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JD2k9 12-20-2010 11:34 AM

Muff or Fuzz Factory?
I want one of these 2 effects. Either a Bass Big Muff or a Zvex Handpainted (not Vexter) Fuzz Factory. The Big Muff is 51 and the Fuzz Factory, as many of you should know, Is 199. Only problem is I only have 31.28 at the moment. Is it worth saving up for the Fuzz Factory, or should I get the Big Muff? I could probably get 20 pretty quickly if I decide to get it. Thanks in advance guys.

Darkflame 12-20-2010 11:37 AM

I tried the fuzz factory and it was definitely not worth it in my opinion. It has absolutely no clarity and if you play anything else than single notes, you can't hear anything but white noise. Your experience may differ, but I played a lot with the one I tried and I'm pretty sure I dialed the knobs in every possible way.
I like the muff a lot, but in my opinion, it lacks the presence to cut through in a live mix, so I ended up replacing mine by a Blackout Effectors Fix'd Fuzz, if you'd mind an alternative; it has 2 fuzzes in it, a muff-like with more punch and a fuzz-face on steroids kind of fuzz, you can use each of them separately or together for white noise madness

JD2k9 12-20-2010 11:39 AM

Forgot to mention, I'd be using the FF with guitar to Plug In Baby-esque oscillation and real thick fuzz, and I'd be using the Big Muff with my bass.

Sid McCall 12-20-2010 11:44 AM

Well if you want to use the big muff with your bass, you should be getting a Bass Big Muff. Same thing, just better. Trust me. It works great on guitar, too. The FF is overpriced and is really ONLY good for that oscillation obnoxious crap, so if that's worth a huge chunk of change for you, then go for it. Otherwise, big muff. I regret selling my first muff, and don't regret selling my FF. I now have a bass muff, and am very happy with it.

JD2k9 12-20-2010 11:46 AM

I heard that the bass Big Muff was the same circuit as the Sovtek but with a bass boost switch, and the is what got me interested in the bass version. How could you describe the tone you get from it?

Sid McCall 12-20-2010 12:27 PM

Umm I'd describe it as a bass muff haha it's exactly the sound that's in your head, trust me. It nails the muse bass stuff, and the wet/dry mix is fantastic, especially with the dual outputs so you can essentially biamp with it.

beckyjc 12-20-2010 12:29 PM

^^Pretty much.
The muffs are dirt pedals rather than fuzz, the sovtek was smoother and fatter sounding IMO.

The fuzz factory sounds like ass. You can get a kit to build your own from, very simple circuit, you can do it with pretty minimal knowledge really.

JD2k9 12-20-2010 12:35 PM

Originally Posted by beckyjc
You can get a kit to build your own from, very simple circuit, you can do it with pretty minimal knowledge really.

I got one of those. I ****ed it up and burnt myself. Alot.

JD2k9 12-21-2010 05:28 PM

Anyway, I might just say 'fuck fuzz' and get a Hayden MoFo for an extra 300 squidly diddlies.

Jyrgen 12-21-2010 05:35 PM

Perhaps look into Devi Ever. They have some thick, nasty fuzzes at the 100 pounds mark I believe.

Fooling around with oscillation gets boring pretty fast, by the way.

bluestratplayer 12-21-2010 06:11 PM

I personally love the Fuzz Factory for a really nasty fuzz which is all I use fuzz for. +1 to devi ever though as they are generally cheaper and can accomplish pretty much the same thing.

WtrPlyr 12-21-2010 06:12 PM

Originally Posted by Jyrgen
Fooling around with oscillation gets boring pretty fast, by the way.


But why do you want the handpainted one? There's absolutely no difference between them in terms of sound. You pay a lot of money for some silly paintjob which you could do yourself.

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