December 22nd, 2008, 06:25 AM
I recently bought a red Dunlop Fuzz Face (Germanium, copy of Dallas-Arbiter). It's OK, but I wanted more, more, more:mrgreen:. So I hooked up my guitar like so:
Guitar (strat)-> Fuzz Face -> MXR Dist + -> Dual EL84 amp (clean)
The result was a very cool sound. I got that spitty sound on the bass strings and I really dig it. The spitty sound that some fuzz boxes do naturally, like the MI Audio ones do.
Will it hurt the MXR?
Is it overloading the MXR, or is it starving the bias of a trans. in the MXR, or something else? Basically, can I enjoy this new sound guilt-free, or do I need to buy a fuzz that has that spitting built-in.
Are there other ways to get the Fuzz Face to be more singing/screaming/ sustaining?
Many thanks in advance.
December 22nd, 2008, 08:15 AM
I can not see why any damage would come to your MXR. Have at it and enjoy. I would keep the Fuzz Face on battery power since they tend to sound better that way.
A fuzz face is what it is, old technology. Its not a high gain pedal like a RAT, its a fuzz pedal. You can try putting a compressor in front of it to get it to sustain a little more. I'm pretty sure more knowledgeable people will chime in with a more technical explanation why you shouldn't worry.
December 22nd, 2008, 12:49 PM
Most likely not. As long as your MXR is still buffered bypass there shouldn't be any issue at all.
Guitarists have used fuzz/distortion combinations for years.
December 22nd, 2008, 06:38 PM
If I'm reading this correctly you are driving the Fuzz in to the MXR thus overdriving the 4558 chip in the MXR.
I LOVE DOING THAT SORT OF THING.
You can do it with the MXR Microamp also and I used to do it to an old optical compressor to great effect.
At the end of the day if the chip dies it'll cost you $1 for a new one.
Here's the original circuit ...
December 22nd, 2008, 08:44 PM
Guaranteed this won't damage your pedal. Half the fun of dirt pedals is finding out which ones play nice with others!
December 23rd, 2008, 07:10 AM
Excellent! :grin: Thanks for responding.
You can try putting a compressor in front of it to get it to sustain a little more. I will try this. That's what I want, splatting, singing fuzz, lots of sustain.
I LOVE DOING THAT SORT OF THING. It does sound really cool :cool:, and since it's OK to do I can hold off on getting the MI Audio Neo Fuzz for the splatty sounds, since I can get them this way instead.
At the end of the day if the chip dies it'll cost you $1 for a new one. I thought they'd cost more than that, but the main thing that scared me was not being able to find one since the shops that sell them are usually overseas.
If anyone wants to try the sound, it's in this demo from 5:30-7:00:
Anyway, I am really going to enjoy this wild new sound.
Cheers guys. :grin: