Best Fuzz for a Clean Amp?!?

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  1. Merelington

    Merelington Member

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    I'm finding it very hard to find a thick/warm/dark sputtery fuzz to be run in front of a clean 6L6 amp....most sound very ice picky & sterile.

    I have a Hartman SFZ dual stage fuzz that sounded amazing with my Marshall JCM 2000 (set clean) but now sounds thin and harsh with my fender dual showman reverb + orange 4x12 cab (with v30's). I tried running it with an OD pedal both in front & behind but find I only get opposite ends of the spectrum...very high and harsh or very low and muffled.

    I'd probably be looking at a silicon fuzz with a bias control to attain some sputter. Any suggestions?

    P.S I use a Strat & LP and play post-rock/shoegaze/indie rock

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I have a 6L6 amp. I find that the Dunlop JH-F1 (silicon BC108) sounds a little better than my germanium fuzz when clean. I don't know about any silicon fuzzes with bias pots but I like to pair my JH-F1 up with a treble booster to get those thick sputtery tones you speak of. I set the JH-F1 full volume and fuzz into the Beano Boost on the treble setting at about 10 o'clock.
     
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    This is my favourite quote, puts a smile on my face every time I read it. :)
     
  4. Merelington

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    Yea, the Dunlop Jimi fuzz keeps coming to mind...I've always overlooked the JH-F1 but may try it because it is so cheap. I'm also very interested in the Skreddy Lunar Module, all the clips I've heard sound great.


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    fuzzes into clean amps make baby Jesus cry

    I'm starting to realize why...it's about to bring me to tears too. I know if I keep looking there has to be at least one solid fuzz for my set up. Haha, thanks for the confidence though.
     
  5. re-animator

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    IMO, tonebender clones sound really good into clean amps.
     
  6. ungarn

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    Muff style should get you closest to what you describe...although never liked fuzz in Fender style amps...mucho better in Marshall type me thinks...
     
  7. jhx

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    Only fuzz that I had that sounded goood in a Fender type amp. Hope this helps.
     
  8. countmeblue

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    I had the same issue with running fuzz into my Fender Super. I liked my Sunface when I got it but didn't love it. Then I ran the Sunface into my Zendrive and it is the sound I have been looking for. It warmed it up and made it more full sounding. Then I back off the volume on the guitar and I have a sweet mild distortion. Hope this helps.
     
  9. JUSTJOB

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    The Fulltone 70 is a nice warm sputtery or smooth silicon fuzz. Might be worth looking into for you. Nothing ice picky or sterile about the 70. It is a really great sounding fuzz.
     
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    If you are on a budget (or not but want to experiment) try a new Danelectro Cool Cat Fuzz......$29 MSRP.. Not ice-picky, LOUD as hell and cleans up well w/ volume knob on your axe. Here's a clip: http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6928873
     
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    Really nice fuzz, especially for the $$$...had one for a short while but just returned it as it could not "displace" my Hoof, Rat, or Tweakfuzz.
     
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    Definitely- just got a Stonebender and it sounds heavenly w/ my clean Fenders.
     
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    The KR Musical Gypsy Fuzz sounds awesome into my Badcat Tremcat witch I run fairly clean. I´m pretty shure it also would sound great into a Fender amp.
     
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    I agree. I have a BYOC MKII clone. It's pretty thick and over the top.
     
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    Sunface NKT for me. Not that high gained though but cleans up really well.
     
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    Muff, or Cusack Screamer Fuzz.
     
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    Addrock :bow Geranium :bow Fuzz :bow
     
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    +1 for tonebender clones
     
  19. Merelington

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    Wow, thanks for all the replies guys! I have taken all of these comments into consideration and have decided to try out the MJM China Fuzz (really like the hint of octave as well), Skreddy Lunar Module, & I'm still deciding on which tonebender clone to grab...I'm leaning towards the Deep Trip Hellbender. Thanks again and if possible, keep the replies coming.
     
  20. steinwand

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    Teles > Deluxe RI or Twin RI both always clean

    I use and like the following fuzzes:
    MJM London Fuzz
    EQD DirtTransmitter
    Monsterpiece NPN
    Keeley FuzzHead
    Analogman NKT
    EQD Crimson Drive (not a 'full' fuzz)
    BYOC Ultimate Fuzz (for transistor experimentation)
    Dreamtone GBLM
    Tonefactor HellBilly

    you might have noticed that I love fuzzes and I especially
    love them into clean Fenders ... its a matter of taste.
     

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