My goal here is to attempt to classify fuzz boxes from a voicing/tonality standpoint. Many fuzz boxes offer great tonal range, so we’re looking for “best-in-class” and essentially where a pedal fits within a camp. Types of Fuzz – from a roots/best voicing standpoint the Big Muff camp David Gilmour camps here. (www.gilmourish.com) The Edge camps here. John Frusciante camps here. Josh Rand (Stone Sour) camps here. Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: Capable of being thick, of creating the proverbial "wall-of-sound" but also a more articulate fuzz. Articulate fuzz? Is that like JUMBO shrimp? Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Dice Works Triangle Big Muff + Electro Harmonix (Triangle) Big Muff Skreddy Mayonaise - highly acclaimed predecessor to the Mayo Skreddy Mayo http://skreddypedals.com/circuits/Mayo/CherubRock-2.mp3 Skreddy Pink Flesh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UuiKsN6Zdw (terrible recording but still manages to capture the tonal spirit of this short-lived wonder) Skreddy Zero D*A*M (Differential Audio Manifestationz) Ram Head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DqUF2xyqkc&NR=1 Skreddy ? Lady Baja Tech Custom DaMOAF v2 (better than Big Muff tonal range) Euthymia ICBM - a version of the chip op amp EHX Big Muff pi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmztJPzkWBI Way Huge Swollen Pickle (original) Frantone The Sweet - a rougher, more aggressive variety germanium in the muff camp the Rat/Distortion/Fuzz Blendo Hybrid camp Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: typically capable of being more articulate, focused, tighter in the low-end. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Landgraff MO'D - never thought of it as a being fuzz capable but it's definitely King of the Rats. Proco Vintage Rat Keeley Rat Diamond Fireburst - fuzz capable and don't know where else to put it! the Fuzz Face camp (voltage feedback biasing) Fuzz Faces came in both germanium and silicon versions. David Gilmour camped here for Meddle and Dark Side and still uses a Fuzz Face type for lead work. Hendrix camped here. Clapton camped here (Cream tone). Marc Ford (Black Crowes) camps here. Eric Johnson camps here. Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Analogman NKT-275 (NOS Germanium) Sunface w/Sundial (can be ordered in higher gain NKT-275 version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNCB7_5nSKQ Analogman BC-108 (Silicon) Sunface w/Sundial Analogman Sunlion - a Sunface with a Beano Boost (both sport NOS NKT-275 germanuim) KR Musical Products Gypsy Fuzz http://www.krmusicalproducts.com/productsmorepedals.htm many samples...it's the second pedal down. PedalWorx McFuzz Hot Love Pedal (Black Beauty Balance) BBB07 T-Rex Mudhoney (not sure if this one belongs here) ThroBak Fuzz Haze Phoenix Custom Electronics Super Nova Baja Tech Custom Das Fuzz Ge MG Music Fuzzyland Dunlop JH-2S the Colorsound/Sola Sound/Tonebender camp (collector voltage feedback) Jimmy Page camped here. Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Sweet Sound Electronics Pro Bender Mrk II Fuzz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0I0Nb5ePQU D*A*M 1966 Vox Tonebender - considered to be better than the original. D*A*M MKII Retroman Lola (MK II and then some) http://www.retroman-music.com/lola.htm Phoenix Custom Electronics Lady Stardust Diamond J-Drive MK3 ThroBak Electronics Stone Bender MK II Pro DeMarco Electronics Klonebender II the Octavia camp Hendrix-style... Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Home Brew Electronics UFO Ashbass FuzzBrite - trebly, raunch fuzz. the (more generic) Germanium camp Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: typically smoother and lower gain than silicon transistor-based fuzz. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Analogman Sunface Germanium Fuzz MJM Guitar Effects London Fuzz MI Audio Neo Fuzz the (more generic) Silicon camp Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: typically a higher gained, brighter tone than the germanium camp. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- MJM Guitar Effects Foxey Fuzz MJM Guitar Effects London Fuzz 2 BBE Free Fuzz D*A*M Meathead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6e48vX_cT0 Hotwire Audio Fuzzwork Orange the Silicon Superfuzz camp This is a six transistor incantation. Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: Often versatile, often wooly, raw, greasy sustainiacs. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz (sports an Octavia side) Univox U-1095 (built by Shin-ei) Super-Fuzz Shin-ei Companion FY2 Superfuzz MJM Guitar Effects China Fuzz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmSbhSPcXEE Voodoo Lab Superfuzz the Lo-fi, Raspy, Buzzsaw camp This is (often silicon) where the higher gain, square wave, raspy, buzzsaw lo-fi, sounding boxes comes from. Didn’t Neil Young camp here with “Hey, Hey, My, My (into the black)”? Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: known for harsher, lo-fi distortion. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- Monsterpiece Two-Headed Fuzz Monster Jordan Bosstone (collector voltage feedback + buffer transistor) the Do-it-all, Multi-Talented Fuzz camp Voicing/Tonal Characteristics: the Frank Caliendo of fuzz boxes. These boxes are here because they do multiple voices well. Best-in-Class Pedal Examples- J. Everman Fuzz Drive G2 D*A*M Drag'n'Fly - versatile fuzz and knew not where to list it. Keeley Fuzz Head - switchable germanium and silicon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PPrOF9o9OU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XetieKH9Cy8 Zvex Fuzz Factory Analogman Peppermint Fuzz - switchable germanium and silicon with more 60's buzzsaw nastiness on tap. Lovetone Big Cheese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvV45hKV6Lk Retroman Sybil - switchable germanium and silicon http://www.retroman-music.com/sybil.htm Cusack Music Screamer Fuzz - Tubescreamer and Fuzz. check this one out... http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...l=3&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0 OLC Chunky Cheese (value pick) Barber Trifecta - hmmm... apparently does big muff tones best? Death By Audio Supersonic Fuzz Gun (should it be here?) More samples: Analogman Sunface vs. Keeley Fuzzhead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWwx32Mu_Jg&NR=1 Best-in-class Suspects... (too little data available on these thus far) Love Pedal 200lbs of Tone - Silicon Fuzz Face model. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozdPxao-AjQ Psionic Audio 3.14 Euthymia Crucible Si - based on Fuzz Face. Baja tech Das Fuzz Tonefactor Huckleberry Fuzz Toadworks Mad Dog Fulltone Ocatfuzz I’m very fuzzy on Skreddy Screwdriver… where? A class of its’ own? Are any of these “camps” redundant? i.e. Is there enough distinction to warrant a particular category? Do you have any ideas for other/better descriptions? You’re helping the community here and we all appreciate it! Please let me know if I've mis-classified anything or could otherwise mislead those who seek guidance here (like me!).