52 pedals, week 52—Wren and Cuff Mercy Phuk

Oh, you have no idea how much I’ve been waiting for this entry to the 52 Pedals series. This is the last entry so I had to end on a high. That could have been tricky though. All of this research and writing tires me so. I’m worn out. I feel under-appreciated. I need something to make me feel once again motivated, powerful and loved. Clearly, I need someone to give me a Mercy Phuk.

You have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to that last sentence.

The Wren and Cuff Mercy Phuk is an overdrive pedal—so I’m also ending on the pedal style that was one of my clear favourites this year—and it’s name appeals to me greatly. Not only that, this pedal has features that almost make this article write itself. The innuendos are plentiful today my friends. I make no apologies for that.

The Mercy Phuk has one giant knob. That’s all it needs to control the overdrive and output levels that come pumping out of this nasty little pedal. If you feel the need to provide even more control however, there is a girth switch that allows you to add more phat to your tone.

Of course it does.

The single knob does more—from a technical standpoint—than just adjust overdrive and volume though. Perhaps watching this official Wren and Cuff video will better explain that.

What do you know?! It did explain the knob better.I never thought I’d embed a video that explained knob control so well while showcasing an amazing throbbing tone.

There’s not a lot to say about this pedal that I haven’t already said in so few words. I possibly saved the best for last from a naming perspective and a pedal perspective. There are so many pedals out there and overdrive/distortion is my favourite effect type. I have a few already, but as my amplifier collection grows, so does my appreciation for the tone the guitar/amplifier combination makes. With the right guitar and the right amplifier, a guitarist’s search for the perfect distortion can be solved. Adding the right overdrive pedal to that combo doesn’t change, but enhance that tone. Perfection. Add to that a funny pedal naming convention and you probably go beyond perfection in my book. I don’t know what is beyond perfection and I don’t really have a book. Either way … #want

Hhhhmmm … Perhaps the word for beyond perfection is perphuktion. Makes sense to me.

Listen more to plenty of sound samples this pedal is capable of.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar pedal. I have not experienced first-hand the sound or effects of this guitar pedal. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

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