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Roger Mayer Spitfire-X Fuzz Pedal

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Roger Mayer Spitfire-X Fuzz The Roger Mayer Spitfire has been updated with additional features into the standard Roger Mayer enclosure. This brings this popular design into a modern player and pedal board friendly package.

Clear note articulation and the ability to clean up from the guitar volume control plus immense sustain at low amp volume together with the heavy tone optimized to create great stadium rock sounds makes it a favorite among many famous bands for both live and studio recording.

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Allows tweaking without destroying units overall tone character.


Essential for trouble free interfacing for all situations.


Just slide the cover back to reveal the battery. Could not be faster.


Allows the use of commercial powering units. Extra internal filtering ensures low noise performance.

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Spitfire History:

The Spitfire has been deliberately designed to produce the classic triode tube type distortion that is particularly rich in harmonics that are very musical and pleasing to the ears. This basically means that chords can be used at high levels of distortion without sounding raucous or just plain nasty, as would be the case with other types of fuzz boxes.

The Spitfire maintains the guitars original tone characteristics with the open sound, detail and sonic heritage that have their roots in Roger Mayer's association with the making of Jimi Hendrix's recordings. Roger Mayer has added a few new design twists and, coupled with his extensive knowledge from the retro fuzz and distortion boxes he already produces, has come up with a new sounding modern distortion/ fuzz sound, which does indeed sound fresh and distinctive and not just another boring reissue or clone of a 30-year-old design.

It has definite advantages that will appeal to those players who strive for a modern sound with strong roots in the past.

The Spitfire is a very Low Noise analogue high gain design, stable, free from radio and other electronic interference that cause so much trouble. It has a greatly increased output level that enables it to overdrive the front end of any amp very hard. Turning up the Gain or Drive control will produce feedback at very low sound levels and a virtually never ending sustain that is very full and tight with the top end staying sweet encouraging soaring string bends and wild solos.

The overall EQ has been carefully developed to produce a well-rounded fatness and musical tone, not the nasal or fizzy thin type of fuzz sound that is common with digital modelers, multi effects etc. Analogue circuitry really does sound better when it comes to high gain low noise situations; there is no contest.

The unit really comes into its own during live performance situations as it cleans up superbly well using the guitar volume control whilst maintaining the guitars original tone as the signal goes from wild distortion to the original guitar tone. This effective control from the guitar makes life a great deal easier for the live player who likes to change tone effortlessly from his axe.

The Spitfire even when used at high gain levels maintains a very clean transition from note to note that is transparent and free from the usual nasty type of spitting sounds heard so often when the signal decays and a new note begins. This of courses encourages fast solos with lots of sustain that actually sound louder due to the fact that the spaces between the note are not filled up with mush and noise.

The circuit senses and uses electronic information fed directly from the guitar's pickups to control it's own operational parameters and it is recommended to use the Spitfire first in the signal processing chain to take full advantage of this internal feed-forward feature.

It is this particular feature of the Spitfire that that helps to make it quite different from early fuzz pedals and makes the unit respond very well to each individual players touch, style and playing technique. Five minutes playing with the Spitfire will convince anyone this is not just a re-hashed design but genuinely innovative with some new tone colors.



The Spitfire - X has a hard wire output (true bypass) plus two buffered outputs that can drive long cable lengths with no high frequency loss. These buffered outputs are disconnected when the hard wire output is being used. This means that all performance situations are catered for whether you want a true hard wire output or your situation calls for the advantages of buffered outputs.


No more screws to loose!. Slide the front panel back and there is the battery. It could not be simpler or faster.


50Hrs or more using a premium grade alkaline 9 Volt type.


An external AC adapter (not supplied) can be used and access is through a standard DC power jack situated next to the jack sockets. It uses the standard negative centre pin connection protocol used by many leading manufacturers. Internal onboard filtering ensures that optimum low noise performance is maintained and diode protection provides peace of mind in case or polarity setting mistakes.


The position of the jack sockets and DC power jack are all on the same side of the enclosure and face away from you thus enabling the effect to be optimally positioned in pedal board set-ups.

Size: Width 170 x Depth 112 x Height 57mm. Weight: 640g with battery.