Orange Kay Fuzz style pedals (show yours and help me pick)

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  1. theanalogdream

    theanalogdream Supporting Member

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    Ok,

    I've read a bunch of threads on here about the Orange Kay fuzz. I love Lanois, and I love the tones he gets out of these things. I'm thinking of something like the end of "Jilted Lovers..." on Brandon Flowers Lanois produced album.

    People seem to come down to Basic Audio and Creepy Fingers- both seem like great options. Are there any other contenders out there I should be looking at? If you have one, post a pic!
     
  2. Flatscan

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    I loved the sounds I could get out of the BA Kay fuzz but it was just too noisy. I don't know if they are all like that
     
  4. la noise

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    Love mine. :aok

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    Here's a clip of mine in use, too:

     
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    In 1995 I bought a mint condition SF Champ with manual and orig cable for $100 and the guy threw in a Kay Fuzz that didn't work.

    I soldered one connection and it worked fine.

    Best deal of my life.

    The Edge drove up the price on the Kay fuzz. See Elevation
     
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  7. Flatscan

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    How do you like the Black Cat, Flatscan??? :)
     
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    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    Mmmm, Fuzzmondo!

    Had one here as part of a BA tourbox and it had deliciously massive sound.

    Like a big stack of ...stackable big things!

    -bEn r.
     
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  11. Flatscan

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    I like it so far but need to spend more time with it. This should happen in coming days. I want to avoid strong public comments at this stage.

    [It has much more tone-shaping functionality than many, many pedals.]
     
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  12. theanalogdream

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    Someone should make one in like a mojovibe type enclosure with a big knob to control the sweep! I like the way type enclosure, but don't think I would dig it on a board. Keep them coming- so far, no creepy fingers represented.
     
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    Black cat will custom make it for you.
     
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  15. Flatscan

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    Following up per @la noise's question, and after substantial testing, I'm ready to give the Black Cat Kay fuzz an enthusiastic endorsement.

    The pedal is a huge amount of fun to play through.

    Summary of my thinking:

    * The pedal is differentiated enough from a broad array of other fuzz pedals that I own to keep (mostly Basic Audio***). It is most similar to my Malekko Chaos (still comparing/learning about) and the BA Zippy (the Zippy is less synthy and has more body on its own)

    * The pedal has a modest to high learning curve given the treadle and its propensity to intermodulate

    * The pedal rewards strong knowledge of the fretboard, an area where I continue to focus/work to improve

    * The pedal stacks unbelievably well into the Tronographic Boxidizer (as do many). I also tried stacking into the Catalinbread SFT, the Mulder X-1, and the Fuzzrocious Demon (OCDish). The "best of the rest" was the SFT.

    * I like it most with PAF-style humbuckers into a "warm" [not hot] Maz 18

    * To manage the intermodulation, I tend to leave the treadle in mid-position and rock it back for chords and up for single-note lines; I do work the treadle quite a bit

    * I mainly use the pedal in its "K-Fuzz" configuration and found the other diode settings less usable; I'm still exploring here though.

    * The gain knob is helpful.



    *** Basic Audio pedals that I switched back and forth between the Kay include the Wildcat, Zippy, Mutant, and Spooky Tooth.

    [John Lyons is a Wizard.]
     
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    I wonder if John has ever made one in a Wah enclosure?

    Nice writeup, @Flatscan ! :aok
     
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    For the Lanois fans it would be cool to see a K-Fuzz with some sort of post EQ'ing ability to bring in the warmth that a Tweed Deluxe or AC30 brings to the pedal's tone. Could be a bit of an amp/fuzz in a box situation which I normally hate but this could be something cool :)
     
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  19. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    that would be great, but.....
    a simple CV/exp-input for the "tone"-knob on @basicaudio's KF might do the trick.....
    the original treadle seems to manipulate the bias of some internal transistor, afaict, ¿no?, forcing the octave/etc to pop (or, hide).
     
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    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    i def wouldn't want that.
     

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