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Fuzz - how do you use it? What do you use?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by dlew919, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. neilybob100

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    This video inspires me!

    Spin it to 20:00 = strat with the volume rolled down -> silicone fuzz face -> clean amp.



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  2. neilybob100

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    Oh I use a Suhr Rufus Reloaded Fuzz pedal to get me the tone above. Don't know why more pedal haven't tried this one.

    I also have a Thorpyfx The Veteran which is fun.

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  3. monkeybanana

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    Like most I like a Fuzz Face into an overdrive and guitar volume turned down to clean up. I also like Astrotones for a bright setup or I put a treble booster between the FF and overdrive.
     
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    Right now I'm using a Way Huge Swollen Pickle. On my board I have a Bearfoot Blueberry overdrive and the Swollen Pickle. The drive is set to add just a little bit extra and if I ever want to get a little over the top I add the SP. I don't use it very often but it's there if I need it.
     
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    My fuzz needs are right now met by these 3 beauties.
    IVOR BC183 by Dustin Francis
    Analogman un Face NKT 275 White Dot, modded by Kyle Chase
    and a lovely pedal by Expresso FX.
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    I'm very jealous

     
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  7. SixStringSlinger

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    I have a Fuzz Factory, my first and only fuzz. I use it for your usual fuzz tones as well as for some barely-controlled chaos (it also does utterly uncontrolled chaos).

    I've considered a Fat Fuzz Factory at times, since my regular Fuzz Factory seems to specialize in the more "cutting"-type fuzz. But I want to experiment with higher volumes to see if that helps. I can't imagine any fuzz works ideally at bedroom volume.
     
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    I have a Tonebender 1.5 clone from Analogman. It rules.
     
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  9. kcarlos

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    I am a bit of a fuzz addict, something that didn't happen until a few years ago.

    I seem to be drawn more toward ge fuzzfaces, although my tastes have expanded considerably. The acid fuzz zoink, rotobone, Blackstrap mkii are recent faves, but the one I use most for practice lately is the chase tone red velvet. It's got separate knobs for bias, bass, and mids. It's a bc183 transistor, so it's a happy medium between the darker Germanium and typically bright silicon. Adjusting the guitar's volume knob takes it from clean to crunch to fuzz.

    Fuzz sounds better into an amp that's breaking up, IMO.

    A couple of these are gone, but the pile has grown considerably. I might have a problem.

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  10. Fretting out

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    Holy cow man! Oh! My! And I thought I spent too much on fuzz!
    I’m more of a muff guy

    How do you like that “experience” pedal?
    I’ve really been considering getting one, I have a craving for octave fuzz

    I guess I’ll include a picture of my fuzz collection (sometimes I’m ashamed)

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  11. kcarlos

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    My fuzz situation summed up in a single image:
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    It's gnarly. I love it. The "swell" feature is interesting, but not something I use all the time. The experience is based on the Foxx tone machine. Original experience pedals are pricey, so if you're on a budget, you're better served keeping an eye out for something like a H.B.E. UFO. It's also based on the Foxx, has a separate switch for the octave, and a separate tone knob. It's fairly flexible and usually much cheaper.

    My favorite octave fuzzes are the COB and the facelift.


    Embrace your sickness. :lol:
     
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    I went thru a phase where I built every fuzz pedal I could find a schematic for. I have a handful I still use.

    I pretty much always feed any fuzz into a dirty amp, unless I want a spaghetti western vibe.

    The Fuzz Face works best with single coil pickups IMO, and really shines on the bridge PU. It should be big and fat and outrageous. Note that you can roll the volume down a tad and the FF will clean up beautifully. Hendrix used that feature often.

    That said, along with the Fuzz Face, my favs are:

    1. Foxx Tone Machine - like a Fuzz Face and Octavia rolled into one but better than either.
    2. Tone Bender Mk 1 - this design was actually lost for many years until someone finally bought one of the very rare originals and drew up a schematic in the early 2000s. It's somehow nasty but not very high gain at the same time. I reach for this one most often, but it's less versatile than the Tone Machine.
    3. Ampeg Scrambler - the king of octave fuzzes. The Tone Machine is in the same league, but the Ampeg has something special about it. BTW, Ampeg sells a "Scrambler" bass fuzz now, and I have no idea if it is the same circuit as the classic fuzz, so beware.
    4. Maestro FZ-1A - very nasty, depending on the transistors benefits from very hot pickups or an adjustable booster in front. This was primary for me for years.
    5. Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz - designed by Mayer for Hendrix when he moved to a humbucking guitar. It's much like a Fuzz Face but brighter to offset the darkness of a humbucker compared to a single coil. It's also a bit grittier and nastier than a Fuzz Face.
     
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    but did you read the second act?
     
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    Wow, some serious Fuzz and very good read here!

    I've only built one (Dallas Arbiter -type Fuzz Face) like more than decade ago and now have a Disnortion Micro (OD-Fuzz) in my mini pedalboard.

    Always liked, never really learned how to use well enough, but still very much interested. Although I try not to slip to the dark side :D


    Great info and some collections you have there!
     
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    I use:

    Mooer triangle buff (on the board)
    Zvex fuzz factory
    Behringer Super Fuzz

    I want to swap the zvex onto the board, but haven’t tamed it yet.
     
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    I was never into fuzz...but I guess, just for the sake of cult/ rock history, I will get the blue Hendrix Fuzz someday...
    Of all the fuzzes (incl. the horrible Big Muff crap) I've checked on YT (and in my Line6 M13) the Hendrix fuzz sounded best to me...
     
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    Oh..! My......!

    Nooooooo!


    The Big Muff is a wonderfully gentle creature :’(
     
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    it's my pedalboard's worst nightmare...:eek::confused:
     
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    It took me more than 35 years to develop love for fuzz.
    Well, that's not completely true - I liked the sound of others, but I just was never able to integrate it into my setup.
    In march this year I gave it another try, as the more Rockabilly, Swing-oriented of my bands disbanded and my main band since has a range from 70s Funk up to some 80s New Wave and 90s Indie stuff.

    Anyway, I now proudly own a DOD Carcosa Fuzz and a Keeley Monterey.
    I use the latter more for its lovely rotary and vibe effects. The fuzz remains alike an early 60s lowgain setting for edgy single-note lines and some crispy chords with a rollback of the guitarvolume.
    Also for stacking with my (lowgain) EHX OD Glove or the crunch channel of my amp. The amp is a Hughes & Kettner Edition Tube 25th Anniversary. It's a more early 70s crunch-overdrive, not a highgain overdrive.

    The Carcosa has a more gritty setting; if I stack it with my crunch-channel from my amp, it's for some gain-frenzy - a bit like Prince's highgain sounds. Adding some modulation gets me into heavy 70s funk like Ernie Isley or Parliament.
    It's really a fat sound, but probably only works because we're a 4-piece-band and they let me go wild from time to time.
    These are the settings of the Monterey and the Carcosa (and the EHX Glove):

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    I use germanium fuzz faces, into an amp on the edge of overdriving. With the pedal dimed, it will push the amp when the guitar volume is all the way up and make the fuzz sound rougher.
    I like a course 60's biker movie fuzz when it's full on. Darker maybe, but rough textured and snarling. When I roll down the guitar volume I can get sparkly clean, or a nice overdrive sound.
    I do this into a totally clean amp too, and it's pretty much the same, but my full on fuzz sound just isn't quite as interesting, and I have to back off the pedal's volume knob.
    When I started using a ge fuzz face I tried a carbon battery with it and realized why other people like it, and why I don't. It sounds really smooth on a carbon battery. I bias my ff to sound rougher, almost spitty, on a power supply or alkaline battery.
    So if you're trying to get smooth lead sounds like eric johnson, try a carbon battery, and probably a clean amp.
    I wouldn't stack with an overdrive pedal, personally, because none of them really do the edge of breakup thing like an amp, no matter what they claim. But if it works for you, do it. Just don't forget about your guitar's volume knob. It's the best part of a germanium fuzz face.
     
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