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Best Fuzz for Metal :D

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by NKUSigEp, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Haven't seen this thread title yet and had to do it. But in all seriousness, what are your thoughts if you had to have only one fuzz for playing some sort of sludgey doom and stoner metal?
  2. Lazarus.Bird

    Lazarus.Bird Mr. Personality

    Aug 16, 2010
    Sanford and Sonny Bluebeard fuzz.
  3. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Mountainking Megalith
  4. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    Fuzzrocious Heliotropic.
  5. Earthbound Audio Supercollider
  6. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    Something with 4 KT88's.

    But you can't go wrong with a muff based fuzz.
  7. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Oooh yeah! I'm working on that!
  8. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    SUF Dirty Rooster, Sovtek Green Muff, Grey Stache, Frantone Bassweet.
    All of them will land you in the sweet spot.

    You could even look at a Tall Font Russian from Wren and Cuff or perpahs a Swollen Pickle from Way Huge.
  9. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I'm just curious what others think. I tried the W&C TFR and felt like it was too polite. I imagine the green Russian would produce similar results. I tried the grey stache and liked it but it became a casualty of gas. I haven't tried a rat tail yet but the YouTube demos don't do much for me. I have a Megalith and a Bluebeard as well as a BDDI and a Darkglass B3K...all are tasty!
  10. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    Way Huge Swollen Pickle: there is no politeness in this pedal
  11. falconspatriots

    falconspatriots Oh Word

    May 3, 2011
    I've never heard a Rat Tail/Rat King demo that I liked. That being said, these pedals are AMAZING!! I have a Rat King with clean blend and love it!!

    Besides those I highly recommend the TAFM or The Elements. I feel "metal fuzz" really needs to have a good clean blend on them, seeing as your guitarist(s) are probably crazy distorted as well.
  12. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn Supporting Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    Not that I'm recommending the Rat Tail to you, but it does sound much better than any of the demos. I think Ryan built his following on word of mouth, his demos are not very good. I like the Rat Tail a lot but maybe not for what you're asking for.

    The Audio Monk Fuzz Potion is high on my GAS list right now, haven't owned one but you should check it out maybe?

    Also the Mountainking Huge Box II or Heavy Machine are worth a look. Same fuzz with different tone controls.
  13. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio
    I'm sure the Rat Tail is awesome but its not really a fuzz. Rat-ish pedals are always an excellent choice for metal bass.

    If we're going this route then I'd highly suggest a Roger Mayer Voodoo Bass. Not a fuzz but Rat-like and less shrill.
  14. The one and only Grey Stache.
  15. TussinBot.


    Aug 21, 2010
    Burbank, Ca
    *Insert favorite muff variant*
  16. Smallsound/Bigsound Team Awesome Fuzz Machine.
  17. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL

    This happens every time these questions are asked. The answer is there is no answer and anyone who starts one of these should get banned :D
  18. I've tried most of the above - settled on a TAFM for light fuzz duties and a Boss ODB-3 for all out distortion.
  19. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I don't think I'm really a fuzz lover after trying to get into fuzzes on several occasions, but the lighter side of the TAFM is really working for me these days! I guess because it can sound very close to chunky amplifier distortion when the Fuzz Volume is left low enough to just add an edge to the clean- can get some very nice John Wetton-esque tones with it. I really liked that tonal profile when I was playing in a stoner-metal band, and wish I'd had the TAFM then instead of the wide variety of Muffish circuits I tried to love (though I did really get along prety well with the Supercollider in that band).
  20. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    From what I've used (TFR, PPB, TAFM, Oxide) the TFR followed by a VT Bass gets my doom engines running.