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FUZZ time has come!!!

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by gofmusic, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. dante1963

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    I currently have a:

    Electro Harmonix Big Muff Tw
    Electro Harmonix Big Miff Op Amp
    ThorpyFX Fallout Cloud aka Muffroom Cloud

    I’ve had many other fuzzes over the years and by far my favorite is the ThorpyFX Fallout Cloud/Muffroom Cloud. It’s simply on another level of sound and build quality. This pedal is very special because as soon you plug in and play you can hear a difference. Words can’t describe how amazing this pedal sounds and I know you hear everyone say that but trust me this is the real deal. Everything by ThorpyFX is top notch.

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    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fulltone 70’s if you wwant silicon or 69 if you like germanium better.
     
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  5. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    Man its out of my budget...
     
  6. Kayden33

    Kayden33 Strat-O-Master

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    Sorry I looked back at your post again and realized you said $130 or less, sorry about that.

    At $130 or less I feel it’s very hard to beat the EHX Big Muff Op Amp, EHX Big Muff Tone Wicker or EHX Big Muff big box. That’s fuzzy and true fuzz. Hard to beat and they are amazing.
     
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  7. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    All you need is Fuzz.
    Fuzz is all you need.

    hmm, where would I start?
    https://reverb.com/marketplace/effects-and-pedals?query=fuzz&price_max=175&ships_to=XX

    over 4.5K fuzzes ready for you to confuse yourself over.

    Save some money.

    BUT

    if you want a hilariously cheap and awesome fuzz in a nimi pedal, I have to recommend the outlaw 5 o'clock fuzz.
    https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=outlaw fuzz

    Go try one out and compare it to a muff and you will be MASSIVELY surprised.

    I have a few fuzzes on my board. They all have slightly different profiles.

    and here's the thing about fuzz:

    Everyone likes a different flavour of fuzz, and believe me, this is exactly why there are thousands of used fuzzes on reverb, because everyone is looking for "the one"

    It's a never ending cycle of pain.

    Buy a fuzz. use it, find another fuzz you like more, lather, rinse, repeat.

    word of warning... do not sell your fuzzes.

    The day will come when you're looking "for that sound" and it was in the fuzz you sold 6 months ago.

    NEVER SELL A FUZZ. even if you really hate it (that's me and the EHX deluxe big muff)
     
  8. Boppy

    Boppy Strat-Talker

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    Get a Muff and a Fuzz Face. Both are pretty essential.
    If you start with them from the get go, then you won't go falling down the rabbit-hole only to emerge once again with...a Muff & Fuzz Face.
     
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    Oh really? Doesn't sound bad at all to me.

    I could easily use all of those sounds.
     
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    Andy is good at making a pedal an enticing purchase proposition.
    He gets them dialled in really well and has a massive repetoire of tunes to match to the pedal.

    If I could play half as well I'd be a happy camper.
     
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    I'd go for the Boss FZ-5 -- I had a Big Muff years ago and it was good but the Boss gives you 3 different fuzz tones. Cheers
     
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    Of those listed, very much the muff.

    especially with the tone full right with a wah behind it.

    I know your budget is about 130, but you may want to check out if you can get a wampler Velvet fuzz or Fuzztraition. Either used or on discount.
    You may even like them so much as to just save up the extra $70.

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  13. Chubbles

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    The Boss fuzz is a digital recreation of fuzz. It kind of gets you in the neighborhood of 3 fuzzes.

    Some fuzzes work better with different guitars (Single coils/HBs). I love my germanium FF. It has a vintage, less trebly sound. But I have a collection of fuzz pedals for different tones. I can't seem to stop buying. I have around 10 fuzzes.
     
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    I was tricked by youtube demos too. Buy one yourself - I did. It's terrible and I'm not the only one saying this. It's not even a fuzz circuit. It uses some sort of bad digital simulation. It has a real messy and unnecessary bunch of wires and a huge pcb board inside with maybe 400 components. A good, true and glorious fuzz face tone is made of not more than a few pieces of wire and small components. My fuzz face has that big round enclosure but 90% of the space inside is empty. I fancied smuggling things inside it back in the day, in fact I think I did. Just perhaps 10 components, two pots and a very small board. Glorious tones a la Hendrix BOG and early 70's Gilmour.

    When I began my search for Fuzz, I bought the FZ5 because I couldn't afford another pedal at the time. To me it was a deception right away. I didn't sound thick and dark and chaotic like what I heard in the old records. It sounded almost like a bad digital distortion - thin and trebly. It didn't have the famous feature of Fuzzes - the clean up with the volume knob. When I rolled back the volume knob, it sounded even more anemic and useless.

    I tried to use it for some time, until I finally could afford the Dunlop Hendrix Fuzz. I never looked back. It does everything I wanted a fuzz face to do. It is big and sometimes can be a pain to accomodate on a pedal board, but it's rewarding. It has a huge variation of tonal color - from almost clean to gritty OD to full-on apocalyptic fuzz.

    This is just Strat + Dunlop Hendrix FF. Bridge pickup. Thick and creamy and fuzzy:

     
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  15. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

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    I have no idea about the difference :) I bet its hard to tell on youtube videos...
     
  16. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    Metal Zone.

    The Muff will get you sounds closest to those you hear on many legendary albums ;)

    I'm partial to Mad Professor though and their Fire Red Fuzz hits the nail on the head from light fuzziness to heavily distorted fuzz action.
    I snatched one up for 130€ in a sale (about 150$). Keep your eyes open for a good deal on one, it's worth it!
     
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  17. gofmusic

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    Damn this was good:
     
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  18. rafasounds

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    Strong contender. But the FZ5 wins the sucking contest in my opinion.
     
  19. TangerineDog

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    I'd suggest a shootout between the two but it's not worth our money :D
     
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  20. rafasounds

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    Yes. I visualize a contest of which one would look better after being dropped from the limits of the Earth's atmosphere, into safe unhabited lands of course - no one deserves to die from a Metal Zone or FZ5 hit.
     
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