What's the best Bass Fuzz pedal?

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  1. THUNDERHOUND

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    Hey there I play in a band called THUNDERHOUND. I am considering getting a Bass Fuzz pedal and leaning towards the MXR Bass Fuzz deluxe. What would you recommend. We play kinda a bluesy stoner rock/metal similar to The Sword, Clutch, Red Fang or Orange Goblin.
     
  2. andrew

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    For that style, Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz.

    MXR fuzz is cool, I like it too, but imo it's too polite in the mix for that style of music.
     
  3. mmbongo

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    Not a fan of the MXR Bass 'Fizz' deluxe at all.

    Fuzzrocious Grey Stache should be at the top of your list.
     
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    I'm personally partial to the Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian.

    /ymmv, etc.
     
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  6. Sethakamoe

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    I would say. You want germanium diodes too ,rather then silicon to give you that darker sound.
     
  7. DPalme

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    I might be partial, but I build pedals, and my bass fuzz is pretty darn awesome ;)

     
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  8. THUNDERHOUND

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    Awesome guys thanks I'm a reformed Bassist I started bass and went to guitar I'm dialed in on guitar tone but now I'm learning how to get this bass tone just right for this project. Most bassist I know don't use fuzz or really any pedals. Thanks for all the great tips!
     
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    Fuzzrocious Grey Stache is the winner holy cow!
     
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  11. Ukiah Bass

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    Fuzz can be useful for some genres such as rock or surf. I recently acquired a fuzz pedal, the [sfx] Micro-Fuzz made by Max at [sfx] Sound in the U.K. He makes terrific effects pedals that have a tiny form factor and are built like a tank.

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    To demonstrate its sound, I recorded several takes using the Micro-Fuzz with a Jule Amps Monique preamp powered by a built-in Demeter 800D. I left Monique's EQ settings mostly at noon; Sensitivity was set at 2:00. Using a Rob Allen Solid 4 (early 50's style P, tone knob on full) with Status ground wounds and a pick, I played through a song form one time each for various settings of the Micro-Fuzz. This is an original surf tune called Road Ends In Water, written by Andrew Robertson from the reboot of an old project called The Stormy Weathermen. Recordings were captured from Monique's DI straight into a Zoom H6.











    In listening to these takes, you'll notice the bassline becomes more "rubbery" and fluid in feel as more fuzz is added to the mix. At least this is what it felt like to me as I played these lines with 2/3 or maximum fuzz. The lower settings felt more precise as I played the lines.

    Here is what the bass with fuzz sounds like in context of the entire band. In this take, fuzz was set to about 1/3 on.



    Ummmmm, luscious fuzz! Get down!
     
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    i got the fender sub-lime a couple of weeks ago... its great but its huge man.. cant put it on the pedal board
    here:
     

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    I know a lot of people on this forum turn up their noses at the EHX Bass Big Muff Pi, but I dig it.
     
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    Cog effects Tarkin, or musket
     
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    Thunderhound, you'll find allot of great fuzz info in the Stoner/Doom thread. Most of the guys there are either in bands doing this kind of music now or have been in the past.
    Besides its a great bunch of guys who won't knock whatever your doing.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1049992
     
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    Big Muff Pi (guitar not bass) into a chorus pedal (in my case a DOD Deep Freeze Bass Chorus). All the beef, but the chorus helps add some treble and definition to your fuzz, so it doesn't sound like you wrapped your cab in 40 blankets.
     
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    Me too. It's the one fuzz that has earned a permanent place on my board.
     

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    I just picked a Skreddy Supa Tone the other day. It has officially kicked my Musket permanently off (although it was already for sale). Hopefully it will hold me off from getting a ssbs Buzzz for the time being.
     
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    I'm currently using an MXR El Grande bass fuzz.

    But the best bass fuzz is always the one on the "other" guy's pedal board :-D
    No one ever seems to find a bass fuzz which is perfect. I'm pretty keen on the Source Audio OFD.
     
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    A Big Muff of some sort for sure. Most of the pedals mentioned so far are a variant of the BM circuit.

    +1. Easily my favorite fuzz pedal.
     
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    This.




    And on my PB:
    - ZVex Mastotron for that gated, smiley-curve square wave-thing it does (and the impedance knob!)
    - EarthQuaker Devices Hoof for the Big Muff-type, more mid-range, 'softer' fuzz kind of sound.



    Herwig
     

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