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What's the best Bass Fuzz pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by THUNDERHOUND, Jan 29, 2014.



    Jan 29, 2014
    Hey there I play in a band called THUNDERHOUND. I am considering getting a Bass Fuzz pedal and leaning towards the MXR Bass Fuzz deluxe. What would you recommend. We play kinda a bluesy stoner rock/metal similar to The Sword, Clutch, Red Fang or Orange Goblin.
  2. andrew


    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    For that style, Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz.

    MXR fuzz is cool, I like it too, but imo it's too polite in the mix for that style of music.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Not a fan of the MXR Bass 'Fizz' deluxe at all.

    Fuzzrocious Grey Stache should be at the top of your list.
  4. I'm personally partial to the Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian.

    /ymmv, etc.
  5. I would say. You want germanium diodes too ,rather then silicon to give you that darker sound.
  6. DPalme


    Oct 16, 2011
    Everything, Palmetronics
    I might be partial, but I build pedals, and my bass fuzz is pretty darn awesome ;)

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    Jan 29, 2014
    Awesome guys thanks I'm a reformed Bassist I started bass and went to guitar I'm dialed in on guitar tone but now I'm learning how to get this bass tone just right for this project. Most bassist I know don't use fuzz or really any pedals. Thanks for all the great tips!


    Jan 29, 2014
    Fuzzrocious Grey Stache is the winner holy cow!
  9. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    proco rat '80s
  10. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Fuzz can be useful for some genres such as rock or surf. I recently acquired a fuzz pedal, the [sfx] Micro-Fuzz made by Max at [sfx] Sound in the U.K. He makes terrific effects pedals that have a tiny form factor and are built like a tank.


    To demonstrate its sound, I recorded several takes using the Micro-Fuzz with a Jule Amps Monique preamp powered by a built-in Demeter 800D. I left Monique's EQ settings mostly at noon; Sensitivity was set at 2:00. Using a Rob Allen Solid 4 (early 50's style P, tone knob on full) with Status ground wounds and a pick, I played through a song form one time each for various settings of the Micro-Fuzz. This is an original surf tune called Road Ends In Water, written by Andrew Robertson from the reboot of an old project called The Stormy Weathermen. Recordings were captured from Monique's DI straight into a Zoom H6.

    In listening to these takes, you'll notice the bassline becomes more "rubbery" and fluid in feel as more fuzz is added to the mix. At least this is what it felt like to me as I played these lines with 2/3 or maximum fuzz. The lower settings felt more precise as I played the lines.

    Here is what the bass with fuzz sounds like in context of the entire band. In this take, fuzz was set to about 1/3 on.

    Ummmmm, luscious fuzz! Get down!
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  11. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    i got the fender sub-lime a couple of weeks ago... its great but its huge man.. cant put it on the pedal board

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  12. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I know a lot of people on this forum turn up their noses at the EHX Bass Big Muff Pi, but I dig it.
  13. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Cog effects Tarkin, or musket
  14. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Thunderhound, you'll find allot of great fuzz info in the Stoner/Doom thread. Most of the guys there are either in bands doing this kind of music now or have been in the past.
    Besides its a great bunch of guys who won't knock whatever your doing.
  15. Big Muff Pi (guitar not bass) into a chorus pedal (in my case a DOD Deep Freeze Bass Chorus). All the beef, but the chorus helps add some treble and definition to your fuzz, so it doesn't sound like you wrapped your cab in 40 blankets.
  16. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    Me too. It's the one fuzz that has earned a permanent place on my board.

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  17. I just picked a Skreddy Supa Tone the other day. It has officially kicked my Musket permanently off (although it was already for sale). Hopefully it will hold me off from getting a ssbs Buzzz for the time being.
  18. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    I'm currently using an MXR El Grande bass fuzz.

    But the best bass fuzz is always the one on the "other" guy's pedal board :-D
    No one ever seems to find a bass fuzz which is perfect. I'm pretty keen on the Source Audio OFD.
  19. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    A Big Muff of some sort for sure. Most of the pedals mentioned so far are a variant of the BM circuit.

    +1. Easily my favorite fuzz pedal.
  20. DeadPoet


    Jun 4, 2003

    And on my PB:
    - ZVex Mastotron for that gated, smiley-curve square wave-thing it does (and the impedance knob!)
    - EarthQuaker Devices Hoof for the Big Muff-type, more mid-range, 'softer' fuzz kind of sound.