedal.