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  • The "FUZZ" Lounge

    Let's start a thread that will be the "MOTHER" of all fuzz threads!!



    I've noticed that there's quite a few number of guys in the forum, who loves to talk about your favorite fuzz pedals, fuzz recordings/bands, and even fuzz pedal makers and their magical creations!

    DUNLOP FUZZFACE The one that I got was really bad, it was stuttery when you play power chords, the tone and feedback was there, but at the time I wasn't happy. I have found some modding tips on the net, and asked an electrician friend to do the mod for me. Be aware, that the earlier Dunlop's are easier to modify (90-98) than the later ones. You really have to go and try almost each one that the store has just to find the right one. They all have different tone characters!


    P.E. EXPERIENCE PEDAL I bought this pedal mainly for the swell/backwards guitar effect but, it's really more of a volume swell effect, than a backwards guitar tape effect (a lot of experimentation, just to get that backwards effect). The fuzz was loud and mean sounding, almost distortion-like. Reminded me of my russian made black big muff fuzz . The Octave effect in it is one of the coolest out there. If you can find a use for it, it's a cool pedal! This pedal was used by Charlie Sexton on his "Under the Wishing Tree" album. Try to find one with the LED. You'll be glad you did.

    ROGER MAYER CLASSIC and AXIS FUZZ The first and the ultimate guy who makes "fuzz face clones" and directly worked with the fuzz face man himself (Hendrix). You would expect nothing, but the "Holy Grail" right? Well, not really imo. The CLASSIC was almost identical to my old Dunlop. The AXIS on the other hand was not bad, it sounds tighter than the classic, I really liked the tone of that one but, I realised that it sounds just like my modded hybrid germ/sil Dunlop fuzz! The only claim that RM pedals that really impressed me was, you won't pick up radio frequencies when you turn your guitar's volume down (specially with silicon). The RM fuzzes are also a bit expensive. The only cool thing, IMO is the rocketship casing.

    FULLTONE '69 Here is a pedal that everybody loves (or used to) The first time I really got into the perfect fuzzface clone search (1999-2000), all I heard and saw on the internet was this pedal. I have tried it on many different occasions, twice in the store and once in a jam. I have convinced myself a lot of times that this pedal is "the one", but it never really worked for my taste. To me, it sounded tame and doesn't have enough fuzz/gain to boot. I have a Fulldrive, and really liked the "Soul Bender" which I think is Fulltone's best fuzz pedal. (although not a fuzz face)

    FULLTONE '70 Now this pedal is the "Band of Gypsys" pedal that it claims to be. It's really good and aggressive silicon sounding fuzz. Although a lot of guys are now raving about the new blue version. (A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE RAVING FOR THE NEW BLUE VERSION which I believed Fulltone updated, NOT THE PURPLE ONES)

    DAVE FOX FUZZFOOT A few years ago. I heard about the Captain Coconut (now discontinued) so I checked out the site, and heard a clip of the Fuzzfoot. I was blown away! "I got to have that Fuzz". I e-mailed Dave Fox, and he's a great guy to deal with. The man answers all your questions, the guy treated me like a Rock Star! He made me a one of a kind hybrid Fuzzfoot that I really loved. And he just came up with the new fuzz card idea. So that, any fuzz-nut can pick a fuzz card of his own liking. A really cool concept. Details of the fuzzfoot on his website www.foxroxelectronics.com

    80's REISSUE FUZZFACE I have tried one of these, but I find it harsh sounding and not enough sustain to boot. They were also made by the young Dave Fox. It's better to get the Fuzzfoot instead IMO.

    MJM LONDON FUZZ www.mjmguitarfx.com I guess some of you might have heard and bought the "London Fuzz" from all my postings about the London Fuzz in here and on musictoyz and others. IMO, the best repro of a great sounding Dallas- Arbiter Fuzzface. Big, bad and deep fuzzface tone! Plus, a top-notch guy to deal with! Creamy fuzz tones. IMO, nails early Hendrix, Eric Johnson and Cream.

    MJM LONDON FUZZ II (silicon) Has a bit more sustain than the germanium loaded London Fuzz. But, like most silicon fuzzface it's a bit noisy with radio stations and all, when you turn down your guitar's volume knob. It sounds meaner and more agressive than the germanium London Fuzz. Very later period Hendrix fuzz tone. Fuzz Face afficionados loves this one. Raw Power!

    2004-05 ARBITER-ENGLAND FUZZ FACE RE-ISSUE It looks like the real thing and just like the original Abiter Fuzz Faces it has some consistency issues. I would recommend to try each one before you buy. The one that I got didn't have enough fuzz/gain. I would stay away and get a good fuzz face-clone instead. Get one, if you like the original Fuzz Face look (and this one done by the original maker).

    BIG MUFF (Black Russian) It has a big, too processed, thick sound. The box is way too big and takes up too much space on your pedalboard. Can't really find a good rhythm sound out of it unless, you're into some cheesey 70's metal sound. Very much a Distortion pedal IMO. GRUNGE galore!

    BIG MUFF (USA) So much better than the russian ones, IMO. The tone knob reacts so much better, you could really dial different tones out of this one, than the rusian ones. Also, it looks cooler because of the classic Big Muff graphics, just like the old ones from the seventies. The first ones that came out didn't have true-bypass. I believed that the newer ones do.

    ZVEX FUZZFACTORY www.zvex.com Fun, fun, fun is all I can say about this little monster. If you are rich enough to keep one for your collection, a "must-have" for every Fuzz Nut, but you might find it hard to get a consistent fuzz tone. It changes all the time, with different situations, amps, pickups, guitar, volume, etc..But still fun!! Might be a really cool experimental tool for recording. I just hate it when I find a cool tone, a day later, it won't be the same. Goodluck on taming this little monster live...

    MJM BRIT-BENDER (2 knob) I've always liked the Fulltone Soul Bender, but compared to this pedal the Soul Bender sounds thin in comparison. You want a great Bowie-era Mick Ronson, early Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page? It's like a fuzz face with more balls and razor blades added. Look no further. True, Tonebenders are like Fuzz Faces on steroids!

    MJM BRIT-BENDER (3 knob) It's a MK II Sola Sound Tonebender clone just like the Fulltone Soulbender. Tonewise, it's almost identical to the Fulltone. But, I find the tone knob on the Brit more responsive. The other difference that I noticed compared to the Soulbender? The SB sounded bassier and louder.

    MJM FOXEY FUZZ Now this is what a Big Muff pedal supposed to sound like big, fat , sweet singing sustainy fuzz. You can dial Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins and even Santana-esque solos. People who are looking for the great sounding Big Muff would love the Foxey Fuzz.

    NVN NIRVANA FUZZ One the coolest looking fuzz box around. If you want the most tweakable fuzzface type pedal, look no further. It can also be used as a mild overdrive or balls to the wall fuzz, that has a bit of distortion-like character to it (think "RAT" pedal). I can only describe it as.. "a great silicon sounding fuzz face with the combination of the regular fuzz setting from a Zvex fuzzfactory with the addition of the RAT pedal". And it works very well with a wah pedal! (discontinued)

    SUSTAIN PUNCH CREAMY DREAMER I've tried this fuzz bomb. Never really cared much for it. Very later period Pumpkins fuzz like what it claims to be. A little too processed for my fuzz taste. Sounds identical to my old black russian Big Muff. I actually heard that it's a clone of the black russian Big Muff with the added small casing and true-bypass switching. There was so much "hype" on this pedal at the time. Because it was hyped as "the fuzz that Billy Corgan used" on the Smashing Pumpkins album "Machina".

    VOODOO LABS SUPERFUZZ To me, it's more of a fuzzy/overdrive pedal! Very nice. Can be used as a very decent overdrive pedal. You can also dial some decent distortion tones. I use this right now as an extra gain stage working with my main overdrive (MJM Blues DEvil). Don't be fooled by the SuperFuzz name, because it is NOT a clone of the Univox Super Fuzz, but still very cool.

    MJM CHINA FUZZ Want a Super Fuzz clone? Here's your answer! Just like Townshend's lead tones in "Live At Leeds". It offers 2 great sounding fuzz tones with a click of a footswitch. Playing notes around the 12th fret gives you an Octave effect.

    ZOOM ULTRA FUZZ You can get this fuzz very cheap nowadays and IMO it's totally worth it! I call it a "Poor Man's Fuzz factory". It does the cool oscilation thingy and can get some really cool distortion-like tones! Even the store clerk couldn't believe that while I was playing it. He can't believe that the pedal can make all those sounds. Try it out!

    LOVETONE BIG CHEESE IMO, a classic "boutique fuzz pedal" I wished that Lovetone would make cool pedals again. It has lesser fuzz effects than a fuzzfactory but every tone that you would get with this pedal is GOLDEN!

    ARBITER FUZZ FACE (reissue with analogman mod). I traded my first one, and got a new one with the analogman mod. Now this one sounds great. Gobs of fuzz to boot. And very cutting. Very promising specially it's only a modded version. I'm sure that the analogman Sun Face is better! Now on my pedalboard!


  • #2
    wow..a hell of a post....
    er...i like fuzz..
    OTHERWORLDLY. Psychedelic, Noise, Shoegaze.Joey Levenson on SoundCloud


    • #3
      Nice lounge!

      Love what you've done with the place. Man, the lights and the water in the toilets is jade green. Very cool.

      I'd like a Dry Martini and give me one of those ridiculously large cigars while your at it. Thanks.

      "Mmmmmmmm...it's sooooo fuzzy!"
      I didn't want to hurt you but you're pretty when you cry.


      • #4
        Mmmm. You need to try a Big Cheese Kirk. When you come to your gig in toronto, I'll loan you mine for the night.
        An inadequate replacement for Ham
        Reverse Spam:
        I suppose the opposite of Spam is vegetables?


        • #5
          Originally posted by ~Mf222
          I have a Zvex Fuzz Factory!

          I have to say it Metfan, I love your current setup, mainly because it's extremly close to mine
          An inadequate replacement for Ham
          Reverse Spam:
          I suppose the opposite of Spam is vegetables?


          • #6
            Originally posted by fuzzface_71

            Man, I'm dying to try that fuzz pedal!! BTW, are you allowed to get into the clubs yet? (We played "Rancho Relaxo" last July)

            About the fuzzfactory...I've got some cool setting list I can share in here!!!

            I've still got a year and a bit to get into clubs. *curses loudly* play something not so 19+
            An inadequate replacement for Ham
            Reverse Spam:
            I suppose the opposite of Spam is vegetables?


            • #7
              Fuzzman , are you still playing Scheroz next Friday?


              • #8
                Originally posted by fuzzface_71

                BTW, how much did you pay for your Big Cheese? Do they have it in Songbird? I haven't been inside that store for a year, what new pedals do they have?

                Ahhh gosh. A painfully long story about how I got it. I paid 300 ('merican) and had to pay about 100 dollars (canuck) in import fees. Heck of a price, but I got it just as they were discontinued and no longer available. And now they're selling for 400+ so I'm lucky that way, and I can make profit if necessary (but they'll have to pry it out of my cold dead hands)

                They don't have any at songbird. The effects at songbird are slowing down (cept now they stock CC2s) but they haven't had anything interesting in a while (but I did see a mutron phaser). But they have more interesting amps and guitars, which is a plus. It looks as if songbird stopped stocking Menatone and MJM stuff (I really wanna see the Ulysses wah) they just have their one or two stock pedals and that's it.
                An inadequate replacement for Ham
                Reverse Spam:
                I suppose the opposite of Spam is vegetables?


                • #9
                  I will be doing some music in town from 5:30- 6:30.
                  Hey , if I bring my London, will you take a listen to it? I need some pointers.
                  I could bring the Roctavios too if you have pre gig time .


                  • #10
                    here's a bit from a recent interview with Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland, creator of the Ace Tone fuzz, Roland Bee Baa ...

                    "... If you're talking about effects, there's always the Shamisen. You know, the Shamisen is the prototypical fuzz instrument. The strings, first, second and third, are numbered in the opposite order to those on the guitar, aren't they ? The Shamisen only has 3 strings and the one with the lowest pitch is called the first string. The first string is the only one that doesn't ride on the Kamigoma, a kind of bridge. This structure is called the Sawari. When you press the first string onto the fret, a distinctive sound is produced, and the melody is played on the other two strings. The first string makes a buzzing sound. Looked at from a broad perspective, this is obviously a fuzz sound...That's why I have no problems claiming that the Japanese were the first to come up with fuzz. It's there for you to hear. It's just that no one called it fuzz. Anyway that's what I think ..."


                    • #11

                      "Fuzz Lounge" Page Guide--Highlights:

                      1- Fuzzface71 reviews
                      2- Keeley Fuzz Clipper
                      3- Favorite Fuzz Tracks
                      4- Ibanez Standard Fuzz/Boss Hyper Fuzz/Big Cheese tricks
                      5- Bosstone Fuzz/Big Muff
                      6- Lovetone Big Cheese
                      7- DOD Punkifier/BlackCat OD-Fuzz
                      8- BlackCat Fuzz
                      9- Big Muff/Hyper Fuzz/Fuzz tracks/Dying battery notes
                      10- Fuzz tracks/ NVN Tarpit Meltdown
                      11- NVN
                      12- Boss FZ-3/Bosstone/SMOB BigCheeseReview/SobbaFuzzbreaker/andreas
                      13- Maestro Fuzz/Maxon Wah Fuzz/ Fuzzfoot/ Big Muff
                      16- Fuzz Faze1 reviews
                      17- Dano French Toast/Sobbat Fuzz
                      18- Rozac Nu-Fuzz/ Favorite fuzz combos
                      19- Sobbat/ UMI Buzztone
                      20- Silicon Fuzzes/Ibanez Wau Fuzz review/Zoom Ultra Fuzz
                      21- London Fuzz/VL Super Fuzz/DOD Clasic Fuzz/McFuzz/Yardbox/Sunface
                      22- Creamy Dreamer/ Fuzzfactory Settings/London Fuzz
                      23- Frantone sweet/FFactory/ Pax #1 Fuzz/ Homebrew
                      24- Fuzzfoot/ VL Superfuzz/ Stoner Rock fuzz/Homebrew
                      26- Fingermush reviews/ J.Mascis Fuzz Probe
                      27. BlenderFuzz
                      28. CC2 Fuzzcards/ Guyatone TZ-2
                      29. London Fuzz/ Fuzz Face History/ French Toast
                      30. Zoom Ultra Fuzz
                      31. Rev's picture of FF71 Q&A
                      32. Kanji Fuzzfactory/ Frantone The Sweet
                      33. London Fuzz/ Marshall Shredmaster/KOB/FF/socialmanipulation reviews
                      34. The Sweet/McFuzz/London Fuzz/ Keramat reviews
                      35. NVN Tarpitmeltdown/ Dinofuzz
                      36. J.Everman Fuzzdrive/Monsterpiece Fuzz/Peachfuzz/ DinoFuzz
                      37. Cream Puff/FF/ Sweet/ Axis Research
                      38. Monsterpiece Fuzz/ RX Overdriver
                      39. RX Experience/ Fender Blender/Fuzz Drive/ Crossroads Fuzz/ Reviews
                      40. MTLab Fuzzmania/ Fuzz Probe/FFactory
                      41. Fuzzmite review/ FF/ Verba Fuzz
                      42. Fuzz Probe/ Green BigMuff/ Fuzzfoot
                      43. FF Settings/ Germa Drive/ Soulbender/ Tonebender MKII
                      44. Mr-T Fuzz/ Carl Martin The Fuzz
                      45. Dinofuzz/ EXP/Dunlop Fuzzface/Menatone Chawbox/Sun Face
                      46. Electric Smile/ The Gainster's old board/ Dragon FX/Black Fuzz
                      47. Reviews/ List
                      48. Tube Fuzz
                      49. SIB Nick Nitro/ McFuz HOT
                      50. Chawbox
                      51. Jen Jumbo Fuzz
                      52. Holowan Static Egg/ Ultra Fuzz/ DOD FX52/Foxey Fuzz
                      53. Western Fuzz/Creamy Dreamer/Keeley Fuzz Head/ Marshall Supafuzz
                      54. Ibanez standard Fuzz/ Fuzz Head
                      55.Tym Fuzz/Roadrunner Supersonic Fuzz/Hermida Fuzz Face
                      56. Mojo Fuzz/ Jen Fuzz
                      57. Cream Puff/Crucible Fuzz
                      58. Crucible Fuzz/ Pink Floyd Fuzz
                      59. McFuzz"Hot"/ Arbiter Fuzz Face/Fuzz Porn
                      60. Gemini Fuzz
                      61. Fuzz Master/ Stooges Fuzz
                      62. dude fuzz review/DOD Classic Fuzz/Torpedo Burrito
                      63. Crucible Fuzz/Dinofuzz/Rat/Big Muff/Way Huge Swollen Pickle
                      64. Lovetone Stingringer/ Unity Gain reviews
                      65. Vintagetoneproject Vintage Fuzz
                      66. Arbiter FF/ FUZZ REVIEWS
                      67. Ultra Fuzz/ Tonebender/VL Superfuzz/ AM Led Bender
                      68. Battery Talk/ bieke's pix/ BritBender/FUZZFACE71/ Fuzzbender
                      69. Jayhawks pedalboard/Superfuzz/ Black Cat OD Fuzz
                      70. MJM China Fuzz/FUZZ PICS/ BLUEPRINT's reviews
                      71. The Best Of Fuzz Face clones/more BLUEPRINT review
                      72. FF71 Crucible Fuzz review
                      73. Monterey Fuzz/ Boss Hyper Fuzz/Fuzz Face 101/ Crest Audio FF
                      74. coloursound's fuzzboard/Mr.Munky's fuzz clips
                      75. Mojo Fuzz/Soulbender/ Fuzz Head review
                      76. Fuzzfoot-Dave Fox is back/ Cream Puff/ Roland Double Beat
                      77. D*A*M* MKII prof/ Protone/ More FF71 reviews.
                      78. Wells 50 Shadow/Mayonaise/Foxrox Silicon/Homebrew UFO Fuzz
                      79. Sabine Fuzztortion/Bieke's pics/Stereoscope Fuzz/Septic Fuzz/McFuzz
                      80. Zerobeat's McFuzz review/Fox Rox Silicon/Bieke's Pics
                      81. Bieke's fuzz pics/Crucible Fuzz
                      82. UFO Fuzz review/Korg Distwah/hookstapped's Mosrite Fuzzrite clone
                      83. mumford's Hellbilly Review/FF71 Boss Hyper Fuzz review/Magic Boy Fuzz
                      84. Ibanez Waufuzz/hookstrapped's Tym Buzzrite & Brit-Bender review/ Cornish Fuzz reviews
                      85. Sunlion review/Orion Fuzz/ ck3's Ibanez FZ7 review/stonebender/oscillo
                      86. AMZ Cheese Clone by TIKIROCKER/Boron's Fuzz reviews (parts 1-3)
                      87. GS Wylie Moonrock Fuzz/McMufffeliz Fuzz
                      88. keramat8's reviews/ck3's reviews/DOD Classic Fuzz reviews/telepaul' Foxey vs.The Sweet


                      • #12
                        Nice lounge you

                        Vade retro, Santana!!


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                          • #14
                            right know i've only used a foxrox silicon fuzzffoot and its my only source of gain
                            i love it i was retarted when i bout and though i would never get a captain coconut so i got one of them in the fuzzface i really wish i would have saved my money
                            when i do get a captain coconut im gonna buy an extra silicon fuzz card and compare with the hybrid and i'll see which fuzz will reign on my board
                            the only other fuzz i could see myself ever adding are the roland beebaa, the z vex fuzz probe, or some kind of tonebender
                            Digitech WH-1 TB--Z Vex Fuzz Factory--EH Deluxe Memory Man--EH 16 Second Delay


                            • #15
                              *sits self on couch and places the captain on floor*

                              This ladies and gentlemen is my fuzz Hit me with a 151