the search for a fuzz

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by maggiesrevenge, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. maggiesrevenge

    maggiesrevenge Member

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    i'm on the hunt for a fuzz pedal. the kind of stuff i like to play is tool, alice in chains, king crimson, early genesis, mastodon....somewhere between progressive metal and post rock. i like the idea of bringing the fuzz sound to these genres for my own purposes and for my own music. i've tried out the big muff pi, but find it gets a little muddy the lower i get, especially lower open notes. versatility is a plus. that being said, here are a couple i'm looking at:

    black arts pharaoh
    black arts lstr
    big muff tone wicker
    mjm foxey fuzz
    dwarfcraft the internet
    tortuga yeti (but it's pretty much too expensive, maybe someone knows a similar, more economic option)

    i was just hoping y'all could weigh in based on your experience with any of these pedals. please don't hesitate to express what you don't like about them and why. many thanks.
     
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    forgot to mention, i play a gibson lucille into a hot rod deluxe. i guess i like to take certain sounds and take them out of their generic context.
     
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    tnt365 Supporting Member

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    Check out some of the Skreddy pedals, one of them might fit the bill (ScrewDriver, Lunar Module, Top Fuel, P19)

    I think you would also enjoy the Black Arts Pharaoh and maybe a Scarab Deluxe.
     
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    The pharoah would prob fit the bill, but really I think you ought to think hard about the guitar/amp choices versus the styles you wanna play. I think some vintage style gear would work here, but a Lucille through a Hot Rod Deluxe ? Too far off the path to get the best tones for the genre.

    Just my 2 cents, good luck whatever choices you make
     
  5. maggiesrevenge

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    i get that my gear might seem inconsistent with the genres i play but i'm all about forging my own sound, not abiding by generic conventions. for example i just bought a q tron but i'm not playing porn funk, i've been using it for darker stuff (as well as dead/phish style jamming, but w/e) and it's awesome. i like the idea of drawing on a lot of different eclectic sounds in the interest of having my own unique one. for example i really don't play much blues but i really find the lucille/hot rod combo to be pretty versatile with the tones i set. at the same time i'm not much of a gear head so i probably just don't really know what i'm talking about. thanks for the input though, it is much appreciated!
     
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    One of our members posted some live clips a little while back of his band that play a lot of Tool and AIC material, IIRC. He was posting about how the Analogueman AstroTone was such a superb fit for this appication (and from what you describe). The YT clips of his band sounded very, very good, and I believe that he was using the Astro as his only dirt. Worth checking out.
     
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    You guys should check this out, i demo-ed one of this. amazing fuzz pedals!



     
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    Check out Blackout Effectors Musket: Crank the Pre, Focus, and Tone knobs for Fripp, roll 'em back for Mastodon. AWESOMELY versatile fuzz. -E
     
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    there are so many flavors i don't even know where to begin in my recommendations.

    I am digging my 3xfx Buzz Bomb right now. Pretty versatile.
     
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    nl128 Silver Supporting Member

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    The muff with wicker is a great pedal and you cant beat the price. I really tried not to like it because the devil inside me tells me the more $ the better the fuzz.

    I Compared it to a bunch of boo-tiki pedals. anytime I take it off my board I end putting it back on again there again. you can cover allot of songs/tones with a muff
     
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    Anything John has at Basic Audio would be a recommendation. I also enjoy Stomp Under Foot pedals.....

    John is great to work with if you want to explore different options or multiple circuits in one pedal enclosure. He is just awesome....
     
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    BIG MUFF! Cant go wrong there
     
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    :agree
     
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    A tube screamer in front of the big muff will tighten it up nicely.
    A Proco Rat maxed out on the drive is like a less muddy Big Muff.

    I'm finding that the Orange Thunderverb 50 fits the tone you're describing perfectly. Lots of Tool Mastodon fuzziness going on in that amp on the b channel.
     
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    +1

    Even with the mids focus cranked up on my Blackarts Toneworks LSTR hitting it with my TS-9Dx tightens it up and makes the mids jump out even more, great for lead.
     
  18. maggiesrevenge

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    so it's come down to big muff tone wicker (can't beat that price), the musket (can't beat that badass stuff) and the pharaoh (a compromise between the two in my opinion). any final thoughts? i'd love to hear more about what people think about the bmtw. like why i shouldn't get it. thanks.
     

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