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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Strato50, Jun 30, 2019.
Looking for one on the cheap that does a good job.
But there's plenty of Fuzz, what kind of sound ?
Fat and raspy with a lot of harmonic overtones.
Oh man, there are sooooooooooooooo many great fuzz pedals. Really, you got give more parameters and what you mean by "on the cheap." EHX offers a lot of different kinds of fuzz pedals that are inexpensive.
This just came up a couple days ago, lots of good suggestions here-
The short version though:
-Fuzz is pretty much an addiction and never-ending quest
-There are tons of fuzzes, and they're all different- what works for one player/rig may sound like garbage for somebody else
-If you can solder, fuzzes are easy builds- you can make a bunch of the classic circuits yourself and customize as you see fit
-If you can't solder, fuzzer are the best to learn, you can make a lot for cheap. Most expensive part will be an Hammond Enclosure and 3PDT footswitch.
I'd choose a fuzz that would give that kind of tone :
I had an original Fuzz Face back in the day that I hated get rid of.
The Ventures used a Fuzzrite on "2000 Pound Bee"... Catalinbread makes a Fuzzrite. Done.
I’m liking my EHX Satisfaction Fuzz. Definitely a cutting vintage 60’s style. Sounds a lot like the song it’s named after.
The Satisfaction is a cool little pedal, and it's got a couple surprises if you pop the hood. It's a Jordan Bosstone clone, but without the clipping diodes. EXH thoughtfully provided solder pads for adding clipping diodes and an additional input cap to get more bass.
Next time this goes on flash sale, I'll probably buy it.
I love the Cool Cat Fuzz V1. It is said to be a peach fuzz clone. Fuzzy but can boarder distortion . I am interested in checking out the op amp big fuzz too. It sounds great in videos.
I don't know if this is actually enough info.
1. Fuzzes respond differently to single coils than humbuckers. IMO the ultimate humbucker fuzz is probly the Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz, which is fat and raspy and rich. But I don't like it with single coil guitars.
2. What style of music? If you are playing psychedelic rock you may want something crazier/nastier like a Mosrite Fuzzrite, whereas with sludge rock may be better suited with a Big Muff or Foxx Tone Machine. If you are using it strictly for solos, you might want an octave fuzz.
3. Amps matter as much as anything else. Fuzz into a solid state amp is usually not good. Usually you want some tubes and a bit of grit to tame the fuzz.
Yeah no, that's not enough info to get what you want cheap, but it might be enough info for us to suggest you buy $700 worth of fuzzz.
What songs make you aware of fuzz you like?
One thing worth noting is that when you use a fuzz, you generally get varied amounts of rasp, but there are a few that give more of a continuous rasp. I'm looking for another one with the continuous rasp thing, but they tend to squeal and feedback plus have speaker blowing bass.
The EHX Satisfaction fuzz is cheap and raspy, might not be a bad start.
I've never actually tried one.
I must have 30 fuzzz, if you count muffs as fuzz.
Cheap and good.
Tom's Line G-Fuzz ( Actually any of the low cost Chinese mini fuzz pedals will do the job. They all have different voices )
Joyo Voodoo Octave Fuzz
Veroboard + £5 worth of parts + box to hold it all in.
Be aware that a fuzz pedal that sounds like hot garbage into one amp will sound like a choir of fuzzy angels singing into another and vice versa. Germanium can be particularly tricksy, or super easy. You need a shelf to hold all your fuzz pedals. It's an addictive sound. If you use humbuckers one day and single coils the next, you will need to switch your fuzz out too. Fuzz is like that. I love my fuzz. Fuzz is good. Must take tablets. I have many fuzz.
I really like my Green Russian for the aggressive stuff.
Also like my Seymour Duncan Lava Box. The rotary “Rumble” switch gives presets that seem to be designed to quickly dial in a good sound with different pickup/amp combinations. Smoother sounding than The Green Russian. The Lava Box is discontinued, but you can pick them up for reasonable $
As always, YMMV
I got a used Behringer Ultra Fuzz coming. Only need it for a few songs. It rated out high and is dirt cheap.
Big fan of the Plum Crazy Fuzzy Lady.
It has more definition to the note than a Big Muff style fuzz, plus it's a tad louder.
This is the video that sold me on it, Fuzzy Lady is Gearmandude's fuzz shootout winner,