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Can't decide between these fuzz pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by mouthmw, May 29, 2011.

  1. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I'm getting a fuzz pedal, and I'm not sure whether to get a Bass Big Muff, or a 90s Sovtek Big Muff clone. I'm not sure how it would retain the low end.
    Also, I have a good offer on a MXR El Grande Bass Fuzz but that pedal seems a bit less variable and too hot.
    So if BBM better for bass than custom made "boutique" Sovtek Big Muff copies?
  2. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    haha.. welcome to the world of fuzz..


    spend some time there. each fuzz has its own character, and a lot to offer. my reccomendation? dont limit yourself to muff and muff clones. poke around bazzfuzz.com and see what you like- his reviews are worth looking at.
  3. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I've been already poking around that site, great site!
    Thanks for the recommendation. I guess I shouldn't limit myself to muff clones, but those were the easiest to obtain.
  4. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Fuzz is a can of worms, my friend!
    Maybe we can get you closer to what you want. What kind of music do you play? Finger or pick style? What kind of bass and amp?
  5. tigerbass


    Jul 28, 2006
    Crown Point, IN
    Look above me!:ninja:
  6. Personal opinion only in saying that, based on what you originally listed, the BBM doesn't really do it for me.
  7. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    I play a passive jazz cv.
    GK 700RB II through Ampeg 810E.
    Playing hard rock. Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Mars Volta, Wolfmother...
    I like the fuzzy/tremolo sound that JPJ has on Heart Breaker and we cover that song. I'd also combine fuzz with envelope filter, delay and possibly tremolo for psychedelic jams.
    Edit: mostly finger style but also with a pick sometimes.
  8. Ry, your next fuzz pedal. :D
  9. vivifiction


    Jan 22, 2011
    IMO, the Bass Big Muff is only good on the dry setting with a lower fuzz setting dialed in to give a little bit of dirt around the edges of your clean signal. If you're wanting something more fuzzy, there are a bagillion options. Personally, I say support a great TBer and check out Ryan's stuff- FUZZROCIOUS PEDALS
  10. force40


    May 19, 2011
    Just spent about 45 minutes at the store comparing big muff to mxr el grande. Big muff sounds amazing and the bass boost switch reall beefs up the low end. The mxr is very similar and has the bass boost as well but the fuzz tone is not as synth sounding. The big muff"s major drawback is the lack of a saturation knob. The big muff fuzz is either full on or full off. Mxr el grande allows for more subtle fuzz effect. I got the mxr.
  11. Have you looked at the Fender Sublime? Great pedal!
  12. gastric

    gastric Professional product tester for hire

    Jun 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Source Audio BETA tester
    I'm thinking you may actually want a nice, dirty tube-like overdrive instead of an all out fuzz. Depending on the effect it should give you the dirty, aggressive sound you're looking for without losing all your definition.
  13. I just took possession of a new Joyo Ultimate Octave for $40 shipped. It's a decent fuzz!! I'm totally pumped about it. I compared it to my 90's Green Russian Big Muff and it's not the same at all. It's Octave feature on the bass was a little moot with the exception of making weird sounds but the straight up fuzz was very full and defined. If you don't like it, someone will give you $40 for it....

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  14. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Damn, you guys opened up an old thread of mine. I've been using the Swollen Pickle fuzz for a long time now. Next in line for purchase - B3K. Having an OD and fuzz pedal on my board will do for some sweet dirt.
  15. Your wallet is going to hate you
  16. OD > fuzz is noisy heaven!
  17. Prescription Electronics Depth Charge! Since... You weren't really... asking... :bassist:
  18. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Considering the number o pedals purchased in the last 3 months, it already pretty much hates me..
  19. MSUsousaphone


    Dec 4, 2009
    Lake Charles, La
    Endorsed Artist: Myco Pedals
    Nice site...I hope they review the Tech 21 Red Ripper, soon. I'm in between that and the Barnacle.
  20. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Barnacle is my favorite fuzz! Getting a Frantone Lo Tone delivered soon though. I probably will have both on my board if the Frantone is like I am imagining.

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