Recently found fuzz

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by amp48, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. amp48

    amp48 Member

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    I've been playing guitar for 20 years and I'm just now getting into fuzz...
    Why didn't I try this sooner?

    I got a Formula No.5 and really liked the loose gnarly grind it gets. It made my other od's seem too smooth/polite.

    Then I started to explore the different fuzz textures in my M9.

    Next I got a fulltone 70. It just sounds huge.
    I love how I can get good clean/overdrive tones with my volume knob down, turn up for lead tones or stack with my F No.5 for even bigger sounds.

    Now I'm considering selling my Keeley BD2, CMAT Signa Drive and other drives to focus on getting more fuzz.

    I'd like to stay away from scooped mids and dark sounding pedals.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. erksin

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    Tonebender Mk.1
     
  3. stratguy23

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    Good for you! I definitely don't use overdrive much anymore, they sound fake honestly. Fuzzes are great though! What about a Muff with a mid knob? Triangles and Ram's Head style Muffs are pretty bright if you want. There are some great options like the Basic Audio Tri/Ram Muff. It has a mid control, so you can get to not sound scooped. I still need to try a MK.1, but I have heard they are definitely not scooped.
     
  4. Blunder

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    Be careful going down the fuzz rabbit hole. There's no way out.

    ...but its real fun down here.

    I'll add a couple of my favorites:
    Buzzaround
    Vox Tonebender
    MK1

    The Blackout Effectors Fix'd Fuzz is very under rated. There's tons of cool sounds in it. 2 different fuzzes, a boost section, and tone stack. You can mix and match all of them.

    Basic Audio is also making some great sounding fuzzes that are affordable and built really well.

    Earthquaker Devices has some great stuff as well. Hoof, Dirt Transmitter, Dream Crusher
     
  5. corbs

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    As others have said,

    Tonebender MKI

    All the ones Blunder mentioned rock as well if you are looking to stay away from scooped/dark.
     
  6. FlyingDutchman

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    I love my ToneBender Mk. II Clone (SpookyBonus build) and my Fuzzhugger FX Algal Bloom. You may also want to keep an eye out for a cheap Dunlop Swollen Pickle. Cool Big Muff clone.
     
  7. AXXA

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    The '70 is a great fuzz. I had one and really liked it, sometimes I miss it. I prefer 'buzzy' fuzzes though.

    I really like my Analogman Peppermint Fuzz, Zvex Fuzz Factory and Smitty Maestro FZ-1A clone. Between these I can get everything from pure vintage fuzz tones, to crazy 'modern' fuzz tones, with a lot in between. It took a lot of fuzzes to find these favorites though. I would like to try some Tone Benders next, never had any of the variations.

    Don't forget to check out some octave fuzzes! Those can be really fun.
     
  8. strat9659

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    Agree completely... The newest Deluxe version even puts the fuzz level controls on the top. For even more flexibility, you could look at the Blackout Effectors Twosome, which bolts a Fix'd Deluxe to a Musket. This is the route I took :)
     
  9. sahhas

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    i'll 2nd the crazy rabbit hole fuzz search....
    it's never ending....

    i'm currently rotating through:
    ptd mini bone v2
    wh swollen pickle
    vs angry fuzz

    as my faves...there are so many to choose from, it's good to try a few...
    i've been through too many, it's a sick sick obsession.....
     
  10. PlexiFuzz

    PlexiFuzz I know karate. Voodoo, too.

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    Good luck, man. If it weren't for fuzz, my pedal collection could easily consist of just a delay. Bring fuzz into the equation and all bets are off.

    Check out the basic audio scarab deluxe if you want something versatile, not dark, readily available, and that plays well with the Fn5.
     
  11. Crikey

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    Fulltone Soul-Bender is a cool Tone Bender style, easy to play
    Skreddy Lunar Module is just freaking awesome -- like 1970s Gilmour
    G.S. Wyllie Moonrock does killer fuzz, with octave and gated swells if you want them
    Don't write off all Muffs and derivatives as dark or scooped.

    Have fun!
     
  12. NHBluesMan

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    the 70 is a great fuzz pedal... +1 on the VS Angry Fuzz too
     

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