MXR M85 vs Fuzzrocious Cat Tail/King

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 4stringmf, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. 4stringmf


    Mar 2, 2008
    San Francisco
    Hello everyone the title pretty much speaks for itself. Besides the multiple mods you can add to the Cat stomps, and the fact the creator (@rratajski ) of the Cats had his hand in the development of the M85, has anyone compared the two assuming the Cat has the diode switching mod?

  2. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Different opamp used.
    Clean blend (can be added on CK/CT) or none vs mix on MXR.
    Double resistor replacement mod only on CK/CT.
    Diode toggle or blend on CK/CT vs diode selector w/ trim on MXR.
    Possible buffer on front end of MXR (don't quote's been a while).
    Enclosure size.
    No 2nd Distortion mod, feedback mod, killswitch mod, octave dawn mod on MXR.

    There has been discussion in some other threads, I believe, namely the big thread on the MXR Bass Distortion.
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  3. 220_Hz

    220_Hz Supporting Member

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    Having heard both, I heavily side with the CT/CK for the fact that it has the resistor mod. That’s one of the biggest and IMO most important features for making it a versatile drive/fuzz
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  4. 4stringmf


    Mar 2, 2008
    San Francisco
    Thank you gentlemen. I'll look deeper in threads, to find out more.
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Definitely go Fuzzrocious if you want the extra features or want it customized in any way. I went MXR because it was smaller, has the Rat sound, and I would never use the extra features. I like the silicon and LED modes both, but I always just leave it in silicon.
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  6. 4stringmf


    Mar 2, 2008
    San Francisco
    I'm probably going to go with both. There is an M85 I have my eyes on, on CL. From there I'll see if I will go with a Cat Tail to pair it with and have dual distortion that way, or get the Cat King for the studio/gigs. If the King is the case....... I can leave the M85 at home to mess around with.
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