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  • So who here loves a good fuzz pedal?

    I'm a relative n00b when it comes to fuzz, but I absolutely ADORE a nice low-gain fuzzy. They do so much for your tone!



    My favorite:





    Ge Fuzz Face on the right (with charge pump), Lunar-Module based circuit on the left built up with parts and boards from GuitarPCB



    I like this one a lot too, but it ended up being too high-gain for regular use; super-nice thick gain, though:





    It's a Ge tone-bender with a charge pump to run on negative-tip power supplies. Again built with parts and boards from GuitarPCB



    Do you have a favorite fuzz? Let's see 'em!
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    I love my English Muff'n even more than my '76 Muff.

    Strum lightly & it's nice & clean, strum hard & its Marshall-esque. Very touch sensitive. And you can swap out the tubes easily for different tones/gain.





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      Quote Originally Posted by GREC
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      I love my English Muff'n even more than my '76 Muff.

      Strum lightly & it's nice & clean, strum hard & its Marshall-esque. Very touch sensitive. And you can swap out the tubes easily for different tones/gain.









      Looked that up; pretty cool idea!
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      • #4
        It seems like fuzz is a very specific thing to be used sporadically like heavy modulation effects... not part of your base tone. Am I wrong?



        BTW warriorpoet, did you build those pedals?
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          Quote Originally Posted by warriorpoet
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          I'm a relative n00b when it comes to fuzz, but I absolutely ADORE a nice low-gain fuzzy. They do so much for your tone!



          My favorite:





          Ge Fuzz Face on the right (with charge pump), Lunar-Module based circuit on the left built up with parts and boards from GuitarPCB



          I like this one a lot too, but it ended up being too high-gain for regular use; super-nice thick gain, though:





          It's a Ge tone-bender with a charge pump to run on negative-tip power supplies. Again built with parts and boards from GuitarPCB



          Do you have a favorite fuzz? Let's see 'em!




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          • #6
            Just curious, exactly what year was it that stomp boxes became referred to as pedals? There is no pedal on a stomp box yet they're called pedals. They're even put in pedal boards that often don't have a pedal(wah wah, volume, etc.) in them.
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            • #7
              no fuzz guy.
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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by axegrinder
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                It seems like fuzz is a very specific thing to be used sporadically like heavy modulation effects... not part of your base tone. Am I wrong?



                BTW warriorpoet, did you build those pedals?




                It's a preference thing I guess. Plenty of big bands and artist use fuzz is their base tone, like Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin (occasionally) and Seasick Steve. Heck, even Jimi Hendrix used a Fuzz Face.

                I quite like a smooth fuzz that has a lot of sustain.

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                  Quote Originally Posted by axegrinder
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                  It seems like fuzz is a very specific thing to be used sporadically like heavy modulation effects... not part of your base tone. Am I wrong?



                  BTW warriorpoet, did you build those pedals?




                  I leave my FuzzFace on a lot. It stacks great with boost/OD and is very sensitive to volume changes; I set my base tone at guitar volume 7, where the FF is just beginning to break up. Guitar volume 8 is getting fuzzy (with an OD, it's a nice crunch/ fuzz blend), and 9+ is SUSTAIN. I have the second fuzz in that box (silicon stacked FF/ rangemaster kinda thing) set to stun, so that's more of a sporadic lead/ crunch.



                  Yes. I built them up off layouts and boards purchased from GuitarPCB. It's surprisingly simple and incredibly fun
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                    Quote Originally Posted by BlackPatch
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                    It's a preference thing I guess. Plenty of big bands and artist use fuzz is their base tone, like Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin (occasionally) and Seasick Steve. Heck, even Jimi Hendrix used a Fuzz Face.

                    I quite like a smooth fuzz that has a lot of sustain.




                    ...and you'd be shocked how much praise and worship guys use 'em. It's a very, very versatile effect. I never even tried one before I was sent a "spare" PCB in a shipment of others. Instant hook.
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                    • #11
                      Fuzzis about the only effect I care to use anymore. I don't cover everything I do with a thick shag carpet of fuzz, but I like to play a lot of old garage punk kind of stuff.



                      I always got by fine with a Big Muff or a simple ProCo Rat.



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                      • #12
                        Here's a pic of mine Basic Audio Scarab Deluxe (stock photo):



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                          Quote Originally Posted by hardtdc
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                          Here's a pic of mine Basic Audio Scarab Deluxe (stock photo):







                          I've heard about those. Are they more crunchy/ spitty or smooth?
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                            Quote Originally Posted by Muddslide
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                            Fuzzis about the only effect I care to use anymore. I don't cover everything I do with a thick shag carpet of fuzz, but I like to play a lot of old garage punk kind of stuff.



                            I always got by fine with a Big Muff or a simple ProCo Rat.



                            Lost all my effects in a flood last year. Now all's I got is some small multi-fx unit.




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                            • #15
                              I had a Tone Bender Fuzz clone that I loved. One day it stopped working and then went MIA. Just last weekend I etched a new board to build up another. Hope I can still find those transistors. Only shot I have of it is here, in the ammo-can on the right...



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