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  • Good Fuzz for Bass in a Heavy Metal band...

    A friend of mine is starting a heavy metal band and he's wondering what would be a good Fuzz pedal for Bass. Would the Pharaoh work for bass, or are there better pedals out there?

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    • #3
      What kind of metal? Thrash, Diamondhead/Metallica style stuff, Doom, Death, ... ?

      Regardless of the answer, get a pedal that lets you blend dry signal or a dedicated dry looper. Competing with double kick means your bass frequencies have to be tight and your attack has to be fast otherwise you get lost.
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          What kind of metal? Thrash, Diamondhead/Metallica style stuff, Doom, Death, ... ?

          Regardless of the answer, get a pedal that lets you blend dry signal or a dedicated dry looper. Competing with double kick means your bass frequencies have to be tight and your attack has to be fast otherwise you get lost.


          in flames/arch enemy with some Metallica influences as well, fits under heavy metal but its harsher than 80s but lighter than like death metal

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            • #7
              I don't think fuzz is the best thing for that kind of metal. The Boss ODB-3 is tits, though.
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              I'm more concerned that people **************** their pants and cry when i play than i am that it sounds good.

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              • #8
                Bluebeard is the only answer
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                • #9
                  Have him save the money and just get a plan old Big Muff used. He'll thank you later.

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                  • #10
                    I'll be different and not suggest a muff variant (though it's a proven choice). Scooped mids mean becoming Tom Araya in Slayer: felt but never, ever heard. Try something that's more of an overdrive or light fuzz that can blend with the dry bass (for attack). If you want to know something off the wall, for a time I had the Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather pedal and running that AFTER the bass big muff was surprising. Super aggressive treble, cut like an ice pick, almost Big Black sounding. I always thought if I played a metal band I would put a fuzz and the steel leather in a blend loop and it would slay. Try it out if you can.
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                    • #11
                      I don't think fuzz is the best thing for that kind of metal. The Boss ODB-3 is tits, though.


                      Cliff "The Good Member of Metallica" Burton used a Russian Muff, if I remember correctly!

                      Edit: The below posts are right, they didn't exist yet, but he used a plain Big Muff and a Morley Fuzz Wah

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                      • #12
                        I doubt they had Russian Muffs in Cliffs time but I could be wrong
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                          Cliff "The Good Member of Metallica" Burton used a Russian Muff, if I remember correctly!


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                          • #14
                            I doubt they had Russian Muffs in Cliffs time but I could be wrong


                            Yeah, I just looked it up -- my mistake. He used a Fuzz Wah and a regular ol' Big Muff.

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                            • #15
                              Cliff "The Good Member of Metallica" Burton used a Russian Muff, if I remember correctly!


                              i don't think they were making russian muffs yet during his lifetime. i should know what he used, being a big fan of old metallica, but i don't. i don't really know **************** about his gear.

                              bass definitely sounds better when i'm not playing it, so i stay away from them and all. but i know the musket actually sounds pretty good on bass in a metal set up. humancertainty can speak to that more, as he actually has been known to play bass in metal bands and i saw him using one once.

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