Malekko Diabolik or Dwarfcraft Great Destroyer?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by theholeinthings, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. I'm getting ready to order a Chrimbus fuzz and I've narrowed it down to the Malekko Diabolik or Dwarfcraft Great Destroyer. I know these fuzzes sound nothing alike but they are the same price and a similar footprint size, so I thought it might be worth it to see which one the members of talkbass think I should get. Diabolik or Great Destroyer? Currently I'm using these fuzz/distortion pedals: Fuzzrocious Demon, Rat Tail, Grey Stache, and a Devi Ever BDSM. Also I play shoegaze mainly. Thanks!
  2. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    I say get both! It's because I have both though! :)

    If I had to keep one it would be the Diabolik though.
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  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    Malekko Diabolik. i'm personally not that big a fan of Dwarfcraft's great destroyer (and I do still have one).
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  4. I really like a lot of Dwarftcraft's pedals, but I'd get the Diabolik unless you have a specific need or desire for TGD.
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  5. Thanks everyone. I was leaning towards the Diabolik anyways, but I'll probably end up with both at some point.
  6. @bassmusic17 which one of these sounds bigger? Just curious.
  7. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    They are two different animals. They both have lots of low end. The Great Destroyer is more like a massive crazy muff that can be hard to control and only has a couple useable settings unless you just want to make crazy noises.

    The Diabolik is more ripping and shredding through a mix with lots of mids and upper Octavia like fuzz. It's very loud. Very hard to keep it near unity. Just rips in a mix though and has tons of lows with the clean blend.
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  8. I like lots of volume, I never keep my fuzzes at unity. Sounds like the Diabolik will be the better choice for now. Hopefully it is varied enough from my other dirt to warrant keeping it on my board.
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  9. Lethgar

    Lethgar Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    NW Indiana
    I have never heard another fuzz that sounds quite like my Diabolik does live. Took me a while to come around but I love it. When that light is on you are 100% guaranteed to be THE loudest thing on stage, no matter what the setting.
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  10. MrPierre


    Oct 22, 2012
    The Great Destroyer is a seriously nasty fuzz. And a fun one if you like more "extreme" tones, but it does cut some low-end and its sometime really hard to use with other pedals, without any logical reason.
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  11. friendlybass

    friendlybass Guest

    Jul 19, 2012
    Diabolik has a squish knob. Just saying
    If you like the diabolik sound and can afford a little more space its big brother, the B:assmaster kicks both those pedals asses. Masters them you could say ;)
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  12. MattStonewall

    MattStonewall Guest

    Jan 7, 2014
    I second this. Never heard the other pedal but I will look it up. I'm pleased with my Diabolik. The first time I ever kicked this on at practice our vocalist just turned around and looked at me with wide eyes. I think it must have shook his testicles too hard. I'd really like to hear the B:assmaster if it would trump the Diabolik.
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  13. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    The Silicon B:assmaster is a really good fuzz. More tweak able than the Diabolik. Sounds great. Takes up a bit of space. Personally I love the Diabolik. I have the same reactions as most of you. Every time I turn that pedal on my band mates crank their necks over and give me that holy poopie face. Ive had the pedal for a year now and it's like they still aren't used to it. I don't think there is a mix in existence that this pedal won't cut through.
  14. MattStonewall

    MattStonewall Guest

    Jan 7, 2014
    Malekko has a funny demo video of the Diabolik on youtube that starts off with lil red riding hood and the big bad wolf. I wonder if they have the same intro for a B:assmaster vid?
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  15. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    I think most of malekkos demos start the same way.