Fuzz Like The Mammoth?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TheEmptyCell, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    After hearing a couple of demos of the Zvex Wooly Mammoth, I realize that the distortion I want is beyond distortion. I need a fuzz. Big, thick fuzz. While the Mammoth is my ideal fuzz pedal, I don't have the funds to obtain one quite yet.

    My local shop won't order anything unless I plan to purchase and make a downpayment on order, which is nonrefundable. This means I really don't have much of a chance of trying anything out before I order (online most likely).

    Is there a fuzz pedal out there (under $200 maybe) that will retain my tone and low end, while piling on a thick coating of fur? Be they guitar pedals, bass pedals, whatever... what can you recommend that'll come close to the Mammoth? If nothing, than it looks like I'll be saving.
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

  3. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Nice! Thanks for the clip.

    I appreciate that you demonsrtated a full-sustain note fadeout at the end like that - and I must say: that pedal does it very well! I'd expect a distortion with that kind of sound to get all splatter-y and abrupt just as it's falling out of hard clip, but that did it very smoothly and naturally.

  4. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    I had a Woolly for a while, but it was too rad for my tastes.

    Tho I rarely use it, my Frantone Lo-Tone bass fuzz is super thick and preserves lows. She makes nice pedals over there at Frantone.
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    why not order online from somewhere like pedalgeek.com that lets you try out and return if you don't like?

    one thing, I think you must have heard samples of the mammoth on very low settings. It's a pretty extreme fuzz.

    Frantone is a good choice sub $200. The Prescription Electronics is an excellent fuzz also, but that's over your limit.

    Having said that, my recommendation would be the MI Audio Neo Fuzz. It's nice and fat, and about $170 new.
  6. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    check out the DOD Attacker
  7. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    I've heard 3 or 4 demo's, but the one that caught my attention was the vid from Zvex's site. I do realize that there's a lot of compression between live and getting into a small, web-sized video.

    I'll definitely check into the various pedals mentioned, and pedalgeek.com
  8. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    Maybe try the Zoom Ultra Fuzz, best fuzz I've owned although I do have a new fuzz arriving anyday now.
  9. What about Tech 21 XXL?

    Stick the warp control on full it gets very compressed thick and fuzz-like, though not the same as the mammoth clips I've heard. Its def a high gain pedal.

    I have a marshall Jackhammer which is good with bass, and its got more gain than that.
  10. atoni


    Jan 23, 2004
    Helsinki, Finland
    Endorsing Artist: Salo Guitars
  11. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    whats the gate like on the mammoth , can it completly cut off sustained and hiss?
  12. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yes, it's the "Pinch" knob.

  13. 33degrees


    Jun 4, 2005
    can you goto this page and listen to the gated example and tell me if the mammoth can do that, becuase the mammoth looks so cool!

    cheers joe
  14. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Banned

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    May I recommend the Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz. This can simply give over the top fuuz. I've heard the Mammoth (not used it though), and while it is a good pedal this will go where it can not. When I want to melt the face off my drummer and make my two guitarist have pedal envy I stomp this sucker.

    New, they are $195.00 shipped. I got mine use for $100.00. Description below.


    This pedal is a clone of the rare and valuable MAESTRO BASS BRASSMASTER which was used in the 70s by Yes, Eric Johnson's bass player Kyle Brock, and many other groups. It is a fuzz with an upper octave sound like an octavia, specifically voiced for Bass but working well with guitar also.

    • True Bypass switching
    • AC adaptor jack (Boss PSA/Ibanez style) or internal 9V battery
    • Normal Volume, Effected volume, and Drive knobs
    • Two toggle switches : filter and Harmonic for various tones
    • Fuzz with octavia sound with excellent low end response.
    • Heavy duty steel metal enclosure about 4" x 6.5" and 2" high.
  15. jgrotto


    Nov 29, 2005
    I use a Electro Harmonix Russion Big Muff (which is virtually identical to the American one but without the AC adapter). In my opinion, it's impossible to beat for under $100. I'm dying to check out that Black Cat, though. And the Woolly Mammoth will be mine once I find that shoebox full of fifties.
  16. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Play it safe with a Big Muff. How can you go wrong with it?
  17. Tedintheshed

    Tedintheshed Banned

    Oct 8, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    You can't.

    I recommend that every bass player own the American version at one point or another. It is the fuzz from which all others are measured. Even if you don't like it, you can sell it for little or no loss and you have a point of reference that many others can identify with.
  18. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    Because it depends on what you want to do with fuzz, not everyone has the same needs.
    Don't get me wrong, it's a great pedal, but it's not very good at driving an envelope filter (something I do a lot).
  19. SpanishHarlem


    Nov 29, 2005
    Maybe you want to try a BeeBaa? Huge sound, pretty versatile, lots of hair.

    Or a fabtone? More of a distortion that a fuzz, but lots of gain on tap, and handles low end very well.

    What about lower/midgain fuzz witha boost or eq to push it over the top? Rat/FF/guyatone/FZ2 + boost or eq could work....
  20. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    I stand corrected about I post Iv'e written earlier. The Wooly Mammouth is THE ONLY Bass fuzz/distortion that is good. But then again it should be for $225.00. It is a Handmade pedal however.