Carl Martin Purple Moon Vintage Fuzz n' Vibe pedal review

In a dose of irony worthy of Alanis Morrissette, Carl Martin has upgraded one of their vintage-inspired classics with a 2019 edition

(Image: © Carl Martin)

Guitar World Verdict

This isn’t a pedal for those who need the ultimate fuzz with the occasional vibrato effect. Rather, it’s one for players who need the ultimate vibrato effect married to the perfect vibe-friendly fuzz.


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    Great usable vibe range

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    Warm, gentle fuzz

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    Great control layout


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    No straight fuzz sound

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    No fuzz tone control

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    Stereo would be nice

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When you peer back into guitar history, fuzz and vibrato are among the first true effects to really capture the imagination and herald a shift in communal psyche. Would the ‘60s have been so revolutionary if youth culture’s collective ears weren’t swimming in swooshy, fuzzy goodness? Would Jimi’s “Star Spangled Banner” performance at Woodstock have been seen as such a rallying cry against the Vietnam War if it was played with a clean tone? Hell no! 

It wasn’t that these effects had power in and of themselves to bring about social revolution, but they sure helped revolutionary artists to express their discontent with the status quo. The Carl Martin Purple Moon Vintage Fuzz n’ Vibe brings both of these effects together in a way that seems obvious, and yet I’m straining my brain to think of another pedal that combines the two into one unit. 

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.