Comparing fuzz - Darkglass Duality, OBNE Haunt, or other?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Hank Scorpio, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. It's my birthday next week, so decided to treat myself to a key component missing on my board - a fuzz.

    I'm looking for something aggressive, with a good amount of 'bite', and something not gated - although the option to dial a gate in would be good.

    I've looked at a few options and think these two would be the best, so just wondering if anyone has any experience with both, or helpful opinions? And are there any other models I should consider before pulling the trigger?
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  2. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    small sound/big sound Team Awesome Fuzz Machine would be worth a look as a general recommendation.
    Very flexible, and not pigeonholed into one specific fuzz sound like many are. Has Gate available, but sounds plenty good without it.

    First Fuzz pedal, or do you have any previous fuzz pedals or music styles using Fuzz that you've liked, or plan to use it for?

    Fuzz can cover A LOT of tonal ground, with lots of different flavors and textures to choose from.
  3. If you are looking for a muff Type pedal, the stomp under foot sonic generator is awesome... has a fair amount of gain accessible and mids can make it so classic muff or even boost the mids And tone to get it aggressive

    if you want super aggressive slightly gated/synthy then the BEAD fuzz which is a brassmaster clone will do that... but pretty much only that. In your face octave chain saw type fuzz... it has a good blend/mix knob and can be tamed down a bit if needed via the tone and fuzz levels.. but still very aggressive!
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  4. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    If you know your way around a computer, or have a compatible smartphone.. my vote goes towards the Aftershock Bass Distortion from Source Audio.. you can save up to 6 presets utilizing a huge array of distortion engines, all with parametric EQ options, noise gate or not.. mild tube drive to all out fuzz.

    You can combine two of its distortion engines, or you can run in stereo.. personally I don't think there's a more versatile distortion pedal out there.
  5. 220_Hz

    220_Hz Supporting Member

    May 9, 2016
    San Diego
    I went with a combo grey stache -> cat tail from fuzzro, it’s essentially an aggressive voiced Russian muff pushing an aggressive voiced rat pedal. I kinda use the rat section as a tone shaper rather than extra gain, because it adds a ton of upper midrange and treble bite and evens out the frequency spectrum. Another similar option may be a dizzy tone, buzzaround, Marshall supa fuzz, or equivalent

    There’s also the Smallsound/Bigsound Buzzz, but that’s beginning to cross into octave fuzz territory and that’s a different rabbit hole altogether
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  6. Thanks everyone! Gives me lots of ideas to look into, keep 'em coming!

    I used a Bass Big Muff years ago, I always liked it but I didn't love it. I think listening to video demos, I'm not sure the muff-style is the direction I want to head in, the two I mentioned seemed to have a lot of versatility (how often does that sound in your head turn out not to be the one you want in a band mix?) which appeals.

    The TAFM is a good shout, I hadn't thought of that, will check out some more demos!

    The Grey Stache would 100% be my choice if I was after something with a classic Muff sound. I use a Cat Tail constantly, and that upper mid bite is similar to what I'm after with a fuzz. I do love Fuzzrocious stuff, though!
  7. Joey lewis

    Joey lewis

    Oct 1, 2020
    I’m super curious about the haunt as well. Seems to check a lot of boxes, although if it’s muff based I’m out.