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Earthquaker Devices Hoof Fuzz. Who owns one?

gfarro

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Does anyone have any experience with the ED Hoof Fuzz? The demos sound amazing. I want to replace my new EHX Russian Big Muff. There are so many fuzzes out there but I'm attracted to the Hoof Fuzz. Any users?
Tks
 

Tritone

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I have one. Overall it's my favorite fuzz. It's easily the most versatile fuzz I've ever had (and I've had at least 8 or so). With the gain rolled back, it's more of an overdrive. I want to buy an older 3-knob version, but I haven't been able to find one for sale.
 

gfarro

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I have one. Overall it's my favorite fuzz. It's easily the most versatile fuzz I've ever had (and I've had at least 8 or so). With the gain rolled back, it's more of an overdrive. I want to buy an older 3-knob version, but I haven't been able to find one for sale.
When you say that is "the most versatile fuzz", what do you mean? What makes it different than other fuzz pedals?
 

marvelboy_04

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well, as far as replacing a muff, you could also try the blacout effectors musket fuzz or stomp under foot clones
 

justonwo

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Here is a short review I wrote a few months ago. The Hoof is one of my favorite pedals.

I played a few hours through my new 4-knob Hoof last night. I was really astounded at how wide the variety of sounds is coming from that pedal. The "tone" knob on this pedal is really more akin to the "nature" knob you see on many BJFE pedals. Although the tone generally speaking sweeps from bassy to trebly in the usual fashion, the character of the fuzz changes COMPLETELY as you move through the range. Coupled with the shift knob, I would say there are probably 4 or 5 completely different and totally usable sounds in there.

All the way CCW on the tone knob provides a pretty dynamic and relatively uncompressed distortion tone that I found great for heavy power chording. Moving the tone knob CW to 9 o'clock and this character changes to a much more scooped, metallic sound with a faint octave-up effect. Noon yields a more traditional Big Muff sound – heavily scooped and moderately compressed with significant sustain. 3 o’clock adds a nasal quality to this Big Muff sound. Completely CW gives a thin, raspy sound with almost no low end – not something that's universally useful, but possibly useful as an intro or outro effect.

The shift knob does not have quite the dramatic effect that the tone knob has, but it does offer many unique shades on the themes provided by the tone knob.
Overall, I’m quite impressed. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this one.
 

gfarro

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Here is a short review I wrote a few months ago. The Hoof is one of my favorite pedals.

I played a few hours through my new 4-knob Hoof last night. I was really astounded at how wide the variety of sounds is coming from that pedal. The "tone" knob on this pedal is really more akin to the "nature" knob you see on many BJFE pedals. Although the tone generally speaking sweeps from bassy to trebly in the usual fashion, the character of the fuzz changes COMPLETELY as you move through the range. Coupled with the shift knob, I would say there are probably 4 or 5 completely different and totally usable sounds in there.

All the way CCW on the tone knob provides a pretty dynamic and relatively uncompressed distortion tone that I found great for heavy power chording. Moving the tone knob CW to 9 o'clock and this character changes to a much more scooped, metallic sound with a faint octave-up effect. Noon yields a more traditional Big Muff sound – heavily scooped and moderately compressed with significant sustain. 3 o’clock adds a nasal quality to this Big Muff sound. Completely CW gives a thin, raspy sound with almost no low end – not something that's universally useful, but possibly useful as an intro or outro effect.

The shift knob does not have quite the dramatic effect that the tone knob has, but it does offer many unique shades on the themes provided by the tone knob.
Overall, I’m quite impressed. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this one.
Wow. Thank you for the review. It's exactly what I was looking for. I'm sold.
 

Guitar Josh

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I love mine. What I like about it is that it doesn't have that sort of high frequency "film" that covers most muff type fuzzes. the mids are more pronounced. It's not as scooped. I think its think and powerful and you'll love it.
 

thisday1

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Its a good fuzz pedal. I sold mine cuz it wasn't snarly enough for me. It was very very smooth and that just wasn't my taste. Still a really good fuzz though, and the tone knob is useable all the way around
 

ivegotwood

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Just got mine earlier this week and love it. Very much as justonwo described. I will add it has lots of volume...which made me experiment with the volume knob on my guitar. Glad i did because you can get hairy fuzz for quiet passages using the volume on your guitar. Love mine.
 

BootsElectric

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i have a Hoof.

and I've never been interested in any other Fuzz.

ED is bringing out a new pedal soon (OD). cant wait to see what it is like!!!
 

Tritone

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When you say that is "the most versatile fuzz", what do you mean? What makes it different than other fuzz pedals?

With a lot of fuzzes, the sound doesn't really change much from moving the gain knob. It just gets a little more trebly or more aggressive the more you turn the gain up. The Hoof, on the other hand, has a lot of shades of gain depending on where the knob is set. Add to that the shift control and you can control the mids pretty well. These two together allow me to get a bunch of different sounds while most fuzzes are one-trick ponies.
 

devnulljp

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3-knob hoof is a great replacement for the Russian muff. Try to get one with the 130x trannies though.
 

iggs

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I love my 3-knob Hoof ... one of the very, very few pedals I will never sell. Phenomenal Big Muff fuzz ...
 

innocent_bystander

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I have the four knob hoof... I sold it to justonwo... wish I didn't sold it... Great pedal... Very quite for a fuzz pedal.
 

Craftmatic

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I just played one today at Prymaxe here in NJ. Wow! It made me want to play and not stop. Always the sign of a great piece of gear. As good as people say the London Fuzz Ge is, I found the Hoof many times more usable.
 




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