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David Gilmour's lead guitar tone throughout the years has consistently been as varied as it is sought after. Numerous different fuzzes, overdrives, and boosters coupled with various amps and guitars have created some of the most gloriously rich and vibrant tones in the history of rock. While it's clear that no sole effect can alone duplicate the "Gilmour Sound", when it comes to fuzz...his go to unit for the majority of his career has been the legendary Big Muff, and with so many different incarnations and variants being employed at different time periods, his tone has remained extremely difficult and elusive to pin down.
The Iron Bell isn't based on any particular Muff circuit. Instead, we've tweaked it to be a platform that is wide, yet focused. Unlike the Colossus Fuzz which is based on the Sovtek/Civil War era Muff, the Iron Bell is voiced to be very open and rich, with an almost 3D like harmonic quality. Alongside the standard Gain and Volume controls, the Tone and Colour knobs allow you to sculpt the overall spectrum of the EQ. That Iron Bell is tweakable enough that combining it with various set ups and effect combinations will allow an ample array of colors and shades.
The Iron Bell's main focus isn't meant to be "David Gilmour in a box", it's more a tonal tool that can be used in countless ways to get the type of epically soaring, yet manageable quality of sound that has become the signature calling card of one of music's most legendary players. The Iron Bell can be much more, and can serve as a tool to take your tone as far as your imagination will allow.
Mojo Hand FX Iron Bell Fuzz Features:
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Posted by Eric C. on 3rd Feb 2014
This is my first Mojo Hand pedal and I am quite impressed! I've been through numerous Fuzz Faces, Muffs, ToneBenders, etc. and this is the smoothest fuzz I've played through. The Lovepedal Gold Dragon was my favorite fuzz until now. A lot of fuzzes can be brittle and splatty but this one just oozes smoothness. Having both the color and tone controls allows you to adjust the fuzz to your amp. Works well with both Strats and LPs. I play this pedal through a Hughes & Kettner Puretone and the sound is awesome! Mojo Hand hit a home run with this one and they have definitely earned my business for future purchases!
Posted by Dima on 6th Nov 2013
It took a while to receive it from Prymaxe (I am from Ukraine) but finally I got it. That is THAT sound I was looking for a long time. Tested Iron Bell with Gibson Les Paul Custom and Fender Stratocaster Jeff Beck with Fender Blues Junior amp. It really rocks with both of them but with Gibson it provides the best ever sustain and tone I ever heard! Iron Bell is simply amazing FX! It produces very saturated harmonics. Simply recommended!
Posted by Tom P on 7th Sep 2013
Excellent tone and harmonics, the color and tone controls provide a much thicker and fuller sound than any fuzz I've used, tube screamer 808-no, Iron Bell-YES!
Posted by Pete Walsh on 5th Sep 2013
I know this has been advertised and discussed as a David Gilmour sound source, but it's so much more.
Within minutes I was getting some Eric Johnson like tones, some Bonamassa sounds, and even Randy Bachman's American Woman tones.
There is something in this box for everyone who likes classic sounds or wants to create something new and individual for themselves.
Posted by Ken in RI on 11th Jul 2013
I had a Big Muff my mom bought me back in the late 70's (wonder if that's still at mom's house somewhere?!?). Since that pedal, I have tried many, many fuzzes... and I never cared much for any of them. But I got a hankering for playing a Muff again, and this is the variant I chose.
I could not be more pleased. Unlike any EH Muff I've ever played, this thing has a clarity that is just phenomenal. It doesn't pinch your tone or do the bacon sizzle... it just sings, with an open, airy voice that is incredibly sensitive to what you're doing with your hands on the guitar. For soaring leads, I don't think the Iron Bell can be beat.
The ONLY problem I have with this pedal is that every time I kick it on, I have a tendency to start wailing like David Gilmour. Not always cool in an alt-country band!
Posted by PK on 10th Jun 2013
I have always enjoyed the use of fuzz in other people's tone but was hesitant in regards to my arsenal. After hearing about the Iron Bell, I decided to give it a try. What sold me was how easy it was to dial in. Great response and adds so much to your lead tone. If you're trying to decide on this pedal, don't hesitate. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Combine John on 4th Jun 2013
I've always avoided fuzzes due to the fact that I didn't like the buzzy and muddy effect they had on my tone. After receiving my Iron Bell Fuzz, I couldn't be happier with it. haven't really dialed up a bad sound yet. Smooth response and very expressive tone. Stacks well with other pedals as well and built well. Give it a try,
Posted by Unknown on 27th May 2013
I've recently purchased the Iron Bell at Prymaxe (excellent, as usual!) and I was blown away by the beauty of the sound! You know, I am really not a fuzz specialist but I was looking for a sound that could have a beautiful sustain, not "just distortion". I use semi acoustics or hollow body guitars (Rickenbackers, Höfners) which are not associated with "big sounds", but here I got "my sound" and that's it. I find very useful the colour know, which really gives your sound a new deep, as you were ready to take off! I've put before the Iron Bell a Jacques Trinity in slow auto-wah and after either the Timeline or the Deep Blue delays and I was flying, a really incredible experience and a wonderful landing in my AC30 :-) I wish everybody a wonderful day and I thank the mojohandfx crew for this fantastic pedal :-)
Posted by Dave Warren on 10th May 2013
Many reviews mention that this is a pedal tailored towards achieving some semblance of the tones that have eluded many for years. While this is true, this doesn't change the fact that this is simply a great sounding pedal. There is plenty of gain on tap and the tone knob is useful in all directions. On the clean channel, the lead tones are soaring and majestic. Adding a touch of reverb or delay just allows the notes to take off. On the dirty channel, the Iron Bell just adds to the already thick Orange tone and provides a usable wall of gain.
My main amp is an Orange Rockerverb 100. My main guitar is a '77 Les Paul Standard. It has The Creamery Dirty Shirt AlNiCo 8 pickups in it.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2013
I've never been a fan of a heavy fuzz pedal that scrambles my tone but when I heard this pedal I knew it would end up on my board. I play at bedroom levels with a tube amp and this pedal lets me get a nice growl to my tone. It has good sustain and is nice for holding notes and letting them sing out. I use this with a digital delay and it gets a nice controlled feedback loop that I can manipulate with my whammy bar. Beautiful.
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