What fuzz cleans up the best?

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  1. Xtyfighterx

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    I’m looking for a new fuzz pedal and want one that will clean up nice have a good glassy tone when I roll my volume back...anyone have suggestion and preferably one that doesn’t cost and arm and leg?
     
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    Get a Fuzz Face. And no real need to get an expensive one, cleaning up is inherent in the design.

    Make sure you plug directly into it and don’t put other pedals in front of it.
     
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    Mini housing version.
    Clones under $25.

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    been looking at the pedal pawn fuzz but it’s $300 and exactly what I’m looking for but I don’t want to pay that price. I might give a fuzz face a go
     
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    Germanium works best, the red Dunlop mini Fuzz Faces sound great and can be had for under $75 used.
     
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    I hesitate to give up my source because I want to continue buying stuff from this guy....but
    https://reverb.com/shop/my-awesome-guitar-stuff

    Contact him and he will make you anything you want. I bought an Analogman Sun Face Fuzz clone from him and it's fantastic. I know he also had a Sun Lion on there but I was broke at the time. Those are great Fuzz Face based pedals. I don't know what's in his shop at the moment so I can't comment. I've taken a self imposed ban from looking at his page.
     
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    Germanium fuzzes in the fuzz face style definitely clean up well especially with single coils. The Wren and Cuff Your Face 60's fuzz is a good boutique-y option that isn't crazy expensive.
     
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    Dunlop JH-2S Jimi Hendrix System Classic Fuzz

    (it’s a Fuzz Face in a Phase 90 enclosure)
     
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    IMO you might be totally happy with a Silicon Fuzz Face and that'll be cheaper and more consistent.

    If you're just starting out you shouldn't worry about cork-sniffery with vintage transistors and such, that cork-sniffery is a lot of what drives the prices into the stratosphere.

    The Dunlop ones seem like a good starting point. You can watch some videos comparing the Dunlop ones to say an Analogman version which costs 2-3x the price and get an idea of how close they are.
     
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    I’ve had a few fuzz’s and none got the sound I wanted the last on I had was a Carcosa DOD
     
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    I have the blue and red dunlop mini fuzzes and they clean up great, but very quickly, at least the red one does... Maybe i'm just not playing loud enough but the sweet spot is very precise..
     
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    Just because a random internet person labels it cork sniffing, doesn't mean there isn't a huge difference.

    Germanium is fuzz you can "feel"

    There is a big difference. You might like silicon, but they are vastly different. Find out what you like better and go that route.
     
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    Find someone to build a Sunface clone for you. $40 in parts.
     
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    I love my Suhr Rufus Reloaded Fuzz. Sounds great with the volume rolled down and has the Octavia built-in too.



    Or does this help?





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    I totally agree that there's a big difference between Ge and Si. However, there's a lot of talk about different kinds of Ge transistors that borders on corksniffery- sure there's a difference, but it's pretty small compared to the difference between Ge and Si. The red Dunlops don't have a magic fairy dust transistor pulled from a 1960s army radio, but they sound pretty good anyway.
     
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    The Fuzz Face circuit seems to work great, but my personal favorite is a Roger Mayer Axis Fuzz. This pedal gives a phenomenal clean sound with the volume backed off. It has a super low noise floor for a fuzz pedal. Unlike most in this thread, I veer more towards Silicon based fuzz pedals. The Axis is a silicon based fuzz. It's super touch sensitive fuzz that will get a glassy clean tone with the volume backed off.

    If O/P is looking for cheap pedals, just go with some Fuzz Face variant Made in the PRC or better yet build one from a kit.
     
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