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Which Fuzz?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Fernando, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Fernando

    Fernando Member

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    Hi, everyone. Need help choosing a fuzz.

    I'm looking for a fuzz pedal for obtaining two distinct tones:

    - John Scofield: that barely distorted tone he uses all the time. Just to give it a little saxophone feeling. I know he does that with a ProCo RAT turned on all the time, but can I get that with a fuzz?

    - EJ violin tones. Ok, I know this is no piece of cake, but I just need something in that area.

    I don't want anything too expensive (US$ 200 is the limit).

    My main guitar is a PRS CE22, but I also play a LP Studio, and an Ibanez Artcore Custom. I'll probably end up with an EJ strat sometime soon as well.

    Demo video of the ZVEX Fuzz Factory sounds pretty good to my ears. Can it do the John Scofield thing I just mentioned?

    Thanks!

    Fernando
     
  2. eric-d

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    Check into MJM Guitar FX..... His london fuzz is sick and it works well with Fender Amps unlike most fuzz units.
     
  3. Fernando

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    Well, you just reminded me: my amp is a Twin Reverb Reissue. Pretty tough now, eh?
     
  4. eric-d

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    Go to www.mjmguitarfx.com and listen to the sound clips... He has his amp all bright and Fender glassy toned and then steps on the London Fuzz.... It's this wall of fuzz!!!! Like a 100 watt Plexi on 10 with a FF over it.... It's ridiculous in a good way.
     
  5. Jacobpaul81

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    I say it a lot, by I swear by Alex Anest at Phoenix custom electronics... check out his pedals at:
    http://www.phoenixcustomelectronics.com/pix.html

    Write him, cause he's the coolest guy, and will model you a pedal to work in your specific situation from his base fuzz models.
     
  6. modoc

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    Demeter Fuzzulators got my vote. Listen to some of the clips up on the website...EJ in a box, well sorta...:)
     
  7. onemind

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    As cool as the fuzz factory is I don't think it suits your needs, It's if anything, it's too tweaky, a million cool sounds in there, but tough to dial in the more subtle ones. I would think you should consider a Fulltone Soulbender, and perhaps one of the Frantones... Cream Puff or Peach Fuzz.
     
  8. autopilot

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    for violin tones i'll get a big muff type fuzz, check some of the skreddy pedals. Also check the Analogman Sun Lion, it can help to get both of the tones you want.
     
  9. tga-3

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    +1 for the Demeter Fuzzulator.
     
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    I think I read somewhere that Eric Johnson uses the Fulltone 69, in addition to his modded Dallas Arbiter of course.
     
  12. Fernando

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    Thanks, guys, gotta check out those samples now. I'll get back to you soon.
     
  13. CocoTone

    CocoTone Senior Member

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    X2 check out the sound clips. You`ll shat!!

    http://www.mjmguitarfx.com/


    CT.
     
  14. KustietheKlown

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    My Effector 13 Improbability Drive (discontinued but still readily available) NAILS the no-attack violin honk fuzz tone. Stacked with a Boss Keeley BD-2 it sounds like a nasty baritone sax.
     
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    exactly... who ever is playing on those clips is an animal!!!
     
  16. tlester

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    That was my thoughts exactly... Man... I love that tone.

    -Tom
     
  17. CocoTone

    CocoTone Senior Member

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    His name is Philip Sayce, a good `ol Toronto boy. Believe it or not, his current gig is with Mellisa Etheridge. Used to play in Jeff Healey`s band.


    http://philip.bstrongspeaktru.com/

    http://www.philipsayce.com/

    CT.
     
  18. Python

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    Wow, that guy is amazing and what tone!!!

    MJM has the following listed on their web page:
    London Fuzz (Germanium) - A
    London Fuzz (Silicon) - A

    London Fuzz (Germanium) - B
    London Fuzz (Silicon) - B

    What's the difference? I can't really tell from the sound clips.
     
  19. 1968

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    The Germ is much darker.. I have owned both and found the germ more usable for a strat..
    Then again- this can all be changed with the use of half dead batteries etc..
     
  20. p00n

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    what do the dying batteries do to the fuzz? make it brighter or mellower? i've seen someone use a small box (i think it was Scott Peterson) to simulate a dying battery, anyone remember what it was called?
     

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