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Fuzz Advice / Check out my chain

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by skiddypop, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    Hi all I’m new here. Session guitarist.

    I’m currently running a early built Victoria Bassman, stero into a Allen Accomplice Jr, built by Allen sold by @fogdart. i’m going to either be using my 69 SG special all original or my 59 Jason smith Masterbuilt Strat directly into the fuzz, into—— valvulator V1 ——Analogman bi-comp——Timmy——Eradicator——delay

    What do you recommend for a all around good fuzz. Gig a lot, so simplicity and tone reliability is key. Thoughts on fuzzface original?

    Like I said think session artist. Lots of genres. Play a lot of blues & funk.

    Any Feed back on compressor in-terms of “where it should sit in the chain” for the funk is welcome. I’m
     
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  2. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Animals Pedal fishing is fun as fuzz or the JHS muffeletta. Has a rotary knob that has 6 different big muff variations. I like the civil war and the Russian
     
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  3. Chitmo

    Chitmo Gold Member

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    Oh man, fuzz is like steak... everyone has a different opinion of what perfect is. The skin pimp MKIII tone bender is my personal fav and the op amp big muffs a close second! Two totally different animals though and neither may suit you. That probably wasn’t much help now that I reread it, haha! Good luck with the search!
     
  4. danielSunn0)))

    danielSunn0))) Gold Member

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    If you're looking for versatility, I would recommend at least checking out a Zvex Fuzz Factory, or Fat Fuzz Factory. It has a considerable amount of knobs and you'd have to dedicate some time to it to figure everything out, but you can find MANY usable tones that are classic fuzz, or crazy experimental. I have one and I'll never get rid of it.

    Another suggestion is you could message Arcane Analog and they could probably build you something. Very well known Canadian builder who specializes in Fuzz!
    https://guitarscanada.com/index.php...m-handmade-effects.52596/page-19#post-2550912
    Check out their dedicated post on current builds and throw out a message to get yourself something personal and special made up!!
     
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  5. mhammer

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    Chitmo summarized fuzz perfectly. I've got several dozen, simply because they all have their own personalities (and they're SOOOO easy and cheap to build). However, the OP expressed interest in something that would be suitable for studio use. And while "generic" can often sound like a diss, let's substitute that with "shows up in a lot of places". And since studio work can be made up of equal parts default tones, and gee-I've-never-heard-that-before tones, that would suggest a combination of the aforementioned Fuzz Factory and a Big Muff Pi. The Fuzz Factory is essentially a Fuzz Face, with the ability to tweak for some more unusual sounds. The Big Muff Pi has been around for almost 50 years in various forms. Which issue is the most common? Beats the hell out of me, but people swear by the Ram's Head version and EHX recently "re-released" it. I put that in quotation marks because the wide component tolerances back in the early days meant that any two consecutive BMPs coming off the line wouldn't sound the same. But it's probably as omnipresent a fuzz as one might find, and NOT "boutique-priced".
     
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  6. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

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    I've tried three or four of the popular ones. I've settled on the Black Ash by Earthquaker Devices. You might have trouble finding one though, they only made 1500.
     
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  7. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    Thanks I will check these out
     
  8. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    Thanks for the information. Not studio more live sessions for different artists. But I understand the concept. Sounds like I’ll be buying a lot of different fuzzes prior to settling. I wanted to try something fuzz-face like and something muff pi like. But something I can dial in my original flavours. Thank you for some options and your knowledgeable feedback.
    I currently tried the 6was9 GE Solidgoldfx pedal. Dare I say it cleans up to much. If my guitar volume isn’t 10 the fuzz won’t really engage. I’ve tried multiple eq’s. Still same issue. I’m going to try a few germanium style and a few SI styles.
    I never knew the fuzz factory was like a fuzz face. Really wana try one. Do you reckon paying the money for a hand-wired if it will be seeing a lot of shows.

    Thanks Again.
     
  9. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    This is great. I think I’m going to play a bunch first see what I really like and don’t like, once I gain a-little more practical knowledge regarding what I need, I’m going to get one made
     
  10. skiddypop

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  11. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    The Animals Pedal I spoke of sounds amazing with single coils. Not so much with humbuckers. Something else to consider.
     
  12. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    Yeah, i'm coming to the realization that I probably will need two, if i'm switching between guitars on stage.

    Regards
     
  13. DaddyDog

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    Many fuzz variations available at KO Amplifiers and Effects Pedals May be best to contact him and ask about them.

    Could also ask and try @SouthamptonPdls Makes some fuzzes, and judging by his social media, has had his hands on many many different ones.
     
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  14. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    Thanks, i will check them out
     
  15. danielSunn0)))

    danielSunn0))) Gold Member

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    You're definitely in the right frame of mind by going Fuzz Face and Big Muff first. Classic pedals that are very usable, if I remember correctly even David Gilmour used both; FF in early Floyd, and BM in the middle years. If you're going traditional FF I hear they work best with Single Coils (I use pretty much 100% humbuckers), but there's plenty of variants that sound great with both, and BM works with anything, but make it hard to cut through a mix, especially considering the era you use.

    I personally love Superfuzzes, Tonebenders, anything that gets messy and harsh walls of sound. Right now my go-to is a Dwarfcraft Silver Rose v2; it's a Big Muff & Superfuzz running in parallel with an active EQ you can take in or out of circuit, clean blend, and some other switches for tweaking. It's very destructive, in the best way!!! :D
     

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