NPD Boss Hyper Fuzz FZ-2

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  1. Skyhook

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    I'm usually very vocal about my fondness for the Behringer Super Fuzz SF300.
    As time went by I started GAS:sing more and more for the original(yes I know it's kind of a copy also... one step at a time) so now I've finally got my mitts on one of these things.

    Ladies and gentlemen! I give you... The Boss Hyper Fuzz FZ-2.

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    "... RAWR!!!"

    Notable difference between the SF300 and the FZ-2 is that my much-loved Fuzz 2 -mode on the SF300 is at Fuzz I on the FZ-2. This mode is chaos incarnate.
    The other mode is mostly Big Muff -like, and nothing wrong with that, of course.

    Is it better than the cheapo then?
    Well, yes... but really not by that much at all. Seems to be a little bit more quality to the grain-age here. The wild ringmod-like things you can do with doublestops seem more pronounced on the SF300, actually. The grain quality on the FZ-2 on the other hand is awesome. It's a really high quality offering of broken chaos. :)

    Only cloud to this silver lining is that the LED was busted. Had me scared as I thought the whole thing was a dud, but no... it's just the LED.
    Better a working pedal and a busted LED than the other way around.

    Now... let the chaos commence!
     
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    I had one and i traded it or sold it . Probably the only piece of gear i ever sold. I sort of regret it. I think mine was defective because when i was on the gain boost, it was a clean sound full volume, but there was still a very little bit of fuzz in the background.
     
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    Yeah.. there was probably some leak in there somewhere then because that boost should be clean as a whistle.
    Which makes me wonder... WHY?! Not to you particularly, but more an open question to the design team...
    Why would anybody buy a Fuzz pedal capable of producing sounds that can summon the elder gods and then use it as a clean boost?!
     
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    Does yours do that too ?
    Oh ok thanks for the answer. Yeah, weird choice there.
     
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    I got bored a couple months back and bought a bunch of SF-300's and re-housed them in metal enclosures and better (re: any) artwork.

    I found that on certain settings, yes, weird ring mod action.
     
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    I was just messing around with some Dopethrone era Electric Wizard riffs today on my seven string and wishing mine was around (in storage while I move). I love this pedal so much.
     
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    That's what it's supposed to do. On a clean amp anyway.

    But if you put it on a very crunchy amp, you'll get more gain and distortion.
     
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    If it's gonna be a while, do yourself a favor and pick up the SF300 to tide you over. It costs "nothing" and it gets you really close to the FZ-2.

    EDIT: I'm 3 guitars deep in ERG:s myself. What kind of 7 are you playing?
     
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    Well the OP said it was supposed to be very clean. I don't know.
     
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    I only have about a week left, I think I'll be okay. I'm playing an LTD SH-207. Signature model of one of the dudes from Korn. I'm not a Korn fan at all but he made a really solid guitar. Tuned to drop G# at the moment.
     
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    It's a really loud boost. Might be it clips some waves here and there in whatever devices the output goes into, but from what I hear it's clean.

    Both my FZ-2 and SF300 sound clean when boosting.
     
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    Well i was putting that on the clean channel of my peavey.
    It was clean and loud, but i could hear the fuzz 1 effect very slightly in the background.
     
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    That's what I said. On a clean amp, it doesn't distort. You have to put it on a distorted amp and crank the gain knob on the pedal to get more distortion.
     
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    There is some kind of communication breakdown here. Don't worry, it also happens with my work mates.

    I could hear a slight fuzz 1 sound with the gain boost on, on a clean amp. Is that how it is supposed to work ? I would need to find another one, but they are not so common nowadays.

    I was probably using it wrong.
     
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    No, it's not of much use with a clean channel.

    I think I had both the volume and gain at max, the tone doesn't do anything in boost mode (edit: although thinking about it, I'm not sure the volume knob did anything in that mode either), but the idea is to use it in a crunchy, fairly distorted amp, to get more distortion. That's how I used it. It may need to be a tube amp, not sure a solid-state will do that.
     
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    yeah i was probably using it wrong.
     
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