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Fuzz

Malekko Plus Ultra 213 Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
With the Malekko Plus Ultra 213’s potential to move between searing bumble-bee fuzz and creamier near-overdrive tones, it’s easy to imagine players making this their go-to fuzz.
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Malekko Wolftone Chaos Pedal Review

September 12, 2012
The Wolftone Chaos is capable of tricks that make it more than just another fuzz with an unconventional voice.
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Catalinbread Octapussy Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
While few among the unindoctrinated may realize it, octave fuzzes are responsible for some of the wildest and most famous rock-guitar tones ever. Hendrix’s iconic, Octavia tone defined hits
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Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Die-hard tone nerds get pretty wrapped up in minutiae these days. For instance, in fuzz-freak circles it doesn’t take much provocation to start a debate over whether the silvery
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10 Stompboxes That Changed the World

September 5, 2012
In the right hands, a deftly applied pedal can be infinitely more than just another color in an aural palette. Here we take a look at 10 players whose ingenious intertwining of technique, feel, and stompbox use redefined music and the very way we hear guitar and bass.
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Blackout Effectors Crystal Dagger Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Even though octave fuzzes have been around for almost half a century now, they still have the capacity to sound startling. When used with great control and skill, they
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Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz Pedal Review

August 10, 2012
While it’s easiest to envision it as a recording tool, the ferociously loud and cutting voice of the Dr Freakenstein Fuzz makes it a great candidate for live situations where you’re less interested in tonal purity.
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Wren and Cuff Caprid Pedal Review

July 9, 2012
The art of stompbox cloning is, at best, an inexact science. A lot of the most classic pedals vary wildly from specimen to specimen—mocking that pillar of empirical science,
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Electro-Harmonix NYC Headquarters Tour

May 8, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in New York, New York, where she visits the Electro-Harmonix NYC headquarters and gets led on a tour by the company's Founder and CEO Mike Matthews.
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1966 Fender Mustang, 1961 Fender Princeton, and Vintage Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1A

April 6, 2012
That first real rig often holds a special spot in a player’s heart, and in the case of guitarist Brook Hoover, it was because his seminal setup sounded so good.
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Rotosound Reinvent the Vintage Fuzz Pedal

March 23, 2012
The re-issue circuit, just like the original uses a Darlington Pair for high gain input, which drives a temperature compensated ‘fuzz’ transistor.
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Catalinbread Releases the Octapussy Octave Fuzz Pedal

March 13, 2012
The Octapussy is an octave-up fuzz in the tradition of the Octavia but is an original circuit designed by Howard Gee.
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Death by Audio Apocalypse Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
For all the ominousness that the year 2012 portends for some, it’s a wonderland out there for stompbox nuts—a veritable land o’ plenty, especially if you dig fuzz. One
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MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
When I first started playing bass, I was enamored with bands that made the instrument sound like a wrecking ball. Watching bassists who played massivesounding power chords just enthralled
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Caroline Guitar Company Olympia Fuzz Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
In the fuzz realm, there’s an allure to the circuits of the ’70s that attracts a very obsessive crowd. They prowl for that perfect, sinewy, buzz-saw sustain that’s graced
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Stomp Under Foot Releases Pi Fuzz

February 27, 2012
he PI is designed to capture the ''90s alternative sound characterized by big, open-sounding, gritty, grindy, fuzzy sustain a la Dinosaur Jr., Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth.
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Black Cat Introduces the New Wee Buzz

January 21, 2012
Anaheim, CA (Jan 21, 2012) — The New Black Cat Wee Buzz is a slimmed down, more affordable version of the Bee Buzz. Both pedals are, of course, based on
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Spaceman Gemini III Dual Fuzz Generator Pedal Review

January 10, 2012
This beautiful—and beautifully built—fuzz isn’t a clone of anything. But it is positively packed with fuzz voices generated by parallel germanium and silicon circuits that can be independently operated, blended, and tailored to create a technicolor circus of buzz, grind, fizz, fuzz, and crunch.
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Elite Tone Announces Fuzz Monster 2

December 25, 2011
The Fuzz Monster 2 is a two stage fuzz face style effect, with one germanium stage and one BC108C silicon stage.
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