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    What fuzzes do you guys like with Strats, single coils, and old Fender amps? I have a little Big Muff, is like something that responds to the guitar a little more. Iím aware fuzz isnít a subtle thing, but I see a lot that respond to the volume knob better.
    "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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    The best Fuzz I ever heard out of a DR was a "Spires Fuzz" from EarthQuaker, it also has an excellent Russian Fuzz side too. Silent on/off, easy button, true bypass. Best pedal money I ever spent. Check out the Mathews effects "The Whaler" also. The Spires sounds good out of my Tele and LP with coil splits through a TwinR in my current stuff.

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    • #3
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      Generally fuzz faces respond great. Big Muffs sound pretty much the same independently of the guitar

      All IME etc.

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      • #4
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        fuzzface. analogman germanium sunface is what i use. they have a few different transistor options, i had the red dot but any of the germaniums that ive tried have been great sounding and clean up well. they are temperature sensitive though. a silicon fuzzface is more stable but i dont like the tone as much usually

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by jeremy View Post
          fuzzface. analogman germanium sunface is what i use. they have a few different transistor options, i had the red dot but any of the germaniums that ive tried have been great sounding and clean up well. they are temperature sensitive though. a silicon fuzzface is more stable but i dont like the tone as much usually
          I use an Analogman NKT Germanium Sunface as well, and it cleans up really well. Almost an always on tone.


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          • #6
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            I have a Stomp Under Foot Civil War fuzz. It cuts great live and is pretty responsive with my single coils and low-mid output humbuckers.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by jeremy View Post
              fuzzface. analogman germanium sunface is what i use. they have a few different transistor options, i had the red dot but any of the germaniums that ive tried have been great sounding and clean up well. they are temperature sensitive though. a silicon fuzzface is more stable but i dont like the tone as much usually
              The Sunface is one I’ve been looking at. What do you get from the Red Dot transistors?
              "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                The Sunface is one I’ve been looking at. What do you get from the Red Dot transistors?
                They are the last of the NKT275 “grail” transistors from the 60’s. (They are labeled differently, but Analogman knows his stuff). Like Jeremy mentioned, you can get almost all the way there with some of the other transistor options.

                I’ve been liking the Bearfoot Arctic White Fuzz, it’s like a silicon Fuzz Face with a tone control, allowing you to roll off some of the upper frequencies that can be harsh with a Fender.
                Oh no.....


                Oh Yeah!

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                • #9
                  Re: Fuzz

                  Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                  What fuzzes do you guys like with Strats, single coils, and old Fender amps? I have a little Big Muff, is like something that responds to the guitar a little more. I’m aware fuzz isn’t a subtle thing, but I see a lot that respond to the volume knob better.
                  Fuzz Boxes are typically an extreme wing of the distortion category, I suggest going with a true Overdrive pedal which will have much greater response and versatility -but you can push a good one back into the Big Muff fuzz neighborhood.

                  -One that comes to mind is the MXR OD Badass series -like a Super or Custom, -they are just more modern versatile Tube Screamer circuits are their core -but drop the tone to 3 oclockish, take the Gain to 11, Volume up, unlatch the mid range Bump Switch, an kick the 100hz boost to 6 or 7 ocklock -and your right back in the Big Muff Territory -with a big more life and response but not quite as much creamy fuzz as the original.

                  There are probably 20 good pedals that do what I describe above.
                  ďFor me, when everything goes wrong Ė thatís when adventure starts.Ē Yvonne Chouinard

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by NegativeEase View Post
                    I suggest going with a true Overdrive pedal which will have much greater response and versatility -but you can push a good one back into the Big Muff fuzz neighborhood.
                    I have a lot of dirt pedals, with the OD range covered well. I also have a Big Muff. I want to get into Gary Clark Jr, Ariel Posen, Dan Patlansky territory. I know the little Big Muff is definitely not what I'm after.

                    The Wampler Fuzztration sounds interesting.
                    "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                      I have a lot of dirt pedals, with the OD range covered well. I also have a Big Muff. I want to get into Gary Clark Jr, Ariel Posen, Dan Patlansky territory. I know the little Big Muff is definitely not what I'm after.

                      The Wampler Fuzztration sounds interesting.
                      Haven't used that one. but the name Wampler speaks for it self.

                      Another approach is using a clean/or mildly clean boost to drive your Pre Amp Stage into saturation much further -Depends on the AMP if this effective because some amps dont break up early enough (tubes and bias are in this equation too) or have enough tolerance for pedal gains -but something like a VOX AC or a Marshal JMP or JCM gets broken up beautifully with just pushing a great tone shaped boost level into it. Fenders depend on which amp (A TWIN will never do it lol) -with this method -you are doing essentially what a Fuzz/OD Pedal does externally in the amp -feeding a boost stage into a clipping stage.

                      on the cleaner side to drive a bigger clipping circuit, I really love that JHS Morning Glory, Archer Ikon, all the Xotics, and on the dirty side love the MXRs, Big Muff, Rats, -typical stuff etc.
                      ďFor me, when everything goes wrong Ė thatís when adventure starts.Ē Yvonne Chouinard

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                      • #12
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                        For the record, the rig is one of a few Strats with singles into a Crybaby, Way Huge Green Rhino, EHX Soul Food, Lumberjack, and Little Big Muff, Radial Plexitube, Danelectro Fab Distortion, into an early Silverface non-MV Super Reverb.

                        Like I said, there's already a fair amount of dirt, but nothing that does this:

                        Last edited by JB_From_Hell; 11-23-2018, 09:19 PM.
                        "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                        • #13
                          Re: Fuzz

                          Originally posted by JB_From_Hell View Post
                          For the record, the rig is one of a few Strats with singles into a Crybaby, Way Huge Green Rhino, EHX Soul Food, Lumberjack, and Little Big Muff, Radial Plexitube, Danelectro Fab Distortion.

                          Like I said, there's already a fair amount of dirt, but nothing that does this:

                          That's his chain? wow -I thought I had a lot of boost and overdrive options.
                          ďFor me, when everything goes wrong Ė thatís when adventure starts.Ē Yvonne Chouinard

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by NegativeEase View Post
                            That's his chain? wow -I thought I had a lot of boost and overdrive options.
                            That's my rig. Also, I'm an idiot and forgot to mention that all goes into an early non-MV Silverface Super Reverb. Currently V1 is pulled and swapped into the PI for earlier breakup.
                            "Patience is key. Hard work is obligatory. And itís the decisions you make right now, not the habits of the past, that will shape your success in the future." - Janek Gwizdala

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                            • #15
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                              I didn’t really hear much fuzz in that video. Lotta tube screamer and wah. Got a time to listen to? Sounded like a guy doing a srv thing.

                              the eqd spires is two fuzz in one, red is a silicon fuzzface, green is some rare old fuzz. cool pedal.

                              i have a ton of different dirt boxes but there is nothing quite like a fuzzface but you need to spend time with one to get the most out of it. i first got a ff years ago and i thought it sucked. took me hearing some great players using a ff to make me revisit it and now i love em.

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