The missing stomp on my pedalboard….

northernguitar

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Curious that no one mentioned the “classic” Big Muff, Fuzz Face, MXR Distortion in one of their many variants…
Look above…I did mention fuzz. Big Muff is great for warm fuzz tones. Add a simple treble booster in front of it and you have a KILLER distortion effect. The recent Nano BM sounds exactly like the last of the ‘big box‘ units. I like the Russian muff for a ‘creamier’ fuzz tone. Caveat: they’re no longer made in NYC.
 

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I recently picked up a used Little Big Muff at GC--made in NY. Sounds like a Muff, but with true bypass and modern conveniences like normal facing jacks and 9v power. Very creamy. I would look for one of those if you like the Muff sound.
 

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Z Vexx Box of Rock. it's just...so great.
Relatively very basic meat n potatoes, but never sounds fake or inauthentic or overdone or "too much".
as a fundamental foundation to your sound, you can't really top it.

I have two of them, for two different boards, so I never have to RISK BEING WITHOUT IT
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If you are playing mostly through headphones, the answer is simple. You NEED a compressor to protect your hearing. On Amazon find the VSN or Donner brand pedals. I have one on every board for just that reason. The effect itself makes the signal more consistent (feels louder) but most importantly it tames the potential for extreme transient spikes and accidental loud noises that can blow your phones or ears. BTW.... these pedals both work as a "treble booster" as well. I generally find that setting everything at "noon" on both of those pedals yields my favorite results. Set all other gain levels around that and you will be happy.
 

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If you are playing mostly through headphones, the answer is simple. You NEED a compressor to protect your hearing. On Amazon find the VSN or Donner brand pedals. I have one on every board for just that reason. The effect itself makes the signal more consistent (feels louder) but most importantly it tames the potential for extreme transient spikes and accidental loud noises that can blow your phones or ears. BTW.... these pedals both work as a "treble booster" as well. I generally find that setting everything at "noon" on both of those pedals yields my favorite results. Set all other gain levels around that and you will be happy.
Sorry, but a compressor pedal is nothing like a treble booster.
 

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Dunlop Mini Fuzz Face, either the red germanium or the turquoise Hendrix silicon.
(no idea where its made but you'll be glad you got it)
 

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I won't offer a suggestion but I will say I'm glad you don't set limits for yourself. No matter what you've got you can never close your mind to what still awaits.
 

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Do yourself a favor and check EHX's C0ck Fight pedal...the number of things this thing does is amazing. And the tones you get with it are so cool!
 

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I’m thinking of adding a distortion/fuzz

You really can't go wrong with the Behringer Super Fuzz SF300.
Especially the Fuzz 2 -mode on that thing is really dirty and rusty.

I know you said ix nay on the ina chay, but let me bring up three points:

1) It's really hard to get electronics which are not made there.
2) The SF300 is cheap dirt for dirt cheap. You're not gonna be out much if you don't like it.
3) ... and last but not least; listen for yourself:
 




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