zvex fuzz factory

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  1. absenttomorrow

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    Show me your favorite settings! i've had one for about a month now, and i love it, but the little guy is so picky, that i can imagine that there are hundreds of rad settings that you guys have. i'd love to see them
     
  2. Gil1

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    Here's the list going around.

    The Fuzz Factory Setting List

    Atari 7:00 3:00 5:00 8:00
    60's Fuzz 2:00 8:30 3:00 5:00
    Arpegio 12:00 3:00 3:00 3:00
    Bonkers Fuzz (1) 2:00 2:00 11:00 3:00
    Bonkers Fuzz (2) 1:00 1:00 11:00 3:00
    Clean Fuzz 5:00 2:00 11:00 5:00
    Clean Up Fuzz 7:00 7:00 5:00 (lower till squeal stops) 5:00
    Clean to OD 5:00 2:00 10:00 5:00
    Dummy Fuzz 11:00 11:00 5:00 5:00
    Dead Quite Ripper 9:00 3:00 5:00 7:00
    Electric Beans 7:00 5:00 7:00 5:00
    Fizzy Fizz 10:00 1:00 11:00 12:00
    Fuzz Bright 1:00 12:00 1:00 4:00
    Fuzz Distortion 12:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    FuzzFace71 (1) 12:00 12:00 12:00 5:00
    FuzzFace71 (2) 3:00 7:00 12:00 4:30
    FuzzFace71 (3) 7:00 12:00 1:00 5:00
    FuzzFace71 (4) 12:00 7:00 12:00 5:00
    Fuzz Mellow 1:00 12:00 1:00 9:00
    Fuzz Splutter 3:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    Fuzz Squeal 9:00 12:00 3:00 9:00
    Hi-Compression 3:00 9:00 5:00 5:00
    Hi-Octane 2:00 to 3:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Interference 7:00 3:00 12:00 5:00
    Intermodulation 2-3:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    IYW 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00
    Juice Face 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00
    Krackle Fuzz 1:00 4:00 10:00 2-5:00
    Mellow Mud 2:30 7:00 7:00 9:00
    Metal Distortion 4:00 10:30 7:00 5:00
    Modulated Mud Fuzz 12:00 11:00 5:00 7:00
    Modulated Sticky 12:00 1:00 5:00 7:00
    Modulated Sticky Fuzz 9:00 3:00 9:00 3:00
    Muse-esque 2:30 3:15 5:00 5:00
    No-Name Fuzz 1:00 11:00 2:00 7:00
    No-Name Fuzz (2) 10:00 7:00 12:00 5:00
    OD/Fuzz 7:00 7:00 7:00 5:00
    OD Squeal 7:00 12:00 3:00 3:00
    Pitch Drop 7:00 12:00 5:00 7:00
    Please Fuzz 12:00 7:00 3:00 2:00
    Prickly Vexter 8:45 12:15 2:00 4:45 1:30
    Psychedelic Crackle 1:00 8:00 3:00 3:00
    Punky 2:30 - 3:30 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Radio Fuzz 7:00 10:00 12:00 5:00 (play A, lower to taste)
    Random Fuzz 1:30 7:00 5:00 4:00 (approx)
    Range 7:00 12:00 3:00 12:00
    Resonant Fuzz 7:00 7:00 12:00 4:00
    Smashing Pumpkins-esque 2:00 9:00 5:00 10:00
    Smooth Fuzz 7:00 3:00 5:00 5:00 (lower to mellow)
    Soft Fuzz 1:00 7:00 7:00 Variable
    Spastic Muff 5:00 7:00 5:00 5:00
    Squealer Fuzz 9:00 9:00 9:00 9:00
    Squealer Fuzz (2) 7:00 8:00 1:00 7:00
    Static / Low 12:00 12:00 5:00 7:00
    Stooges Fuzz 3:00 7:00 3:00 5:00
    Stylo Fuzz 12:30 12:30 7:00 7:00
    Super-Heavy 3:00 9:00 5:00 5:00
    Sweet Sustain 1:00 7:00 10:00 1:30
    Tight and Sweet 12:00 8:00 8:00 5:00
    Tiny 10:30 12:00 12:30 9:30
    Traditional Fuzz 9:00 7:00 11:00 to 1:00 11-1:00
    Traditional Fuzz (1) 9:00 7:00 1:00 5:00
    Traditional Fuzz (2) 2:00 7:00 3:00 5:00
    Ugly Fuzz 2:00 8:30 3:30 2:00
    Velcro 7:00 5:00 5:00 2:00
    Weezer-esque 2:30 7:00 7:00 5:00
    Whale 7:00 1:00 5:00 9:00
    What the Fuzz? 7:00 7:00 5:00 5:00
     
  3. GuitarBrent

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    Funny thing is I've owned 2 over the last 7-8 years, and all those previously mentioned settings still sound like the Fuzz Factory to me. For me, it always sounded crazy and on the verge of distruction, but most settings sounded the same. Very midrangy with little bottom end. And without the Stab knob pretty much full up, it just squeals. Who knows, maybe I'll pick it up again down the road. :BEER
     
  4. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    That is kind of a weird thing to say, as you can turn up the gate and/or comp knobs to kill the squeal when the stab knob is turned down. I use mine a lot like that, as it gives a warmer/smoother fuzz.

    Bryan
     
  5. John Phillips

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    Start with the knobs all at 12:00 (volume probably lower depending on how loud your guitar is). That gives the most typical 'Fuzz Factory' sound, and if it squeals constantly, turn the Gate up very slightly until it just stops. All the elements of the cool stuff it does are present set like that, without it getting really crazy-unstable or saturated.

    That's actually my go-to gig setting as well, exactly for that reason, and it seems most controllable from the guitar there. I have a couple of favorite settings apart from that (two of mine - Dummy Fuzz and Stylo Fuzz - are on the list), but mostly I just play around with the knobs until I get something cool.

    I agree that it always sounds like a Fuzz Factory - just variations on the same theme, some of which are very cool, but still basically the same tone. I don't really know of any fuzzes that doesn't apply to though.
     
  6. Medication

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    I like gate around 3-4, comp 9-10, drive and stab completely to the right. Throw on the neck pickup and it's sustain city.
     
  7. dewman

    dewman Gold Supporting Member

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    the FF rules...so many different tones...

    when the stab is up, roll the tone on your guitar down 3/4 and watch it smooth out nicely. I am +1 on taking the stab down and adding gate and comp to smooth out...very nice and you can gate out any crazy squealing if you want that way. Very thick tone that way. I like the neck pup with the classic FF setting (comp and gate off, drive noon to four on the dial and the stab maxed. Really nice tone, you get all those nice neck tones with a strat, and it warms it up well. very innovative pedal and a great tool once you realize if you look at it funny you can move into a totally different fuzz tone. so it is hard to replicate tones, big deal, you can get close enough. I really love thi pedal- AND I have NEVER changed the battery in 1 year....
     
  8. michael.e

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    I have had one on my board for about 4 years now. "Inspirational" is probably the most accurate description. The settings are what they are.

    Totally open.....


    Zachary, this is one of your finest achievements imo......


    M.E.
     
  9. n.j.

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    I've been using mine for almost three years now, probably one of my favorite pedals ever. My favorite settings in order are like so (settings in o'clock, of course):
    #1) vol: 3, gate: 1, comp: 11, drive: 3, stab: 4
    #2) vol: 3, gate: 9, comp: 3, drive: 3, stab: 3.
    #3) vol: 3, gate:3, comp: 9, drive: noon, stab:3.
    #4) vol: 2, gate off, comp off, drive: two, stab full.
     
  10. sandman

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    midrangy? Never tried one but that's not what I imagined. I may pick one even though I've Zoom 'poor mans' version.
     
  11. Kezend

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    its true. when engaged, the FF takes away bottom end and top end clarity. dont take that the wrong way though. the stab control can bring in the low end a bit, depending on the setting. but the FF is so awesome at what it does. i only really use it for a whole song, so the bottom end issue is not really an issue haha. best pedal in the world to have, just so much fun and so much diversity
     
  12. sandman

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    I was always worried about fabulous 'cuttin through' moment, you know...
     
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    if you think the bottom end goes away, run a guitar or preferably bass EQ after the pedal. Bump up the low end and even the mid and watch out....sounds awesome and huge.
     
  14. urizen

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    Actually, if you roll back your volume on the guitar just a LEEDLE bit, you'll be surprised at how much you can "clean up" or obviate the "FUUZZZZZeeedleFeedleFFFfEEEeeeF-f-FUZZZ" and turn it into a nice (and still unique) dist-O.D. thang for chords/rhythm. Really. AAANNNNNNnnnnddd, THEN... then you can suddenly turn the vol back full up to dynamize/punctuate whatever it was you were doing w/ the vociferous Vexocity of brute FF-ness. That's Vexology in action.
     
  15. utterhack

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    Roll off gtr volume?
     
  16. urizen

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    Or bi-amp, w/ the FF running only through your secondary amp, using channel-switching on the 2ndary to go either softer so as to make the FF an "f"ed-up ghost of your primary, or LOUDER, w/your primary supporting/basing the FF with ghosted cleans/articulation---and don't even THINK about the fun you could have w/a SuperDuper 2-in-1 (in front of OR behind the FF pedal). Wunnaful, wuunnaful, ladies 'n genl'men! Throw a VERY short slap-back on that (on the FF-ed amp)and it'll be HYUUUUUUGE.
     
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    Yoop, jes' a tad, lad. Sounds blasphemous, don't it?
     
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    heh - I realize my post was a bit cryptic, but the point was yes, if "all the settings sound the same," you need to cool the signal a touch - looks like we cross-posted to say the same thing :BEER
     
  19. racktifier

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    Hi folks,

    Bumping this thread to ask if there is any difference between the original hand painted fuzz factories and the newer vexter series?

    from the zvex website: "Because it is hand silk-screened instead of hand-painted, we are able to offer it at a somewhat reduced price!"


    $80 difference just for aesthetics?!?:messedup
     
  20. n.j.

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    The circuit is exactly the same. The price difference is in having an artist handpaint it vs. a machine screen it.

    So yeah. $80 for aesthetics. It's worth it to me, an easy way to support artists. Jason Myrold and Laura Bennett are both deserving, IMO.
     

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