Review Demo – MXR M287 Sub Octave Bass Fuzz

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As modern music has evolved, so has the demand for thicker and fuller bass tones. Luckily for us bassists, there’s a wealth of tools to help accomplish this, including compression, DI blending, fuzz and overdrive, or parametric EQ’ing. Regardless of what’s used, the key to effective thickening relies a lot on how well these tools are blended together, which brings us to MXR’s M287 Sub Octave Bass Fuzz. It combines two of the most popular thickening tools for bassists—fuzz and lower-octave doubling—with straightforward blending and EQ controls.

The all-analog Sub Octave Bass Fuzz is built with the same rugged standards MXR pedals are known for. Its enclosure is as tough as they come, the controls offer substantial friction when turned, and its footswitches respond to stomping with a reassuring mechanical snap. Located on the left, the fuzz section’s controls include gain and fuzz, as well as a small push-button to select between two different voicings. There’s also a 2-band EQ for additional fine-tuning. The amount of single-octave-down sub octave is governed by a single control on the right side and the effect sports footswitchable bypassing. Lastly, there’s a volume knob for the unaffected dry signal that’s tied to a midrange-boost control for adding extra cut and punch to the dry tone.

Pairing a Fender P with a Mesa/Boogie 400+ pushing a Mesa PowerHouse 4×10, I started exploring the fuzz effect by setting its EQ and volume controls at noon, the fuzz-mode button switched to its flattened-midrange mode, the gain at 3 o’clock, and the dry knob all the way down. The result was a huge tone under an avalanche of gain that delivered punchy lower mids, ribcage-rattling lows, and a pleasingly smooth top end.

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LovingGoodContent says:

It doesn’t have good character, sounds better than digital though, this would need a good band context to really be judged and criticized.

Shawn Millet says:

i recently purchased this pedal a week ago and its by far my favorite fuzz pedal. 5 out 5 stars

craigdamage says:

Bass with flatwound strings sounds best through an octave pedal. Tracks better and has a warm organic-funky tone. A lot of bassists avoid effects with basses that have flats. Flatwounds make chorus and other modulation effects sound murky and you lose the shimmering “chime” like sound. Octave kicks ass with flats.

Alan Angel says:

This might have been impressive ten years ago. You’d think they’d have something more polished and modern sounding nowadays.

Chandler Crane says:

p sure Juan Alderete helped with the final design of this pedal

bumble yeti says:

Big MXR fan but never been a fan of their fuzz, until now. Fuzzy 1, Synthy 2. Octave is cool. EQ finally! Love the J. Good review Steve!

Nmn Mnm says:

He overuses “so”
I think after f*** so is the most versatile word for this guy as a American!
Is it so true ?
So so
So I’m not a native English speaker so I’m not so sure
So could you say me why does he says so so many times.tanks so much!

Drive Me Away says:

Is Muse tone with this?

txd says:

They stole the idea from the OctoNoise pedal from Emma Electronic

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