First Impression: Tanabe Sunkudo Fuzz

May 22, 2009
Tanabe Sunkudo Fuzz

Sporting a sturdy aluminum case with a thin overlay of abalone, the Sunkudo delivers a spectrum of tactile fuzz sounds that range from ’60s-style buzz with the Sustain and Tone controls turned down, to very thick and bottom-heavy textures with the Sustain set to halfway or higher and the Tone control turned fully clockwise. Obtaining the highest output from this pedal requires turning up the Sustain, Tone, and Volume controls. The Sunkudo tracks your guitar volume dynamics quite well—especially at lower Sustain settings—and its copious gain and girth make it no problem in getting gobs of creamy sustain from single-coil guitars. Plugging in a Fender Eric Johnson Strat also nicely revealed the cool chiming tonalities that the Sunkudo elicits with the gain turned down and the guitar volume rolled back. Bottom line: For players who want a fuzz pedal that can nail early Clapton/Page-type sounds or do full assault metal tones, the Sunkudo is an excellent choice. Contact —Art Thompson  

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