The SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 MKII is an update of the Canadian brand's original If 6 Was 9 fuzz, released over 10 years ago.
Utilising two BC183 transistors for a character that lies between germanium compression and silicon aggression, it's a great sounding fuzz based on the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit.
What's New in the If 6 Was 9 MKII?
The MkII introduces some excellent features that bring this smack up to date:
Variable Voltage Pump
The Fuzz Face circuit is infamously picky when it comes to supplied voltages, sounding vastly different depending on the power it is fed. That's why Eric Johnson took a selection of used batteries with him to every gig. But you don't need to do that anymore, as the If 6 Was 9 MKII has a variable voltage control to dial in your perfect amount of power. It can supply anywhere from 5 to 15V from a single 9V power source!
Lower voltage settings get you plenty of sag, while turning it up increases headroom and output.
Combine this with the Bias control and you've got the whole range of Fuzz Face expressions at your fingertips (or toes...).
The Saturate control is a new addition that trims the input to allow for better cleanup on the guitar volume, easier integration with other pedals in your signal chain, and impedance matching.
Turned up, it acts like your typical classic Fuzz Face. Turned down, it will play nicely with wahs as well as pedals placed before it in the chain.
The 2-way Tone toggle on the original has become a 3-way Body toggle, letting you switch between Fat, Treble Boost and Classic modes.
Soft-Touch True Bypass
Soft-touch switching makes the most of modern components to ensure operating the pedal is silent. Hooray!
Many players prefer top-mounted jacks as they make for a cleaner pedalboard with more room to fit pedals across the width of the board. It's a small thing but it can make a big difference.
If 6 Was 9 MkII Controls
In addition to the controls mentioned above, the If 6 Was 9 MkII features the following controls:
Controls the master output level.
Varies the operational voltage. Use in conjunction with the Volts control for different fuzz characters ranging from compressed, gated and spitty to bold and dynamic.
Adjusts the level of gain.
If 6 Was 9 MkII Demos
If 6 Was 9 MkII Features
Silicon Fuzz pedal based on the Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face
2x BC183 transistors
Variable voltage pump supplies power between 5 and 15V internally
I spent an obsessive amount of time checking out univibe pedals. I'm so glad that I purchased this one from Boost. It is simply fantastic! If you don't believe me, then check out some video demos. Thanks Jim! + JG
This is a fantastic drive pedal. There’s plenty of Plexi style pedals out there and I’ve owned a few, this one stood out for the switchable A/B-B/A switch. The boost side is nice and simple, much like an LPB-1. Not overly clean but a perfect partner to the drive side. The Plexi side is again nothing revolutionary but very good all the same and sounds great, on a par with far more expensive pedals.
The build quality is also top end, very neat and tidy. Squeezed into the single enclosure and with a lifetime warrantee I couldn’t ask for more. I don’t think this’ll be leaving my pedal board any time soon!
Lots of great sounds in this relatively-compact delay / reverb
I’m only just starting to scratch the surface of the KMA MACHINES Cirrus, but absolutely loving it so far. Very responsive to pick attack which means can really control the “ambience” with playing style. Really looking forward to exploring further.
Had a few vibes, absolutely loving this one, check the YT demos, lovely satisfying vibe with all the swirly goodness you could hope for. Beautifully made and reasonably priced. Highly recommended - and Jim at Boost is a top guy
I came across the Formula B Fuzz Rangers via online demos on Youtube, and they all sounded so good that I had to get one. Looking online I found the Boost Guitar Pedals website via the Formula B website as a listed UK stockist. Jim was excellent and the pedal arrived when he said it would and it was perfectly packaged. I would have no hesitation in buying any other product from Boost.
As for the Fuzz Rangers, it is a great pedal. I had to work at it a touch to get the sounds I liked from it, but it seems to react really well to different guitars and different amps with adjustments to volume and tone on the guitar and different amp settings. I found it works best into a slightly cranked amp, and volume roll-off on the guitar offers a great variety of sounds from clean to classic fuzz. Thoroughly enjoying the pedal. Well done Jim, great website and a great selection of interesting brands and pedals..... Which one next????
Having used a number of univibe clones over the years this one truly nails the sound for me, it comes with some clever additions in a pedal board friendly size and is excellent value for money. If you want the true sound of the original this pedal delivers.Special thanks to boost Guitar Pedals for putting this deal together so quickly..
I'm still working my way through all the sounds, but so far I'm loving them all.
Each time I think I've got a fav sound I flip the diode switch and there's another one. Great value for a four-in-one fuzz pedal!!
Both modes really useable. The first can get a wooly or starved/wolly sound or more nasally raw sound depending on how you dial it in.
Mode two can be more mid focused and with both switches down it's just a real nice deep, warm wall of fuzz. Great stuff.
Awesome pedal. Does everything from short slaps, to long endless delays, or echo-verb. The infinite delay feature on the button hold is interesting, though if you need a certain sound out of it like that, you have to be okay with the sound that those settings create when the infinite hold feature is off. I’m sure it will be great for recording some interesting textures, but I don’t think I’d use it live, as the infinite hold sounds glitchy and cuts off very quickly at some of the shorter, more subtle delay settings that I use. The art on the pedal is nice, and the build quality is solid. Comes with a carry bag, for some reason, but I can’t complain. A great unit by any standard, but especially good quality and features for the ticket price.