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Distortion vs fuzz - Difference?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by busta_bird, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. busta_bird


    Mar 11, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    I realize this question might possibly be on the edge of retardation, but I'm just now getting into the world off bass effects. I have a Big Muff Pi, and should be getting a VT in a few days. I've been looking at the Aguilar Octave pedal, then ran across a Swollen Pickle. What exactly is a fuzz pedal and how is it different from a distortion pedal?
  2. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    This ^ is why there are stickies...
  3. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    To me, the difference between distortion and fuzz is as easy as comparing the tone of early Metallica (distortion) to Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins (fuzz).
  4. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Also interms of actual effect units Fuzz has been around the longest and even before they were made as units fuzz has been around from like 1960...

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