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Old 09-03-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Akai drive3 fuzz vs EHX big muff pi w/tone wicker

I'm thinking of getting a fuzz pedal due to the fact my favourite guitarists Matt Bellamy from muse, John Frusciante ex red hot chilli peppers, Jack White ex white stripes & Dan Auerbach of the black keys so I decided to get the Akai drive3 fuzz because I saw it on ebay but then I bought a guitar magazine which had a guide to all effects and what the best pedals for that effect and it had the EHX big muff pi w/tone wicker which costs the exact same price 59/$93 so I decided to check it on the EHX website and it was classed as a distortion pedal not fuzz so which one should I get

Akai drive 3 fuzz which is clearly a fuzz pedal and has 3 modes of fuzz

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EHX big muff pi which the magazine classed as one of the top 3 fuzz pedals but on the website classed it as a distortion pedal

2 pedals same price, peoples opinions please
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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the akai is a rebranded biyang. (a) you can get them cheaper elsewhere (e.g. on musicstore's site, rebranded as "fame") and (b) more importantly, if my experience was anything to go by, they break if you look at them funny.

i've only tried the normal muff, not the wicker one. ages ago, too, can't remember much about it.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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the akai is a rebranded biyang. (a) you can get them cheaper elsewhere (e.g. on musicstore's site, rebranded as "fame") and (b) more importantly, if my experience was anything to go by, they break if you look at them funny.

i've only tried the normal muff, not the wicker one. ages ago, too, can't remember much about it.

Thanks dave I'll check that out
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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woodbrass might have them too, under the eagletone brand

though as i said, mine were so unreliable as to make me avoid them, regardless of how cheap they are.

joyo is good on the cheap (or rebranded versions, e.g. harley benton on thomann)- i know tim/greeny (who makes pedals) doesn't like them, but none of mine have broken yet either.

problem being they only do the one fuzz, and it's an octave fuzz.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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woodbrass might have them too, under the eagletone brand

though as i said, mine were so unreliable as to make me avoid them, regardless of how cheap they are.

joyo is good on the cheap (or rebranded versions, e.g. harley benton on thomann)- i know tim/greeny (who makes pedals) doesn't like them, but none of mine have broken yet either.

problem being they only do the one fuzz, and it's an octave fuzz.

Couldn't find the fuzz pedal by 'fame' on musicstore and I'm just about to look at woodbrass
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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i was on woodbrass last night for teh lulz, they seem to have the fuzz

EDIT: http://www.woodbrass.com/en/electri...ion-p75840.html ah only in their shop in paris, though, sorry

but as i said, if the reliability of mine was anything to go by, i wouldn't bother.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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Don't get the Akai. It's ridiculous how they can get away with the prices on those things. If you're only going to choose between those two then the Big Muff wins hands down. I have one and I love it. I didn't use the wickers at first but when I started to I really enjoyed the sound I was getting.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:54 AM   #8
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Don't get the Akai. It's ridiculous how they can get away with the prices on those things. If you're only going to choose between those two then the Big Muff wins hands down. I have one and I love it. I didn't use the wickers at first but when I started to I really enjoyed the sound I was getting.


What settings do you use with the wicker mate?
I'm in the same boat, I have the pedal but never use the wicker switch at all, probably because it sounds so damn good without it lol.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:05 AM   #9
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Don't get the Akai. It's ridiculous how they can get away with the prices on those things. If you're only going to choose between those two then the Big Muff wins hands down. I have one and I love it. I didn't use the wickers at first but when I started to I really enjoyed the sound I was getting.

What settings do you use to get a modern day fuzz not a vintage 60's fuzz
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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I consider muffs to be a modern sounding fuzz. They're used most notably by Smashing Pumpkins and Silversun Pickups... Those both sound very modern to me. Vintage fuzz sounds are usually fuzz face variants.
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I consider muffs to be a modern sounding fuzz. They're used most notably by Smashing Pumpkins and Silversun Pickups... Those both sound very modern to me. Vintage fuzz sounds are usually fuzz face variants.

More of a muse fan than smashing pumpkins or silversun
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:09 AM   #12
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i think muse is a fuzz factory, but don't quote me on that

just noticed what amp you're using- honestly if you end up buying a boutique fuzz (different if you buy a joyo or similar, of course) you could get a far better amp than you have for the money and that might be more useful. if you're mainly using pedals for your distortion even a little 5 watt tube amp (e.g. vht special 6 or something like that) would sound way better than what you're currently using...
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i think muse is a fuzz factory, but don't quote me on that

just noticed what amp you're using- honestly if you end up buying a boutique fuzz (different if you buy a joyo or similar, of course) you could get a far better amp than you have for the money and that might be more useful. if you're mainly using pedals for your distortion even a little 5 watt tube amp (e.g. vht special 6 or something like that) would sound way better than what you're currently using...

The discreet...you need a new amp suggestion
But Dave is right. A new amp might be a better choice right now. Even if it is something small.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #14
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Yeah I know it is a fuzz factory but surely you'd be able to get close to that tone with the big muff

And I know I need a better amp as everyone who looks at my sig tells me to but I'm happy with that and I expected for 150 odd it would not be the best amp in the world but for now it works
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Youre better off looking for a zvex mastotron then a big muff
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Get the Big Muff. It will do Muse. Nuff Sed.
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Youre better off looking for a zvex mastotron then a big muff

Why is that ???
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Wow, I didn't notice the amp either. I wouldn't bother with a good fuzz until you get that amp sorted out.
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Why is that ???

In a lot of ways it is similar to the Fuzz Factory
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In a lot of ways it is similar to the Fuzz Factory

Oh right but how much is it due to the pedals this thread is about are both 60 odd
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