Looking For an Overdrive/Fuzz Pedal: Non Face-Muff

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Rambo66, May 15, 2006.

  1. Rambo66

    Rambo66 Member

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    Not in the Fuzz Face or Big Muff camp. I'm not really into the wooly-woofy fuzz tone. Maybe something overdrive-ish, slightly raspy, ratty/fuzzy on the low end but still full-range.

    Also, I'd like to keep it under $200

    Thanks
     
  2. rawkguitarist

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    Check out the Keeley RAT. Kinda a mix between a fuzz, overdrive and a distortion. This is actually a killer pedal!!

    I'd say mainly it's a distortion that exibits a slightly fuzzy character, but man it's EQ character sits so well in a band.
     
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    SubDecay Stupid Box. I just picked one up about a week ago, and couldn't be happier. It's defintiely more of a fuzzy overdrive, and the new version with interior smooth/crunch switch and tone pots is tweakable to your heart's desire. I couldn't be happier.

    I'd also recommend picking it up from tonefactor.com - with whom I am in no way affiliated. I just received the finest customer service I've ever had from them, and want to spread the word....
     
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    +1 on a RAT. see if you can find an older one. they're easy to find on *bay.
     
  5. retro

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    Sounds like you would want to definitely check out a Keeley Fuzz Head.
    That's basically what it is.

    One of my favorite pedals. It is also one of the best pedals to clean up with your guitar volume pot also. Very linear and dynamic, doesn't mess with your amps EQ. No mush. Works great with SC and Humbuckers, American and Brit amps. Just a great flavor to have at your feet. I was really surprised when I first plugged one in. I was looking for a vintage fuzz at the time so it took a great sounding pedal to convince me to go in another direction.

    Also really liked the Cusack Screamer Fuzz in the catagory of what you are looking for. I may have to get one of them also.
     
  6. Jacobpaul81

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    might also be interested in a hotcake... It gets fuzzy in its top end, but is pretty much an overdrive. The rat is an excellent pedal... more distortion than fuzz. Check out http://www.johndavismusic.com to hear the rat in action.
     
  7. Rambo66

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    I LOVE that John Davis record!! I just found it again in a box in the basement, we moved recently. Perect record for this time of year! Really, really GREAT!. So he's using a Rat? Through what?
     
  8. Jacobpaul81

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    Yea, John is a rat freak. He's been using a rat since he started with The USED (now known as "The Used to be") and later in Superdrag (in fact.. every guitar player in superdrag used rats). He also used a Distortion plus on those early superdrag albums.

    John has a ton of different guitars: he was sponsored by epiphone for a while so he has a Casino (a favorite), SGs, Les Pauls and then he seems to favor his Jazzmasters and the Tele Jr. he borrowed many years ago from ex-superdrag guitarist brandon fisher. That's the guitar i remember him playing most...though I think the casino was the most used on his solo record. John used his trusty Fender twin live, i forget what year, but I think its a 71... in the studio he jumps around some. I know the first Drag album was mostly marshalls, the second having some AC30, marshall and various fenders. I suspect when hes playing guitar on the solo album, its a casino into a rat and mxr micro amp, into the fender twin.
     
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    Sounds like a Keeley Fuzzhead you're describing.
     
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    Not to rain on anyones parade but the rat is about as far from "wooly" or "woofy" as you will find. The major complaint with the rat is lack of low end.

    Also, isn't the fuzz head Keely's take on the fuzz face?

    If you want a wooly, non face/muff one easy choice would be a tonebender clone. Sort of the mid way point between a FF and BM.
     
  11. Rambo66

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    I said "I'm not really into the wooly-woofy fuzz tone." Thanks though.
     
  12. murch33

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    How about a Screwdriver?
     
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    I'M TELLING YOU PEOPLE YOU HAVE TRY THE MONSTERPIECE FUZZ, WHAT YOU DESCRIBED IS EXACTLY WHAT THE MONSTERPIECE FUZZ IS....

    CONTACT THE BUILDER HERE i81b4u_did@yahoo.com

    IT'S CHEAP AND IT ROCKS....
     
  14. Rambo66

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    I just listened to some clips of the Monsterpiece and the low end is still kind of wooly, is there a tone knob to clean that up?
     
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    Keeley RAT!!! Check it out, best bang for the buck in my opinion. Still the most flexible distortion/overdrive unit I've ever tried.
     
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    Got any clips?
     
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    T-rex Mudhoney
     
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    Demeter Fuzzulator sounded REALLY good to me and crossed the line between OD and Fuzz without loosing detail or becoming flabby. Has a switch to choose between two types of clipping.
     
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    I was going to suggest the Demeter FOD-1 ... but they haven't moved beyond the limited-edition paintjobs yet, so the price is still well over $200. :(
     
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