"Starter" Fuzz for pedalboard?

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  1. Barnzy

    Barnzy Member

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    New to fuzz and haven't bought yet. I am sure I will own many soon enough, but what would be a good "standard" fuzz pedal to be my first? My only requirement is that it has to be pedalboard friendly, so no big, round "land mines" and must accept power supply. Fire away TGP...
     
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    Basic Audio Alter-Destiny, or maybe Scarab Deluxe.
     
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    I've always called the various members of the big muff family "gateway" fuzzes, depending on the rig it can be a really solid sounding pedal. Bender circuits and Fuzz Face circuits are sometimes difficult to get accustomed to in my opinion if you're used to dealing with overdrives as your main source of distortion, they are dynamically very strange.

    I have a Fuzz Factory on my board and it's awesome, but not great for anything you'd describe as vintage, nonetheless it's my favorite fuzz pedal. If you wanna sound like Matt Bellamy or Jack White the Fuzz Factory is the way to go :p
     
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    Fuzzhugger Algal Bloom would be perfect.

    Best of both worlds:

    1. Works well with volume knob. cleans up well like a fuzz face.
    2. big, fun, forgiving sounds like in a Muff
    3. works great after or before buffers
    4. takes a normal power supply
    5. price is right
     
  5. crxshdxmmy

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    I'd recommend a versatile non-muff fuzz to start with. Something that can do standard fuzz tones -- as well as some non-standard stuff -- and still work in a live mix.

    The BA Scarab Deluxe is a fine choice. Not my favorite, but it'd be a solid starter pedal.

    My two go-to recommendations would be:

    • Paul Trombetta Mini Bone (you'll need to find one used though, as the current waiting list is several months long)
    • Skreddy Lunar Module Mini Deluxe (not quite as versatile as the Scarab or Mini Bone, but it's a fantastic fuzz)
    Or, if a muff is definitely what you're after, please please please get something versatile like a Blackout Effectors Musket or Blunderbuss Fuzz.
     
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    Fuzzhugger Algal Bloom XS+
    OR
    Blackout Effectors Blunderbuss
     
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    Wampler Velevet Fuzz
     
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    Despite what people say, i picked up a used boss fz-5 and can get quite good sounds out of it. I say for my 1st fuzz pedal i am very happy with it,:dude
     
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    This was almost on my list. It's one of my all-time favorites, but the wait list is over a year long, last time I checked. It can also scare off some people because of some of the unusual things it does (which are exactly why I love it).

    Are these really more versatile than the BA Alter-Destiny? I haven't checked them out at all, but the Alter-Destiny is really versatile. I'll have to look into them.
     
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    Look at Stomp Under Foot.
    Matt has captured some of the truly great muffs and fuzzes with his expertly built, small footprint, quiet and toneful masterpieces.
     
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    I'd say scarab deluxe.
     
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    THIS...
    $150 to $160 here in the Emporium.
    and if you don't like it, it will be easy to flip for the same... Cost you the shipping to check it out. ;)
     
  14. ChampReverb

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    I think you need to describe your equipment, what music you play and some songs you've heard with fuzz and what you have liked and/or disliked.

    Heavy disgusting wall of fuzz?
    Velcro fuzz?
    60's fuzz?
    Hendrix fuzz?
    Gilmour fuzz?
    Fuzz meets overdrive?
    Spaghetti Western fuzz?
    British Invasion fuzz?
    Psychedelic fuzz?
    Tight buzzy fuzz?
    Polite fuzz?
    Screaming death fuzz?
    Naval fuzz?
    Peach fuzz?
    Etc.

    You must have heard something.

    -bEn r.
     
  15. Barnzy

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    A fair question...here is my set up. It's been consistent for a few years now
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    ^^^^ Ben here has a good point. Name a song or fuzz sound you like and the recommendations won't be so all over the place.
     
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    Go for the Skreddy Hybrid Fuzz Driver or the LMMD. It's very versatile.
     
  18. Barnzy

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    Op here..I just signed up for the Basic Audio tourbox....now I can try out a few fuzz types and sort this out the right way! Thanks for all the responses!
     
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    The Strictly Fuzz thread should be your new best friend.
    Lots of fuzz info and enthusiasm and user clips there.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1539776

    -bEn r.
     
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