Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 1959FenderPBass, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. 1959FenderPBass


    Dec 2, 2012
    What Fuzz pedal does anyone recommend for an intermediate player??
  2. erigod23


    Mar 19, 2007
    Fredericton, NB
    Smallsound/Bigsound Team Awesome! Fuzz Machine.
    You should do a search, though. There are numerous fuzz threads, with a ton of useful info.
  3. What kind of music are you playing? An Electro Harmonix Muff is always a popular option. Any of them will do really. Everyone has a certain muff they like. You could always start with the bass big muff.
  4. This is one of the most unanswerable questions you will find in the effects section, everybody has their favorites and hates. Also, skill level shouldn't have anything to do with your choice of pedal, how the pedal sounds should make your decision. Some to check out are the Team Awesom Fuzz Machine, Big Muff (and the many variations of it) and the Sanford & Sonny Bluebeard. But there are many, many fuzzes, distortions and drives to try out.
  5. Probably the stuff on a tennis ball.

    Just about anything you will find in the classifieds here will be a great choice. Only you can really answer that question. It's a matter of taste in tone and budget.
  6. Oh, you're incredibly new... Welcome to Talkbass.

    Serious post since you're new;

    There are several builder's here that hand build great fuzz pedals for the same you would pay for a "name brand" fuzz. Like I said above, search through the classifieds here and you'll discover so many options.

    Also, check this page out- http://bassfuzz.com He has a lot of videos for you to shop by.

    Best wishes,
  7. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass. Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Warren, RI
    While hesitant to pile on a thread that is superceded by piles of past threads on the same subject (search, young Jedi, SEARCH!), I gotta give a shout out to DMB Pedals for the most ominous and furrocious Bumble Bass Fuzz. I don't even really dig fuzz on bass that much, but this beast stays on my board... cuz when I stomp it, it makes me giggle and drool at the same time.

    YMMV, but not by much.
  8. jmceachern36

    jmceachern36 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Cambridge MA
    Who does the hand build Fuzz pedals? I want one of those! Seriously I do.
  9. You might want to tell us more about yourself. You said you're an intermediate player, but that has nothing to do with fuzz choice.

    Tell us about your gear, who inspires you, what sort of sound you hope to achieve, what music you play, and if you have a budget! I would personally recommend checking out Ryan's (Fuzzrocious) pedals. Ma and Pa (and children) company. Big contributor to the board and a large following. Plenty of touring/hard-working musicians use his pedals. My most used pedals are made by him.
  10. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    I would also recommend that you pose this question over at ilovefuzz.com as well. There are over a dozen boutique pedal builders that post there regularly, and they all make fantastic fuzz circuits.

    It will be much easier to recommend specific pedals if you can give us a description of what kind of fuzz tone you're looking for, or even a youtube clip of a fuzz tone you'd like to get close to.
  11. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    another great brand of fuzz pedals come from wren and cuff and earthbound audio
  12. I agree with Will.

    My Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B (low gain boost) is my always on pedal. It is my "clean" tone. The Earthbound Supercollider is one pedal I really want. The Iron Pig came in the mail yesterday and I am beyond stoked.

    Assuming you play a P-bass, a Catalinbread SFT might not be a bad choice. That pedal will turn any P-bass into an evil, evil beast.
  13. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    Honestly i would recommend the Fender Sub-Lime it is my personal favorite though i play passive and i know lots of people on here play active so i dunno but it sounds great on my passive p-bass
  14. erigod23


    Mar 19, 2007
    Fredericton, NB
    It's an avalanche of fuzz!
    Honestly, your question probably has as many answers as there are Talkbass members. Everyone will recommend the one(s) they're using.
  15. Another vote here for the Fender Sublime! It's a very large pedal but it sounds great and is can be tweaked to get a variety of fuzz tones.
  16. I'll throw in support for the Muff. There are so many variables in the Muff circuit that you can have ten different ones and have them all sound different. IMO the best variant for bass use is the Green Russian/Sovtek type. Wren and Cuff make a clone of this pedal that I think is very good, or you can do what I'm doing and tackle building one yourself! It's fun :D


    BTW Welcome to Talkbass!
  17. Lot's of great options listed above, but...

    +1 ss/bs TAFM! Loving mine more and more every gig. It just works for me and my band right now.
  18. Welcome to the effects board, the source of so much effects GAS. I'd check out the Way Huge Swollen Pickle. It veers toward the muff end of the spectrum when it comes to fuzz. It's a guitar pedal; however, no low end is lost (at least to my ears). Also very tweakable, too.
  19. MetroBass


    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    Since ur at an intermediate skill level that doesn't leave a lot of options - I'd say ZVEX Woolly Mammoth @ $349.00. That's a good intermediate skill level fuzz. Afterall it's made famous here by Muse bassist Wolstenholme (I think he has intermediate skills)
  20. Lawls