Hi everybody, I had posted this review on another forum and thought some people here might find it useful. I. Gear used Nash strat w/ maple neck, fatback neck, one-piece body, Van Zandts Germino Club 40 (plexi) BJF SBEQ II. Circumstances Played it at bedroom levels intially for a couple hrs, then today at "loud as I can stand it" levels for about an hr+ III. General thoughts on the Fire Red I love this pedal in a major way. It is huge sounding and more modern sounding than any of my other fuzzes. IV. Evaluation of functionality The Fire Red has three knobs - Volume, Tone, and Fuzz. All of them are very straight forward, no tricks or hidden Bjorn magic. Volume takes you from a whisper to louder the he!!. There's plenty of gain on tap. Tone at counter clockwise is dark and at clockwise it is thinner and brighter. Bjorn has done an excellent job on this one -- I found that I could use the tone set all across the dial, even at the extremes. Fuzz - like the tone knob, I found that I could get very tasty sounds from one extreme to the other. Fuzz fully counter clockwise gives some nice texture that would be great for softer songs or some restrained rock. As soon as you get a 9 o'clock, you're moving into rock your face off power chord ecstasy. From there it just gets progressively more in your face with saturated modern sounding fuzz. As I played with the knobs, putting tone fully counter clockwise and vice versa, usuable tones are found at all positions. There's quite a variety on tap. It all sounds like degrees of the Fire Red though, as opposed to sounding like multiple pedals, if that makes sense. The only problem area was fuzz and tone both fully clockwise --- this resulted in instant feedback and squealing etc, but I think that is probably expected for most fuzz pedals??? Overall, the knobs provide a very wide range of very usuable fuzz. No tricks here, just a great pedal. V Stacking I stacked the Fire Red briefly with my wah (Supa Quack), a phaser (Purple Plum), and a delay (DBD). The Fire Red played very well with all the others. The Supa Quack likes it more than many of my other fuzz pedals. VI Comparisons to other BJF pedals The Fire Red carves out some distinct territory from the other BJF fuzzes. To me, it is much more modern sounding and quite possibly, the most ballsy, in your face pedal that Bjorn has made so far (arguably). To compare the BJF fuzzes, I put all the knobs on every pedal at 12 oclock to get a base sound. Folk Fuzz - at those setting the Folk Fuzz is not even fuzzy. It doesn't make it's presence known in fuzz terms until you get the fuzz knob to 3 oclock. The Fire Red has much, much more edge and anger than the Folk Fuzz. It also sounds much bigger than the other BJF fuzzes if that makes sense. The Germino sounds big to begin with and when I click on the Fire Red, it feels huge. Pink Purple - at those settings the Pink Purple is well into it's fuzzyness. The Fire Red is a bit louder at 12 oclock and has more edge, anger, and fuzz. It's more compressed and saturated than the PPF. The PPF sounds more vintage compared to the Fire Red. Candy Apple - the CAF may be a touch louder than the Fire Red at those settings. I adjusted the tone away from 12 oclock since it is octave-ish there. Anyway, the CAF is a more raucous, disagreeable pedal. It has more grit and spite. The Fire Red seems more focused if that makes sense. Arguably, the Fire Red is just as angry and edgy, but in a different, more usable way. Overall, the Fire Red seems more modern and angry than the other BJF fuzzes. As awesome as all the BJF fuzzes are, I think they are situational pedals. In other words, I don't think you can turn them on at the beginning of a gig and keep 'em on all night as a base sound. With the Fire Red though, I think it could be your base sound, especially if you are in a modern rock band. VII Situations / kind of music can you see using the pedal for? Modern rock! It does not feel vintage at all. You can probably squeeze some blues tones out of it with the fuzz fully counterclockwise, but the bread and butter of the Fire Red is in your face power chord rock n roll and searing solos. Like most BJF designed pedals, it is equally usuable for rhythm and for lead. Leads jump out the amp and are piercing. In terms of context, I can see artists like Jet, Buckcherry, The Hives, The Donnas, possibly The White Stripes etc using this type of pedal. Very powerful, very usuable sound! VII Suggested improvements None that I can think of. VIII The Bottom line --- is it a keeper? What does it knock off the board? I'm a fanatic so take everything with a grain of salt, but the Fire Red is a keeper for sure. The Fire Red is distinct from my other fuzzes so it's more of an apples and oranges type of call when deciding what spot it would occupy on the board. I would say I would favor it over my other fuzzes for modern rock, which in that case, it would knock off the PPF and my Lovetone Big Cheese, but again, all three pedals offer something different, so it's kind of hard to say. In any case, it is definitely a keeper. In terms of the MP line, it could be the best or tied for the best with the Deep Blue Delay. Hope that helps!