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Dunlop mini red fuzz face FFM2 (yes or no)

wiltel24

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Seems like fuzz discussions abound, so here we go again. What are the good and bad points of this fuzz? I like the size, price (w/ a discount anyway) the demos, etc. but for those of you who have tried it or own one, is it any good? Is it too dark sounding? Or should I save and get a Wampler Velvet or something else? Will the FFM2 get me into Led Zep, Hendrix, EJ territory (not all at once of course) at lower volume levels?

Thanks.
 

JonathanGes

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I was in your position and ended up opting for the hendrix FFM.
I just kinda got the vibe that the hendrix would be just a bit more edgy and clear. That being said, i may pick up the red one too sometime soon :)
 

Billy Idle

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All mini models severely lack headroom and output.
Unusable in a band context. Barely at home.
2013 worst flop (besides all mooers) ?
 

wiltel24

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All mini models severely lack headroom and output.
Unusable in a band context. Barely at home.
2013 worst flop (besides all mooers) ?
From the demos on the red one, it sounded a bit more muffled than the Hendrix or the blue one. But a few guys claim the mini red works well in a band environment. Noticed all the demos have the volume knobs cranked up full.
 

g-mane

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The red one has the lowest gain of the three. It sounds awesome with humbuckers, maybe not enough gain for some single coils. I think it has plenty of output volume.
 

jgyn

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Mine's on the low gain side (compared to my other germanium FF types), but it has a lot of output volume.
 

StompBoxBlues

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Mini red has worked for me in a band context. Volume definitely has to be all the way up though.
The mini blue worked just fine with the band last Monday...first time I used it and was retry pleased that (with volume near max, fuzz around 3:00) and using humbuckers (SG) changing volume on the guitar did all I wanted, which a lot of fuzzes don't. Guitar volume at around 5 for somewhat clean (but with that wonderful treble) and then around 7-8 for bit/crunch/OD, and the solo just about maxed (it really fit) kept up no problem with the band...mixed nicely and we tend to play a little loud and in a small room at rehearsal.

At first I thought I wanted the red, and may still, but I really bonded with this one.
 

mtperry85

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I got my mini red for $99 just last month from Music Toyz and I'm very happy with the warm fuzz tone. I've got the fuzz set at 95% and the level around 50%. I run it through a Tube Screamer, which is my always on pedal (with drive barely on, tone at 12 o'clock and level around 3 o'clock) with G&L MFD pickups. Roll back the guitar volume just a touch and I've got beautiful sustain.
 

Hugh DaMann

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Love my red mini. Ge fuzzes can vary and I guess I got a good one. Great warm tone and it cleans up well, but it can get rather woolly at higher settings -- typical for a Ge fuzz. I run both the fuzz and volume full up, but I never have the volume all the way up on the guitar when the fuzz is on. It works for me with both HB's and SC's.

That said, it's off my board right now as I got an Astrotone which gets me really close sonically, but isn't quite as woofy at higher settings. I'm still keeping the mini, though. Great pedal. The Prymaxe video is spot on as to what to expect.
 

Unadan

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All mini models severely lack headroom and output.
Unusable in a band context. Barely at home.
2013 worst flop (besides all mooers) ?
Couldn't disagree more with this. My mini Hendrix fuzz sounds just as good as my larger model. Even when run off the power supply jack.
 






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