Mini pedals have been getting more and more popular for a while now and it’s not difficult to see why. As consumer electronics become cheaper and easier to produce, so does shrinking them down. A great set of mini pedals allows a guitarist to have twice as many effects on the same board. But while their size can be a barrier for some, it’s the sound that matters, and the Ibanez 850 Fuzz Mini is overflowing with sound.
Ibanez are a classic brand in the music world, both for their guitars and their pedals. Naturally, it’s their Tube Screamers that get the real attention, but that’s not to say their other pedals aren’t worth a look. When it comes to Fuzz, Ibanez pretty much knocked it out of the park with the original 850OD.
Known for its thick, meaty notes, the 850OD was essentially a copy of the ’70s Big Muff. That being said, although it was an incredible pedal, it was ultimately discontinued, and the 2016 reissue was only brought back for a limited run. If you’re looking to buy new and you want the sound of the 850, then it seems the 850 mini would be your best bet.
But does the 850 Fuzz Mini really capture the original sound?
The Mini Fuzz packs all of the sound of the OD850 into one small case. It’s actually hard to believe that you could get such dense notes out of such a tiny pedal, but the 850 Mini really holds its own.
In terms of style, it’s got the same vibrant colour scheme as the 850OD.
Ultimately, the only downside to this is the standard trade-off you make between a full-sized and a mini pedal. Don’t believe us? Check out the sound here on Tonepedia and see for yourself!
|Jacks mounted on||Sides|
|Weight (in kg)||0.28|
|Based on famous model?||Ibanez OD-850|
|Width (in cm)||5.1|
|Height (in cm)||5.5|
|Depth (in cm)||9.2|