Help me pick a Fuzz Box...would you be so kind?

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  1. Stratman76

    Stratman76 Member

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    I really wanted a Mayo but she is gone...

    My hope for this pedal...
    1) capable of being articulate, defined in some knob dialable area
    2) low noise floor (at least compared to other fuzz boxes)
    3) can at least approach the "wall-o-sound" Smashing Pumpkin land
    4) can sustain an E-minor chord for two to three weeks! ;)
    5) won't kill my low-end
    6) can locate some attribute of Gilmour lead tone from The Wall era
    7) Must be quickly and easily obtainable at $220 or under.

    After much research, I've narrowed it down to JUST A FEW!

    Strong Contenders
    Dice Works Triangle Big Muff +
    J. Everman Fuzz Drive G2
    D*A*M (Differential Audio Manifestationz) Ram Head
    Keeley Fuzz Head
    Baja Tech Custom DaMOAF v2
    Retroman Lola (MK II and then some)
    Phoenix Custom Electronics Lady Stardust
    Retroman Sybil - switchable germanium and silicon
    Diamond J-Drive MK3
    Cusack Music Screamer Fuzz - Tubescreamer and Fuzz\
    Euthymia ICBM


    On the Radar…
    Frantone The Sweet
    Keeley Rat
    Diamond Fireburst
    Analogman NKT-275 (NOS Germanium) Sunface w/Sundial
    Analogman BC-108 (Silicon) Sunface w/Sundial
    Analogman Sunlion - a Sunface with a Beano Boost (both sport NOS NKT-275 germanuim)
    Analogman Sunface Germanium Fuzz
    PedalWorx McFuzz Hot
    T-Rex Mudhoney (not sure if this one belongs here)
    ThroBak Fuzz Haze
    Phoenix Custom Electronics Super Nova
    Sweet Sound Electronics Pro Bender Mrk II Fuzz
    D*A*M 1966 Vox Tonebender
    D*A*M MKII
    ThroBak Electronics Stone Bender MK II Pro
    DeMarco Electronics Klonebender II
    MJM Guitar Effects London Fuzz 2
    Voodoo Lab Superfuzz
    D*A*M Drag'n'Fly
    Zvex Fuzz Factory
    Lovetone Big Cheese
    OLC Chunky Cheese (value pick)
    Love Pedal 200lbs of Tone - Silicon Fuzz Face model
    Psionic Audio 3.14
    Euthymia Crucible Si
    Tonefactor Huckleberry Fuzz
    Toadworks Mad Dog
    Toe-jam Pedals Cherry Pie



    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggg........ please help!
     
  2. otherone

    otherone Supporting Member

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    Skreddy Pink Flesh if you can find one used.
     
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    Euthymia ICBM... got it this week and it does all of what you want.
     
  5. markom89

    markom89 Senior Member

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    Hi.
    You're a nice boy.
    Get a Tonefactor huckleberry fuzz, ok?
    Thanks.
     
  6. Tbone135

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    Save some cash and try one of the new Little Big Muffs, they're outstanding.
     
  7. Thazy

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    Barber Trifecta
     
  8. GoGoGuitars

    GoGoGuitars Member

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    BMF Effects Aries Fuzz
    Death By Audio Super Sonic Fuzz Gun
    Frantone The Sweet
    Cusack Fuzz Screamer
    Just to name a few of my favs.
     
  9. jcshirke

    jcshirke Silver Supporting Member

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    Psionic audio 3.14 --because it's so versatile. I bet it can do everything you want. But maybe email Lyle to make sure?
     
  10. lifeinsong

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    MJM London Fuzz 2...pm'd you
     
  11. fieldsroyal

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    Best sounding wall of sound muff-like pedal is the old orange Ibanez "Overdrive" - ignore the name - it sounds just like my friend's old first series Big Muff. - Bit pricey but i got mine for about $180 US (it had been modified for AC adaptor - probably kept its value down with collectors)
    - NAILS THE SMASHING PUMPKINS SOUND
    - Can any-one confirm it's a Muff circuit??? (i'm not tech savy)
     
  12. Dale

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    There are a number of good options. Top Fuel, Little Big Muff is actually pretty darn nice. I am not sure that the Huckleberry ir Fuzz Head has the amount of gain as the Muff style pedals. They are more musical and responsive though (to me).
     
  13. Colt

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    Analogman NKT275 sunface. Or a sunlion....

    only ones I like to play.
     
  14. Stratman76

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    Would be awesome but it could be years before one surfaces and the price will likely defy sanity... not many were made.
     
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    I may be one of the last recepients of a Skreddy Pink Flesh....

    I ordered on 12/28 and he retired it about 1 week later....

    cant wait till it gets here...
     
  16. wingwalker

    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Buy an original, buy a clone or buy a kit but whatever you do buy a Big Muff Pi!

    I think that one of the best BMP's out there right now are the older Green Russian reissues from the 90's but even the new NYC reissues are good and there are several killer clones out there.

    The sound you are looking for lives in a Big Muff for sure!
     
  17. Merelington

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    Check out the Hartman fuzzes. I know its over but for $275 you can get the hartman sfz dual stage fuzz (one side silicon, the other germanium AND you can have them both on at once). If thats too much you could get either a silicon or germanium fuzz for $150 & $175 respectively.
     
  18. sandman

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    Hi, Marko. Do you have one? Can you compare it to yr other fuzzes...?

    I like mine quite a bit but wouldn't really recommend it for 'endless sustain'.
     
  19. stratovarius

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    Dude! It sounds like you're looking for a Muff fuzz, but a lot of the ones on your list and ones people are recommending don't really qualify.

    On your contenders I've tried and would recommend any of these:

    Dice Works Triangle Big Muff - This one's a sleeper. It does something different with the tone control, more like a Q control? It sounds smoother and less congested than the others.

    D*A*M Ram Head - Sweet, smooth sounding fuzz with a great tonal balance. You can't go wrong with this one.

    Baja Tech Custom DaMOAF v2 - Chunky sounding fuzz with a big bottom. It's the best for the chugga-chugga-tweedly-tweedly stuff.

    Euthymia ICBM - This is a different sound altogether. It's not really the classic smooth muff sound but has a great krrrraaang if you're into that sort of thing.
     
  20. Pylonracer

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    If you're narrowing in on a Little Big Muff, I'd recommend the Barber Trifecta instead. It covers the fat, dark, Muff territory and much more. It doesn't get quite as flabby as the LBM; but is MUCH better on the tighter and smoother side of fuzz. To me the LBM is pretty single purpose.

    It may be amp dependent. I think I could get more milage out of my LBM if I had a super bright amp.
     

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