Getting Fuzzed up with Mario – Super Fuzz Boy – Ray Gun FX

This pedal was loaned to me by the very generous Northern Stompboxes. I did not pay for it, and was not paid for this review.

The Super Fuzz Boy is surprise surprise a fuzz pedal. It’s a very simple affair. Apart from the fuzz pedal kit I put together myself this is probably the most simple pedal I’ve ever tried. It has an on/off footswitch which is a pretty standard affair. It has a volume knob and a fuzz level knob. That’s it. So I can’t exactly describe it as versatile. But it does do what it does fairly well.

The biggest selling point of the Fuzz Boy is the enclosure. As you may have guessed from the title (had you not seen a picture of it) the pedal is housed in an original Game Boy housing. There is an LED behind the screen so that it lights up, which looks fantastic on your board. It’s a good talking point.

It is very light. Almost too light, and as its plastic I do worry about the long term use of it.

I was initially very excited by the Super Fuzz Boy, but in actual fact I’m a bit disappointed. I was expecting the enclosure to be an original game boy enclosure, which would justify the price somewhat, but it is a cheaper reproduction. Although it does a good job of looking like a Game Boy, the quality of the plastic is just not the same.

The weight of a pedal does change your perception of it, and a slightly heavier product might make you a bit more satisfied. Also as the original Game Boy was quite a heavy beast, especially when full of batteries a heavier pedal would be more true to the product it is copying.

Don’t get me wrong, its a fantastic Idea, and the game cartridge is a very nice touch, but I did feel a little bit cheated. I would be a bit miffed if i’d paid £125 for this. When for the same price I could purchase a very usable fuzz from the same manufacturer and probably have enough change for a second pedal, or at least a few pints. Heck, go to the Northern Stomps website, purchase a Ray Gun FX Super Fuzz Bender. Then head on over to eBay and find your self a nice second hand Game Boy Color which in good condition can be had for around £30 and you would still have enough left over from your £125 for a copy of Pokemon Yellow, Tetris, two pints of larger and a packet of crisps and you would probably feel a lot better about how you spent your money, well at least I know I would.

I also think that Ray Gun FX missed out on a trick. I would be more interested in a bit crusher in a Game Boy case. But on the other hand I can see why it is a fuzz, a fuzz is a lot more sell able, more people are going to want a fuzz pedal that are going to want a bit crusher. Its a good advert for Ray Gun FX, and its a good idea but I know that some of Ray Guns other pedals are much better and are absolutely fantastic value for money.

There is a market for the Super Fuzz Boy, and if you want something that stands out a bit, has a bit of wow factor at a gig, and starts people talking this is the pedal for you. But for less money in a much more stomp friendly enclosure there are better fuzz pedals out there.

The Super Fuzz Boy has the added side effect of being a light for your pedal board which could be helpful on a dark stage. And it does not suffer from the obscure power socket placement of other Ray Gun FX pedals as the power socket is in a more standard top right corner.

In conclusion –

Pros:

  • Interesting idea
  • Nostalgia value
  • Is a good if not limited fuzz
  • 9V DC socket in an easy to reach place

Cons:

  • Plastic case, unsure of how it will stand up to use
  • Very light, almost too light
  • Expensive for the usability, not good bang for your buck

 

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