DOD Carcosa Fuzz Pedal Review
Our Verdict and Review Summary
I found that the Carcosa maintained a lot of note separation, allowing me to form melodies and chord progressions with more clarity. It's also very punchy and almost rhythmic, especially in the Demhe mode which is designed to push a clean amp. It's one of the more refined fuzz pedals I've used, but somehow maintains the aggression we expect from these things.
I had a great time testing the Carcosa, mostly because I'm just generally a fan of fuzz pedals, but also because this is what I'd call a very "musical" style of fuzz. Somehow, it can avoid being messy if you want it to. You have note separation and some nice clarity, even more so than some of the heavier distortion pedals I've tested.
Granted, you can still dial in saturation or "sludge" if that's what you want to hear. But I really liked how defined it sounded.
For what it's worth, I mostly tested the clean, high-headroom (Demhe) mode on a Boss Katana 50 combo amp - nothing fancy.
Comparing the Carcosa
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IDEAL FOR: Aggressive styles, metal, rock, southern rock sub genres, recording, performing, analog fans.
- Good note separation if you want it
- Analog circuits give you plenty of vintage and modern options
- Price is fantastic
- High-headroom clean amp setup worked great for me
- None for the price
DOD Carcosa Price Guide
Prices updated Fri, December 08th, 2023.
Price History for DOD Carcosa Analog Fuzz Pedal
|Current Price||$149.99||December 5, 2023|
|Highest Price||$149.99||October 10, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$149.99||October 10, 2023|
Last price changes
|$149.99||October 10, 2023|
Fuzz tone and overall sound quality
In the video, the tone comes off as a lot thicker than it sounded in open air. I don't do a ton of editing, so just keep that in mind. But the high-level view of this pedal's sound is that it can be really defined and percussive, almost like a more conventional, heavy distortion pedal.
Since I like more aggressive tones, I kept the fuzz level higher and used the filter to dial in more low-end, but even the more tame sounds still had some nice sustain and thickness to them.
While the Walrus Audio Eons was a bit more "spacey" and unique, the Carcosa provides a really solid balance of modern and vintage fuzz tones, while giving you the ability to clean up the notes.
Video Settings Demo (no talking)
Controls and versatility
In the graphic above you can see the following controls:
- Before (fuzz/gain level)
- Output (master output/boost)
- After (bias control/texture)
- Hi-Cut (tone/EQ)
- Mode selector (Demhe/Hali)
There's some technical depth to the two modes but, in short:
- Demhe: Use with clean amp channel
- Hali: Use with dirty amp channel
I preferred the Demhe, but both sounded good.
To get the variety I wanted, the Before and Hi-Cut knobs where the most useful. You can also hear me getting some good variety from the bias knob in the demo video, which changes the texture of the fuzz.
This was more than enough to keep me busy for awhile. I had to cut off my recording because it was just getting too long.
So the pedal is fun to play with a passes the time rather quickly.
Price and Value
I would consider the Carcosa a high-functioning fuzz pedal, more in line with the EHX Deluxe Big Muff and the Walrus Audio Eons. Compared to those pedals, the price tag of the Carcosa is a pretty solid deal.
At the time of this review, it was priced $100 lower than the Eons and the same as the Big Muff, at $150.
If you want a simpler fuzz pedal with a level/tone/output knob like a traditional overdrive, you'll pay a similar price, usually in the $100 to $150 range.
Questions about the review?
Overall, this is very solid, high-value fuzz pedal. I'd have a hard time picking between this one and the Eons, which actually came out rated a little lower.
But the price will likely be the difference maker, if you're comparing between those two.
If you have questions about my DOD Carcosa review or my experience with this pedal, leave it in the comments section below and I'll help out as much as I can.
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