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Differences b/t a fuzz pedal and turning your tone knob down?


Dado Prso

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Well, turning your tone knob down merely rolls off the highs. This is affecting the sound that the guitar is sending through the chain and into the amp. The sound of rolling off the treble is a bit smoother and darker, and you can hear it in a lot of jazz tones.

Fuzz pedals on the other hand are independent from your guitar. You can turn your tone knob down while running through a fuzz, or you can keep it up. They usually give a "broken speaker" distorted sound, although there are many kinds of fuzzes. Some are smoother than others.

The main difference here is that the tone knob changes the EQ setting on your guitar, whereas a fuzz pedal is actually modifying the signal with an effect.

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A fuzz pedal is more like gouging holes into your speakers and playing at maximum volume. That's not even right. It's square wave clipping. The sound you hear is a wooly, crackly, god-sent distortion. I guess that's subjective.

 

The difference between a tone knob and a fuzz box is that the tone knob should be adjusted for taste and style, the fuzz box should be left on at all times.

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Do fuzzes sound good into an already distorted amp?

 

 

yeah. probably sounds better with an already-"lightly" distorted amp. That's basically Matt Bellamy's tone in most Muse songs (fuzz factory for leads, "crunch channel" of a Diezel head otherwise)

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yeah. probably sounds better with an already-"lightly" distorted amp. That's basically Matt Bellamy's tone in most Muse songs (fuzz factory for leads, "crunch channel" of a Diezel head otherwise)

 

 

Is the crunch channel of a diezel considered lightly distorted?

 

Bellamy is pretty high gain.

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Is the crunch channel of a diezel considered lightly distorted?


Bellamy is pretty high gain.

 

 

The fuzz factory is the high-gain stuff. Crunch channel is distorted, but you can control how distorted. It's a 3-channel amp (clean, crunch, lead) so it's distorted, but not super-distorted.

 

Fuzz into an already distorted amp can sound pretty good, to answer your question, but also, you'll find a LOT of fuzz users play into a clean amp, or even straight into the PA (using a direct box). It really depends on what style of music you play, and what sounds good to you.

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