The tone produced by vintage devices has a special place in the heart of guitarists, and several pedal companies are entirely dedicated to recreating and improving on that magic. Texas-based Warm Audio is a relatively new pro audio company that’s specializing in that exercise on many fronts, including guitar pedals. Their Foxy Tone Box is a faithful – yet affordable – recreation of the ’70s Foxx Tone Machine.
Renown for its filth and velcroy sound, the original unit had early adopters in Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, and non so early ones like Adrian Belew, Nine Inch Nails and Beck.
Just like the original, the Foxy Tone Box features knobs for Volume, Sustain and Fuzz and an Octave Up toggle switch, which allow for a rather large palette of sonic results from fuzzy to hyper-compressed to… bonkers.
Like all the other Warm Audio products, this pedal is compatible with Line In levels, which means that you can plug in it any instruments with an output – it sounds particularly inspiring on synths and drum machines.
AND… it’s covered in orange fuzzy velvet!!!
The Warm Audio Foxy Tone Box Fuzz is garnering a notable list of fans among the YouTube pedal videographers, as you can see from the videos below.
The Return Of A Legend
The new Foxy Tone Box from Warm Audio is a hyper-accurate recreation of one of the most sought-after and beloved fuzz pedals of all time – used in the early seventies by legendary tone masters Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, and in the present day by folks like Adrian Belew, Nine Inch Nails and Beck. Covered in thick velvet just like the vintage pedal, the Warm Audio Foxy Tone Box faithfully recreates the vintage circuit and brings you the huge tone, octave-up sounds and look of the original…without having to pay crazy vintage prices!
Serious Attention To Detail
The specific components used in a pedal circuit are critical to the way that it sounds and reacts to your playing, so each Foxy Tone Box is assembled by hand using premium parts. We searched far and wide for a stash of the correct NOS (“New Old Stock”) Fairchild transistors used in the original—and then paired them with germanium diodes, high-watt carbon resistors, and film capacitors to bring the fury of the vintage pedal to the present day. It’s true bypass, and it sounds like nothing else on earth!
Fuzz It Up
Just like the original, the Foxy Tone Box features controls for Volume, Sustain, and Fuzz (from “Mellow” to “Brite”), along with a switch to engage the pronounced octave effect. From mellow and subdued crunch to all-out searing fuzz and everything in between, this pedal is a virtual library of dirt encased in orange velvet!
To get started, keep the Octave switch off and roll the Fuzz to the “Mellow” side for warm, square-wave distortion. Then engage the Octave effect, crank the Fuzz to “Brite”, and increase the Sustain for maxed-out, hyper-compressed tones that are barely hanging on for dear life! Electric guitar is the obvious application, but try it on synthesizers, drum machines, bass, acoustic/electric, and more. If you can plug a cable into it, the Foxy Tone Box can add character you just can’t get anywhere else.