Pedal geeks i need u (help jjjusten make decisions about awesome pedals for his store)

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so I am about to add this dudes stuff to the mix, super reasonable and imo super fucking cool low rent handbuilt fuzz box/overdrive/feedback loop stuff. but i am audio fatigued/overwhelmed having listened to fuzz samples all day, so if i could enlist yer advice that would be cool.

www.noisemakereffects.com

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

mod is dumb w/html

http://noisemakereffects.com/Noisemaker_Effects/Home.html

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:18 (five years ago) Permalink

also on the futurity list hopefully

http://www.catalinbread.com/Pedals
http://www.subdecay.com/

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

consider vfe pedals. great, extremely well priced

upset and upsetting (electricsound), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:21 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ5fi4HKuHo&feature=share&list=PL2466C0B24FB63E4A

this is high on the list of why subdecay is on the list btw

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Vfe looks interesting for sure - what I really need is mod stuff more than distortion/od/fuzz at the moment, so idk if they would be down with me cherry picking all the mod stuff or not. I will contact them tho

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Ok this dude is also going on the list - idiotbox effects.

http://sinkholetexas.com/idiotbox-lo-fi-electronic-instruments-effects

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:10 (five years ago) Permalink

oh shit just ordered 11 noisemaker pedals.

back and forth emails/phone calls made me pretty sure this is the kind of dude i want to support - he's definitely in it for the love of making pedals, and pretty committed to the idea that his stuff shouldn't cost more than reasonable labor + parts. the pedal community could use more people like this, and i wish more independent stores could make the leap from understanding what it's like to do what we do to supporting the manufacturing equivalent of that.

order for the curious:
3.14
crush fuzz
donner party
noise invaders (this is so so awesome)
chimera
four horsemen
five
soviet
arbiter
a-ok boost
infinity loop

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:50 (five years ago) Permalink

really wished i could buy the "dead hipster" based on name and graphics alone, but i wasn't that crazy abt how it sounded

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:51 (five years ago) Permalink

no dead hipsters?

lol xpost

upset and upsetting (electricsound), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:52 (five years ago) Permalink

I heart these guys a lot: http://walrusaudio.com

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:52 (five years ago) Permalink

also why the fuck aren't more pedal dudes dumping youtube and doing the soundcloud clip idea? makes so much sense, sounds better, and i need another clip of some dude visually rocking out in front of an amp like i need a hole in the head.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:54 (five years ago) Permalink

i know this isnt a measure of pedal, and i hate the handpainted artisinal blah blah blah collectors market, but dammmmn those walrus pedals look good.

speaking of which, apparently the noisemaker dude does all his own graphics and according to one guy i know who did some snooping is all of 23 years old.

goddamn kids.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:57 (five years ago) Permalink

fyi if peeps know local peeps that do good stuff and want to start spreading their wings, this is my goal for the next few years. well that and not starving. and finding a location that doesn't still have the patented mr. movies carpet that we inherited when we moved into the shithole where we currently reside (this is also in the works. i have said too much.)

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Those Subdecay pedals are really wild. Thing about things like that they look really fun to mess with but trying to get them into tunes and use them live isn't quite as easy to do.

It's definitely not a total unknown company but the pedal I am currently all geeked on is a Keeley Nova Wah I got used a few months back off the Bay. You can make some cool nasty guitar tones with that box.

earlnash, Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Really geeked out over this guy: http://skreddypedals.com/skreddy_pedals_lunar_module_mini_deluxe.htm

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

that skreddy dude is a really good upstanding guy too, he knows his stuff.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:21 (five years ago) Permalink

also i just ordered every pedal that earthquaker makes why because i am insane

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:21 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.earthquakerdevices.com/

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Earthquaker! Local Akron boys make good. I have their Ghost Echo reverb. thumbsup.gif

hail dayton (brownie), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Earthquaker Grand Orbiter will be my next purchase once paychecks start rolling in again

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 21 September 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd really like to get my mitts on an Organizer. That is a crazy goddamn pedal.

WHY THEY HIDE THEIR BOOBIES UNDER MY GARAGE? (how's life), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Those Earthquaker pedals sound and look really cool.

I want the Hoof fuzz pedal and the Tone Job pedal looks like could be really handy. That guy gets a cool Tony Iommi tone with the two together in the one demo.

earlnash, Saturday, 22 September 2012 03:22 (five years ago) Permalink

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/542057_401474583251529_409196440_n.jpg

STEP ONE

i guess i wont be getting much done this morning.

Therion - Beyond Santorum (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

guys, the organizer. holy shit.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I've been wanting an Organizer so bad. I'm going to probably have to sock away money every week to do it. What do you like best about it? What are your impressions?

how's life, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

that thing is crayzee

arby's, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

the lag control is kind of where the magic happens, seems to delay the effected signal while passing the direct signal through untouched. also, they managed to pull off the magic POG thing where chords roll through it with no glitching whatsoever, but its a very different beast than the micropog. one thing to note is that even with the choir control all the way down, there is still some swirliness to the up and down octaves.

i might take another go at the rainbow machine here in a bit, the first time i tried one i was more baffled than anything, and i like weird stuff!

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:06 (five years ago) Permalink

ha was going to ask about that one. it's called rainbow machine!

i saw a vid of it one time and my first thought with it was what it could to do non-guitar stuff

arby's, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

i think i am a little closer to decoding it but man, that thing is crazy. non-guitar use might be kind of interesting actually, too bad i turn stupid the minute i touch anything w/o strings on it.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:40 (five years ago) Permalink

haha wow, a crate of new pedals pretty much = me not getting a damn thing done at work apparently. feel pretty solid abt all of these now that ive had some time with them. speaker cranker is one of the best dirt boost/od one knobs ive heard in a long long time.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

and in a few days, we get to do the whole thing over again with a box full of noisemaker pedals.

also protip for other manufacturers: if you include a pound of your brands locally roasted coffee blend with your orders, you can probably have all of my money forever.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:19 (five years ago) Permalink

like seriously "earthquaker blend coffee" stamped right on the damn bag. someone up there was from ohio, its from a coffee shop named bent tree i guess?

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

the coffee roaster is in Kent, Ohio. Never had it! Let me know how it is.

https://benttreecoffee.com/

ticks up my sleeve (brownie), Thursday, 4 October 2012 12:50 (five years ago) Permalink

!!! http://walrusaudio.com/products-page/pedals/janus/

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 8 October 2012 05:46 (five years ago) Permalink

earthquaker blend seemed like pretty decent coffee until my wife said "this is good but theres a weird taste of hot dogs to it" and now i cant untaste that idea.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

OH LOOK

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/431588_404472012951786_895742628_n.jpg

another thursday down the drain

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

ok so right off the bat, the 3.14 is one of the best muff-style fuzzes i have ever heard, the noise invader is awesome, and the donner party is batshit fucking crazy.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:08 (five years ago) Permalink

ok arbiter is also killer

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

and...i apparently cant stop myself, so I am working up an idiotbox order over the next week.

want them all

http://sinkholetexas.com/idiotbox-lo-fi-electronic-instruments-effects

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

/r/pedalshots

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

sold out of the rainbow machine and the disaster transport already, sold the chimera from noisemaker the day i got it in, perhaps i am not insane only time will tell

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:06 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost is that cool person code i do not understand

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:07 (five years ago) Permalink

um okay I want the Pac-Man one just because it has Pac-Man on it, I don't even know how to play well enough to even consider introducing pedals into my guitar universe

xp: it was a bad reddit joek

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

see this is my level of ignorance wrt reddit! which i am happy about. and yeah the pacman graphic is awesome, also dig all the star wars references and the fact that the guy is not wandering down the old bullshit path of pedal buzzwords.

The -D4 is a straight-up distortion pedal. Muthafucka say wha? That ain’t cool and booteek! It should be a non-coloring transparent overdrive or some other bullshit internet forum descriptor. Well, this is exactly what it says.

my kind of guy

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:11 (five years ago) Permalink

look I only learned about subreddit designations in the wake of the outing of the dude who was moderating the ones where ppl were posting pics of random teen girls for others to put in their wank bank, I'm not very deep into this particular rabbit hole

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

just bought one of everything from idiotbox effects.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:27 (five years ago) Permalink

i swear that after this i will be done

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:30 (five years ago) Permalink

although these dudes: http://www.stationaudio.net/

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:31 (five years ago) Permalink

goddamnit

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:31 (five years ago) Permalink

That's cool. I'm just completely floored by the EPH-3. I never thought I'd see a delay that made me rethink whether or not the Carbon Copy and the Jim Dunlop Echoplex were my #1 and #2 favorites. It's seriously that good.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 16 March 2018 01:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Holy moly - the Kilobyte so much fun!

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:19 (three months ago) Permalink

So, because I am obviously an absolute whore for delay, I picked up the Walrus Arp-87 and was really underwhelmed with it, unfortunately. It had no knob to adjust the delay time; only the secondary tap tempo footswitch. And because it is a standard size stompbox, it was very hard to get at the tap footswitch with the bypass footswitch being in such close proximity. And the bypass footswitch would sometimes just not work. Very shoddy. And besides, it just wasn't a very good sounding delay.

So I took it back and got the updated Keeley Caverns delay and reverb combo. It is really nice. And very diverse. You can really dive deep and get some different sounds. Only discrepancy is with the Spring reverb mode, as it is kind of hissy. Still sounds great on its own, though. Overall, it's way better than the Arp-87. No comparison, really.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Elvis idk why it never occurred to me but yeah, Kilobyte strikes me as _so you_ lol. And Philippe is one of the good guys for sure.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 29 March 2018 02:52 (three months ago) Permalink

The bottom having dropped out of the market for my lovely pre-Fender SWR Super Redhead (but idiot optimism telling me that it will be considered a classic soon enough), I am going to hold onto it for the time being. Which means I'm going to need a bass overdrive. What's good? I want something that's fairly touch sensitive (the more I plunk the more it barks) and that gets largely doom metal at extreme settings. I am in Europe, so European obscurities are more readily available to me than American obscurities.

Three Word Username, Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

I love my Fuzzrocious Cat Tail, a rat clone, on both bass and guitar. It covers a lot of ground and may be able to work for you. Here is one available in Europe:

http://www.effekt-boutique.de/fuzzrocious-pedals-rat-tail-jetzt-cat-tail.html?___store=en&___from_store=en

Darkglass is a Finnish company that basically specialized in making bass ODs. I had a Vintage Microtubes Deluxe once and it excelled at getting my dinky little practice amp into tube amp territory. You could poke around at their offerings. However, they're pretty expensive - some even say overpriced. I thought maybe they'd be cheaper in Europe since they're from there, but it doesn't look like it.

how's life, Friday, 30 March 2018 14:23 (three months ago) Permalink

German and tasty

http://www.stompbox.de/images/description_basstard.jpg

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 30 March 2018 14:53 (three months ago) Permalink

I am covered on the fuzz end (Z. Vex Wooly Mammoth). That Okko looks about right -- thanks! Darkglass mania is in full effect in Europe right now -- in a year or two you'll probably be able to pick 'em up cheap on Reverb, but right now, it's all backordered and full price and no thanks.

Three Word Username, Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:19 (three months ago) Permalink

hello pedal geeks i know nothing of this world but i'm looking for a chop trem. is hummingbird still my best bet? any more affordable options?

brendon urine (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 3 April 2018 16:06 (three months ago) Permalink

hummingbird is choppy but doesn't have tap tempo if that matters to you. it also has two speed sets and you have to flick a little switch to go from one to the other. i have one i'm not using if you're interested in a trade. you can email me at naamme at gmail if you want.

na (NA), Tuesday, 3 April 2018 16:16 (three months ago) Permalink

I will still defend the Boss TR-2 as a really solid tremolo. It can go from slow and smooth to quick and choppy and everything in between. No tap tempo, but enh, price is right: $100 new and usually much less than that second hand.

Has anyone had any experience or knowledge running your guitar through bass effects? In the past, before I upgraded to the Earthquaker Spatial Delivery, I preferred the bass input on the Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah and I currently prefer the bass input on my Boss BF-3 Flanger. It should be said that I do play very heavy gauge flatwound strings. I currently have these on my guitar — just tossed out the high e string. I'm chasing a bit more of a heavier chorus tone and the MXR Bass Chorus Deluxe is looking pretty enticing. Any thoughts?

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 16:46 (three months ago) Permalink

I’ve got some trem ideas - if you want full chop, the Idiotbox Mad Doctor/Cyclops/Flash Stutters are optoisolator based and cheap.

jjjusten, Thursday, 5 April 2018 03:56 (three months ago) Permalink

I love the Mad Doctor - I have a mental oscillator drone box that has a stereo output so I can have two different fx chains in the output and sticking the Mad Doctor in one means that it accompanies itself.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Thursday, 5 April 2018 11:53 (three months ago) Permalink

If you're willing to put up with LED-induced epilepsy, the EHX Super Pulsar can do it all - chop, wobulate, anything.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 8 April 2018 05:06 (three months ago) Permalink

It's not my personal jones but my longtime guitarist is a big Fulltone fan. Deja Vibe, Supa-Trem, or heck, both.

bone thugs & prosody (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 8 April 2018 11:17 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I am at work without earphones so I can't hear all the demos of the new Earthquaker Pyramids Flanger. From the smug riffing of PGS Andy, to the chummy banter and noisy explorations of Juan Alderete and his scraggly-haired buddy, to JustNick's sober 16-minute judgement of the device. These must wait for me.

How do they sound? It's certainly more expensive than I was hoping for from an EQD flanger, but I guess everything just costs $300 these days.

how's life, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 13:48 (two months ago) Permalink

pgs andy is a saint how dare u

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 13:57 (two months ago) Permalink

I love his demos, but smug riffage is totally his schtick!

how's life, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 13:58 (two months ago) Permalink

i dunno if smug is the word i'd use, maybe... too slick? he's def my go-to pedal demo guy - really his main problem is that he makes everything sound great

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 14:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I am of the considered opinion that the EQD Pyramids is hot useless garbage. Those dudes have totally lost their way at this point imo. I love weird, but not weird for weirds sake.

jjjusten, Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm sorry to say that their modulation units are all pretty underwhelming.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Monday, 14 May 2018 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I like EQD's Grand Orbiter a lot - it's really the only one that's come close to sounding like the Doppelganger.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 08:34 (two months ago) Permalink

btw, harman is shuttering DOD and Digitech, so get your Whammys and FreqOuts while you can.

how's life, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I am not distressed by this. Digitech is no loss.

There will still be tons of DOD on the used market.

bed, bath, and beyond the thunderdome (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:43 (two months ago) Permalink

I was Freqout was on my list of things I thought I might want so ta for the news.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

So, I had three VooDoo Lab Pedal Powers and twentysome odd pedals. And, I was sitting there Sunday afternoon noodling away at my Tele, stepping on different things, just feeling pretty aimless and undirected in general. It occurred to me: maybe the tone I'm chasing isn't in a pedal. I've been exclusively playing a Telecaster for literal years now. I love the sound, but it made me wonder what else is out there.

So, I said fuck it, gathered up a literal bag of pedals and one of the VooDoo Labs (the GC close to me will buy them as used gear, which is cool).

Went down to GC and just started plugging in different stuff.

Some things occurred to me then:

1) I hate all the guitars I tried by Schecter, Ibanez, and Gibson. SGs are the fucking worst. Ugly guitars, play like shit; literally nothing redeeming.

2) Fender has lost its damn mind. Chinese made "modern" Teles with a humbucker in the bridge? Yeah, $500. That is so wrong, it's almost funny.

3) I played a Rickenbacker. Sadly, it seems the legend and prestige, along with the actual awesomeness of the guitar, merits the ungodly high price tag. It was fun to play though, for sure.

In the end, I stuck with Fender. This GC had a few of the single coil/humbucker combo Duo-Sonic reissues left. So, with the trade-in discount I got, it was around $450 (my credit covered most of that). I got the sparkly mint green one. It's a rad guitar. Made in Mexico, got the humbucker in the bridge for maximum dynamic range. Really just a great sound going through my AC15. I did away with all but one of my drive pedals, so I'm now just cranking the Duo-Sonic to full volume and adjusting pedal/amp settings to get the dynamics I want. I'm still at like fifteen pedals, but I'm at least back down to a non-ridiculous setup. And I've already gotten an entirely new perspective on my amp, so yeah: all's well.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Clarification from upthread - DOD/Digitech will continue production going forward, but a key player in their resurrection (Tom Cram, who is a super nice dude) and the rest of the forward looking team are being let go.

jjjusten, Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:22 (one month ago) Permalink

bummer... Tom was the keystone in the recent DOD/Digitech renaissance. Guess they figured he’d done enough.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Just ordered a BigSky! Can't wait to hook it up to my synths.

DJI, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:44 (one month ago) Permalink

After the news of the changes at Digitech, I decided to go for the markdown open box Obscura delay because it may not be around for much longer and it's pretty awesome. The Tape mode is delicious and definitely worth it. The subdivision options are a bit clunky to access, but that can be worked around with some skillful tap tempo practice. I'm a delay whore, obviously, and the Obscura is absolutely solid.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 03:02 (one month ago) Permalink

That Carcosa fuzz they have is pretty cool too.

earlnash, Monday, 11 June 2018 22:42 (one month ago) Permalink

The Carcosa hasn't left my board since I bought it. I'm selling my Obscura to a friend; it's a lovely pedal but it got replaced in my toolkit by the Meris Polymoon and I don't see it returning.

And as jjjusten said upthread, DOD/DIgitech isn't going anywhere, it's just not going to be doing anything new which is a shame.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 11 June 2018 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I bought a TC Flashbackx4. Found a used one for $150. It's rad AF. The ability to store a preset on each footswitch, which can then be changed with tap tempo makes basically three delays in one.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So, this is just an in general inquiry to anyone who feels like responding. . .

(and I should preface this by saying that, in my experience, most fuzz pedals sound pretty much the same. . . I'm not saying that I'm right about that, I've just not got the nuanced ear that I guess it takes to distinguish between them)

I'm in the market for a fuzz pedal. My general ideas wants about fuzzes and would be something along these lines:

— I just want to step on something and get distortion right away, mostly for leads and single note lines. Right now, I have two Boss drive pedals that I use for these purposes: an SD-1 and a BD-2. I'm very happy with these pedals, but I would like something that just breaks up immediately and is a little more hot.

— I don't like how Big Muffs sound. To me, that is a way too harsh sound. There is no amount of highs that can be rolled off to make that pedal sound like what I'm shooting for.

— I had a Fuzzface once. It was one of the red mini ones. To me, it sounded just like the nano Big Muff I had for a while.

— Ideally, whatever fuzz I end up with would be a very smooth sounding distortion. What I think I mean by that (because, I am not entirely clear, to be honest) is that I would like a nice mid-focused tone. Not necessarily mid BOOSTED, but at least a flatter, non-scooped EQ profile.

Right now, I'm considering one of the Fulltones: 69, 70, or the Soulbender. I did have their Secret Freq, because of the lure of the "Freq" knob. But, that proved to be more of a straight ahead high gain overdrive / distortion pedal. And the "Freq" knob was a little too much for me, as it started to sound like a wah or other type of filter and lost quite a bit of its musicality because of that. I'm definitely open to other options, though.

Fuzzes I've played in the past (and reasons for disliking them) are:
*Nano Big Muff (too scooped, too shrill)
*Dunlop Fuzzface Mini (same)
*Catalinbread Karma Suture (the pink one; it was decent, but would get fizzy sometimes)

I'm playing either my Fender Mexican Telecaster or Mexican Duo-Sonic into the normal channel of my Vox AC15. And I run the Fulltone Full-Drive 2 MOSFET in vintage + MOSFET mode as an always on boost.

Any thoughts?

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You should get a distortion not a fuzz. I think you's be happier.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was in the same boat as Austin - just could not get a musical sound from a Big Muff or whatever (yeah all this sound is grebt but where's the NOTE?).

So I agree with EZ. Amp distortion or Blues Driver breakup generally provides enough dirt for my needs; oddness can come from somewhere else. Distortion plus mild phaser, for example, or overdrive plus flange, gets me "dirt plus weird" as well as a fuzz can in most cases.

this ukulele annoys fascists (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I get that. I really do. But if there's one sound I just cannot get behind, it's overdriven and distorted tones into modulation. I have never liked it, don't like it now, and never will like it. So, that's out of the question.

Another thing I'm considering is the MXR Variac Fuzz.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also, EZ, do you have any specific recommendations for a straight ahead disto pedal? Presumably something with more detailed EQing possibilities than the average two or three knob drive pedal?

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also, I recently bought an MXR Doubleshot distortion used and it was not that great. One channel was like the Secret Freq, in the sense that the mids were so boosted, it bacem like a filter effect. The other channel was just too fizzy, and no amount of turning the highs down could help with that, unless the gain was all the way anticlockwise (which, at that point, it just became a boost, which defeats the purpose).

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Tuesday, 3 July 2018 16:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think fuzz and distortion are hard to recommend. “Too fizzy” is what I look for in a fuzz!

Honestly, pick up a good Rat or Rat clone. Everyone makes variants of that circuit; look for one that has a voice you like and/or tone shaping that will help you get it where you want.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fuzzrocious Cat Tail is a great Rat clone with lots of options for dialing it in to your tastes.

how's life, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Have you played with EQ pre fuzz to get what you want?

mick signals, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 17:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yardbox! I used it in place of amp distortion for a while, and it worked equally great for leads and chords.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

agree RAT is the gold standard. also despite my current mixed feelings if you like fuzz but want something closer to distortion, Catalinbread Katzenkönig is fantastic.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 01:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think what you think you know about categories of effects is messing you up. Don't read, try stuff out and buy what you like. Dunno how to help you if you can't try stuff out!

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 08:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Try running the fuzz into the BD-2 set on mild breakup. This will smooth out the harsh tones from the fuzz.

29 facepalms, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 09:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And +1 on the Rat, they can sound halfway between a fuzz and an OD. But still try the stacking option above, you’ve already got drives and you can get a muff for like 50 €/$.

29 facepalms, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 09:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So, what I did was went to Guitar Center first thing after work yesterday, because GAS, and found a used MXR Custom Modified Overdrive. Wow, that thing can get LOUD. But anyway, I liked how it colored my tone just being used as a boost, so I put that first in my chain after my tuner. Then I switched the Full-Drive to stack on top of the MXR, but what I did is just dime the Drive and Boost knobs and keep the boost always engaged. So, when that gets fired up, it's a decent-to-good faux fuzz. It sounds kind of like this.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Thursday, 5 July 2018 01:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The MXR Modified OD had some sort of damage to the power input to where any of the smallest little jostling would disconnect the power and the pedal would go out. So when I would step on it, sometimes it would stay on, sometimes not. I returned it. Too bad, as it's a solid drive pedal.

Anyway, as is abundantly clear by now, I will lay down and spread my legs for just about any delay pedal ever. I was very excited to see that the Guitar Center I was returning the MXR to had one of the newer-ish TC Electronic budget delays in the case. The one I was eyeing was the Gauss Tape Echo, so I went for it. And, let me tell you, for a $70 tape echo emulator, it's fucking sweet. I like it even more than the tape emulator modes on the Flashback. It can go fully wet, has up to like three seconds maximum delay time, and gets into self-oscillation. I've been looking around for a good delay where I can set the repeats just on the verge of self-oscillation, just drifting off slowly and dissipating in fidelity along the way. The Gauss is definitely capable of that. It does have a bit of a volume drop when you engage it, but other delays I've played on tended to do that too (Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy, Malekko 616 LoFi, Wampler Ethereal, and some others), so I'm used to it. Overall, it's a pretty great sound and hard to believe the price.

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Monday, 16 July 2018 16:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Matt at idiotbox has finally finished up mystery effect #6. #5 was a blast of a light ring mod so can't wait to see what this one does.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:09 (two days ago) Permalink


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