Violin-like fuzz with sustain for days? (that old chestnut...)

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  1. Ken Ops

    Ken Ops Active Member

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    So far, been checking out variations on the Big Muff style, as well as Fuzz Face types.

    Am I getting warmer? :)

    Actually, one I did like the sound of was the Lovepedal 200lbs, but they’re scarce nowadays...
     
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    What about a BOSS FZ-5 ?
     
  3. Ken Ops

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    Feel a bit snobby saying this, but .. it’s digital. :p
     
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    wampler velvet fuzz maybe?
     
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    check out an vintage 'schaller verzerrer' unbelievable muff.
     
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    Side note: Using the neck pickup is also part of the equation. Perhaps I'm stating the obvious.

    That is all.
     
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    I use a Throbak Fuzz Haze. Pre gain switch comes in handy for humbuckers and single coils. It cleans up to a very nice sounding clean tone. Also works well with a Klon (Tumnus) after it. I do that for when I dont have my amp up enough just to add a little base grit.
     
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    Have you checked out any Tone Benders? I love my mkIV build. A mkII would probably be good, too.
     
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    Also, check out any Zonk clones. Fantastic pedal.
     
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    Wow , this sounds great . I have to think about getting this one as it's just too good to pass up !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Earthquaker Devices make a ton of fuzz pedals. Catalinbread also have some nice ones also.
     
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    This?



    Or maybe perhaps one of the many ToneBender circuits?

    That Fuzzrite clone is next on my pedal hit list.
     
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    Gnarly but not Velcro like.

    I have one.

    Cool.

     
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  15. Ken Ops

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    Rosie is definitely a contender. Sweet.
     
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    I don't find the Rosie that gnarly in that demo. Sounds great though (but the fact it's Pete Thorn doing the demo has a lot to do with that obviously). I mean, it isn't a Fuzz Factory (not that's a bad thing, but the Zvex can get quite a bit crazier).

    If you're looking for a Muff, and especially if you like the Gilmour "The Wall" tone (think Comfortably Numb), my recommendation would be either a Skreddy one (I really like the Heavy Fuel, does that tone in one pedal, or the P19 -it stands for "PIG", as in the song off Animals) or the MojoHand FX Iron Bell (it is a slightly modded P19, couple different values and replaces the Colour switch with a pot). It totally nails THAT tone.
    And for Fuzz Faces, one I really like is the MXR Classic 108. Again, it copes the Gilmour DSotM thing pretty well (like the solo to Time) and due to the added circuitry it goes along with modern pedalboards much better than most real vintage or vintage-style fuzzes. But that's a silicon FF, which is brighter and has more cut than a Ge one.
    Fuzz Faces and FF-adjacent fuzzes are quite a deep rabbit hole anyway, there's a massive range of tones you can achieve by tweaking one of its few components (which was the premise for the Fuzz Factory).
     
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    I felt like that Rosie sounded like a Tone Bender, so I did the research. According to solidgoldfx it is a silicon Tone Bender circuit with a JFET input transistor.

    I would guess that the JFET input would make it a bit less able to clean-up from the guitar volume, but the higher input impedance should give you more clarity from humbuckers, and play nicer with a wah in front.

    Here’s a video featuring recreations of the MkI, Mk1.5, MkII, and MkIII Tone Benders. It’s long, but divided into chapters.
     
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    I'm gasing for a Tonebender myself. I'm not a fuzz expert by no means and I'm not sure what "velcro" sounds like but I do like my Fuzz Haze over anything simular I've tried. I've had that one for a few years so I've considered Throbak's Stone Bender. There's some cool versions in the UK I've salivated over though.

    A good point was made about pedals that produce these tones that go for their take on the real thing yet carry the weird placement in your chain issues with them. That is something to consider in your plans. And powering them. I prefer a cheap non alkaline battery with my Fuzz Haze for best sound.

     
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    Here’s another that pedal show about tone bender clones.

    These are a bunch of great pedals. I’m only judging from listening through my phone speakers, but I’m GASing hard for a few of them.
     
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