In Praise of the Fuzz Factory

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  1. your name here

    your name here Supporting Member

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    I’ve had a few including a Reverse Fat Fuzz Factory, but my favorite is the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Fuzz Factory 7. Only 11 of these were made. I’m so lucky to have snagged one.

    It sounds.... otherworldly. :D

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  2. ((TechnicolorSkyline))

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    I wanted one of these so bad, ugh!
     
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  3. pyna

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    it's so good

    fat fuzz factory is even gooder

    fuzz factory 7 is even extra more so good

    and yeah, some of the custom FF7s are amazing. the astronaut is fantastic. this one was on reverb a few days ago and haunted my dreams until it sold thank god
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    and then when i look at sold listings to find a picture of it i see this one :love:
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    As near as I can tell, it's impossible to take a picture that captures it in all its glory, but I keep trying.
     
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  5. your name here

    your name here Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it’s just not possible. Lol

    That was the best I could do before I got frustrated and gave up.
     
  6. cbm

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    The one that was on the ZVex site was pretty good, but I was still surprised how much better it looked in person. Yours is a little better than mine, but still nowhere as good as real life.
     
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    I think this is my 5th FF...absolutely love it. I've been a bit obsessed with Zvex pedals over the past 20 years and have owned probably about 30 of them...some incredibly rare ones too. :)

    Born August of 2000:

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    Love the FF, have a really crazy older one, red sparkle Myrold painted and it’s off the chain crazy. Really been wanting to try the FF7.
     
  10. jgyn

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    Have a number of these. MFF (my favorite fuzz.)
     
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    It's one of the best fuzzes ever! Most accurately named pedal. Once you finally understand the controls it does feel like you can really manufacture any fuzz sound. Many people try these and get rid of them because they're just so hard to control.

    I played in a surf band with a guy who was a great performer but really didn't know how to use gear. He loved his FF but never took the time to learn how to use it. So many gigs I remember him setting it arbitrarily then turning it on for a solo, releasing the most obnoxious cacophony of sound. Then he'd forget he left it on and try to play the rest of the song, big open chords, it it just sounded dreadful.

    So I always had a dislike for it. Until one day in my store I heard a guy getting the sickest octave fuzz sound and I looked over and he was using a Fuzz Factory.

    So I learned how to keep the stab knob turned up all the way to avoid unruliness. I keep the gain basically all the way down. And the shining stars of the FF are the Gate and Comp knobs. Just using those two, sometimes adding more gain, I feel like any fuzz tone I'd want to create is going to be right there.

    That and a Big Muff and I'm alllll fuzzed up.
     
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  12. Hofnarr

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    The exploration continues. Had a pretty wild time earlier today doing a simple non-Euclidian crumbling quantum foam finger-style arrangement of "Scarborough Fair". (Strange choice? Maybe. It seemed right at the time).

    Fuzz Factory into filter or EQ with parametric mids is superb! (Using the CB Condor for this). The other way 'round doesn't work quite as well (FF kind of just eats up and neutralizes whatever you throw into it).

    All this talk of the FF7 has caught my attention, god help me. I'd never really looked at it before now, but ... 9-way rotary switch for different degress of fatness, and a tone control? Nice, but so expensive.

    Pretty recently there was a thread about collaborations that people would like to see Chase Bliss engage in, and several people mentioned a CB/Zvex Fuzz Factory. Now that would be something! Throw in the Condor circuit and you'd have a really powerful and sublime tool of tonal degradation/inspiration.

    All right, I'm going to check the lock on my bunker door, and then ... back to it.
     
  13. cbm

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    It's absolutely overpriced, at least from an added hardware over something like a Fat Fuzz Factory P.O.V.

    That said, there's nothing quite like it and I'm really glad I bought one.
     
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    Do you find that the 9 "fat" positions offer substantially distinct tonal differences?
     
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    Yes, the FF7 is pricey. I got mine new for $330.00 and it’s worth every penny. I love the 9-way rotary knob for making it way more versatile than the standard FF or FFF, by miles.
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    I also have the Fuzz Probe, 1 of 1 Pink Sparkle.
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    And last but not least is an X23 Fuzz Factory clone that has 7 knobs, but is not like a FF7. It does have a Tone knob, but the other knob is a Pre Gain. It bridges the gap nicely between the FFF and FF7 to a degree.
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  16. Windup 43

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    The ‘98 Reverse is awe inspiring, it just has a fatness about it that’s unmatched by any other that I’ve owned...and thanks, The Cramps! :D
     
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    I missed the initial release somehow, I’ll find one of these someday! Too cool!
     
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    I’ve been kinda keeping an eye out and have never seen one pop up used. I’m kinda curious how much one would go for. Probably not much more than retail, as FF7’s tend to be slow sellers anyway due to their high price, but you never know.
     
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    I’ve seen some very nice FF7’s go at relatively cheap prices lately, I was contemplating the floral one @pyna posted above...but yeah, would love to find an Apollo eventually at a decent price.
     
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    That Apollo FF7 is smoking hot, I foresee a FF7 in my future before this years over with.
     
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