According to WholeLottaLed, "It was used to create the annoying octave down fuzz for the Fool In The Rain solo." Jimmy Page's use of the MXR Blue Box backed up by http://www.jimmypage.co.uk/equipment.htm and http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m103-blue-box-octave-fuzz (Dunlop is the current owner of MXR, the creators of the Blue Box).more
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"Armed with little more than a Fender Jaguar, an MXR Distortion +, a reputably broken MXR Blue Box, and a Fender Twin, Howard strangled sounds out of his guitar that few listeners had heard before, both as a solo artist, and with his Birthday partner in crime, Nick Cave." - Alex Maiolo, premierguitar.commore
Great for a little octave and some diasterous fuzz stuff!
I love mixing this pedal's creamy gated fuzz and sub octave (-2 octaves) with either amp distortion, an overdrive pedal, and/or a wah pedal for some thick, angry, and ballsy synth-like guitar tones. On its own it's simple and though it leaves much to be desired, i'd rather have something simple than something pointlessly complex, especially for such a niche effect.
I have a DIY (replica) version of this unit. I have modified it so I can choose 1 octave or 2 octaves down with a toggle switch. The fuzz is very close to a Marshall stacks OD. A very unique sounding effect.
If you're aware of Ableton Live's redux options. Then you know that it sounds like if 8-bit was played through a bad ham radio. The Blue Box can basically mimic the same sound (and also give you the option of different octaves). I use this pedal for my leads and also for my drones. It gives this really glitchy tone to your guitar as well as the feedback. If you're a fan of really dirty guitar tones. This is the pedal for you.
This pedal is simple but has a wonderfully glitchy and scratchy fuzz tone that can go from wild and unpredicatble to being tame and just a touch of sub on top of normal tone. Minus one star for just a hair of volume loss when in use.
Good for stacking with distortions if you are brave, and produces a range of very usable synthy & unpredictable tones. It's affordable, handsome, and plays a unique role in distortion alchemy.