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All things Fuzz

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by Mrzonehead, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Mrzonehead


    Jan 3, 2013
    Hi Justin,

    So, I know that you're quite the fuzz connoisseur and I was wondering if you could give some insight into tonal differences between Chink Systems Brown Dog Fuzz, Malekko B:assmaster and the Crowther Audio Prunes and Custard?

    Also was wondering if you had any experience with the Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian? Thoughts?

    Thanks so much for your time and great job on the new DNA record!

  2. Mrzonehead


    Jan 3, 2013
    Sorry for the typo Chunk Systems Brown Dog Fuzz
  3. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2005

    I'm not very up to date on fuzzes tho....seems like there's two dozen new ones every year, so those are just some old standbys for me. The effects forum seems to have dudes that might buy every new pedal, so it may be worth checking that area out.

    The Chunk is like a Wooly Mammoth but with midrange and blendability, and not nearly as pinched sounding. You could also characterize it as a brighter Big Muff. Big lows, too.

    The B:assmaster is that very brassy flavor of fuzz. with not a massive amount of lows, but a very unique and useful texture. Can get very aggressive.

    The Prunes is very dynamically controlled fuzz that is unlike most anything else, and wouldn't be my choice for a straight fuzz. Cool tone, kind of funky-sounding the way the envelope opens via dynamic playing. I've used it pretty consistently over the years since it first came out - I was given one of the early prototypes by Paul Crowther when on tour in NZ. Very grateful for that, it's been a cool tool for me.

  4. Mrzonehead


    Jan 3, 2013
    Thanks for the insight! The Prunes an Custard is definitely on the hit list as I already have the B:assmaster.

    BTW: great work on the DNA record and the Paramore record...your tones and producing are very impressive and inspiring!