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Fuzz effect?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by wowzerskid, Jul 8, 2000.

  1. wowzerskid


    Jun 10, 2000
    can anyone tell me what type of pedal u need to get a 'Fuzz' effect.. as i got some tab and the main song is with Fuzz and i really liked the sound is was making ... so if anyone can tell me what type of pedal makes this effect that'd be great
  2. RickenbackeR


    Mar 28, 2000
    Well, there is actually a 'fuzz' pedal.
    But all it is is kind of a dirty sounding distortion.. so if you have a distor pedal already you could tweak around and maybe find the sound you want.

    RICK- biggrin. -SOUND
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  3. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    As stated you can use a fuzz pedal or a distortion with the gain on full to get close. The biggest problem is the thin sound when using guitar effects. To prove this I just hooked up a bass to my (guitar) fuzz pedal. The results were very thin sounding even when I cranked the bass control. The pedal used was a ZVex Fuzz Factory. When I was in Fort Lauderdale I tried the bass version (Wooly Mammoth) and the bass response is excellent.
    THere is another problem. I dont know of another bass fuzz and the ZVEx is 200+. This is a lot of money for an effect.

    if you are interested. If anyone has used a different bass fuzz please chip in.

    I actually prefer my bass clean but thats me. Happy Hunting.

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  4. fat jonny

    fat jonny

    Jul 8, 2000
    Columbus Ohio
    I use an ELectro harmonix Big muff. It sounds pretty good with the bass. It really sounds best in the middle of the neck and up high. It cuts off a bit of low end, but not too bad. Worth checking out if you want a cliff burton like tone.
  5. get a Boss ODB-3 bass distortion. nice thick low end and lots of distortion. it's a little trickier if you want a subtle tube overdrive sound, but despite what anyone says, it can be done. the Boss pedal is the only effect I consistently have used over the past three or maybe even four years. and it's built solid...I've dropped it sooooo many times and it sounds good as new. it's pretty good on batteries too
  6. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Hey Facet, what settings do you use for the sublte overdrive sound?

    I too use this pedal and I find that the overdrive sound requires a bit of tweaking to get right.

    The formula that I use is this:

    Level: 12 o'clock
    Bass: 2 o'clock
    Treble: 11 o'clock
    Balance: 8 or 9 o'clock
    Gain: Off

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  7. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Resurrected a long dead thread just for the yucks and to show how far we've come as bass players when discussing fuzz.
  8. Wow... I had to go back and read the dates to realize these were real people talking real shop. Holy snap, it’s like finding a photo album of grandpa’s ww2 years
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  9. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area

    ‘Fuzz’ effect.... today, Fuzz is like the air that we breath. We’re like the gods of fuzz who can discern 42 different fuzzes.
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  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Each one a very slight variation on the undisputed greatest fuzz of all time- the ODB-3.

    BTW, I wouldn’t list “fuzz sommelier” on your resume- it may not elicit the same reaction from others as it gets here.
  11. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    And they used batteries in 2000.
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