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

Stratman76

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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!
 

GoGoGuitars

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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.
 

jcshirke

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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?
 

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)
 

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).
 

blood5150

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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.



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...
 

wingwalker

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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!
 

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.
 

sandman

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

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'.
 

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.
 

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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