Browne Amplification The Fixer and The Carbon review

Two pedals that exemplify Browne's excellence: The Carbon is a Bluesbreaker-inspired drive based on the Protein pedal's “Blue” channel, the Fixer a super-useful buffer/boost

Browne Amplification The Carbon
(Image: © Browne Amplification)

Guitar World Verdict

You get some of the most delicious amp-like crunch from The Carbon, and a fresh lease of life for your tone with The Fixer. Both are home runs and well worth your dollars and pedalboard real estate.


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    Outstanding drive tones.

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    Well designed and built like a tank.

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    The Fixer is just so practical.

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    Soft-switching on The Fixer.


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There’s an inexplicable joy in stumbling upon a boutique pedal builder that’s at the forefront of creating exceptional stompboxes. It’s as if you want to keep them all to yourself – until you find out there’s a small subset of players already using their impressive pedals. 

Browne Amplification, out of Kansas City, Missouri, has been one of the builders on my radar that has genuinely astonished me in terms of the build quality and tone of the pedals they produce. If you haven’t already tried their remarkable Protein Dual Overdrive, it’s one of those raved-about overdrive pedals that always ends up on backorder because it’s that good. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.