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Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz:
The Axis Fuzz was developed in early 1967 to give an additional series of tone colours for Jimi. This effect is named after it's most famous use on the title track of the album "Axis Bold as Love." It can also be heard extensively on "Band of Gypsies" and various other post 1968 recordings by Jimi. Since it's reissue it has become a firm favourite by guitarists who demand rich, full-range, quality fuzz tones with plenty of bottom end, but that can also be used on chords and riffs. It cleans us very well from the guitar volume control and retains its large range of tone colors. The guitar does not lose its identity, and the Axis Fuzz is truly a modern classic used by many leading performers today.
Electronically the Axis uses a discrete circuit configuration that is completely unlike the simple and crude Fuzz Face configuration. Both PNP and NPN silicon low noise transistors are used in a unique configuration that is temperature stable and free from radio interference, while producing more output level and sustain than the Classic Fuzz. It produces a distinctive rich, biting sound that makes solos extremely noticeable but not thin sounding and weedy like so many popular mass-marketed effects. The unit has a high input impedance to retain your guitar's character and tone, while simultaneously providing great sustain. It is definitely best described as a fuzz rather than a distortion, but has the ability to be used on chords as well as solos.
Features and Benefits:
- Developed by Roger Mayer in 1967 for Jimi Hendrix' desire for greater tone "colors"
- Used extensively on the "Axis: Bold As Love" and the "Band Of Gypsies" recordings
- Effect can be "remote controlled" from the guitar volume control with no loss in tone
- A "biting", yet rich full range sound- great for solo work, yet very usable on chords as well as riffs
- Great attention was given to circuit design, especially to preserve the guitar's original character and identity
- Discrete components are used throughout including both PNP and NPN type low noise silicon transistors
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HARMONY CENTRAL USER 9/22/01:
"The Axis Fuzz is one of the best fuzz units ever. Period. Explosive bottom end, dynamic, endless sustain and a wide, flexibilty of tonal possibility. Yes, it is quite logical Jimi used these. This is a Pro unit designed for high volume applications, not bedroom playing. It really comes alive through a cranked 100 or 50 watt. I have an original Arbiter England issue 1 Fuzzface and this is every bit as good, if not better, in some respects. Definitely a tool for the serious professional electric musician."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER 7/6/01:
"I like this fuzz for its simplicity and the ability to easily get some great tones. It's suited to all sorts of music but a really good vintage fuzz can be obtained by a little tweaking. I play all sorts of music, mostly blues/rock etc and it is always a good effect to use, sometimes just as a solo boost etc. I would definitely buy other Roger Mayer effects and replace those which needed to be (Though it's not going to break, I'm sure)."