New to Fuzz.....what do I want?

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  1. charley

    charley Supporting Member

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    Hi all!

    I am new to fuzz. I am primarily a low gain, roots rock, americana type player. I use tells and 335s through Fender type amps.

    I like OD....currently I am really enjoying my Tim, HBOD, and Klon KTR.

    BUT.....I am also beginning to enjoy fuzz more.....I like that it really thickens up the sound of my guitar. I like a lower fuzz type pedal....that cleans up nice with my guitar volume knob.

    Today I tried a Fulltone 69, and quite liked it. So, I am looking for more Fuzz!

    I THINK I like Germanium transistors more than silicon....they seem warmer, lower gain, and clean up better to my ear. Plus, with the gain rolled back, they still sound thick and full.


    What are some other Fuzzes I should try? I want Ge fuzz that cleans up well and has a real vintage vibe that would sit well in roots rock music.

    I am going to get the Fulltone 69, but want to try a few others (Sunlion!!!)

    What are some recommendations that will do what I want and are not too over the top?

    THANKS!!!!!!!
     
  2. rosslevans

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    Right there with ya brother. It feels like a wormhole haha!
     
  3. dpgreek

    dpgreek Supporting Member

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    You should also try muff style fuzz pedals for a great thick sound. Check out Basic Audio stuff. They have great pedals like the Scarab and Alter Destiny that do great sounds
     
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  4. Flatscan

    Flatscan Supporting Member

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    Some more polite fuzz-like pedals...

    Skreddy Lunar Module for Fuzz Face-type tones
    +1 for most all BA fuzzes; you might like the Alter Destiny or Futureman
    Bearfoot Arctic White Fuzz
    Stephen Douglas Leona
    Some like the Analogman Astro Tone but I couldn't bond with it - not enough boost
    J. Rocket WTF - wasn't my thing
    Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker - more cutting fuzz
    Swart Fuzzy Boost
    Swart Atomic Boost (Treble Booster)
    A dimed out Mulder X-1 can get fuzzy in a good way
     
  5. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched

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    Sounds like you need a nice germanium fuzz face
     
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  6. MBT74

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    The Fulltone 69 was going to be my suggestion. Don't get hung up on Ge vs Si. Basic Audio make a stack of Si fuzzes that are great and an Si fuzz should be more happy about not being first in your pedal chain.

    If you like the 69, why not use that for your low gain fuzz and explore the world of fuzz for different things? Some less "polite" fuzzes maybe?

    Grab a nice OC75 laden Tonebender MkII. And a Black Cat Superfuzz as well.
     
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  7. Kyle Byquist

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    ThorpyFX Muffroom Cloud or the Analog.Man AstroTone are AWESOMEx1000. Very different characteristics and the AstroTone cleans up well with the volume knob
     
  8. GuitarsFromMars

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    I am caught up in the purchase of a Fulltone Octafuzz. I have a PTD Tornita!(psychotic anvil/oboe flailing with glitchy gated/arpeggiated nonsense). An artsy fuzz. The Octafuzz will serve a Hendrixy sort of heavyset anomaly of octave thumpy madness.
     
  9. johnnyjj

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    I'm always sure to look for that on the box whenever I buy a new pedal. :)
     
  10. tdump

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    Check out a fuzz face or treble booster.
     
  11. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm not a fuzz expert at all, but I recently tried the Dunlop Hendrix mini fuzz (the round, light blue one). It sounded really fat and low gain, with superb cleanup.

    I'd love to try the Fulltone 69 myself.
     
  12. wrightdude

    wrightdude Supporting Member

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    Some good suggestions above...

    Another circuit that cleans up nice is the Jordan Bosstone. Mahoney makes a clone you can usually find on eBay for nice price...

    PTD Rotobone can go from nice fuzzy OD to full-on snarl/mayhem...

    Someone mentioned Tornita... it actually has some really nice cleanup too....!
     
  13. MemorymanDL

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    A muff style might be a great place to start.

    My favourite muff is the EQD Hoof, it's been on my personal board for two years now.

     
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  14. Custom50

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    Try a tone bender style circuit too.
     
  15. TimeSnow

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    How long is a piece of string?

    Try a bunch of cheap versions of the classics, determine what style of fuzz suits you then try the big boys of that style... also don't be afraid to stack fuzz with other dirt... that's a BIG part of many people's sound.
     
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  16. KnowTalent

    KnowTalent Just SAY NO to "Creamy" Distortion

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  17. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    try playing it differently --- approaching it differently --- and it'll offer plaintive, evocative & earthily expressive voices; there's beauty underneath that beast, real sweetness behind the raw & rude, as with many great fuzzes.
     
  18. sickboy79

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    I'm a big fan of Analogman and EQD stuff. The Sun Face and Tone Reaper are some of my favs.
     
  19. Byknfool

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    I have a Black Arts toneworks Pharoah fuzz. I like this one because of the versatility it can give me. You can switch between silicon and germanium as well as tone adjustment options. I don't know how well it cleans up with volume as I have never tried (I turn down the fuzz on the pedal if I want something more clean.) I also have heard good things about Scared deluxe by basic audio and muffroom cloud, though I have not tried them myself.
     

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