Single Coils, Fuzz, and P&W

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by osq_122, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. osq_122

    osq_122 Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    I fell in love with the Monsterpiece NPN. I thought I'd like fuzz but I now I don't know how I survived before I awakened to the beauty that is fuzz. For a while, it's satisfied my urges but I'm jonesing for another fuzz. While the Monsterpiece is great for chords and solos, it doesn't get as thick as I'd like for lead lines (a little too bright I'd describe it as).

    However, before I go out on the great gear search I wanted to get your opinion on fuzz and single coils. Is the lack of thickness something I'm going to be able to get in other fuzzes or is it more an inherent feature of single coils and I'm never gonna be able to truly get that meaty single-note-line-that-sounds-massive sound? I've tried playing around a lot with pickup combos and tone knob adjustments but I can never get a truly thick sound, just something not as bright.

    Assuming I can get a nice, thick fuzz tone with single coils, what should I be looking at? Right now my gear is a SSS Strat and Ampeg Gemini I. I primarily play P&W but don't let that limit your suggestions; they're pretty cool with whatever I do as long as it isn't obnoxious. The only real constraint is that the pedal has to be able to get thick without needing a big boost over unity gain. Obviously some boost is fine, but it can't be hyper noticeable.
  2. guiltless

    guiltless Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    I used a Germanium London Fuzz into a Peavey Classic 30 and a tele. It was an awesome combo!
  3. Whiskey N Beans

    Whiskey N Beans Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Sunset District
    Sunface or Lunar Module maybe?
  4. tdk8709

    tdk8709 Senior Member

    Jun 2, 2011
    Southern Illinois
    The Mini Foot Fuzz does it for me. Stays right around unity and can get very thick, but cleans up well as a nice moderate fuzz. I'm about to try an Astrotone as well, so I can let you know how that goes.

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