A while back I got a email from Julian of Marrs Pedals (Vancouver, BC) talking about his fuzz pedal called the Fuzz Light Year. I thought it would be cool to send a few question his way to see what inspired the pedal, etc. But first let’s talk about the Fuzz Light Year real quick.
Here is the official description of the Marrs Pedals – Fuzz Light Year:
A germanium / silicon fuzz with some serious girth. If you’re looking to add some width to your sound, this is the pedal. It goes from velcro fuzz all the way up to distortion – And sounds fantastic on both guitar and bass. Includes the De-voltaire in the circuit. $200. Comes with 9V power supply. Customizable depending on how much bass you want.
In the original email to me he gave me a link to a demo of the pedal.
Here is our question/answer session:
– What did you want to achieve with the Fuzz Light Year?
I wanted to create an effect that is worthy of being someones main tone pedal – the one that you leave on all the time. I also wanted it to be functional in a live setting. I value a pedal that you can use your feet to change the settings with, and small knobs in small boxes don’t cut it in that department. I essentially tried to juggle all the complaints that my musician friends and I had about most pedals and put the solutions into a box. It was a lot of fun.
– Why should musicians be interested in the Fuzz Light Year?
I believe overdrive/fuzz pedals are the cornerstone of any players tone when it comes to stompboxes. The Fuzz Light Year has a distinct sound that stands out from other fuzz type pedals. I built it to sound HUGE by adding generous amounts of low end. It allows any musician to expand their sonic pallet and reach new ground, mostly in the lower mids area of the spectrum. It has also proven to be very functional and can be used on a variety of different sources. It sounds particularly good through low end instruments. A friend recently ran a Bassoon through it – and it sounded amazing! I’m hoping to have the video clip posted on my website soon.
– What about fuzz pedals inspire you?
Fuzz pedals bring attitude to music. They, like all effects, add an extra dimension to your playing. I couldn’t even guess how many songs I’ve written over the years that are a direct result of going through a overdrive/fuzz.
– What’s the price point on the Fuzz Light Year?
– How do I buy one?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org I accept Paypal or Interact E-mail Transfer.
– How long have you been working on your pedals?
I’ve been messing around with pedals and fixing my own gear for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been big into DIY ethics.
– How long has Marrs Pedals been in existence?
Marrs Pedals is very fresh, I started going public with it around the start of September. The Fuzz Light Year is the first pedal under the name.
– What other pedals are you currently developing?
I’m working on a unique delay right now and a tremolo pedal. I’m hoping to have both done within the next 3 to 4 months.
– What is planned for the future of Marrs Pedals?
Designing and building. I’m working on getting my name out there as much as possible and expanding my pedal roster.
– Any musicians we might know playing Marrs Pedals?
Unfortunately, no big names yet. But, it’s still pretty early in the game!
If you get a chance, check out the website, and if you’re looking for a unique fuzz, this might be just what you’re needing.