Marc Ford Fuzz tones

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  1. thewex

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    Specifically from Fuzz Machine. Pretty ridic tones. What are some good options?
     
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    I need to get that Fuzz Machine album, so I can't help you specifically. But I was working on learning the Crowes High Head Blues and I like the fuzzy overdrive the Screwdriver give you for his tones on that.
     
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    Sounds to me like a cranked low watt amp, single coils and a vol sensitive fuzz rolled back (fuzz face most likely).
     
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    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Lots of BMF stuff on Fuzz Machine...Purple Nurple, Fat Bastard, Aries Fuzz, etc. Marc's also been pretty close with a Foxx Tone Machine the past several years.
     
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    Doesn't Marc Ford use the Analogman Sunface with 2SB Transistors?!?
     
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    I'm going to say Sunface and Beano Boost or Sun king.

    Marc uses all different fuzz's and guitars and amps. Its all in how he plays, in my opinion. The gear will get you so far, but you really need to study his playing.
     
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    So I've heard, I've got one great fuzz but I don't sound like Marc, he uses all sorts of flavours of fuzz though.
     
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    I can dial in his sort of tones with my Paul Trombetta Mini Bone.
     
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    Yea, I've listened to the clips a lot. I just need to buy it...and I will shortly.
     
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    Buy ten really nice single channel tubes amps of varying wattage.

    Buy 15 of the top fuzz pedals mentioned here on TGP.

    Buy 5 nice boosters.

    Buy 2 wahs.

    Have at least one of a single coil, P90 and humbucker equipped guitar (preferable with Tom Short pickups or low output).

    Find a big room and don't come out for a long time. And when you do, go buy more stuff.
     
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    Pick up a fox rox hot silicon. It satisfied my fords tones. If you want to sound like Marc Ford, you need Ford's fingers. The rest of us can only get so close --- just enjoy playing his music.
     
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    I feel like this is the recipe for so much. Tone, technique, myth debunking, etc..
     
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    Pretty much.

    My biggest difficulty in getting his or "the tone of which we speak", is consistently getting it. I know Marc struggles with it as well. I have seen/heard plenty of shows when Marc comments in between songs, "it was sounding so good earlier."

    I can get his tones at home, but getting them to work with a band and an anal retentive soundman is challenging. My go to recipe had been guitar>Peppermint Fuzz>Teese RMC3>distorting tube amp. The gate can be adjusted on the Peppermint to allow good, sputtering tones even playing through master volume amps. The rest is in the fingers, or boots.

    Marc always has some nice boots. I did find boots with a heel made me feel more Marc Fordish which is always a big help, especially when finding a nice, half cocked wah sound.
     
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    Marc also runs his amps dark. I think this really gives his fuzz tone more "oomph".
     
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    What about a Lunar Module?

    I've been stacking a Les Lius with a Strangemaster (Silicon mode)- gets pretty Ford-y
     
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    Good call. I grabbed one, and it certainly does the trick! Now to the finger emporium...
     
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    Thanks for reminding me about getting the Fuzz Machine album. Been enjoying it the past 2 days!
     
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    a treble boost into a fuzz will give you those awesome chaotic sounds...im listening to fuzz machine and its weird, he gets his fuzz to be all crazy but very chimey too?
     
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    Grit knob on the FoxRox actually works great to cover that range from chimey to crazy.
     

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