The Fucking Fucker: Metasonix's insane $5,000 guitar amp


Metasonix' Eric Barbour is one of the cleverest, most original people I've come across since starting Music Thing. He knows everything there is to know about tubes. Now, finally, instead of making absurd things like four-voice polyphonic all-tube synths, he's made the Fucking Fucker, a two-channel guitar amp stuffed with things like "remote-cutoff pentodes". It's hideous, it's yellow, it will be pixellated every time a rich rockstar puts one in his video, and I'm sure it sounds incredible. Now that most tube amps are built on Chinese production lines, this is a truly wonderful thing.


Comments:
The Butt Probe?
The Fucking Fucker?

Yeah, Eric's a genius at tubes, but doesn't know much about marketing.
Here he's removed the possibility to advertise his products on Ebay, in many trade magazines and online sites, offended many potential buyers and continued his belief that having potty-mouthed products is hip and cool.
The guy has probably never even had sex!
With a name like this, many people won't see that he's clever and original.
They'll just walk away and that's not very clever if you're a business.
 
Maybe his products are so good, cause he spends his time designing and building them well instead of figuring out how to market them effectivly? Who knows tho. I'm sure he makes plenty of money...I mean the market for nasty sounding all tube music gear isn't exactly a massive one, and if you happen to be int he market for that kind of gear, figuring out that the most interesting and unique gear comes from Metasonix takes roughly 1 google search. Why woud he waste his time trying to be Roland or Nord or something when he can be Metasonix???
 
no problem. that leaves more of his devices in for sale in countries where nobody cares for bad words. (basically non-u.s.)
 
"The guy has probably never even had sex!"
His girlfriend actually helps him solder together the Metasonix stuff... I met her at last year's NAMM. Really nice people!
 
"Here he's removed the possibility to advertise his products on Ebay"

Why would he want to? He seems to deal direct mostly, so why devalue his brand name by flogging it alongside 'genuine chinese antiquity saxophone, beautiful' and other cheap tat. I take my hat off to him.
 
What the first poster doesn't realise is that this is good marketing, because the product image matches closely what the product does. It's called the Fucking Fucker, it fucks up your signal - if a potential buyer don't like the name they're probably not going to like the sound the FF makes. If it was styled and named more conservatively, then maybe they'd sell more - BUT there's no point in selling 1000 units if 990 of them are returned straight away. It is what it says it is, and if you don't like that you can Fucking Fuck yourself...
 
Is it good marketing? Well, I'm writing about it, but I'm not writing about this:
http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM08/Content/Overloud/PR/TH1-Guitar-Amp-Software.html
or this:
http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM08/Content/Overloud/PR/TH1-Guitar-Amp-Software.html

?
 
anyone put off by the Metasonix model names - doesn't really want Metasonix gear anyway (whether or not they already know it)

anyone that doesn't absolutely LOVE the Metasonix model names doesn't want the gear either.

Metasonix knows exactly who they want to sell their gear to.

Are you on the membership list to this club?

If you have to ask - you're not.

r
 
People who criticize his poor marketing decisions are completely missing the point of his products. Metasonix does not look for mass appeal. Despite that, this amp will probably gain attention regardless, simply by the merit of how over-the-top it is.

Personally I've never wanted an amp more in my life. Hope clips pop up soon! :)
 
There's always the rich teenager demographic. That being said, If I were looking for such a massive amp, the name on the tubes and how its built is about a billion times more important than a little swearing in the name.

Isn't that name descriptive though? Kinda like the BFG-9000 of the amp world.
 
Don't worry guys, the first poster is probably a Creationist.
 
I don't think he wants to sell a bunch of these.
He has been working on this for a while, can you imagine how long it would take to build that thing BY HAND as well as keep up with all the other TM box orders?
A LONG TIME:)

The people who deserve it may get one, but I don't get the impression he wants someone to pick it up then bug the hell out of him asking how to use it,demanding refunds,etc.etc.....
The beauty is the design of unique obscure components.

There are a lot of people who hate his products without even trying them, in addition to that there even more people who hate him who havent met him,
I have had dinner with him in addition to owning 3 of his products in my studio and have nothing but good things to say.
 
now this is some musicthing material. *yes*
now someone buy both the rumored mini moog and this thing (if the moog makes it) and string em together, report it to Tom, and post that fucking shit.
 
Thanx a lot for such marketing startegy. I was really in a need of such a marketing.
Chelaram
IIT JEE
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Consider there's a small nitch for this type of amp and that small nitch lives on tone - not the 'name' of the amp. Otherwise they'd buy "Marshall" or "Mesa" (also great amps...but different). But, don't worry, guys, the poster also probably believes a big bang accidentally created the universe and an accident is creating and marketing the awesome FF!!
 
Consider there's a small nitch for this type of amp and that small nitch lives on tone - not the 'name' of the amp. Otherwise they'd buy "Marshall" or "Mesa" (also great amps...but different). But, don't worry, guys, the poster also probably believes a big bang accidentally created the universe and an accident is creating and marketing the awesome FF!!
 
If I had the money I'd buy one in a flash it the best thing I have seen for quite a while and I can't stop thinking about it.
 
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