1. avatar remedy malahide
    I've been looking at few over the last few months including the Jim Dunlop Fuzzface Jimi re-issue and the DAM Meathead deluxe but I've only ever used a re-issue Big Muff briefly. Just wondering what experiences some of you may have had with fuzz pedals, and what brands to look out for. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    This new topic unearthed another thread on fuzz pedals which never came up in my initial search, but I'll keep this alive incase any other pedals come to light.
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  2. avatar cruz
    I use a bigmuff, but I suspect the Rat is a better pedal as the muff has very hard to control crackling when it's not being played. It can be effective when it's going but probably not the most reliable in a live situation. Course I have the bugger on full distortion, which probably doesn't help. :-D
  3. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:36be488200="cruz"]I use a bigmuff, but I suspect the Rat is a better pedal as the muff has very hard to control crackling when it's not being played. It can be effective when it's going but probably not the most reliable in a live situation. Course I have the bugger on full distortion, which probably doesn't help. :-D[/quote:36be488200]

    Cheers cruz. From what I've read the Rat is a good fuzz if properly modded. Where to you think the crackling comes from with the EH Muff? Is it a loose connection or is it a general pedal flaw?
  4. avatar remainsofyouth
    This may be hugely out of your budget, but a guitarist from a former band of mine uses a Zvex Fuzz Factory. It sounds [u:a3f36a2cbc]amazing[/u:a3f36a2cbc]

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320238452277&mpt=1208961950059&tGUID=7bbf42f61190a0e204721822ffdb74f6
  5. avatar cruz
    Not sure really, the internal wiring is the flimsiest available for such a sturdy outer casing. You really need to be careful with it in a live scenario, trying not to have it on until you actually need it. Which is probably what you're supposed to do anyways! I like it okay, it's good when it gets going but it's a hard beast to handle.
  6. avatar Jeebas
    I currently have three fuzz boxes which are all really nice and which I would recommend.

    The one I've had the longest is an [b:006f4cdfc5]MJM London Fuzz[/b:006f4cdfc5], a close reproduction of a 60's Fuzz Face a la Hendrix - it is great for using on it's own with just your guitar volume to clean it up and sounds amazing with a cranked marshall valve amp.

    [b:006f4cdfc5]Keeley's Fuzz Head[/b:006f4cdfc5] is another really nice box which can be switched between silicon and germanium style fuzz and which has internal trimmers to fine tune your tone. (this is the one I gig with 'cos it's the most consistent in the tones it produces and because it likes the other pedals on the board - a problem I've come across with fuzz boxes is the way they react to the other pedals in your chain, placement is crucial and needs some experimentation).

    The third box is my favorite and is designed to emulate Neil Young's "amp on the edge of blowing up" tone. It's called the [b:006f4cdfc5]Crazy Horse[/b:006f4cdfc5] (Durham Electronics) and it's a versatile box that can be used for tones ranging from slight overdrive through heavyish distortion to scary apocalypse fuzz - a good laugh. It also has a voltage sag control (that will have people checking your amp to see if there's smoke belching out of it) and the brightest blue LED you'll ever see. 8^)

    I've also owned an [b:006f4cdfc5]EH Double Muff[/b:006f4cdfc5] which had a huge amount of gain and was probably the best value for money fuzz/distortion I've used - £40 for a J Mascis style wall of noise - can't be bad.

    Good Luck
  7. avatar remedy malahide
    Cheers Remains, thats probably close to how much I will spend when I decide to buy. It looks class and I'm checking out a few samples as I type. My word, that is amazing although it looks like it shouldn't be used on stage as the knobs are so close to the switch.

    Thanks Jeebas, I checked them all out there bar the Carzy Horse and the London fuzz is pretty cool. The double muff was interesting but I could only find one demo for it :( . My head is a little frazled because there are so many types of EH Muff pedals!

    Cheers for the advice.
  8. avatar donkeymagician
    fuzz factory...had a few different fuzzes, but none come close. Even spent 135 on a red witch fuzz go, bt sold it too, good pedal, but no ff
  9. avatar thecomeons_2
    i have a fuzz face. aparently it's what those-in-the-know rafer to as a crest reissue. had it a long time. i was into high-gain in those days and i ended up just using the distortion chanels on my amps instead.

    when i moved on to a sound city 50 plus, it seemed to be the right pedal to give me a nice overdrive (by turning the fuzz knob to 10 o'clock). but it's a little unreliable. the sound can vary a bit from day to day, so i have it set aside in my garage-band stash.

    the price of a fuzz face pedal doesn't actually warrant what you get. inside the tasty looking case is a pcb with not much more than half-dozen compontents. if you are any way decent with a soldering iron you should consider buying a diy kit (byoc?), etc. or just get a metal zone and tweak the knobs.
  10. avatar remedy malahide
    [quote:acafcf4ee1="thecomeons_2"]i have a fuzz face. aparently it's what those-in-the-know rafer to as a crest reissue. had it a long time. i was into high-gain in those days and i ended up just using the distortion chanels on my amps instead.

    when i moved on to a sound city 50 plus, it seemed to be the right pedal to give me a nice overdrive (by turning the fuzz knob to 10 o'clock). but it's a little unreliable. the sound can vary a bit from day to day, so i have it set aside in my garage-band stash.

    the price of a fuzz face pedal doesn't actually warrant what you get. inside the tasty looking case is a pcb with not much more than half-dozen compontents. if you are any way decent with a soldering iron you should consider buying a diy kit (byoc?), etc. or just get a metal zone and tweak the knobs.[/quote:acafcf4ee1]
    I've been looking at those DIY kits but some of the transistors and caps are hard and pricey to source, all be it the total cost is much less than buying an original. I have an old metal zone in the house, but I never knew it could double up as a fuzz pedal! I'll give that a blast.