let's talk about some motherfuzzin fuzz pedals!!!!

gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,741
i am looking for a good fuzz pedal.

I am really digging the Dr. No kafuzz, Dr. No skullfuzz, and Dr. No Turd. they are all kind of out of my pricerange though. plus, the skull fuzz, being an actual skull, is not practical for being on a pedalboard, or even gigging, as someone will steal it.

i am also looking at the magnetic effects white atom, and the basic audio scarab deluxe fuzz.

i am a big fan of the jhs muffeletta, as it is 6 versions of the big muff in one pedal.

does anybody have any experience with any of these? i have never used a fuzz. i was always afraid it would muddy my tone too much.

my other guitar player got a thorpy effects muffroom cloud, and it is fucking killer. so now of course i have to keep up with the jones and get a fuzz as well.

post your fuzz pedals that you like or what you would recommend to someone.
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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,223
    I replaced a bunch of fuzz pedals, mostly Big Muffs and clones, with a Homebrew Electronics Ultimate Fuzz Octave.

    It plays well with other pedals, is very reactive to gain staging, is well built, pedal board friendly and it has a huge useful range.

    I stopped buying fuzz pedals after I found the U.F.O..
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,741
    dudeman said:

    I replaced a bunch of fuzz pedals, mostly Big Muffs and clones, with a Homebrew Electronics Ultimate Fuzz Octave.

    It plays well with other pedals, is very reactive to gain staging, is well built, pedal board friendly and it has a huge useful range.

    I stopped buying fuzz pedals after I found the U.F.O..

    thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out. i have heard that fuzzboxes are notorious for not playing well with other pedals. I was reading about how a fuzz and a wah typically don't work well together. some have even suggested putting a buffer between the wah and the fuzz as the wah can be a huge tonesuck.
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  • spaceman pedals. all their fuzz pedals are great for guitar and bass
  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,223

    dudeman said:

    I replaced a bunch of fuzz pedals, mostly Big Muffs and clones, with a Homebrew Electronics Ultimate Fuzz Octave.

    It plays well with other pedals, is very reactive to gain staging, is well built, pedal board friendly and it has a huge useful range.

    I stopped buying fuzz pedals after I found the U.F.O..

    thanks for the recommendation. I will check it out. i have heard that fuzzboxes are notorious for not playing well with other pedals. I was reading about how a fuzz and a wah typically don't work well together. some have even suggested putting a buffer between the wah and the fuzz as the wah can be a huge tonesuck.
    I always found placement of the fuzz in the signal chain was something to experiment with. With the U.F.O., I had the best results putting it after the wah.
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,149
    Love the Muffuletta as well.

    Also sporting an Analogman Sunface and Zvex Wooly Mammoth on my board. The Sunface has the Mullard germanium transistors from his options and is about as close as you can get to holy grail territory for reasonable money. Incredible fuzziness and better than bypass cleans with the volume rolled back. The Mammoth is really tasty too and does some cool gating and over the top fuzz...a mainstay on Jim James' board.

  • I've got a Fender Blender (thanks to Monster, on here). It's the pedal McCready uses on NAIS and gets the SRV tone pretty well (surprisingly).
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  • I scored a Sovtek Big Green Muff on Ebay this year for a reasonable price - sounds incredible!! I also have an EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Fuzz which is amazing
  • Love fuzz pedals......

    I'm actually a diehard Fulltone guy still. I prefer germanium over silicon. I feel germanium fit my style better. I don't play lead, I'm strictly a chord guy 99.94354% of the time. MKII and Soul Bender sound amazing. I recommend finding which over drive pedals work help with whatever fuzz pedal you get, you can use them to help tame fuzzes at times. Play with them in the signal chain, fuzzes tones drastically change depending where they are in the chain (some more then others). I tend to him my fuzzes with the signal first. Another secret weapon is my Keeley Java Boost. Germanium treble boost pedal. Think Zeppelin I.

    I'll try to get Exhausted's attention, he has been through and has used a ton of different fuzzes. I know he is a big Way Huge fan.
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,741
    i ended up getting the basic audio scarab deluxe. i contacted the builder, john lyons, and bought directly from him. i bought it tuesday last week and i received it on friday and played with it literally all weekend. several hours each day. i plugged it in and immediately got stockdale's wolfmother tone. i was never able to get it before. i messed around with placement on my board. as it is now i have it after my wah and phaser just before my drives. i have a jhs little black buffer between the phaser and the wah. that is where everything seems to sound best at the moment. i am still tweaking the order though. we don't have a gig for a few weeks yet so i have time to experiment. i am waiting to get my dr. no drive o matic in the mail. it should be here this week. hopefully it goes well with the new fuzz.
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,149
    Great choice...I've never owned one, but it's a very popular pedal over at gearpage. Should be able to cop a lot of old school tones. Meant to sound Tonebenderish.
  • Awesome purchase!
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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,741
    yeah i was messing around with it last night. i used my looper and recorded the clean intro of everlong. i played it back and got that roaring intro strum of the distorted guitar. i love that damn pedal now!!
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  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 2,542
    What I have:

    And what I want:
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  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 2,542
    saw this, had to post it
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  • Go BeaversGo Beavers Posts: 5,312
    Here's a nice sounding cheapo Chinese fuzz pedal:

  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,223
    I've seen a lot of those little Mooer pedals but I've never played around with any of them. How do they compare to the rest of the market?
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  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 2,542
    dudeman said:

    I've seen a lot of those little Mooer pedals but I've never played around with any of them. How do they compare to the rest of the market?

    I have one of these and I really enjoy it:

    /amateur guitarist with amateur ears
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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,223
    Wow. That looks like a capable pedal. I'll have to look into them a little more. 
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  • DewieCoxDewieCox Posts: 9,149
    I have a Donner Flanger. Same kinda thing as the Mooer stuff. I honestly think it's one of the best Flanger pedals around and it was friggin $30 at Amazon. I'd gladly put it on my board among mostly cork sniffer type stuff.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 19,593
    edited May 4
    I found one of these babys in a little music store that used to be in Diamond Springs, CA for a very reasonable price (I think I paid like $20 or $25).  Not long after, the old tube went out and I replaced it and it's worked like a bull dog ever since.  Kind of sounds like an old bull dog, come to think of it.  Dirty, funky, get down in the grunge kind of pedal.  Lotta fun, this one.

    Edit: The Chandler Industries Tube Driver isn't a true "fuzz pedal" but I thought it worth mentioning here.  The fuzz pedal I really want is one of the home-made jobs that a guy I knew way back in high school used to make.  He even made his only little tin boxes (that doubled as a stash box) to house them in.  Loads of fuzz and peculiar in odor.  Sure wish I had one or knew where the guy is these days.


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  • dudemandudeman Posts: 1,223
    I've been revisiting, or maybe rediscovering my guitar pedalboard lately. After much experimentation, I found that the Fulltone O.C.D. into the Homebrew Electronics Ultimate Fuzz Octave into the Dunlop 535Q wah gives me the best range of useful tones. The overdrive tightens up the fuzz a little and the wah sounds great by itself or with any combination of OD and fuzz.

    Btw, how's the Scarab working out, OP?


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  • gimmesometruth27gimmesometruth27 St. Fuckin LouisPosts: 15,741
    dudeman said:
    I've been revisiting, or maybe rediscovering my guitar pedalboard lately. After much experimentation, I found that the Fulltone O.C.D. into the Homebrew Electronics Ultimate Fuzz Octave into the Dunlop 535Q wah gives me the best range of useful tones. The overdrive tightens up the fuzz a little and the wah sounds great by itself or with any combination of OD and fuzz.

    Btw, how's the Scarab working out, OP?


    man, it is killer. i recently joined an original band and that pedal is my entire guitar tone in that project. I have switched from my 74 marshall jmp to my 1994 matchless clubman with the scarab deluxe, wah, trembletank reverb, and dr no driveomatic. I had to switch from the marshall to the matchless because my marshall was getting lost in the mix with the other guitarists playing a vintage marshall and an old hiwatt. i needed something to cut through the mix. basically my setup in that band is the matchless and the scarab deluxe on all the time, and i use the reverb and driveomatic to get a little different sound on some songs. the scarab is my favorite pedal. if someone told me a year ago that a fuzz pedal would be my favorite pedal i would not have believed it.
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