My Take on a ZVex Fuzz Factory Settings List

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  1. onetubetone

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    Story, sad but true. A few weeks ago I bought me a Fuzz Factory, and it's given me hours of crazy fun and tinkering. What a cool pedal. Anyhow, I don't know about you guys, but I found the original "Fuzz Factory Settings List" to be not exactly optimal. Some settings were repeats, some settings oscillated uncontrollably, though they said they wouldn't, some just sounded boring. Furthermore, the layout wasn't exactly intuitive. Most settings had names that didn't correlate to their function, and they were all put on the list in seemingly random order.

    Not to sound unappreciative... without the list I would have had nothing to start from, but I thought that I could do better. So I spent some time sorting through the list, writing down my favorite settings, adjusting some, and making up some of my own.

    I then ranked each setting I came up with on a scale of 1 to 10 for the three categories of the fuzz factory's sound which I found most important: fuzziness, crackle, and modulation. I then converted these rankings to a graph: red for fuzziness, yellow for crackle, and green for modulation. I also wrote some notes by each setting of adjustments I found important.

    What I came up with is the attached image files of 22 settings, each with a descriptive name, and each with a small graph of its sound characteristics next to it on the left. Enjoy! Also, I am aware that no two FFs are the same, and the tone depends on many things such as pickups, battery life, other craziness. But I still think my list is a great starting point, especially with the notes. Tell me what you think.

    UPDATE: Two additional settings I found that didn't make the list:

    Crazy Clean: Gate: 1:00 Comp: 9:00 Drive: 9:45 Stab: 2:45
    Notes: turn down guitar volume for sparkly clean.

    Metal Fuzz: Gate: 10:45 Comp: 2:00 Drive: 5:00 Stab: 1:30
    Notes: do a "ghost bend" pinch harmonic (pre-bend note, do pinch harmonic, let fall) around 12th fret. You will be amazed.
     
  2. cube

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    thank you sir!
     
  3. ducmike

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    Thanks!
    Also try: gate: 2:00, comp: 7:00, drive: 3:00, stab: 12:00 or so, a smooth fuzz that crackels and sputters as it decays.
     
  4. onetubetone

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    Your welcome. And I will try it. Check out the metal fuzz tho, that really surprised me! =)
     
  5. StompboxMan

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    If needed!

    The Fuzz Factory Setting List

    Atari 7:00 3:00 5:00 8:00
    60's Fuzz 2:00 8:30 3:00 5:00
    Arpegio 12:00 3:00 3:00 3:00
    Bonkers Fuzz (1) 2:00 2:00 11:00 3:00
    Bonkers Fuzz (2) 1:00 1:00 11:00 3:00
    Clean Fuzz 5:00 2:00 11:00 5:00
    Clean Up Fuzz 7:00 7:00 5:00 (lower till squeal stops) 5:00
    Clean to OD 5:00 2:00 10:00 5:00
    Dummy Fuzz 11:00 11:00 5:00 5:00
    Dead Quite Ripper 9:00 3:00 5:00 7:00
    Electric Beans 7:00 5:00 7:00 5:00
    Fizzy Fizz 10:00 1:00 11:00 12:00
    Fuzz Bright 1:00 12:00 1:00 4:00
    Fuzz Distortion 12:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    FuzzFace71 (1) 12:00 12:00 12:00 5:00
    FuzzFace71 (2) 3:00 7:00 12:00 4:30
    FuzzFace71 (3) 7:00 12:00 1:00 5:00
    FuzzFace71 (4) 12:00 7:00 12:00 5:00
    Fuzz Mellow 1:00 12:00 1:00 9:00
    Fuzz Splutter 3:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    Fuzz Squeal 9:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    Hi-Compression 3:00 9:00 5:00 5:00
    Hi-Octane 2:00 to 3:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Interference 7:00 3:00 12:00 5:00
    Intermodulation 2-3:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    IYW 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00
    Juice Face 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00
    Krackle Fuzz 1:00 4:00 10:00 2-5:00
    Mellow Mud 2:30 7:00 7:00 9:00
    Metal Distortion 4:00 10:30 7:00 5:00
    Modulated Mud Fuzz 12:00 11:00 5:00 7:00
    Modulated Sticky 12:00 1:00 5:00 7:00
    Modulated Sticky Fuzz 9:00 3:00 9:00 3:00
    Muse-esque 2:30 3:15 5:00 5:00
    No-Name Fuzz 1:00 11:00 2:00 7:00
    No-Name Fuzz (2) 10:00 7:00 12:00 5:00
    OD/Fuzz 7:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    OD Squeal 7:00 12:00 3:00 3:00
    Pitch Drop 7:00 12:00 5:00 7:00
    Please Fuzz 12:00 7:00 3:00 2:00
    Prickly Vexter 8:45 12:15 2:00 4:45 1:30
    Psychedelic Crackle 1:00 8:00 3:00 3:00
    Punky 2:30 - 3:30 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Radio Fuzz 7:00 10:00 12:00 5:00 (play A, lower to taste)
    Random Fuzz 1:30 7:00 5:00 4:00 (approx)
    Range 7:00 12:00 3:00 12:00
    Resonant Fuzz 7:00 7:00 12:00 4:00
    Smashing Pumpkins-esque 2:00 9:00 5:00 10:00
    Smooth Fuzz 7:00 3:00 5:00 5:00 (lower to mellow)
    Soft Fuzz 1:00 7:00 7:00 Variable
    Spastic Muff 5:00 7:00 5:00 5:00
    Squealer Fuzz 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00
    Squealer Fuzz (2) 7:00 8:00 1:00 7:00
    Static / Low 12:00 12:00 5:00 7:00
    Stooges Fuzz 3:00 7:00 3:00 5:00
    Stylo Fuzz 12:30 12:30 7:00 7:00
    Super-Heavy 3:00 9:00 5:00 5:00
    Sweet Sustain 1:00 7:00 10:00 1:30
    Tight and Sweet 12:00 8:00 8:00 5:00
    Tiny 10:30 12:00 12:30 9:30
    Traditional Fuzz 9:00 7:00 11:00 to 1:00 11-1:00
    Traditional Fuzz (1) 9:00 7:00 1:00 5:00
    Traditional Fuzz (2) 2:00 7:00 3:00 5:00
    Ugly Fuzz 2:00 8:30 3:30 2:00
    Velcro 7:00 5:00 5:00 2:00
    Weezer-esque 2:30 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Whale 7:00 1:00 5:00 9:00
    What the Fuzz? 7:00 7:00 5:00 5:00

     
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  6. Platypus

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    This is fantastic, thank you very much for making this. The original lists have so many of the same sounds and don't sound anything like their titles in a lot of cases!
     
  7. teddy boy

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    One thing you have to remember with the fuzz factory that those presets are going to sound completely different when played with low-output pickups compared to high-output pickups. It will affect the gate and oscillation sounds...
     
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  8. StompBoxBlues

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    You sir, are a PRINCE!

    Really, very nice (as is the compiled list that Stompboxman posted), and obviously you took some time to make it easily read and a great reference document.

    One word of advice to others, when making adjustments on the FF make sure you turn the FF volume down first! Sometimes getting to "clean" settings, depending on which knob you turn first, or second, can get "the squeals" and it can actually hurt your ears if you had the vol high, and the amp up.

    Maybe obvious, but it wasn't to me until like the third time!

    Excellent table you made. One slight suggestion, it's a small thing, but it would be cool if it had a title up on top "Fuzz Factory Settings".

    I printed mine out and after I try all the settings, and note which ones best for me, putting this up in my music room!
     
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    You are the man... Thank you so much.
     
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    The other thing is that all FF don't sound the same. I've owned 3, two great ones and one lackluster...
     
  12. Nwlp∅

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    So it was you!! Thank you so much mister. I found this before joining the gear page and it helped a lot, a only used some crazy clean stab and drive variantios before.
    Lot's of this settings like the crazy fuzz are just what i want i my mind a fuzz to sound like with chords (metallic and hairy but gummy and clear at the same time. Not too sparkly, well balanced from lowest to highest) but painfully this doesn't behave nice for my dynamics. I play in a bluesy fingerstyle way. Gating frustrate me and compression causes me claustrophobia. I practically only wanna use drives that can "clean" up with the level that comes in and i set them in ways that when playing softly gets cleaner and harder it gets fuzzier. So it's just very hard to keep the timbre range and space that a nice dynamic fuzz gives with guitar vol knob and have a crazy or fizzy fuzz to use as a texture for chords at the same time... reminds me to the melx 2 but more grainy and mid fulled
    It's all about that sound you get with comp at 3 o'clock. I'll try the space cat or modulated crazy, "seems" more relaxed with those settings
     
  13. Silver Hand

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    It would be cool to see a list for the two additional "subs" settings on the Fat Fuzz Factory.
     
  14. Sonix Adven

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    My advice for you is don't follow any list of settings. If you spend enough time with it and reflect on what does what you'll be able to achieve a spectrum of tones.

    My fuzz factory achieves awesome dynamic overdrive tones all the way to unstable, gated, electrical velcro.

    You have to think and spend time with it.
     
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    That may have been the new internet record for a necropost...
     
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    My advice would be to open your mind to other's ideas, and then forge your own from there.
     
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    compressor-gate-drive-stab? how the numbers go?
     
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