fuzz pedal: which ones are smooth, warm, articulate?

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  1. fritferret

    fritferret Member

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    title says it all. thanks!
     
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    Himmelstrutz Gramps is both smooth and articulate, for sure.

    Skreddy Lunar Module is another one.
     
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    thanks! also, i'm looking for one that's more overdrive than distortion, if that makes any sense. i hear the fuzzydrive is like this, but i don't like the fuzzydrive at all.
     
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    It sounds like the Lunar Module to me... never owned a Fuzz but I am looking to buy a Skreddy
     
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    A smooth & articulate fuzz pedal is a paradox.
     
  6. Steve73

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    I think generally, germanium fuzz's are smooth, warm and articulate and the silicons tend to be sharper and wilder. Definitely exceptions to that though.
     
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    +1

    yep.
     
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    The Fulltone '69 and Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face are both excellent.
     
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    Do check out the Keeley FuzzHead as it is quite smooth, not splatty, has excellent chord definition, can be set up to be quite warm, cleans up well, gets along with other pedals, and straddles the OD/Fuzz line quite well. Although, alone it does not do high gain at all unless it is goosed with a compressor, clean boost, or other type od drive pedal.
    I find mine to be quite usefull, and for when I need higher gain type tones I just goose it with my Katana or FullDrive.
     
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    Scarab Deluxe (Deluxe so you can tweak for articulation; both versions are smoothe and warm). -E
     
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    Pro analog mk ii I own sounds just like that - I think all pro analog fuzzes sound different though due to the rare trannies they use from time to time - mine has a cut control knob to tame the fuzz and on the inside it says "rare 1970 sola sound tranny" - so I can't vouch for all of them - but mine is super warm and smooth for a fuzz
     
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    I have gone through a few fuzzes, looking for something that would give me that full, singing fuzz sound into a clean amp. I have tried both silicon and germanium FF designs, and neither does super well into a clean amp. Amp breaking up? Yes, they sing. But I would not call them smooth or warm.

    Now, today I got a SkinPimp MKIII. I think that has ended my search for fuzz. It is just plain bad ass and can be smooth, warm and articulate as well as tear your head off if you want it to. Many, many awesome fuzz sounds in that pedal.

    Mike
     
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    Couldn't disagree more.




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    a ge fuzz (fuzzface style) can be articulate if you avoid certain areas of the fingerboard (like the wound strings @ the 12th fret).
     
  16. DraggAmps

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    Both really good suggestions. As the OP said he's looking for more OD than distortion, the Gramps+ is exactly that, a fuzz OD that can also get to distortion levels of gain. The Scarab Deluxe that Eric mentioned is another favorite of mine, and my all time fave fuzz is the Black Arts Pharaoh, which fits your criteria very well. Low gain to high and very warm (VERY), smooth, articulate, and fairly uncompressed for a fuzz. If the Skreddy Screwdriver is fuzzy enough for you (it's more of an OD), it's quite dynamic as well. I'd go with the LM over the Screwdriver if you do want fuzz.
     
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  18. ciclosonico

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    Lunar Module, you can't go wrong! :)
     
  19. musica23

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    Agreed. But after comparing the FuzzHead to other fuzzes, I'd say it leans more toward the OD side. Still, a great pedal if you're not looking for a fuzz freakout.
     
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    Many, many awesome fuzz sounds to be found in the MKIII to be sure. Not the smoothest fuzz I ever met (although I do agree that it can be pretty smooth), but it can most definitely rip your heart out in a very articulate way. I wasn't sure about mine at first, but I now love it. I'd say it's very unique and I can't think of anything that compares. Hardcore, but not in a splatty, unusable kinda way.
     

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