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The If 6 Was 9 is a modern interpretation of the classic late 60's, early 70's, Fuzz Face circuit with a few updates and modifications. At the heart of the If 6 Was 9 is a pair of hand selected, new old stock BC183 transistors. These transistors offer a great balance of soul and attitude producing a unique fuzz character that is rich and smooth with excellent sustain and exceptional volume clean up. Vintage spec carbon comp resistors further enhance the warmth of the core circuit while the addition of an external bias control and the 2-way tone switch provide maximum versatility and allow for quick adjustment of the overall fuzz texture. Although the If 6 Was 9 has a distinctly vintage flavour it is capable of generating an extremely wide range of useful fuzz sounds, from full bodied and round to more gated and splatty. If soulful fuzz is your thing, the If 6 Was 9 will be a fantastic sounding and gorgeous addition to your arsenal.
Posted by Unknown on 29th Mar 2014
Took a while to dial it in, but once I did I really love this fuzz. It sits nicely between germanium and bc108 based fuzzes. It has the vibe of germanium but with a little more clarity and not as rude as bc108. Sounds best with the volume slightly rolled back, whether kicking a slightly dirty amp or clean amp. Even works to get a nice country twang with a bit of dirt. The eq switch is more single coil/humbucker than eq, but the rest is very tweakable. If germanium is too unpredictable but you aren't sole on silicon, give this fuzz a try. It might be the best of both as it was for me.
Posted by Jason F on 10th Feb 2014
I'm not too experienced with wahs, but I really liked my old big muff back in the day. (Wish I still had it.)
I couldn't make the hoof fuzz work with my rig a couple years ago, but this one looked pretty sweet and I decided to try fuzz again.
I freaking love it. It's really great. So much so that I ordered another fuzz (Basic Audio Scarab deluxe) and set them different for various situations.
I'm running the If 6 was 9 for two-note-lead type stuff - fuzz at 1:00, level at 11:00, bias around 10:00. If I click on my Honey Bee OD (after the fuzz), I get the sickest rawk sputter of all time.
In your face.
Posted by Andrew on 8th Jan 2014
This is one very cool pedal with a range of usable fuzz tones at your disposal. Visually its very appealing understated but classic in appearance. Sonically its awesome with so much to offer from classic Fuzz Face to Stoner Rock, and everything in between. With features such as the Bias knob to vary the tone and the fat switch to hot rod your sound it really is a versatile little box of tricks. I live in Australia and because of the exclusiveness of sourcing this pedal I had to purchase through Prymaxe which I must say were a pleasure to deal with and highly recommend them for future purchases.
Posted by Unknown on 31st Dec 2013
I've owned quite a few fuzz pedals over the years, both fuzzface and big muff, and the Solidgoldfx If 6 was 9 is without a doubt my favorite.
Posted by David Hilder on 10th Nov 2013
All you guitarists out there,I think you should leave this pedal alone! As I love it so much and I would like to keep it my little secret.
I have been using a Vintage Rat for over 20 years and I have a vintage Big Muff and didn't find it very versatile so I haven't been into fuzz pedals.
Along came If 6 Was 9 now its my favorite for sure.
Very versatile for a fuzz, very well built and just so sweet and nasty. It just roars through a vintage tube amp. I love it...I said that already anyway I'm sure there are better ones out there haha!!
Posted by Andrew on 9th Oct 2013
This fuzz takes some dialing into. I am still playing with it using various guitars and amps, although I should my guitars are all strats, but some have HH p/u configurations. I like the tone selector switch. It gives you a meaty, bass-y, throaty fuzz or a more sinewy, smooth one. I love the bias knob - it allows you to blend transistors. This isn't a fuzz for metal or super heavy sounds, but yes, you can get some pretty mean tones from it. But man, is this fuzz ever touchy! Small adjustments go a long way. I am a little taken aback at how long I needed to knob into it, but then again, that is a sign of a pretty dynamic pedal. It's not as "plug and play" as the MXR Classic 108, and def. not as easy to use at the Fuzz Faces. But, it can cover those sounds. I found the sounds, even with the bias rolled all the way to the left, to be smoother than those fuzz sounds. I wish it had a bit more grit.
The good news is, you can use it for smooth bluesy sounds, or vintage ones. Here is a link to my youtube video of using this pedal for "British" blues style; http://youtu.be/0V53VzDzV3I
Posted by treble-tamer on 25th Sep 2013
After reading the reviews and watching the vids I decided to take a chance on the If 6 was 9. I received the pedal yesterday and must say it kills. Prior to the If 6 Was 9 I was using an MXR BC 108. While I liked the MXR 108 the the range and attack of the If was 9 is just broader and more interesting. I have never had a fuzz with an external bias either and I now understand what all the fuss is about. I also like to stack fuzz with overdrive from time to time and the If 6 Was 9 sounds great running into my CMAT Brownie or no name tube screamer clone. Definitely digging it.
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