Buyer’s Gear Guide – Fuzz

Buyer's Gear Guide Fuzz


Fuzz has always fascinated guitarists. From the early days when you would pin a whole in your speaker, to the wide range of clones and boutiques that are available today. In this feature we’ll look at a handful of models and how to incorporate these in your rig, with David Gilmour’s tones in mind.

When David joined Pink Floyd in early 1968, guitarists had only a few pedals to choose from. The fuzz was a staple in most setups and like Jimi Hendrix, David also relied on the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face for his overdrive and lead tones. In early 1971 he swapped the germanium transistor model, with the slightly more aggressive, and more reliable, silicon transistor model. The pedal was featured on classic songs like Echoes, Time and Money. In 1976, David replaced his old fuzz pedals with the Big Muff.

Fuzz or distortion?


The typical two-transistor fuzz circuit is recognized by its raw and uncompressed tone. It’s dirty and sometimes hard to tame, yet incredibly responsive and dynamic. Just by adjusting the gain with the guitar volume, a single pedal could produce anything from boosted cleans to warm overdrive and thunderous growl.

Big Muffs are often referred to as fuzz but both the Muff circuit and its tone is quite different from the fuzz pedals. The Big Muff has a much more saturated tone, with a smoother character and sustain. The distortion pedal appeared in the late 70s. While fuzz and Big Muffs were designed to push tube amps into powerful tube distortion, the distortion pedal was designed to give guitarists a chance to get those tones on whatever amp and volume they would utilize.

Fuzz on the pedal board

The vintage circuit fuzz are perhaps the most demanding pedals you can feature on a pedal board. They don’t like active pickups and buffered pedals and digital circuits can mess up the tone pretty bad. They’re best left alone in the chain but at least be sure to place them first in the chain, keep them 2-3 pedals away from any buffers and allow them to be powered by 9V carbon batteries. That will ensure the best signal and tone.

Fuzz pedals can sound harsh and thin on smaller setups and low volume levels. They need a minimum of volume, and preferably a bit of tube break up, to open up and get that dynamic tone. You can compensate to some extent with a transparent true bypass booster placed behind it, like the Colorsound Power Boost or TC Electronics Spark Booster. However, in most cases, you’re probably better off with a more versatile pedal, like the RAT, which is capable of producing a wide range of different fuzz and distortion tones. Read more here.

Using fuzz pedals

It’s easy to dismiss a fuzz pedal for being too wild, harsh and thin but once you get to know the pedal, finding its sweetspot on your rig, they’re really some of the most fun pedals to play around with. The vintage fuzz circuit is incredibly versatile.

Hendrix and Gilmour mastered them perfectly and knew how to combine the sheer power of their amps with the gain and volume of the pedals. By using the guitar volume control, they could control the signal feed from the guitar to the pedal and get just the right amount of gain for different tones and passages in the music.

What I love about the fuzz are all the harmonics, the weird sounds and that slightly unpredictable nature. You never really know what to get when you pick a string. The fuzz circuit is far from perfect, which I think, makes it all more unique. The germanium transistor can change in tone in different temperatures and humidity. The silicon transistor will produce all kinds of wild oscillation sounds if you push it too hard. Both will react differently to different types (and brands!) of batteries. Love them or hate them.

All pedals listed below were tested on a Stratocaster featuring D Allen Voodoo 69 neck and middle pickups and a Seymour Duncan SSL5 bridge pickups and a Radix Deluxe PRS model with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P90s into Reeves Custom 50 and Laney Lionheart L20h tube stacks.

Germanium fuzz

The first generation fuzz pedals were based on the germanium transistor. Recognized by its warm and extremely dynamic and responsive character, the germanium fuzz is still a favourite among many guitarists.

Dunlop JDF2 Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face

Dunlop’s standard Fuzz Face model is based on the late 60 germanium transistor circuit, producing a warm, saturated tone with overdrive qualities. Although capable of delivering some nice Hendrix, Johnson and early Gilmour tones, the JDF2 sounds a bit too muddy and dark and doesn’t quite match up to the more authentic sounding clones.

Power: 9V battery

Gilmour tones: ASoS – Meddle
S
maller amps/bedroom level: 3/10


Gilmourish.com score: 5/10

Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz V2
Even for a germanium fuzz the V2 is on the milder side almost into overdrive territory. Still this pedal delivers all the classic tones and paired up with some hot tubes it’ll sing for ages. Creamy gain with a hint more mid range than most models and overall slightly darker voiced. In addition to the usual level and fuzz controls there’s also a bias control for some fine tuning of the transistors and a pre gain control taking the pedal from almost clean to heavy compressed tube tones. One of the most versatile fuzz pedals on the market and highoy recommended even if you’re not really into fuzz. This one is so much more! See my full review of the Germanium Fuzz V2 here.
Power: 9V battery and adapter (positive!)
Gilmour tones: ASoS – Meddle
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 8/10

Gilmourish.com score: 9/10

MJM London Fuzz red


The red London Fuzz is one of my all time favourites. Featuring two matched germanium transistors, this one’s tweaked for a bit more gain and low end, placing the pedal somewhere between most germanium and silicon models. Using the guitar volume control, you can get anything from warm cleans to growling fuzz, with all those lovely fuzz harmonics. The pedal stands well on its own but but you should also try it in combo with a transparent booster.

Power: 9V battery and adapter (positive!)

Gilmour tones: ASoS – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 6/10

Gilmourish.com score: 10/10

Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase

Again, one of my favourite sounding fuzz pedals. The Fuzz Phrase feature a matched pair of the OC44 germanium transistors. Of all the germanium fuzzes I’ve tried, this is definitely the most dynamic one. Roll down the guitar volume for a cleaner tone and it still maintains its character and tone. Set it to full blown fuzz on a hot tube amp and you’ll get tones right up there in the Big Muff territory. Like the red London Fuzz, the Fuzz Phrase also has a bit more gain and lower end than most other germaniums.

Power: 9V battery and adapter (positive!)

Gilmour tones: ASoS – Meddle

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 7/10

Gilmourish.com score: 10/10

AnalogMan SunFace NKT275

Featuring a pair of NKT275 germanium transistors, this is perhaps the most authentic sounding germanium Fuzz Face on the market. Classic Hendrix and early Gilmour with just the right amount of gain, top and lower end. The SunFace cleans up incredibly well, allowing the pedal to act as a booster and overdrive, as well as classic fuzz. The current version of the NKT275 also feature a Sundial, a third control that basically acts like a bias control. Definitely the smoothest and most authentic sounding of the germaniums listed here.

Power: 9V battery

Gilmour tones: ASoS – Meddle

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 7/10


Gilmourish.com score: 9/10

Fulltone 69 MKII
Classic germanium circuit with a pair of PNP transistors, producing warm and smooth fuzz with lots of rich harmonics. In addition to the usual level and fuzz controls, the MKII also feature a contour control, adding a bit of mid boost, and an input/bias control, adjusting the amount of gain produced. The pedal sounds great and the contour mid range booster comes in handy on smaller setups and lower volume but if you’re like me, preferring your fuzz as basic as possible, you might find it hard to dial in the right, vintage tones with this one.

Power: 9V battery and adapter (positive)

Gilmour tones: ASoS – Meddle

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 8/10

Gilmourish.com score: 7/10

Silicon fuzz


Compared to the germanium transistor circuit, the silicon transistor fuzz has more gain and sustain, brighter top and fatter lower end. Some find these a bit too wild and hard to tame and often with good reason. However, with some tweaking and the right amp for the job, you can make a silicon fuzz sing like a Big Muff.

Dunlop JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face
This is a faithful clone of the 1969-70 Hendrix era Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face with the BC108 silicon transistors, a handwired brown circuit board and the classic looking hammertone chassis. Of all the current Dunlop reissues and signature models, this is the most vintage sounding, with an open and dynamic tone, lots of gain and a well balanced frequency spectrum.

Power: 9V battery only

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 7/10

Gilmourish.com score: 8/10

Buffalo FX CVIII Silicon Fuzz
Like Buffalo’s germanium fuzz the CVIII is also slightly darker and a bit more tamed than most fuzz pedals. Compared to the SunFace BC109 and Olympia this one is a sweet little lamb but whereas most fuzz pedals can be a bit moody and too bright sounding this one fits most setups nicely and delivers all the classic tones effortlessly. In addition to the usual level and fuzz controls the CVIII also feature a Shape control, allowing you to sculpt the tone from creamy Muff tones to screaming fuzz with low end roll off. Pairing it up with a transparent booster like the Buffalo Power Booster opens it up and adds a bit more dirt. If you’re looking for a silicon fuzz for your bedroom setup then look no further. See my full review of the CVIII Silicon Fuzz here.
Power: 9V battery and adapter
Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM
Smaller amps/bedroom level: 9/10

Gilmourish.com score: 8/10

MJM London Fuzz blue

This appropriately coloured blue fuzz has a bright and fairly aggressive tone with lots of gain. Compared to most other silicon fuzz, the blue London Fuzz has a smoother tone and an internal trimmer allows you to tweak the tone even further. The pedal cleans up nicely with the guitar volume control and it also work better than most on lower volume and bedroom setups.

Power: 9V battery and adapter (positive)

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 8/10

Gilmourish.com score: 8/10

MXR Classic 108 Fuzz

The Classic 108 feature, as the name implies, BC108 silicon transistors. The pedal produce a bright, saturated gain with lots of sustain and character. An additional buffer switch, eliminates the strange oscillation sounds you get from placing wahs in front of fuzz pedals. Although this pedal is very similar to the Hendrix JHF-1, I don’t think it sounds nearly as open and dynamic as neither the Hendrix nor other clones. Nevertheless, classic fuzz tones and a pedalboard friendly circuit.

Power: 9V battery and adapter

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 6/10

Gilmourish.com score: 5/10

Boss FZ-5 Fuzz

The FZ-5 isn’t really a fuzz in the vintage sense of things but rather a modelling pedal based on Boss’ COSM technology. You can choose from different kinds of fuzz tones and models, including the classic germanium Fuzz Face and Hendrix’s Octavia. All in all an OK fuzz pedal but far from as vintage and authentic sounding as the many clones available. Still though, pairing this one up with a transparent booster, will smooth out most of those harsh digital overtones and add a bit of that vintage flavour.

Power: 9V battery and adapter

Gilmour tones: ASoS – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 4/10

Gilmourish.com score: 4/10

Analogman Sun Face BC108
The SunFace 108 has been my main fuzz for years and whenever I replace it, I soon return to it. Like the SunFace NKT275 germanium fuzz, the BC108 has that authentic vintage flavour and authentic circuit. The tone is bright and smooth, with rich harmonics and sustain. The 108 stands well on its own but pair it up with a Colorsound Powerboost for even more sweet smoothness and gain.

Power: 9V battery

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 7/10


Gilmourish.com score: 10/10

Analogman Sun Face BC109

Compared to the BC108, the BC109 transistor has a bit more of everything – more gain, lower end, growl and dirt. Definitely not the pedal if you want something easy going and mild! On a loud tube stack this one will sound and feel like a wild horse but with some practice, you’ll learn how to tame it and make it produce a wide range of different tones, from crunchy rhythms (Childhood’s End, Money) to wild fuzz (Echoes, Time).

Power: 9V battery

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 6/10


Gilmourish.com score: 10/10

Fulltone 70-BC Fuzz

The latest version of the ’70 Fuzz feature a mids control for a bit more presence and apparently, a mismatched pair of BC108 silicon transistors for extra dirt and grit. This is no doubt one of the more nasty and heavier sounding fuzz pedal I’ve played and combining it with a booster or an overdriven tube amp, will make your ears bleed. You can dial in a wide range of tones with this one but it doesn’t quite sound as open and clean and the SunFace silicons. Personally, I also prefer fuzz pedals that cleans up better with the guitar volume.

Power: 9V battery and adapter

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM
S
maller amps/bedroom level: 6/10


Gilmourish.com score: 7/10

Caroline Guitar Company Olympia Fuzz
The Olympia is perhaps not your typical Gilmour fuzz but it’s damn cool anyway. Designed to sound somewhere between a Tonebender, Fuzz Face and Big Muff, this pedal doesn’t really sound like anything else I’ve tried. It’s loud and aggressive with a huge amount of gain and lower end. Still, it’s very easy to dial in great, vintage sounding tones and tame it with the guitar volume. The Olympia stands bets on its own and works very well on lower levels and bedroom setups. Highly recommended if you’re looking for something slightly different that the usual fuzz.

Power: 9V battery and adapter

Gilmour tones: Pompeii – DSotM

Smaller amps/bedroom level: 8/10

Gilmourish.com score: 8/10



Feel free to use the comments field below and share your experience, recommendations and tips!

Related features: Classic tone – Echoes and Classic tone – Time. 
 


143 comments so far

  1. Jason Paton says:

    Thanks Bjorn, very useful info! Just wondering if you’ve tried any of the BYOC Fuzz kits, and if you’d recommend any.

    [Haven't had the chance to try them out yet so I can't really comment on that. - Bjorn]

  2. Daniel says:

    This is great!
    Surely the Skreddy Lunar Module deserves some attention here

    [I guess so but I haven't had the chance to try it out yet... - Bjorn]

  3. D.LL says:

    Hello Bjorn, just Wow! Thank you very much for these reviews, it is a day that begins well;-)! I waited just for this article in order analogman! My last pedal before I finish my pedalboard.

    Again thank you very much,

    [Thank you! - Bjorn]

  4. Julien P. says:

    Hi Bjorn, thank you for this great guide and your great website. Why did you put a 4/10 score for the Boss Fz-5 on smaller amps/bedroom level and lower volume? Can you explain me much, please? I thought that the volume was unimportant with digital/modelling pedal. Is it Wrong? (excuse me for my bad english, i’m french!).

    [Not quite. Modelling means that a pedal or processor is designed to produce a certain tone based often based on familiar. Pedals that are based on amps also tries to replicate mic types and positions, cabinets etc. Still, the physics of a real setup will always apply. A modelling fuzz like the FZ5 is modelling certain fuzz models and not necessarily how these fuzz pedal will act on different amps. Fuzz are especially sensitive to which setup you use since the circuit is very basic and relies on loud amps to get their tone... or at least the tone we are familiar with. - Bjorn]

  5. Keven says:

    Hi Bjorn! Nice news from your website :P

    I’ve got a question for you. Which of these should should i get between the lonodon fuzz or the jam pedals, i’ve got a jam official dealer in my town but i don’t mind to order th other one online. I just want your favorite of the two since the description is quite similar. And also which one should I get for the Silicon transistor fuzz: the Analogman BC !08 or 109? They say on their website that David maybe used the 109 but i’m not sure. Which one would you recommend for pure Gilmourish tone because I think the BC 108 is probably the most acclaimed one out here!

    [The Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase is perhaps the most vintage sounding and I guess it's my fav germanium fuzz at the moment. The red London Fuzz has a bit more gain and lower end. David did use 109s and the SunFace is awesome. Not that much difference between the 108 and 109 but as the review says, the 109 has a bit more of everything. - Bjorn]

  6. Emmanuel says:

    The Fulltone ´69 seems not very aggressive (at least as I thought in comparision with the silicon, this is obvious clearly). How it works a Fulltone ´69 MkII with a crunchy/overdriven booster before?. I´m looking for Hendrix/Bramhall/Mayer/Gilmour tones in a soft,pure mode but sophisticated and powerful at the same time.

    Another question: What´s about the Roger Mayer Voodoo axe and the PeachFuzz Frantone? Have you tried them?.

    Thank you for your help and thank you very much for your guide fuzz , it´s very helpful.

    [The 69 works nicely with a booster - both before and after, although I prefer boosters after the fuzz. I haven't tried the two others you mention. - Bjorn]

  7. Stephen Ford says:

    Have to agree with Daniel…The Lunar Module needs to get to Bjorn and on the list…too classic a Gilmour Fuzz to not have made the list:) Thanks for the great article Bjorn!

    [Well, Mr Skreddy have to send me one then :) - Bjorn]

  8. Martin says:

    I have both the Fulltone pedals mentioned. They both kick ass, clean up nicely, and work equally well with humbuckers and single coils, which is something I’ve found rare with fuzz pedals. The 69 is great for more mellow singing stuff, and the 70 is a gnarly, spitting nasty sound that is just awe inspiring.

    [All of the pedals are tested on my rig and the scores are based on my very subjective opinion. I totally understand that you and others have different opinions. Thanks for sharing! - Bjorn]

  9. Valley-Jo says:

    I was thinking to buy a Mxr Fuzz Bc108 because it looks to the JHF1 more or less. Also it has three trimpots inside, Have you tried them?. I want a definitely fuzz to my pedalboard and since this moment I´m thinking seriously about it. I don´t want a fuzz for a loud sound (the limit for me would be ´´Time´´-PF), I´m looking for a natural and organic sound. Any alternatives to an Analogman?.

    Thank you very much.
    V

    [Depends on your guitar and amp. The MXR Classic and the Boss FZ5 are perhaps the most setup friendly in the sense that they can handle buffered pedals and they stay pretty well in character on most setups. If you're not sure whether your amp can handle a fuzz you're probably better off with a RAT or similar. - Bjorn]

  10. Stephen Ford says:

    Fair enough Bjorn, I wrote Marc at Skreddy, can’t do more than that…perhaps there is a solution…hope so. If you have not yet chatted with Marc Skreddy I have to say he is a great guy and makes great products. The Pink Flesh (long out of production) now is iconic and far too pricey and as you say noisier than many but the Lunar Module is a great pedal and I have heard awesome reviews on the P19 as well. Well I have done all I can do at my end…hope that the two of you find one another sometime:)

    Cheers

    [Thanks! Mark is indeed a great guy and he knows how to make pedals :) - Bjorn]

  11. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Great feature on fuzz pedals! One of my favourite subjects ;) I’ve just bought an Oxfuzz Hybrid Fuzz, a really great pedal and the sole dirt pedal on my board at the moment. They’ve combined an old,rare NKT275 with a silicon transistor(not sure which it is, it looks like a BC183) and the combination sounds pretty good to my ears. I don’t know if you know of them but if not, I can highly recommend them and their customer service is fantastic.

    [Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out :) - Bjorn]

  12. Julien P. says:

    Thank you Bjorn for your answer. Have you ever try the Voodoo Lab superfuzz wich is a replica of the 1968 jordan electronic bosstone? I have a Classic Player 50′ strat, a laney cub12r and i mostly play at home, so i can’t play as loud as i want… I know you recommand the RAT 2 but i really love Fuzz tone so which Fuzz do you recommand me?

    [I haven't tried the VoodooLab so I can't really comment on that. The Cub handles most fuzz pedals pretty well although you might want to add a transparent booster after it to smoothen things out. Make sure it's true bypass! Check out the Electronic Orange Banana Boost, TC Electronic Spark Booster and the ThroBak Overdriveboost. Germanium fuzzes might be the best choice. Check out the blue London Fuzz and Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase. - Bjorn]

  13. Eric says:

    I love my Sunface BC108! I agree it’s the go to pedal a lot of the time, great for guitar solos, try to throw it in whenever I can for recordings. I did have Analogman put a 9V adapter option for mine (it was like 5-10 US more, can’t remember) and I have tried it with batteries and the adapter, I haven’t really noticed a huge difference between the two, but maybe my ear is not as discerning to it. Good info on the Germanium Fuzz, I need one of those, sounds like the Fulltone 69 MKII is the way to go, it’s not super expensive either. Thanks once again for a great article!

    [Thanks, Eric! - Bjorn]

  14. Alan says:

    Hey Bjorn, great article as always! I’ve got a question about a handmade fuzz face clone sold in my city actually, it’s by a company called Dingotone and the thing is that apparently they buy components in bulk and actually test them, after building the pedal it comes out at (last time I checked) about $65. From the youtube clips it sounds pretty damn good, maybe I could get your opinion on it?

    [Hard to tell. I think you just need to test it yourself. Fuzz pedals are always hard to judge based on clips because you rarely get all the harmonics and nuances recorded properly. - Bjorn]

  15. Gabe says:

    Hey Bjorn, thanks for the great update. If you could answer a quick question, I’ve started playing/gigging again and I have basically decided there are too many version of the Muff that I cannot settle on something I think would be useful to me. The Musket Fuzz looked good for a while, then the Iron Bell, but I think I would be best fit choosing between germanium/silicon fuzzes. I am leaning towards silicon, but out of these fuzzes, is the Sunface what you would recommend overall? I’m not too worried about price as long as its <=350 (US dollars).

    [The silicons and the SunFace 108/109 are the closest to the Muff and traditional distortion sounds. Paired with a transparent booster you'll be able to nail a wide range of tones and not only fuzz. If you want something slightly more mellow, check out the red London Fuzz or the Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase. - Bjorn]

  16. Daniel says:

    I had the Throbak Fuzz Haze, a very nice Ge Fuzz Face clone.
    However, for all of you thinking about this one, one characteristic that is not easy to get from demos is that this pedal is EXTREMELY LOUD!
    For example, with the fuzz knob at 3:00 (o’clock), unity volume (or output) is at 7:00 (o’clock). This is with Fender cs 69 pickups! Naturally when the fuzz is maxed out, then it is nearly impossible to get unity gain/volume… good if you want to push your amp but a bit too much for playing at home.
    Just a quick contribution to this list.

    [Thanks! - Bjorn]

  17. Justin says:

    Look into the Plum Audio ‘Fuzzy Lady’, Bjorn. Great stuff as it features a bias pot to allow you to shape the sound. Seems like it would be top of the list in regards to early Floyd fuzz tones

    [Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out :) - Bjorn]

  18. John says:

    Hey, can you explane, why do you put 5\10 to MXR Classic Fuzz? Its a bad pedal, or what? Do you think that with this pedal I can achieve Dark Side Of the moon sound really near? Thanks

    [It's not a bad pedal at all. All of the fuzz models I've reviewed here are very good but I didn't like the MXR as much as the others. The scores are purely based on tests on my setup so I'm sure others will have different experiences than I. You can definitely use it for David's mid 70s tones. - Bjorn]

  19. Brent Nelson says:

    Hi Bjorn:

    I was just wondering if you have had a chance to try the (farely) new MXR script Distortion+ pedal (CSP- 104). I have had one for a few months now and quite like it. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks for your comment(s); as well a big thank you for all the work you have done. You’re saving a lot of people time and $.

    Brent

    [Thanks Brent! I love the new script reissue. Use it all time... Haven't quite managed to appreciate it as a stand alone so I'm pairing it up with a Wampler Plexi Drive set for a very mild crunch... The 104 sounds warm and creamy with a bit of that germanium break up. - Bjorn]

  20. Brent Nelson says:

    Thanks again for you feedback Bjorn. I started using the 104 with a MXR GT-OD but found that quite limited, as the range from low to mild OD is very short with the GT-OD (there is almost no mild drive-it’s either low or lots). I have now placed the 104 after a Fulltone OCD but am still experimenting. So far I like to OCD much better than the GT-OD.

    Brent

    [Agree with that but I find the OCD a bit too dark and mid range for the 104. About taste, I guess :) - Bjorn]

  21. Marcelo says:

    Hi Bjorn
    I was also checking your reviews of the Big Muff clones and I noticed there’s a great fuzz among them, The Musket Fuzz from Blackout Effectors. Is this pedal more of a big muff than a fuzz? And what do you think of the Blunderbuss Fuzz and the Seriously Special Twosome double fuzz? They are from Blackout Effectors as well. Thanks for posting the great reviews!!

    [The Musket isn't a fuzz but more a Muff... although it's really much more than that. Fuzz is a term that's often used to describe fuzz sounding pedals but technically, neither of these three are fuzz as in vintage circuit fuzz. The Musket is based on the Sovtek Muff. The Blunderbuss is based on the Musket with a hybrid circuit with both silicon and germanium transistors - much like the EarthQuaker Hoof Fuzz. The Twosome Double has a Musket circuit and a second gain circuit for more tone sculpting. Depends on what tones you want. I think the Musket is the best sounding and the most Gilmourish but the other two are great too. - Bjorn]

  22. Howard FORTON says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I am pleased with my mojohand fx colossus which gives a great gilmour style muff tone. But I’d like a proper fuzz to get the echoes solo sound and the fizzing album sounding time solo. Seen a mjh Huckleberry v2 going cheap. Do you have any experience of this one Bjorn? Thank you.

    [Never tried it but from what I understand it's a hybrid with both silicon and germanium transistors. I would imagine it sounding similar to the Hoof Fuzz, which is more a Muff than a fuzz. If you want authentic fuzz tones for the mentioned era, I'd go for one of the AnalogMan SunFace silicons or the MJM red London, which is a very aggressive germanium. - Bjorn]

  23. Yoel says:

    Hey Bjorn,

    Can I tweak a large beaver triangle to sound like a fuzz face?

    [Not really. The Big Muff and the triangle in particular, has a very different character. Much warmer, smoother and saturated. You could set the tone and gain high and perhaps use a booster or overdrive to bring out more of those overtones. - Bjorn]

  24. uwe says:

    Hello Bjorn Riis,

    What would be your advice as the best alternative for Germanium Fuzz Face and BC 108 Silicoon Fuzz face, for a bedroom use? At lower 1 W volumes with a Laney Cub head?

    Thank you!

    Uwe

    [Fuzz pedals doesn't really go that well on smaller setups. They tend to sound harsh and thin, silicons especially. The Fuzz Phrase and blue London Fuzz, both germanium, works nicely and pairing them up with a transparent true bypass booster, sounds even better. In regards to the silicons, the AnalogMans works OK but you might want to look into some of the hybrid Muffs, like the Earthquaker Hoof Fuzz. I also recommend the Carolina Olympia Fuzz, which sounds like a mix between an aggressive 109 and Muff. - Bjorn]

  25. Mike says:

    Hey Bjorn, I was wondering… do you consider the MJM London Fuzz II (Silicon) a good alternative to the Analogman BC108? I would buy the Analogman if the shipping weren’t so high ($42!) and since I’m in Canada it’s very hard to find used listings. I know it’s really worth it, but money is very tight and I am aching for a silicon fuzz that will get me those Dark Side tones.

    Another thing, you mention that the MJM London Fuzz (Germanium) can do ASoS – DSotM tones, is that true? Can it get the sustain and raspiness that a Si fuzz could? And finally do you recommend it mostly for Dark Side tones?

    And one last thing… sorry – I’m considering two other pedals, the Mojo Hand FX Crosstown & the Monsterpiece NPN fuzz, if you have any knowledge about them, please do share :)

    Again sorry for being a PITA! lol

    [No worries, Mike. The LF II is very similar to the BC108. It's down to nuances and preference. Both are great pedals. The LF germanium has a lot more gain and saturation than most germaniums so it works nicely for DSotM as well. Perhaps not as bright and smooth and silicons but pair it up with a transparent booster for rolling off those overtones. I haven't tried the Monsterpiece but but the Crosstown is great. - Bjorn]

  26. Stef says:

    U ever tried the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Ltd. Fuzz Face? If yes any comments? keep up the great work.

    [Not the new anniversary model, no. - Bjorn]

  27. Mike says:

    Thanks for the reply, it really helped a lot.

    Cheers.

  28. Keith says:

    @Stef, I have the new tribute Hendrix Fuzz Face, and find that it is quieter than the big blue JH-F1, has an led, which isn’t really needed for fuzz, but nice anyway, but the biggest difference I’ve noticed is the taper of the pots. There is a much smoother transition from no fuzz to full blast, whereas the JH-F1 seemed to have a very limited range, with all of the gain in about 1/3 of the sweep. I think it’s a definite improvement, bring it closer to some of the more sought after fuzz faces, and the MXR size makes it so pedalboard friendly. I love mine!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, Keith.
    Hey Bjorn, I feel that gassy feeling coming on for that Effectrode, can’t wait for your review! :)

    [Sorry to hear you've got gas problems Keith but the Tube-Vibe sounds awesome... just a warning LOL :) - Bjorn]

  29. Yoel says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    Love this article, great and very informative. What in your opinion is the brightest, most aggressive fuzz (Think Money and Time). I already have a BYOC Triangle and I want something thats really different from the Muff so it can add some more versatility to my pedalboard. I’m torn between the BC108/109, (I love that handmade look they have to them, looks authentic), and from what I’ve heard they sound loud and wild. But with the new Olympia review and some Lunar Module videos I’ve seen, I’m starting to doubt. Thanks for your help!

    [The Olympia is definitely the wildest sounding and perhaps the brightest too. Tonewise, it's right between a fuzz and Muff. Among the fuzz pedals, I think I'd go for the BC109. Very true to Dark Side and Pompeii. - Bjorn]

  30. Mike says:

    Hey Bjorn – ever try a Fulltone Soul Bender? Thoughts on its usefulness? I can coax some nice sounds out of it using the tone control.

    [Never tried it but the reviews and clips sounds very promising. - Bjorn]

  31. Keith says:

    Speaking of Fuzz, I mentioned I had ordered the 70th anniversary Octavio, and where to put it. Well, I only really bought it as a collectable, and finally picked it up today. I think this may be very collectable indeed, as I got #78 of 1300! I would think if tucked nicely away for several years, the low number would have to helo it’s value. One can only hope, cause it ain’t going on my board, ha-ha!
    Peace, Keith

    [Lucky you! - Bjorn]

  32. Comfortably says:

    What about the Iron Bell Fuzz by Mojo Hand?

    [See my review of the Iron Bell here. - Bjorn]

  33. Keith says:

    One more day, and my MO goes to MJM for the AVS. Michael said that if I loved your clip of the original, I’d be blown away by the AVS. $345.00 seems like alot for a Ge Fuzz, but after looking at the price of some of the other builders, and considering the rarity of NOS “Holy Grails”, and all the other vintage components, not to mention there are only 45 of them, it starts sounding cheap. Man have I got GAS! Don’t worry Bjorn, you can borrow mine anytime you like! Ha-ha!
    Peace me brother, Postmater K~

    [Yeah, well price is always an issue. I think $345 is fair considering the smalle scale of the production, labour and parts costs etc. You're very lucky to get one of these! - Bjorn]

  34. Keith says:

    I took all pedals off my board to rearrange, and rewire them. I had accidentally left my 70th anniversary Hendrix FF plugged in, and when I removed the cover, I found two trimpots. I’ve seen very little about theze, and no definitive explanation. Some believe the lower to be bias, while some say they are fuzz, and volume. Anyone know hiw to figure this out? They could be very usful in making this pedal magical as Dunlop claims. It’s not as cheaply made as the $129.00 price would suggest, and no surface mount components are visible. One guy on PGS claimed his sounded horrible, and wouldn’t clean up with the guitar volume. He said that a 1/8 CW turn of the lowrer pot, and he was in BC-108 heaven. I must find out about these trimpots!!!
    Postmaster K~

    [Hmmm... I would assume that one is the bias. You don't really need that on a SI fuzz but mark the factory settings and tweak them. See what happens :) - Bjorn]

  35. Keith says:

    I think the lower pot is bias, and I’m sure the upper is volume, or gain. However,and this may be the volume pot in Cymbaline, but when I roll the volume back it’s like it just goes from heavy fuzz, to clean in a jump, instead off rolling off. Are there other things besides the pot that would cause this? It is smooth rolling the volume back clean. I really need to get this amp out of the bedroom. I can play loud because the houses are far apart, but I hear a definite buzz of some kind, and I need to figure out if it’s a vibration from something in my room, or something in my amp. I wish I had time to play through it alot the first few days, as I may have sent it back for a non-ps model. It’s not as usful thus far as I thought, and the dirt it does give is not Live at Leeds, buf opening a soda! I by no means think ill of the amp, I love it, but just not convinced the PS was worth it, and hope the rattle is the room, and not the amp!
    Peace all, KC

    [Hope you figure out the rattling. SI fuzz doesn't clean up as well as GE and the sudden fuzz to clean jump you experience is normal. This will be very different with the LF you might be getting, which, being a GE, has a much smoother roll off. - Bjorn]

  36. Keith says:

    I have already sent the first of two payments, the AVS is mine,Bwahaha!

  37. Keith says:

    I know I’ve left alot if posts this past week, but alots been happening to me musically. You will see a post where I saw Mike@ Analogman praise the Hendrix reissue FuzzFace. When I got the Tribute, I gave them my JH-F1 and $29.00, which meant they gave ne $100.00 for a 1 year old pedal I paid $139.00 for. Yesterday, I went in, asked my manager friend Sara if I could buy it back,( it was on the wall for $149.00, she let me get it back for a one hundred dollar bill, bo tax! What a good deal. Now I have both. I wasn’t clear which pedal Mike was talking about, but he said he was setting the Sunface bc-108 closer to the Hendrix Reissue, so regardless of if he meant the F1, or M1, I have both! Not a bad deal at all! Waiting to hear back which one he was talking about, and how best to tweak them.
    Peace, Postmaster K

    [No worries Keith. I would assume that Mike was talking about the JHF1 but it will be interesting to hear his reply. - Bjorn]

  38. Keith says:

    Okay, I’ve heard from you, Michael@MJM, Mike @ Analogman, and Jon at Dunlop that what I’m experiencing with my volume attenuation is normal for a Hendrix SiFuzzFace. Also it was the JH-F1 Analogman is modeling the sound of the nc-108 after. But if it’s normal for Si FFs to work this way, and you said DG used Si for Pompeii, why does it sound so smooth when he does the volume swells in the solo? Also, an interesting story from Dunlop’s tech dept. They supposedly got access to Jimi’s Si FF from the Hendrix Museum to A/B when designing the JH-F1, and it is supposedly modeled to the eay his was set up! Interesting, if it’s true. But I guess Si’s are supposed to clean up all at once, and Ge’s attenuate smoother, but Davids sure is smooth at Pompeii!
    Peace All, and what say you master? Postmaster K

    [David's smooth tones on Pompeii is part due to his insanely loud volume and the fact that the soundtrack from that film was heavily tampered with. Most of what you hear is actually overdubs and there was a lot of studio work after the recordings. So, what you hear is hardly any reference for how David's guitars actually sounded like. The newly released Wembley 74 show is a much more honest and accurate documentation of how David's tones sounded at the time. In regards to the smooth swells... when you play that loud the fuzz range is a bit wider but again, what you hear is most likely a studio recording with a mix fade. It's also a bit inaccurate to say that the SI and GE were made to respectively have a smooth and instant roll off. It's just how the circuit affects your guitar or vice versa. Thanks for the follow-up on the JH-F1! - Bjorn]

  39. Keith says:

    Oh, almost forgot, JH-M1 should sound exactly like the H1 according to Dunlop.

  40. Raymond says:

    I was going to send an email but Bjorn shut his email down – I understand.

    Macaris has 18v Power Boost pedals back in stock. No idea how many but I emailed this morning about when they might have them again – listed as out of stock. I got an email a couple minutes later saying they would open the sales page for them because they just got more in stock.

    Hope this is helpful to all of the Gilmour tone fans who are missing that one last piece in their setup.

    MWG

  41. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, I recently forwarded an email to you, Stephen, and Michael @MJM from Joe in Dunlop’s tech department. I’ve not heard back from anyone, and just wondering if you got it, and believe the Hendrix museum FuzzFace story? I need advice on a Univibe with a speed pedal, I like the setup of the Fulltone that looks like a wah, do you kniw anything about it, and I’m not clear if it’s still in production. If not, can you suggest one that sounds right, has the speed control, and is in the $250 or less range. Once I get a Univibe, and the Echorec, I believe I’ll have everything I need for my tonal desires, and once my RMCIII is finished getting repaired, and gets it’s FoxRox FFT from analogman, I should be ready to line them back up on the board, having decided to keep the treadle type pedals such as volume, wah, and expression, or speed pedals off the board, and learned the hard way, that it’s best to run my power cords inside my board, but keep all my patch cords ontop, where they stay away from power, and make it so much easier to move around, or change out a pedal at will. Also eliminates goining into the board when a patch cable acts up! Live, listen, read, experiment, listen some more, and lastly, learn!!!
    Peace my friend, Postmaster K

    [Got the mail. Thanks! I've no doubt they got to look inside the real deal. They have the licence to use his name for their pedals so why not? The Fulltone is a great sounding UniVibe. Personally I think there are better sounding models on the market but they don't have the sweep. I also love the Dunlop Rotovibe. It's voiced slightly different but very cool sounding nevertheless. - Bjorn]

  42. Keith says:

    On second thought, it may be a little more than I’d like to spend, but after listening to your Vibe Machine clip again, is there really anything as close to the original for less? I kinda doubt it, and this years batch has new photocells that are supposdly better than the first run! What say you master?
    Postmaster K, strike until I’m SATISFIED!

    [I'll have a Buyer's Gear Guide for UniVibes up soon. The complex circuitry and often small production, makes UNiVibes expensive. There are a few budget models on the market but they doesn't sound good enough IMO. My top scores goes to the DryBell Vibe Machine, MJM 60s Vibe and the Effectrode Tube Vibe. - Bjorn]

  43. Keith says:

    After much research, and several emails, including the ine from Dunlop, I’ve come to the conclusion that the ONLY difference between the JH-F1, and an original ’69-70 Si FuzzFace is Roger Mayers tuning of the pedal. I believe the pedal would be spot on Dallas -Arbiter, if the two pots on the underside of the board were set back to the stock settings that were on the DA’s. The originals didn’t have the trimpots as far as I can tell, and it seems that either Mayer added them to tweak Jimi’s, or Dunlop added them to emulate whatever Mayer did to Jimi’s. Either way, I believe someone who knows,could tweak the trimmers to sound and work exactly like the original Dallas-Arbiters. My issue with the JH series, F1, or M1, is they are set with higher gain, and biased to throb during sustained notes, and feedback. If you’re play a stack of Marshalls at near full volume, and want Jimi’s wild, loud stage sound, it’s there, but for anything less than ear piercing volume, it’s just not the set up, and needs tweaking. I think were it trimmed closer to the DA, the Gilmourish score would go up a point or two!
    Just trying to give out what I’ve found, Postmaster K :)

    [Thanks for the input, Keith! Fuzz pedals are strange beasts and it's amazing how different two seemingly identical units can sound. One thing most of the vintage circuit models have in common is that they need a lot of amp power and volume to open up. Of course, it always depends on what tones you want but that smooth violin-like sustain can only be obtained on loud tube amps and full blown speakers. It's about physics and how the amp, speaker and pedal interacts. Keep in mind too that a cranked Marshall can't be compared to a Hiwatt. Naturally, a Mashall sounds very different from a Hiwatt but most Marshalls also have low wattage speakers, which will have a huge impact on the smootheness of the fuzz, compared to the high wattage Fanes, Webers etc. I will argue that in most of the cases it's not the fuzz but the amp that's causing the differences. - Bjorn]

  44. Stephen Ford says:

    The Sweetsound Ultra Vibe/ Mojo Vibe and the MJM Sixties Vibe are pretty stellar too…the Effectrode Tube-Vibe seems like a pretty amazing option too but with a price tag along with it, but Effectrode makes some stellar pedals! Well as Bjorn said Vibe pedals are a bit pricier due to expensive components. The Vibe Machine is a great sounding pedal and with such a compact size but I really like having the control of speed made possible by the large speed knob on many other units. I guess you can add an expression pedal but then you have defeated the great size benefit of the unit. In the end bite the bullet…once you have a great Univibe pedal you will find yourself using it much more than you imagined.

    {Indeed :) – Bjorn]

  45. Keith says:

    Very excited, my MJM AUTHENTIC VINTAGE SERIES LONDON FUZZ should be here in about a week! The more you think about a planet with 7 billion people, and only 45 of these, the more excited, and soecial it feels. Can’t wait to get it on the board!
    KC

    [Looking forward to your verdict! - Bjorn]

  46. Stephen Ford says:

    Hey Keith so what is the verdict with the Wah??? Psyched to hear about the MJM!

  47. Keith says:

    Quick question, will carbon batteries make any difference in the TC Spark, or Carbon Copy? Also, I believe you said they might improve the ’76 Dynacomp RI, or was it The Phase 90 RI?. I know all vintage Fuzz circuits like Carbon Zinc best, just trying to figure what other pedals benefit from them. Like, do you power your Crybaby with batteries, or power supply?
    Thanks in advance Bjorn, I am really starting to reap so many benefits from the knowledge you’ve given me, and the inspiration to research, and lean from other sources. You Rock my FRIEND! Keith

    [No, it won't. Both runs nicely on adapters. The Dynacomp 76 sounds a bit smoother to my ears with carbon but I haven' noticed much difference with the 74 Phase 90. My Cry Baby runs off a TRex Fuel Tank. In essence I think that all vintage circuit fuzz and overdrive/boosters sound better with carbon batteries but how much difference there is depends on the transparency of your signal, from the guitar to the amp. - Bjorn]

  48. Keith says:

    @Stephen, I’m sending it to Analogman, Brian said they change the switch,( already TB), add the FoxRox Fuzz Friendly circuit, and go through the pedal to fix the issue with the hum I get with any adapter, even in bypass, all for $110.00. I think for a tuneable Teese, that has the FFT, and being a ’98, having a total of $245.00 in it is okay, as long as it does what it’s supposed to when I get it back. A new one is $255-$265.00, so why waste the $135 I have in it so far. It sounds great when it’s working!

  49. William says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I was wondering if the Blue London Fuzz would be able to cover the tones from the KQED TV sessions? Also would it be able to achieve the tones heard on More?

    [That's a silicon fuzz. I think you'll be better off with the red germanium, which is very close to what David used in that periode. - BJorn]

  50. Stephen Ford says:

    Cool Keith. Sounds like a great plan!

  51. William says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have determined that the Blue London Fuzz is out as is the Red London Fuzz. Which pedal would cover the KQED TV Sessions, More plus Meddle to Wish You Were Here?

    [KQED and Meddle is germanium fuzz, while on WYWH he used the Colorsound Powerboost, which is a silicon overdrive. I guess the Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase or AnalogMan NKT 275 would do the job. - Bjorn]

  52. Keith says:

    Bjorn! I must mention that I finally received my confirmation, and tracking number from MJM yesterday morning, and should receive my AVS LONDON FUZZ by Monday or Tuesday at the latest! I will try to throw some kind of sample clip together ASAP!
    KEITH

    [Nice! Keep us posted :) - Bjorn]

  53. Gavin says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I am new to pedals but have made a pact with myself to only buy hand wired. I own the JHF1 fuzz face and a MXR custom shop hand wired phase 90. I have figured out how to dial up a pretty good DSOTM tone thanks to your amazing website but I am struggling to find the 1969-1971 Floyd tones. I love my fuzz face so much I am hoping to add my collection with yet another fuzz face. This time an Eric Johnson Fuzz face and I was hoping you could answer some questions. 1) Have you tried the Eric Johnson fuzz face? 2) Do you think it would fit some of the earlier Floyd tones?
    Thanks, Gavin

    [The Eric Johnson feature silicon transistors, same as the JHF1, so I don't think that would fit the early Gilmour tones that well. You want germanium transistors for David's 1968-71 tones, Hendrix etc... Check out the Joe Bonamassa signature, Analogman NKT275 or the excellent MJM red London Fuzz. - Bjorn]

  54. Jeff says:

    Great info, but no cool videos like the “muff” reviews to experience their capabilities.

    Thank you for your dedication in edifying those of us trying to make wise decisions
    with our hard earned. This has opened my eyes and inspired me to build the sound
    I have always been looking for. Cheers!

    [Thanks Jeff! I haven't done that many fuzz reviews but check out my reviews for the London Fuzz, AnalogMan BC109 and Carolina Olympia - all with YouTube clips. - BJorn]

  55. Keith says:

    Okay Bjorn, here we go! I decided to wait until I had at least a good workout with the AVS London Fuzz by itself, no other pedals, before I commented, and I have just blown my eardrums, as well as rattling the widows for the surrounding block or two, and here’s the verdict. OH MY GOODNESS! !! I was expecting something much less agressive than this Hendrix/Gilmour style Fuzz in a box. It is dead silent, with miles of gain, especially in the bottom end, without any muddiness. The bias had me a little perplexed at first,( no instructions included), but since the pedal has been siiting at a comfortable 72 degrees for several days, I found that the CCW position smoothed it right out! At full fuzz, it approaches Silicon territory as far as gain goes, but no noticable hum at all, and just rolling the fuzz back a smidge, and you can get a great control over it with the guitar volume very smoothly. At full fuzz, it will still clean up completely, but there isn’t as much of a long, smooth roll off. I also noticed that turning up the bias requires a volume adjustment, as it definitely adds some gain, but I can see that I will find great use of the bias in exceptionally hot, or cold venues. I’m in love! I haven’t tested it at bedroom levels yet, but will. I started with the
    main solo of the first part of Echoes, and had no problem dialing it in, then cranked the amp to Ludicrous volume, and played Third Stone From the Sun, without ever using my right hand! Just playing the octaves from the sustain, and controlled feedback of moving my hand up and down the neck. I’ll have to give it a Keith score of 11/10, because it’s the best sounding gain pedal I’ve acquired. If there are any left, and you’re looking for a Germanium Fuzz, look no more, it’s
    the Bomb! I’ll post a gut shot on the Gilmourish Facebook page, as it is truly a thing of beauty, and built like a tank!
    Thanks for turning me on to my go to fuzz, Keith

    [Glad you liked it Keith and congrats! Sounds like an awesome pedal. I love the stock version so I can only imagine how good this one must sound! - Bjorn]

  56. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, wanted to let everyone know that should they be in the market for a Germanium Fuzz Face clone, there is only one that I’d consider, and after a follow up with Michael, I learned that there are still a couple available. I wouldn’t wait long though, considering there are only 45 on the planet, they won’t be available for long! Strike while you can, it’s by far the quietest, most wonderful sounding gain pedal I’ve ever heard, and quite aggressive for a Ge fuzz if you want, but perfectly capable of those subtle, early Ge fuzz tones! Step on it, or lose out forever! How many truly matched pairs of 275′s are left?
    Peace y’all, Keith

  57. Julien says:

    Hi Bjorn.
    Congratulations for your site, i think i consult it every day.
    I would like to ask you for some advices.
    I play with a strat with duncan antiquity (texas hot for the neck and surf for the middle and the bridge) on a hiwatt t20. I play with a band at moderate volume, the drummer play often with an electronic set. For the moment i use a boss me 70 for all the effects, but i want make my completely analogic pedalboard little by little.
    Which one of those two pedals, costalab custom muff or analogman sunface bc 108/109 recommand you for a tone near to the david’s tone from meddle to the wall?
    Like a lot of floyd’s fans my two favorites albums are dsotm and wywh.
    I play too with a LesPaul with dimarzio paf 36, do one of these pedals match with this kind of guitar for playing led zep, or slash?
    I will very happy if you take some time to answer me.
    Thank you for all.
    Sorry for my english, but i’m french, and like almost all the french, i speak only french…

    [No problem, Julien :) In terms of David's 70s tones the SunFace is the closest mastch. However, if you want a more versatile pedal that'll cover other genres as well, then the Custom Muff will be a better choice. You might also want to look into a RAT, which won't sound 100% authentic but it will give you great tones for almost any style and genre. - Bjorn]

  58. Bruno says:

    Great article, great site! I was wondering if you can test and review the new Joyo Voodoo Octave. It’s silicon (I guess) fuzz with midcut switch and octaver. Was wondering if I can get something like David with it. Thanks!

    [Sorry for my late reply. Thanks for your kind words! It sounds very cool but perhaps not what I'd use for David's tones. A bit too middy and modern sounding. Check out the new Fuzz Face minis for some great budget tones! - Bjorn]

  59. danicotra says:

    Hi Bjorn!
    Have you ever tried pedals from these two Italian manufacturers:
    1) http://www.madhattersb.it/
    2) http://www.t-pedals.com/

    It’s only my opinion (and I’m not an expert but…) I owe the Rat clone by MadHatter and I think it sounds great!

    (There’s also a Tube Screamer clone called “Twin Screamer” which combines two Tube Screamers in a single pedal.
    I heard opinion the T-fuzz by T-pedals is a good pedal too).
    Cheers!

    P.S.
    When shall we see your newly updated guides about stompboxes and budget-rig?

    [I haven't tried neither of those. Thanks for the tip! The budget guide is coming soon :) - Bjorn]

  60. danicotra says:

    Thank’s for the reply Bjorn!
    Waiting for the new guides then.

    By the way, here’s another interesting Italian manufacturer:
    http://www.masottiamp.it/

    Greetings from Italy!

    [Thanks! - Bjorn]

  61. danicotra says:

    And here’s another one:
    http://www.costalab.com

    (there would be even another one: Giovanetti Handwired but he hasn’t a multilingual website at the moment…)

    Greetings from Italy!

    [Yep! Great fan of CostaLab. Check out my reviews of their Custom Muff and the ChorusLab. - Bjorn]

  62. Yoel says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I just wanted to ask how well can a RAT do a Fuzz Face? Think DSoTM, Pompeii, and the amazing Wembley ’74 show tones. I’m going to get a RAT 2, do the Reutz mod, and replace the op-amp with an LM308.

    [It's not a fuzz but you can get similar tones with it. The RAT was actually designed with a humbuckers > germanium fuzz > Marshall setup in mind. The idea was to get a Strat to sound like that. Tweaking the tone knob and gain should get you in the same ballpark. Check out this tone tutorial I did on Dark Side. I'm using a RAT for the Money lead tone. - Bjorn]

  63. John says:

    Hi Bjorn, I just installed the EMG Pro DG 20 in my Strat and am wondering how to get Davids sound. I have 4 Amps. The Smallest is a Peavey Classic 30 The next is their TransTube 100 watt head with a 4/12 Sheffield Speakers The next is a Marshall 8400U BiChorus amp with another 4/12 Sheffield Cab and my last amp is The Monster, An Ibanez Thermion TN-120 with Celestion 30 Watt Greenbacks in a 4/12 Cab. I have a Big Muff Pie , A Milder copy of it made by Beheringer. Several Rack pieces made by Rockman and ART as well as a G7 by DOD, HELP !!! Wha’t need do I need and don’t need to get the Division bells sound.

    [Big question and I could spend a couple of days trying to explain and recommend different approaches. Check out the Tone - Pedals and Tone - Amps features and the Big Muff Tone Tutorial first and let me know if you need more help. - Bjorn]

  64. Carlos Mink says:

    Hi Bjorn, hi guys. One question that’s been bothering me … The pedal “EHX Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker” serves ALSO as a Fuzz pedal or it would be interesting to have some other pedal for that specific function? This question arose because the suggestions of “Fuzz” are in separate from the “Big Muffs” options on the site … I appreciate any help!

    [Hi Carlos! Big Muffs aren't really fuzz pedals although they are often referred to as such. The circuit is much more complex than the traditional fuzz so it's perhaps more accurate to place Big Muffs in a category of its own between fuzz and distortion. You can use Muffs, including the Tone Wicker, as fuzz but it won't sound 100% accurate. Depends on how authentic you want to be. That being said, Gilmour has been using Big Muffs on all the recent tours to replicate his old fuzz tones. - Bjorn]

  65. Artin says:

    Hi Bjorn. How will you grade BBE Free Fuzz?
    Thank you in advance.

    [It's a nice budget alternative. A bit too much gain and mid range for my taste but quite OK. - Bjorn]

  66. Yoel says:

    Hey Bjorn!

    Haven’t been on for a while, glad to be back! Just recently, I’ve been able to collect some money to buy myself a nice dirt pedal. Once again, as it is with us guitarists without Gilmour-sized budgets, I have to make a decision. I already have a BYOC Large Beaver Triangle, which I love, but I need something that will help with those earlier tunes (DSoTM, Wembley, Pompeii, etc.). I’ve been wanting to get a RAT for a while to help with those super smooth soaring DSoT tunes, and to help make my sound a bit more versatile in terms of dirt (At the moment the only distortion I own is my trusty Beaver). However, I’ve also longed for the thick, wooly, bright, and aggressive fuzz tones of an authentic BC109 fuzz. I have my eye set on building one, since it’s been a while since I’ve hit the old iron (not to mention also more cost effective). Found a nice schematic that’s very similar to the revered SunFace, so I’m ok on that alley. Problem is, I can’t pick. So now I turn to you. Which should I spend my hard earned cash on? I need to be able mostly to nail those earlier tones, but remain versatile. I have a Laney Cub 15w stack and a Les Paul with Seymour Duncan Phat Cats. Thank you very much sir!

    P.S. Just came from a week in London, got to see Wembley Arena, drove by Earl’s Court (Or where it used to be :( ), and I got to visit Battersea Power Station. It’s a really emotional place for us Floyd/Gilmour freaks, kinda like Disney Land for us. Didn’t get to see Astoria however, even though I found the address. Thought you might like to know :)

    [Hi Yoel! The Cub can handle fuzz but I recommend using a booster behind it to smooth out the tone. It can sound a tad harsh on the Laney. Alternatively, you can increase the tube gain a bit and roll off the treble. Anyway, the RAT is definitely a versatile pedal. Sadly, the current ProCo model doesn't sound as good as the older ones but there are several great sounding clones like the BYOC Mouse and Jam Pedals Rattler. Fuzzwise, the SunFace is excellent but you might also want to look into the Carolina for some very versatile tone. It also works great on the Cub. Glad to hear you had a great time in London! Check out this feature on some of the Floyd/guitar attractions :) - Bjorn]

  67. Yoel says:

    Again, forgot to mention. My mind ain’t working today. :) I’m modding the Rat with an LM308 and a few other knick knacks to bring up to the old Rat specs. Still recommend it?

    [You could always mod one... or buy a clone that already has those features :) - Bjorn]

  68. Artin says:

    Hi,
    thank you for your quick reply Bjorn. which one will you recommand for boosting one of these silicon fuzz? I cannot consider anything above $150 so i have in my mind Vintage fx colordrive or TC Electronics Spark Booster.Now i have watched reviews for both and demo in youtube. both seem nice but colordrive has this wierd gain that is not required( in my opinion ) for a booster or overdrive pedal. but the clean boost when with low gain sounds great on it. and then spark booster has this very little gain which sounds like a reasonable overdrive and it is much more versatile and also clean boost sounds ok. so im now stuck between these two. I should mention I have a Fender Blues Junior III amp. so what do you suggest if you have tried both? thank you

    [I'd go for the TC. A very versatile pedal and I think it works better for boost. My experience is that fuzz sounds better with a hint of gain after it so the TC will work nicely. - Bjorn]

  69. Lou says:

    Bjorn, You have got to check out the Two new Muff pedals that Burgs has demo’d on his site. One is a combination Rams Head and Triangle :-)

    Lou

    [Yep. I have been playing with the Morph for a few days now. Great pedal and a review of both this and the Buffalo Ram's Head is coming up! - Bjorn]

  70. Keith says:

    Hey Bjorn, after several days away from my beloved Gilmourish, I felt a little odd not having posted, and after reading the post above, actually have a real question! So, since all I really need for boosting my fuzz, is a clean boost, ( the TC does smooth those out well), and since I believe you said the Musket’s pre-gain eliminates the need for boosting it,Should I put the Spark Boost between my fuzzes and Musket, or leave it after the Musket , and since I’m a tad poor until the back’s all straight, I should be fine without the Throbak, or CPB, and can basically once getting an overdrive, use it for just that, Overdrive? Follow me?
    Nice to be back, Keith, the old one! Ha-ha.

    [Nice to have you back Keith :) Hope your back is OK! You might as well leave the TC after the fuzz and Musket. Doesn't matter if you're gonna use it with the Musket or not. Didn't quite catch the other Q. You're asking about an alternative for a cheaper overdrive? - Bjorn]

  71. Keith Clarke says:

    Hey Bjorn, love the new guide, very disappointed that you couldn’t review the Authentic Vintage Series London fuzz, which like the Sundial, has a bias control, and NKT 275 “Holy Grail” transistors. I think it would score a 10, and give any Germanium fuzz a run for it’s money. But alas, only 45 units were made! Second, while you give the JH-F1 a good score of 8, it should be mentioned that the Sunface bc-108, is based on , and tuned to sound like the JH-F1, according to Mike from Analogman. His post confirming this can be found on The Gear Page, under Hendrix Fuzz Face, or by checking his posts. I think the worst thing about the JH-F1, is the fact that it has Dunlop stamped on it. Otherwise, it’s a great Silicon fuzz!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, Keith

    [The JH-F1 does indeed sound great but although Mike says his is based on it they certainly doesn't sound identical. The SunFace has a slightly more presence I think and seems to have a bit smoother edge to it. I haven't examined the guts to tell why there is a difference. Besides, I understand that Mike has based the SunFace on it... he hasn't cloned it. Nevertheless, an interesting comment from him. - Bjorn]

  72. Keith Clarke says:

    As too the earlier post, no, I have decided 99% that I’ll get the Throbak, but since the TC seems, via your comments to be fine for boosting the fuzzes, and the Musket doesn’t really benefit from boosting, I was thinking that the perfect use for the Throbak would be as a srand alone Overdrive, as it’s gain structure would do well at pushing the reeves’ tubes into fine sounding breakup on it’s own. I’m not great at outting thoughts about this stuff into words. Hope that was a bit clearer. Tc for boosting vintage fuzz, Musket for Muffish tones, and Throbak for dedicated Overdrive? Sound about right? I’m as you likely kniw, shooting for Jeff Beck, Cream, etc, and Gilmour from his first Floyd tracks- Animals!
    Peace, Love, and Gilmourish, Keith

    [Yes, that would be a great setup I think. The Throbak has a bit smoother breakup than the CPB so I think it works better for overdrive. - Bjorn]

  73. Sam says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    I own a sunface bc108 which i love but i find it nearly impossible to put any pedals in front of it. Even a simple clean boost setting on my ocd creates a feedback loop between the pedals. I also am having trouble finding another good higher gain distortion for good lead stuff besides my sunface. I own a blues jr and have a strat. I also am not sure which muff clone would work well with a blues jr because of all the midrange. Im looking to get those animals type tones since i already have a sunface for dsotm stuff. – Thanks, Best Reguards

    [I'd keep the path clean before any fuzz pedals. They seem to operate best with just the feed from the guitar pickups. Place any booster etc after the fuzz and keep it away from any buffered pedals. I've found that Sovtek Muffs sound best on the Blues Jr. Depends on the pedal and your pickups of course but models like the Musket, Hoof Fuzz, Iron Bell, Box of War, Colossus etc all works nicely with the Jr. All of these also sounds best alone without a booster. - Bjorn]

  74. Dexter says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    So if I am using a 15 watt Egnater amp, which of the two Dunlops, red germanium or Hendrix silicon would work better for those ‘bedroom’ level volumes? I tried an Eric Johnson model, and it sounds pretty weak on higher register notes. Very informative site by the way.

    Cheers.

    [The germanium and silicon fuzz are very different so it depends on what tones you want. If the germanium sounds dark and too mild on your setup, then you might want to check out a silicon. It's considerably brighter and more aggressive. The Olympia is also a good alternative with a typical silicon tone but with more mids and a tad darker than normal. - Bjorn]

  75. Dexter says:

    Additional info to my FF question: I will run a Voodoo Lab Giggity after the fuzz, ala James Santiago. Tried it with the EJ model, but it didn’t help at low volumes. Thinking it maybe because the EJ is biased so low, I can’t get a good sound with my rig. Hear it was designed for a loud Marshall amp setup like he uses live.

    Thanks.

  76. Kush Singh says:

    Hi there…….i am new to this website…..you do a very good job with all the information you provide…i don’t really have a real pedal to start with…..but instead I use this app ampkit on my iPad…..so far I have come really close to getting the right tone for songs like another brick part 1……but I’ll really appreciate if you could tell what settings would be best for some of the other songs……I think these apps are the best ways to get introduced to all the tones as they are cheaper…. I would appreciate it if you could write something on it….thanks….

    [Hi and welcome to the site! I don't have that much experience with digital processing and effects, so I'm afraid I'm not much help. Check out this feature for some general tips. - Bjorn]

  77. Gerardo says:

    Hey man have you tried the 2 new silicon fuzz face minis? What did you think of them? How would you rate them compared to the big vintage Hendrix fuzz face and the analog man bc 108? & 109? How good are they at bedroom setups? And lastly what are some good overdrives to pair them with? mainly for bedroom level….. Bjorn thank you so much man, these articles are tremendously helpful!

    [I haven't had the chance to try them out yet but based on the demos I've heard they sound pretty good. Need to A/B test with the bigger models to make up an opinion about the differences. In general I'd go for a transparent booster with fuzz and it should be true bypass. Personally I can't think of a better match than the Colorsound Power Boost. Sounds amazing with a fuzz. Check out the new reissues from Macari's or some of the excellent clones like ThroBak Overdriveboost or the Electronic Orange Bananaboost. - Bjorn]

  78. Stanley says:

    Hey Bjorn, just a quick question regarding fuzz and signal path. I’ve got a bc109 Sunface which runs into a Colordrive and finally a Catalinbread Echorec, then either my AC15 or a Fender blues deluxe. I find myself constantly going back to my Triangle Big Muff because the Sunface simply won’t behave! I suspect it has something to do with the digital circuitry in the echorec as when it’s bypassed the fuzz is fine. Whenever the sunface is engaged alongside the echorec, it sounds raspy and thin. Why make an echorec clone if you can’t put a fuzz through it?!?? Have you got any ideas on how I can get around this, short of replacing the echorec? Perhaps re-biasing the sunface?

    Many thanks

    [I have yet to try the Echorec so I can't really tell why fuzz reacts badly with it. From what I understand, it has option for both true bypass and buffered switching? Have you checked this and switched to true bypass? I don't think rebiasing the fuzz will make any difference since it works nicely on its own. I suspect that it's the Echorec that's causing problems and not the fuzz. - Bjorn]

  79. cesar says:

    it would be very cool if you could make a review of the new wampler Velvet Fuzz sounds awesome.

    Keep rocking Bjorn!

    [Sounds like an awesome pedal. PGS just did a great demo of it. - Bjorn]

  80. Pedro says:

    Greetings!

    First of all, THANKS FOR THE AMAZING PAGE!! Have learned a lot of it.

    I’m going to buy a Dunlop FFM1 or FFM2 I think, and I was wondering lots of stuff. First of all my guitar is an Gibson SG Classic with P-90, and probably will also buy a Fender American Special Stratocaster FSR Vintage Blond and change the pickups to Fender 57/62. My amp is a Marshall V8080, 80W combo, have tried tube amps for like 800 dolars, and the sound of this amp is amazing if you know it as I do.

    About the fuzzes, I think the FFM2 (Germanium Transistors) it’s a little bit dark and doesn’t “colapse” as well as the FFM1 (Silicon BC108) does, but is more versatile and you can get more sounds I guess, and if a put the cruch with low gain on clean, I think I could get to get the silicon BC108 Gain and “colapse” or bite, so I mightr get more sounds. But if you think only on the pedal, I like a little bit more the Silicon Fuzz Face.

    My questions are, Do you think my amp can handdle this fuzzes? Can the FFM1 fuzz face be versatile as FFM2 is? Do you recomend me another Fuzz in the $100USD-$200USD range that can get you gilmour tones and also a lot of other sounds?

    Thanks for everything and your website is amazing!
    Pedro from Chile!

    [Thanks for your kind words, Pedro! I haven't tried your amp so I can't really tell but in general, Marshall and fuzz pedals are a great match. Especially if you set the amp up for a hint of crunch, like Hendrix did. Depending on how loud you can play, that combo will make the pedals sound open and dynamic. Again, I haven't tried this specific Marshall model so I can't tell for sure. Check out the new Wampler Velvet Fuzz and the ones listed in this guide as well. - Bjorn]

  81. Brandon says:

    Hi Bjorn, first post on the site, though I’ve been visiting for quite a while and quite often haha. I can’t decide what my next addition to the board should be. I want a fuzz, but I don’t know which one to get. I was looking at the Sun Face and the Iron Bell. My guitar is a black strat. I have the Fat 50, CS69, and SSL5, which I just recently put on it, and man do they sound good. My amp is a Marshall AVT50 half stack – which I actually like. I read a lot of reviews of people saying its crap, but I think its actually really nice sounding and clear when you crank the volume, which I do a lot. My neighbors probably hate me. So what do you think? Also for the sunface, i don’t know which transistor to get. 108 or 109? I’m a huge fan of David’s DSOTM live a Wembly fuzz. Last question, haha, on the sunface page, the power jack is an option, but they say the battery is better. I use the voodoo labs pedal power 2. Should I stick with the battery or get the power jack? Or just go with the Iron Bell? Thank you!

    [Thanks for your post, Brandon! First of all, the Iron Bell is a Big Muff and not a fuzz. It's got a typical Muff tone (an circuit) although, compared to most other Muffs it's more in the distortion territory. Great pedal though and incredibly versatile. The BC108 and BC109 are very similar but the 109 has a bit more gain, low end and a slightly darker tone. I prefer this one. I'm not that familiar with the AVT but it should be able to handle a fuzz. I recommend setting it up for a mild crunchy tone to allow a boost for the fuzz, like Hendrix did. I strongly recommend carbon non-alkaline batteries for fuzz pedals. - Bjorn]

  82. Dan Richter says:

    Hey Bjorn, I just saw the Wampler Velvet Fuzz and it sounded pretty great. Have you tried one?
    I am also stuck between the Wampler Plexidrive and the Mojo Hand Rook Royale. I think the Plexi is more my taste but the Royale has the versatility. Is the the Plexi a little brighter with less mids? Confused, please help. Oh, and best site ever.

    [Just got the Velvet Fuzz. It's nice but it didn't blow me away. More like a distortion really, like the RAT. The Plexi Drive is based on the JTM45. Compared to the Rook, it has a bit more of that vintage flavour, less mids but also more presence and it works nicely as a booster. - Bjorn]

  83. Alejandro says:

    Hi! I’ve been listen to Fuzz Phrase demos and it seems a very transparent fuzz. Does it function well with tube amp hi-gain settings? (dirty channel, but with a JTM45 based amp, for example). I loved sound of this fuzz in demos, but I love my dirty channel, so I’ve got a couple of songs that I eant use dirty channel and use a fuzz for more harmonics and a more radical tone in solos (radical, but that sounds good). I’ve got a couple of songs with clean channel, but I know by demos that this fuzz shines with this config.
    Thanks!

    [I think most germanium fuzz pedals works best with a little dirt from the amp. It adds a bit more balls and character to the tone. The Fuzz Phrase has a nicely balanced tone with more presence and dynamics than most germaniums. I haven't experimented that much with pairing it with a cranked amp but I would imagine that it would fit the combo very well :) - Bjorn]

  84. aggeloskrv says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I would like to buy a fuzz for Gilmour’s tone of Dark Side Of The Moon!
    Except from analogman could you tell me one or two choises for this sound?
    I prefer silicon fuzz from germanium!

    Thank you very much!!!
    Sorry for my English..

    [All of the silicons in this guide will do the job. The Olympia Fuzz is very versatile but check out the new silicon fuzz from Buffalo FX as well. I'll have a review up soon. It's awesome :) - Bjorn]

  85. Keith says:

    Hello to Bjorn, and all. I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone kniw that I spoke with Michael at MJM a couple of days ago, and he has one AV$ London Fuzz left, and a very few more of the original 45 to build. I bought #15 in March, so if you’re intetested in an incredible Germanium fuzzface clone, I’d act quickly. I have almost no need for a Si Fuzz for Gilmour tones with the AVS, as while it isn’t as wild, and untamed as a BC-108, or 109, it does have enough gain to cover most of DG’s Si Fuzz tones. Smooth as silk, or on the edge of a bucking broncho, The AVS is beautiful in every sense. I haven’t used either of my bc-108′s once since I dialed the AVS in with my Spark boost, and now that I just received my Throbak, I may not use Si for Gilmour again.Don’t wait too long if you want the fine AVS London Fuzz, they won’t be around long!
    Peace, Keith

  86. Operario says:

    Hi there Bjorn. I’d like to know your opinion on a few Fuzz pedals, provided you’ve actually gotten around to try them, of course. There are I’m specially interested in: The new Fuzz Face Minis (specially the FFM3 Hendrix model), the Buffalo FX CVIII Silicon and the ever popular Skreddy Lunar Module.

    Can you share your thoughts on any of them? Do they sound vintage enough and work well with a booster? Thanks man, you’re the best!

    [Haven't tried the mini's but I see they get some nice reviews. The grey is apparently a straight 1:1 of the larger version and that one sounds great. The Lunar I haven't tried yet. The Buffalo sounds amazing. Perhaps my fav silicon these days... The Shape controls allows you to tweak the pedal for all kinds of setups. Very versatile. I'll have a review up on all the new Buffalos very soon. - Bjorn]

  87. Pedroi says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    Just a little question, what’s your opinion about Tech 21 FuzzBoost on Medle, Pompeii and Dark Side Of The Moon tones?

    [I haven't tried that one myself but judging by the clips I've heard I guess it will work nicely. Seems like it's got some nice features for further tone sculpting. - BJorn]

  88. Bo says:

    Any chance you got to test out the Effectrode Helios Fuzz? Heard a couple sound clips but was wondering if you had the chance. Effectrode doesn’t have many misses. Sure looks the part. Peace and Pink.

    [Haven't had the chance yet but I'll try to get my hands on one. - Bjorn]

  89. David says:

    Thank you for putting together such a brilliant site. I wanted to get your thoughts on the Foxrox Hot Sillicon Fuzz. Have had a chance to try it out?

    [Thank you David! I haven't had the chance to try the FoxRox yet so I can't really comment on it. - Bjorn]

  90. Alexandro says:

    Hello my friend, congratulations for the site! Serves me reference and guidance. I am Brazilian I live in Barueri Sao Paulo.
    I want to ask about the pedal Mojo Hand Pompeii is going to present an impression on him.
    Thanks for your time dedicated to this page because I am a regular viewer.
    A hug.

    Sorry my poor english.

    [I will have a review up very soon! - Bjorn]

  91. Alex says:

    Hello Bjorn, What you think you pedal Keeley Fuzz Head? Thank you.

    [It's nice but a bit too modern sounding for my taste. - Bjorn]

  92. Gabriele says:

    Hey Bjorn, what do you think about the two new Fuzz Face Mini?

    [Haven't tried them yet, so I can't really comment. What I know is that the grey is identical to the bigger version, which I think sounds great. The blue is a bit more aggressive. The red, a germanium, is supposed to be better sounding than the bigger version. - Bjorn]

  93. Tony says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Of all the fuzzes listed (or not listed) above, which would be your highest recommendation to nail DSOM and Pompeii/Meddle tones that has those searing, saturated, buzz-saw tones? (Think the studio version of the “Time” solo and and 70′s Echoes tones.

    Sincere thanks,
    Tony

    [Not considering pickups and amp and which works with what pedal... the AnalogMan Sunface BC109 without doubt. - Bjorn]

  94. Brian says:

    Bjorn – I know there aren’t enough hours in the day even in extreme northern latitudes, but have you tried your AM bc109 with the new BFX Power Boost? I’d be interested to hear the results, they’re both kinda high on my wishlist.

    [Yep! Sounds great! The fact the Buffalo is a bit darker than the ThroBak suits the fuzz very well on my bright Reeves. - Bjorn]

  95. KuroNeko says:

    “(…) once you get to know the pedal, finding its sweetspot on your rig, they’re really some of the most fun pedals to play around with.”

    Couldn’t agree more ! The Analogman Sun Face BC108
 is in my gear for only a few weeks and I can’t stop using it… This the most easy-to-use and funny thing I ever got ! Its DSOTM flavour is a major advantage but it stays for other tunes as well.

    Many thanks Bjorn for sharing the fun xD

    [Cheers! - Bjorn]

  96. Roger Sartori says:

    Bjorn, forgive my stupid question, maybe it’s a problem of translation, and I read it a lot on your texts. In Brazilian portuguese we don’t use that term at all: what does it mean when you say “low end” or “high end” when describing the sound of a pedal, for example? Cheers!

    [No worries, Roger :) Low end means the lower frequencies - the bass. The high end means the treble. Usually it's the crossing point between the bass and low middle and trebble and high middle :) - Bjorn]

  97. Justin says:

    Hey there Bjorn, thanks a lot for all the great work you’ve done educating people on fuzzes. I’m in a bit of a quandry. I’m in the market for a new fuzz. I typically prefer the Hendrix type tones, but do occasionally dable with the Gilmour sustaining leads. I’m torn between the JAM Pedals Fuzz Phrase, and the new Wampler Velvet Fuzz. That first video Wampler put out of the Velvet Fuzz with Travis jamming some Hendrix pretty much sold me on getting that pedal (at least eventually), but I’m recently discovered the Fuzz Phrase, and am having a hard time deciding which to get first. Any help, thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated. My main guitars that I play through are a ’72 Gibson Les Paul deluxe with mini humbuckers, a 2012 Gibson Les Paul studio faded, and a Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan signature strat. These run through different pedals depending on mood, but I’ll often use a Bogner Ecstasy Blue pedal or a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MKIII for some flavor. All of this runs through a Mesa Boogie DC5 (Tungsol 6l6 power tubes, JJ 12ax7′s for the preamp). Thank you, and keep up the great work!

    [Sorry for my late reply, Justin. Both pedals are great. The Fuzz Phrase is obviously the more vintage sounding and closer to the original Fuzz Face that Hendrix used. The Velvet Fuzz is perhaps closer to a Big Muff, although with a more fuzz-ish flavour. Personally I find it a bit bland and in terms of fuzz I'd go with the Fuzz Phrase any time. I also think the FP would go better with your setup. My thoughts anyway... - Bjorn]

  98. Mr. Cochon says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    What do you think about the BenRod Red Fuzz? Thanks you;

    [Never tried it so I can't really tell... - Bjorn]

  99. Terrance says:

    Good morning, I recently got the Velvet Fuzz – Wampler. It seems too dark. I set my amp for where I like it clean – then go to my board for the set up there. Should I just increase my treble or presence on the amp to get the brightness I want form the pedal or should I move on from this pedal to get something else?

    hot rod deluxe tweed 1 x 12 jensen speaker – strat noisless > boss tuner>dod comp>Wampler velvet fuzz> Ep Booster > dr Scientist The elements Dist> then off to delays
    thanks

    [Well I agree with you. The Velvet is very dark and muddy. Once you start boosting the treble and presence to match a pedal you're messing with the tone so it's always wise to set your amp up first and then the pedals. If the pedals don't match the amp then perhaps you need something different. Not all pedals will match any amp... - Bjorn]

  100. Terrance says:

    yeah thought you’d say that – thanks
    t
    ps
    love gilmourish.com – from the backing tracks , album info , pedal reviews to gear and tone advice – I’m on it all the time – I really appreciate the time and effort you put into it for all us guitar gilmour floyd freaks

    [Thank you, Terrance! - Bjorn]

  101. Terrance says:

    Bjorn, I rethought my gain pedals a bit after your comments. Accepting that the Velvet fuzz is a darker tone fuzz I started using my Dr Scientist – The elements and a distortion/ overdrive instead of just over break up and the velvet as a just over break up less fuzz tone. Taking advantage of the headroom it offers. Seems to work much better, and stacking the two gives me a better tone than the other way. Not ultimate – but it will do until I can research a better fuzz tone for my needs, but definatley better results last night at rehearsal. Thanks

    [Glad it worked out :) - Bjorn]

  102. J.M. says:

    Have you had a chance to check out any of the Fuzz Face Mini’s yet? Just picked up a germanium one and it really sings.

    [Nope... They've arrived in my town now so I plan on giving them a try very soon :) - Bjorn]

  103. Cooper says:

    Hey b’jorn, I could use some help. I’ve been playing for two years now and have recently found this site. I’ve been reading the hell out of it and it seems as if I read myself into confusion. I’m chasing the DSotM tones. I have an American Standard Strat. w/ a SSL5 bridge, Custom Shop ’69 Middle & a Custom Shop Fat 50′s neck.

    Fender 65 Princeton Reverb Reissue

    Just Ordered a Buffalo CVIII & Catalinbread Echorec.

    I’m ready to order a JHS warble Tron & a Buffalo FX booster.

    am I heading in the right direction I play mostly @ beadroom levels I would like to learn DSotM front to back and nail the sound. As it drives me nuts when the sound isn’t quite right. Also could suggest and easiest song to start w/ from that album. Thanx Coop

    [Hi Cooper! Always start with the amp and set it up for a nice and warm clean tone that will be the basis for all your tones. Fender amps tend to be on the bright side you need to be careful with the treble. See this feature for some amp setup tips. David's setup for DSotM is pretty basic so you rarely need more than just the overdrive for the rhythm parts and a fuzz for the leads... and of course delay. Volume is essential but obviously that's hard with a bedroom setup so you need to compensate for the hard driven amp. try blending the booster and fuzz for the lead tones and try to use slightly more aggressive settings, with a bit more gain. You can also try to set the volume of the pedals higher than unity to produce a slightly boosted tone. This will create the impression of a tube amp that's pushed hard. Hope this helped. - Bjorn]

  104. Tom says:

    Hey! How have you been Bjorn? I hope you’re fine
    Well, i was wondering if the Mooer Blue Faze could be as good as a Hendrix’s Fuzz Face, what’s your opinion?

    Good Luck in everything Bjorn!!

    [Hi Tom! It's a nice budget model and you should be able to nail those classic fuzz tones with it, baring in mind that fuzz in general are very moody... :) I do think there are better options out there though, like the grey and blue Dunlop Mini Fuzz Faces. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  105. Tom says:

    Thanks for your answer Bjorn!!
    Just bought an ElecLady and im waiting for it to arrive home
    Cheers Bjorn, thank you for your great advices!

    [Cheers, Tom! - Bjorn]

  106. Phil says:

    Hey Bjorn. Just want to say this is an AWESOME site! Such a wealth of information. I am striving to get a fuzz tone similar to what is found on the KQED broadcast (Think “Green is the Colour”). In short something that cleans up nicely, but can get aggressive. I was looking into getting the Hendrix mini FF. Reading the comments, I know you haven’t tried the minis but it is apparently 1:1 with the JHF1. Do you think the Hendrix FF is suited to what I am looking for?

    [Thanks Phil! The JHF1 is a silicon fuzz, which what David used for Pompeii and Dark Side. It's too aggressive and bright sounding for those earlier tones. You need a germanium fuzz like the SunFace NKT275 or the excellent Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz V2. The germanium fuzz has that warm overdrive quality that cleans up with your guitar volume :) - Bjorn]

  107. Tommy says:

    Hi Bjørn,

    I`ve been spending way too much time on this site, and have started buying a few pedals again (!). Regarding the Mojo Hand pedals, you list both the Iron Bell and Colossus sound-characteristics as DsoT/Pulse, the sound I`m after…but how to choose?

    Regarding delays, what do you recommend? I`ve been looking at the El Cap and Flashback, but am also thinking going Catalinbread (Echorec or Belle Epoch).

    My amp is a 65 Amps Soho (EL84) and I use a Fender Strat Plus and Gibson R6.

    [I think the Iron Bell is a more versatile pedal. It nails the classic Muff tones and the more distortion-like G2 and RAT. Which delay you want depends on what tones you're looking for. Since you're into David's latter tones I would recommend a digital delay for those pristine repeats. The Flashback is great! - Bjorn]

  108. Tommy says:

    Thanks for your input Bjørn. I guess I will be needing a boost-pedal for the Iron Bell/Colossus.

    At the moment, I have a Xotic RC-booster, but I`m thinking of adding either a Throbak OB or Wampler Plexidrive as well..

    [The Iron Bell and Colossus doesn't really need boosters as they have lots of gain and tone on their own but a transparent one, like the RC or Throbak would make them sound a bit more open and add a bit more top as well. - Bjorn]

  109. Don says:

    Bjorn, have you checked out the ‘Solidgoldfx’ “If 6 Was 9″ BC183 fuzz yet? It has an external bias adjustment and sounds pretty good. Also noticed you felt the Wampler Velvet fuzz was too dark, the demos don’t seem to reflect that so much, so found your observation interesting.
    Cheers.

    [Haven't tried the Solidgoldfx yet... The Velvet Fuzz, as any pedal, will sound different on different setups. It's not the darkest pedal out there but it's designed to sound like a stacked fuzz or Muff with a Marshall and for that it's considerably darker than most other models. Also, it's no doubt that the pedal is designed to capture David's tones and I think they could have done better at that. Still, it doesn't really sound like anything else and it's great for brighter amps and bedroom setups. - Bjorn]

  110. Evan says:

    I was wondering if you had any experience with the Dunlop Eric Johnson Fuzz Face? I’m looking at trading a distortion pedal for it. From what I can tell seems like a great sounding fuzz.

    [Never tried it. - Bjorn]

  111. Matias says:

    Hey Bjorn, i wanted to ask what you think about this fuzz in general, i play on a classic rock band and own some fuzzes (the Blue Dunlop one and the Fuzz Phrase from jam pedals), i usually record with them, but when i go live it’s difficult to cut throught the mix, so i went to search for some fuzz with increased mid range for live shows. I wanted to know your opinion about this Fuzz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l9uBSJfAsM
    If it doesn’t appeal to you, what Fuzz would you pick for that mid range boost?

    [Sorry for my very late reply. I haven't tried the Muzz Fuzz so I can't really tell. Fuzz pedals may sound huge alone or on clips like these but placed in a band setup they tend to drown completely as they lack that mid range. It's just the nature of the design. The Buffalo CVIII silicon and Germanium fuzz pedals are designed with a tad more midrange and onboard controls for adding even more and shaping the tone for a better band performance. It makes the classic fuzz circuit sound smoother and not as aggressive but you'll cut through that dense layer. You'll find a review of both here on the site :) - Bjorn]

  112. Matias says:

    Thanks Bjorn!, no problem for the late reply, i’ll
    order the buffalo fx’s silicon fuzz and try uit out.

    [Cheers! - Bjorn]

  113. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn.

    So why the low rating (3/10) on the Dunlop JDF-2 for bedroom small amp use? What is wrong with it at lower volumes etc? Just curious.

    Thanks much.

    [Well, first of all, all the scores and ratings are based on my opinion exclusively. It's no official gospel so you need to make up your own verdict. Anyway, I don't think the JDF-1 performed that well on lower amp volume. Much of the low end was lost and the pedal got harsh and not as musical as I'd wanted it. The mini version does actually sound a whole lot better. - Bjorn]

  114. Nicolas says:

    Sorry forgot to mention I do more chordal work than solos so I like string seperation and definition, especially in the bass end!

    [Not sure if there was a comment before this? - Bjorn]

  115. Nicolas says:

    Yeah bjorn, i dunno what happened, tried it twice? Maybe it was too long? :) Anyways, here goes again! First off thanks for your awesome website! Although not particularly a gilmour listener myself, the info here is superb!

    I’m more of a qotsa and stoner rock kinda guy, and am looking for a fuzz like that. I have a tim, wavecannon en screwdriver, but want something new. Play on a tele p90 with tweed amp. I’m thinking bearfoot honey bee for OD, bearfoot arctic white or apple red, or jam fuzz phrase for fuzz? Problem is I don’t really know if i’m a silicon, germanium or muff guy. All i know is, i like stacking pedals, and i like a tight bottom end with just a hint of sag/velcro, with strong mids and a warm top end. Nothing too high gainy or fizzy wall of fuzz. But i do mostly power chords so it cannot be a solo fuzz that gets lost or farts out doing chords! Any opinions?

    Also, thinking of a strymon mobius but really want a good vibe. Do you know how it compares to the drybell, jam retro or effectrode? I really like the swoosh of the clips of the jam but like the expression pedal in the drybell. Can the mobius compete in sound quality??

    Thanks so much for any help you can provide!

    [Given your taste in music I think I'd either go for a germanium fuzz and stack it with an overdrive or a Sovtek type of Muff, like the EHX Bass Muff or Wc Box of War. That will give you the tones or at least something in the ball park depending on your guitar and amps. I don't have that much experience with the Mobious, so I can't really comment on that. My favourite at the moment is the DryBell. - Bjorn]

  116. Michael says:

    Hey Bjorn – 1st off, Your Guitar Playing is Very Tasteful & you Truly Capture Gilmour’s Tone & Phrasing. Much Respect & Admiration. My 2 Questions are as follows: #1 = What is the pedal that Gilmour is using on The Live Version of THE BLUE ? ( it slides up in octaves ) # 2 = I have been searching for a VIBE PEDAL and ( there are many options ) – but the Electric Orange MOONVIBE ( really seems to be the Best & most Authentic Sounding ) . . . to my ears.
    Any input on whether you prefer the Mark 1 vs the New Mark 2 ( and how easy is it to obtain ? ) I wrote to Electric Orange, & it seems like a Major Production to Obtain One in NYC . . . Thanks Brother.
    One Love,
    Michael / Astoria / NYC

    [Hi Michael! Thanks for posting and your kind words! Let's go… 1. It's a Digitech Whammy pedal. David also used it on Marooned from Division Bell. 2. Unfortunately, Electronic Orange only offer their pedals through their web site. If you ask me, it's worth waiting for and the MkII is awesome. Very authentic and works great with almost any amp and guitar. If you don't want the hassle, then check out the DryBell Machine Vibe :) Cheers! - Bjorn]

  117. Tom says:

    Hi Bjorn, is do you know any silicon fuzz that could sound ‘vintage’ (well i mean “good” haha,) in a solid state amp?
    Cheers!

    [Depends on the amp. Not all tube amps can handle a fuzz either. One of the more amp friendly silicons that I've tried is the Buffalo CVIII fuzz. You'll find a review here on the site. - Bjorn]

  118. Nicolas says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Do you have any experience with Basic Audio pedals? I’ve been reading a lot about the scarab deluxe, spooky tooth, future man, foxy lady etc.. The scarab’s supposed to be the holy grail desert island fuzz.

    Regards

    [Never tried any of their pedals but I know they get a lot of praise. I will claim though that a desert island pedal is very subjective - both for the one's using it and on which rig it's used on. Fuzz pedals, above any pedal, can behave very differently on different types of rigs. - Bjorn]

  119. Thass says:

    Bjorn -
    Amazing site. Any comments regarding the flood of overdrive/ distortion pedals from EHX?
    These potentionally fit into my hobby budget, (under the radar), better than some of the awesome pedals posted here. A high end pedal will cost me a high end handbag for the wife.
    Cheers
    T

    [LOL :) Sorry, I haven't tried it yet so I can't really comment on it. Anyone? - Bjorn]

  120. DIMITRIS says:

    Hello Bjorn!
    A question about Sunface 109. From youtube videos, is the one I like most of silicon fuzz pedals.
    Does it clean up well, to get overdrive-crunch tones, or I would need to use a volume pedal too?
    Thanks a lot!

    [Silicon fuzz pedals doesn't clean up that well. It's part of their nature. They have lots of gain and an overall bright tone, so if you want a more versatile fuzz, for both leads, overdrive and clean boost, then you might want to check out a germanium model. - Bjorn]

  121. Dave E. says:

    I can’t tell the difference in sound between the Effectrode Helios Fuzz and the Analogman BC108 Sunface: I own both and they sound great. At least I can’t tell the difference where I operate them which is pretty much all out fuzz. They do a great Echoes -Live at Pompei immitation. The Helios takes 1.5A 12V supply and takes up more space on the board, but the Sunface is battery only.
    I think I was seduced by the romance and promise of the Helios tube circuit – I should have just stayed with the Analogman.

    One of these is redundant and needs to go up on E-bay but I can’t decide which!.

    [Well, I disagree. They're two very different sounding fuzz pedals and I'd keep both :) - Bjorn]

  122. Pete says:

    Thass, EHX has really stepped up their game as of late. The new pedals are great. The Soul Food is amazing and the OD Glove is a great high gain pedal. (Don’t really think it’s a Gilmour sound, but it is still out standing.)
    The Muff Nano is a great and inexpensive muff. It doesn’t quite sound like a Ram’s head or Sovtek, but you should still get some killer sounds from it. It stacks really nicely with the Soul Food to smooth it out.
    As far as the rest of their recent line up, they are all great for what they do, and of course the prices. If you want them for Gilmour sounds though look elsewhere in Gilmourish for something that will get you closer to David’s tones.
    If price is an object and you are looking for something for Gilmour sounds consider the Mooer Black Secret. A really good ProCo Rat clone. I believe that Bjorn has talked a lot on settings for ProCo Rat’s to get Gilmour-like sounds. :)

    [Thanks for the input, Pete! The new EHX stuff is great! - Bjorn]

  123. Don says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Your opinion on the MJM 3 knob (bias adjustment) London Ge fuzz for lower amp volume levels.

    Thank you.

    [I haven't tried it so I can't really tell. In general, fuzz pedals on lower volume tend to sound a bit thin and harsh. Perhaps Keith here can fill in on the London Fuzz? - Bjorn]

  124. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn.
    Are you sure that the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face used by DG on Live at Pompeii had silicon transistor? Did he use any germanium fuzz face on his career? And did YOU try the BBE Free Fuzz silicon or the Dunlop Mini Fuzz Face (blue – silicon / red – germanium)? Thanks as always!

  125. Roger Sartori says:

    Sorry, I didn’t read your article about the Dallas Arbiter before. Now it’s clear, silicon indeed!

    [Cheers :) - Bjorn]

  126. Roger Sartori says:

    Hi, Bjorn.
    Simple and dumb question: when pedals are supplied by battery power, will the battery lose power if the pedal remains off but connected on the setup? Thanks as always.

    [Yep, they will. Always disconnect when you're using battery. - Bjorn]

  127. Aymeric says:

    Hello,

    I’d like to know what fuzz can complete my pedalboard.
    I have a fuzz factory (ac 128) a new big muff germanium (can’t remember transistor)
    And big muff pi (silicium).
    On overdrive I’ve a od 808 and a ht dual.

    Which vintage clone could bring me something new ?

    My fuzzes are more qualified for earlier era ? Am I wrong ? If

    Thanks for your help.

    [Depends on your guitar and amp. Seems that you've pretty much covered Gilmour tones but if you want something new, then perhaps a Caroline Olympia Fuzz? It's a mix between a fuzz and Muff. Very versatile and the tone is awesome! - Bjorn]

  128. Dave Austin says:

    Hey Bjorn. Can’t comment on the Skreddy Lunar Module per se but have just built a Guitar PCB clone kit (DSOTM aka Luna Fuzz) and it nails the Time/Money tones as well as the earlier Meddle fuzz face tones. Has 2 tone knobs so a very versatile pedal too and can cover a lot of other genres/artists. Pretty easy build (my first build with limited soldering experience) too so comes highly recommended!

    [Thanks for the tip! - Bjorn]

  129. 100JH says:

    Like the updated Gear Guide very much! In regards to the Fuzz Faces…Some great pedals on here but I am a little amazed that you have not reviewed the Skreddy Lunar Module (regular or deluxe). This is my go to pedal for silicon fuzz and especially Gilmour DSOTM tones. The deluxe version is very versatile. My second favorite, but more for a Hendrix type tone, is the Roger Mayer Axis. Again, great updates to the site and I really like how much you have expanded (esp. echoes, vibes and other categories previously missing). Great job as always! …100JH

    [Thanks! I'd like to feature the Lunar but unfortunately I haven't been able to try it out yet and I don't want to review anything based on stuff I read and hear on the net. Once I get one in my hands, I'll do a review. Similar models like the AnalogMan BC109 and even the Caroline, is also perfect for the Pompeii/Dark Side era :) - Bjorn]

  130. Bo says:

    Thanks for updated guides! Fuzz is king in my mind for basis of tone. The Caroline is an interesting choice for those with neighbors. I wonder if it’s that much better than my BC108 for bedroom use or should I not be concerned. Also, was hoping to see the Helios in your update. How does it rate against the other Germanium’s? Again, thanks for everything!

    [The Caroline is very close to a BC108 but slightly brighter and perhaps a tad closer to a Muff. There are lots of pedals I didn't include but they'll be featured in a future update :) - Bjorn]

  131. Rhys Watson says:

    Hi, I’m thinking of buying the mini jimi hendrix fuzz face, do you think that it sounds as good as full size one
    Also a lot of people say to place the fuzz first in the chain, but I have crybaby 95q and a mxr dyna compressor, which should both go in front of distortion pedals so should I change the effect order or do you have any ideas about what should I do?
    Thanks

    [The mini Hendrix is identical to the bigger version. Old style fuzz pedals should always be placed first, between the guitar and the next pedal. This because fuzz pedals sound better when they get the load from the guitar's pickups and the buffered wah will mess up the circuit. If you can place it first then I also recommend having fuzz pedals in a true bypass looper. In any case, try different setups and listen with your own ears. Different placements will alter the fuzz character but it's not wrong but rather down to taste and preference. - Bjorn]

  132. KEITH says:

    Bjorn, correct me if I’m wrong, but the use of wahs with input buffers are what messes with vintage fuzz, but specially designed output buffers are there to specifically make the Wahs “Fuzz Friendly? That’s what Stu put in my wah, but a fuzz friendly output buffer keeps the wah from doumg the seagull effect, so my Castledine has a switch that cuts the buffer out of the circuit, and reverses the in/ out jacks at the same time! Very nice 66 Italian Vox clone, with handmade Halo inductors, as well as hand wound ICAR style pots, and dropped into a mint condition, first run Vox 847 case, the Wah is just about the same as Gilmour, and Hendrix used, and has that very vocal sound that the very rare Italian made Vox, and Crybaby’s had. They were only manufactired in Italy in 66-67 I believe, and as usual, Stu captured the tone as close as you can get!
    Peace, Keith

    [Hi Keith! Sorry for the late reply. Sounds like a great wah and one that solves several issues :) - Bjorn]

  133. KEITH says:

    Just a quick addendum about the Castledine, or an orginal late 60s Vox , or Crybaby made by Thomas organ. In that time, Strats had. 1 uf caps, and had they had the .047, or. 022 most of your modern Strats have, DG may never have happened upon the seagull. The Castldine is a direct clone of those old Thomas Organ Wahs, and will not do the Seagull effect with a cap below. 1 uf. Stu hasn’t given me a solution other than going o a .1, as oppossed to changing the Wah. The. 1 will darken the guitars tone slightly, but then, thats what every 60s Strat had, therefore I don’t see it as anything but more authentic!
    Peace Y’all, Keith

  134. Rhys Watson says:

    Any opinions on the mini silicon fuzz face (dark blue one)

    [Basicallu the same as the grey but a bit more gain and an overall more aggressive tone. Great for Pompeii and Dark Side :) - Bjorn]

  135. David P. says:

    I would love to hear an evaluation of the Wampler “Velvet” for the Fuzz roundup.
    I am now trying to work towards David’s sound ant thought this may be a viable option.
    However, I am coming from keyboard land, and being a newbie, I need to rely on your opinions to educate myself.

    Thanks very much.

    [The Velvet Fuzz is listed in the Big Muff section :) - Bjorn]

  136. Michael R says:

    Hello Bjorn and thank you a lot for this article and your overall helpfulness! Anyway, I made my own germanium fuzz face pedal, almost a direct clone of the original circuit, add 2 things -
    1. A charge pump inverting the voltage so I can use an NPN adapter with the PNP germaniums
    2. An adapter jack, as stated

    However, my tone with it sounds rather, well, bad with this pedal engaged, despite the rest of my pedals sounding fairly good. I have three ideas for what this could be coming from, and possibly a combination of 2, or some of all three.
    1. I’m using a rather cheap LP clone with rather high output, muddy-sounding derps of pickups
    2. The adapter? Would using a carbon zinc battery make a big enough difference to be worth the effort of having to replace every so often?
    3. I have a rather large board, and my fuzz comes directly after my tuner (all the pedals near it are true bypass though). Could this make a difference, since you say vintage style fuzzes aren’t big fans of digital circuits & buffers? My silicon fuzz sounds fine though, it’s just this one.

    I’m getting a Squier CV50s strat soon (Don’t have a lot of money, prefer it over the mexi standard anyway), so that may help, and I’m considering adding a looper specifically for the GE fuzz, and I wouldn’t mind putting a battery in it if it will improve my tone.

    What are your thoughts?

    [Sorry for my late reply, Michael. There could be a number of things but your pickups and amp will definitely determine how the pedal sound. Carbon batteries makes fuzz pedals sound smoother and warmer. An adapter isn't wrong to use but make usre it's a good quality one and that it is providing the right voltage and ampere. I also recommend to have fuzz pedals and germanium fuzzes in particular, right after the guitar. That way the pedal will respond much more natural your pickups and the dynamics of your playing. - Bjorn]

  137. Justin Bomar says:

    Bjorn let me start from thanking you for all the hard work you put into this site. I am a muscian from Danville, Va U.S.A. and your band Airbag rocks and a lot of people in my music circle turned me on to Airbag and I love it. I have a band SoVaGriT and wil be releasing our first album this year through a local recording label. Gilmour is one of my infkuences along with Gary Moore, Knopfler, SRV, Frusciante, Hendrix, Mccready (Pearl Jam), Jerry Cantrell to Clapton and many others. Anyway, I think you should include the Danelectro CoolCat V2 Fuzz I can coax any tone out of it. The CoolCat is the high end Dan-0 pedals and I got mine for 70 bucks, true bypass, metal case, Volome, Fuzz, and two tone shaping features treble and bass, but the best part is the internal controls such as input sensitivity and 3 dip switches for adding in different L.E.D.’s. I love my big muff but the coolcat does it for me. Also, I run an electric mistress flanger between my gain and delay/reverb pedals but at the end of the chain I run a Neo Mistress flanger for rotating speaker effect and it works really great. When I get my second amp Jet City jca22h 20w 1×12″ ( They are amazing) and my third amp VHT Special 6 watt 10″ hand-wired I will use the vht as my rotating effect speaker. I use Tri-Amps for a big sound and mixture of tones/sounds. I’m using a modified Crate V5 with groove tubes 12AT7 and 6L6s with a greenback Celestion 10″ combo at home and for recording and it is the best tone I have ever heard. I am a big gilmour man and can naail his tone but I dont use strats. I use Les Pauls, Les Paul Juniors (For slide gtr only), and a Fender Telecaster with a Strat maple neck, strat neck pickup and it is so sweet. I love P-90s and my go to guitar is a Les Paul with P-90 neck and bridge and my custom.Telecaster. I am an electronics technician for a communicatons company and a Luthier by trade so that really helps me in modding and desgn/build. I have buiilt over ten pedals and sold all but 3 the Boomer Rang Analog Delay, Lazy Hound Phaser and my baby my Pusha-T Overdrive. Sorry but I wanted to introduce myself. I am Justin B. from SOVA, Usa.

    [Hi Justin! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing! - Bjorn]

  138. David says:

    Great post as always! Quick question- would you place a Compressor before or after a fuzz?

    [Usually, you'd place it after not to interfere with the fuzz cirquit. - Bjorn]

  139. david says:

    Hopefully you can help me out since you’ve established yourself as one of the most knowledgeable Gilmour Tone Hounds around…I’m looking for a fuzz to get specifically dark side of the moon tones and I’ve narrowed it down to these…it think:)

    1. Wampler Velvet Fuzz
    2. Mojo Hand Iron Bell Fuzz
    3. Analogman BC108/109

    Can you help me pick one of these…specifically for massive solos like Time and Comfortably Numb.

    Thanks for you time in advance!

    [Those two songs have a very different tone, Time having fuzz and Comf Numb a Big Muff but to be able to cover both I'd go for the Iron Bell. - Bjorn]

  140. David says:

    Hey Bjorn, quick question. Have you had any experience with the Skreddy BC109? If so, how would you compare it to the Analogman BC109? I’m particularly going for the Live at Pompeii “Echoes” tone. Thanks in advance!

    [I haven't had the chance to try it yet… - Bjorn]

  141. Hamish says:

    Hi Bjorn

    I would like a low priced fuzz for Pompeii/DSOTM tones.
    I would like to be able to get the Time sound and Echoes in Pompeii sound.
    My rig is also quite noisy so preferably a very low noise pedal.
    Do you have any recommendations?

    Great site, can’t wait for another review!

    Thanks, Hamish

    [Any of the models suggested here could world for just that but it depends very much on what guitar and amp you have. In some cases you're better off with a more amp friendly pedal like a RAT. - Bjorn]

  142. pete says:

    Hey Bjorn!
    I recently picked up the Vick Audio Midnight Sun fuzz. Absolutely nailing tones from Pompeii to Animals. Worth checking out. The price of the pedal is insane as well.
    They are out of stock at the moment, but they are expecting more supplies to build more in the very near future.

    [Thanks for the tip! I'm doing a review of their ram's head very soon :) - Bjorn]

  143. Michael R says:

    Hi again Bjorn, when you say first in line, do you mean before my tuner too?

    [Yes. The fuzz circuit, and the germanium in particular, is very sensitive to other pedals and should be placed right after the guitar so that they can "see" the guitar pickups. This will give you a much better tone and a more natural fuzz tone. The pedal will also respond much better to the dynamics in your playing and the use of your guitar volume control to control the gain amount. - Bjorn]

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