Most unreliable fuzz pedal

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  1. Hawkmoon269

    Hawkmoon269 Member

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    I don’t have enough problems in my life. What is the most unreliable fuzz pedal that still sounds awesome? You know, the one that doesn’t work well after buffers, before buffers, with coily cables, in high temperatures, in low temperatures or on Wednesdays. But in that rare moment sounds completely awesome.
     
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    A random MKI Tone Bender
     
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  3. Peps

    Peps Fuzzonaut / Fuzzombie / Fuzz Magisterium Bishop Gold Supporting Member

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    Anything germanium
     
  4. Dr. Tinnitus

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    A Fuzz Face, unless you leave it in the refrigerator and speak very nicely to it.
     
  5. Oldschool59

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    I wouldn't call it unreliable, but the Fuzz Factory (Ge) is quite a ride. You never know how one minute turn of a knob will transfer into sound. Placement in the chain is also a factor. I have the FF7, and it is by far the most fun I've ever had with fuzz. Instead of unreliable, let's say it is...temperamental. It is a more appropriate endearing term ;-)
     
  6. gearscrubs

    gearscrubs Supporting Member

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    Russian big muff.
     
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  7. Hugo Da Rosa

    Hugo Da Rosa Silver Supporting Member

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    Just about any germanium fuzz but those fuzz faces are quite unpredictable. Gotta love it when you're tracking some fuzz tones and finally get a good riff down but only to hear hints of what sounds like Telemundo being broadcasted through your amp from RF interference :D.
     
  8. Hawkmoon269

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    No te gusta el Telemundo?
     
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    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    Aion Flare, which is basically a Fuzz Factory with 8 knobs, and can be built with germanium or some silicon (i.e., any PNP) transistors. I don’t think it’s possible to recreate the same tone twice!!
     
  10. Flatscan

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    What is the criteria for being unreliable?

    If it's as simple as Ge/temperature and that's an issue then just avoid Ge fuzz pedals.

    If it's as simple as the fuzz is complicated, put your camera phone to good use so that you can quickly find favorite settings quickly.

    [I don't really see any fuzz as unreliable. Some are more temperamental though.]
     
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  11. Frank67

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    The Fulltone 69 has all those features mentioned ... Temperature, massive impedance issues, radio pickup .... if it wouldn‘t sound so good on it‘s good days :)
     
  12. Flogger59

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    My gen 2 Big Muff Pi. That one was always good for a random screech or squawk.

    Or nothing.

    Mostly nothing.
     
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    And then there's the fantastic customer support!
     
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    :beer
     
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    Could never get the OBNE Haunt to cover the range of ground that I expected it to. Occasionally sounds great in a specific moment but more often than not just leaves me feeling disappointed and reaching for a different fuzz.
     
  16. StompBoxBlues

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    Of all fuzzes (and I have a ton of them) have to agree. Fuzz factory is a blast and very fun to play around with. I’m not brave enough to use it in a band setting because, as you say...just don’t know what I’m going to get out of it. Even with the knobs “pretty much” in the same setting, never sounds the same twice. But at home noodling around, or home recording you find all these strange sounds in it.
     
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  17. '90s Pacifica

    '90s Pacifica Member

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    I don't want to turn this into a Fuzz Factory thread, but I love using mine in my band. I do return to my tried and true settings, but I also recently started a new band and busted out the FF with my experimental, at-home settings...and it rocked :bow
     
  18. whateverdude

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    Another vote for the Fuzz Factory, I miss my old one dearly
     
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  19. StompBoxBlues

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    Probably if I spent more time with mine I’d be able to feel more confidence using it at a gig.
     
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  20. zztomato

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    I once had a Rude Boy Dirty Boy fuzz. It was a challenge to bond with and seemed to be different every time I plugged it in. It was noisy and gnarly- you might like it.
     

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