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Favourite fuzz?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Baconator, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. mhammer


    Nov 30, 2007
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Ever since I resurrected mine a couple years ago, I've been a big fan of the Shin-Ei FY-2 fuzz. Two transistors, and a whole lotta buzz. The stock unit has a mid-scoop filter derived from the one on the Superfuzz. I found that if I stuck some resistance between the filter and ground, you get a wonderfully gnarly sound, with a lot more output volume as well.

    The FY-2 is a close cousin of the Orpheum Fuzz and the Mosrite Fuzz-Rite. And, my goodness, someone has even started a wiki page for it! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin-ei_Companion_FY-2
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2009
  2. filmosound


    Feb 27, 2006
    Fulltone Soulbender, and for a very inexpensive but very good sounding fuzz -- the Danelectro Cool Cat Fuzz.
  3. z0z0


    Feb 18, 2009
    Being an effects noob I am wondering what fuzz is all about.

    To me it sounds like low level distortion.
    Am I wrong?
  4. tallhouserecordingco


    Jul 29, 2009
    Royal City
    z-vex fuzzzz factory!
  5. foghorn99


    Apr 28, 2008
    Roland Double-Beat AD-50....still going strong!!!

    I have YET to see a OD that can top the Roland Double-Beat AD-50 for distortion pedal. You can use your guitar's volume knob to control the amount of signal coming into the distortion, use the SUSTAIN knob on the pedal to set the max effect of distortion. There are THREE settings for tone: sine wave (bass heavy), square wave (mid PUNCH!!) and sawtooth wave (extreme EDGE!!).

    The OUT LEVEL knob also allows you to set the BOOST from your amp's ambient sound (clean?) to the switched-on pedal enhanced sound...you can probably get about 6dB added depending on how you adjust the OUT LEVEL knob, I believe. This worked great with my original 12w Sears amp when I was 12 years old....drove my parent's up the wall (they didn't think the amp could go that LOUD - LOL)

    And....yes it has a wah on-board....but seriously, IMHO....it really sucks. Literally, too...since it cuts the output volume by about 3-6 dB when I click it in.

    One added feature: the 9v battery in these pedals....seem to last FOREVER!!!

    I'll try to get a demo of it in the effects loop of my Badger 30 so you can see how it performs.

  6. EGBDF


    Jul 12, 2009
    more-or-less Toronto
    Watson SuperFuzz or a Wooly Mammoth for straight-up fuzz.
    Fuzz Factory for super fuzzy freakouts and oscillation weirdness...
  7. Scottone

    Scottone Gold Member

    Feb 10, 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I'm really liking my new Formula 69 from Solid Gold Soundlabs. I'd say that its my current favorite.

    Also have a Muhoney BossTone and Analogman Sunface which are great fuzzes in their own right.
  8. DrPrid

    DrPrid Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Georgetown, Ontario
    I'm a fuzz freak and have tried a few. I echo Scottone on the F69. It is a great fuzz and Canadian made. Dying to check out the Agent 13.

    My current collection includes:
    Wattson Superfuzz
    Foxrox Hot Silicon
    NKT 275 Sunface
    Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz
    Maestro MFZ-1 (60's)

    I've had the BYOC MKII and miss it alot, as well as the FF. So many to choose from!

    Personally, I find fuzz to be much more musical than distortion boxes. Once you've kicked a few you start to really notice the subtleties in sound. They take some work to really use properly, but worth every minute.

    If I were to recommend one from my collection for a newbie it would be the Foxrox Hot Silicon. You can get singing Ge tones and gnarly scratchiness.
  9. Andy


    Sep 23, 2007
    Love my Big Muff. It's a little muddy for live use (though my EQ really helps), but absolutely kills on recording.

    I think my next purchase will be the Shin-ei FY-2. Always loved the bass on Myxomatosis.
  10. Ti-Ron

    Ti-Ron Gold Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Longueuil, Qu├ębec
    My number one is my brand new Hoof-Fuzz, really fat!!!
    I really love it stacked with my Octron!

    This Wattson Superfuzz is really interessing...GAS
  11. jjpinpin


    Aug 4, 2009
    Niagara, Ontario
    I have a new Big Muff with Tone Wicker, it's OK but not the greatest
    I recently bought a foxrox hot silicon fuzz, it is absolutely incredible, you can get perfect hendrix tones and it cleans up beautifully with the volume knob on the guitar
  12. puckhead


    Sep 8, 2008
    I've had a Russian Big Muff for the last several years, if it kind of crapped out on me.
    At some point I'll have to tear it apart and look for loose connections or something.

    but in the mean time, i have a Proco RAT with the 308 chip in it en route.
    can't wait. should be here next week.
  13. Samsquantch


    Mar 5, 2009
    Collingwood area, Ontario
    I'd be willing to bet you can get some spot on EJ tones as well...
  14. gproud

    gproud Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2006
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2009
  15. customtone


    Aug 6, 2009
    I built a fuzz face years ago and played with it for a while. Kind of cool, but not me. I put it away for a few years and recently pulled it out and still didn't like it, although it always sounded better than any of the after market fuzz faces. I decided to modify it and ended up with some what of a toss between a Fuzz face and a Tonbender sound. Lots of thick, rich overtones. This thing sounds awsome, with a very versatile tone control incorporated in to it too. If I were to describe it, I would have to say hi quality 60's, Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page) and a whole lot of others. For more info on awsome pedal mods in the GTA area, check out https://www.customguitartone.com

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