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Old 04-20-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I just recently bought pedals for my set-up. I have only been playing for about 2 years and thought it was time to invest in some pedals. I bought a Boss SD-1 super OD, and a big muff Pi. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to set up my amp/ set up my pedals to make these things sound good. I want to use my OD pedal for a boost mainly. Sort of like a Jimmy Page rhythm crunch and then boost the trebles for some lead work. I have NO CLUE what to do with the big muff because I was hoping for some clean fuzz and it sounds like a metal band when I turn it on. Any help on how to fine tune the tone? Should my amp be on a distorted or clean tone? I was playing it clean but I saw some things online that say play through the OD channel of the amp.

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Old 04-20-2016, 11:47 PM   #2
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:42 AM   #3
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:43 AM   #4
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Just keep playing with it! When I got my Voodoo Labs Superfuzz, I didn't like it. Then I played with the settings a bunch and found something that adds just a little grit.

I was hoping for more than a little grit, but I simply don't think I like it set like that.

Now you know why you see people with a bajillion pedals...
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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Hi all,

I just recently bought pedals for my set-up. I have only been playing for about 2 years and thought it was time to invest in some pedals. I bought a Boss SD-1 super OD, and a big muff Pi. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to set up my amp/ set up my pedals to make these things sound good. I want to use my OD pedal for a boost mainly. Sort of like a Jimmy Page rhythm crunch and then boost the trebles for some lead work. I have NO CLUE what to do with the big muff because I was hoping for some clean fuzz and it sounds like a metal band when I turn it on. Any help on how to fine tune the tone? Should my amp be on a distorted or clean tone? I was playing it clean but I saw some things online that say play through the OD channel of the amp.
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A few pointers

1) Overdrives and especially fuzz pedals react differently when used on a clean channel or a dirty channel, so you need to experiment. Both will be be more "shrill" on a very clean amp setting and will have more weight if used with a lightly driven amp ( such as a tube amp on a slight breakup setting).

2) Fuzz pedals are insanely sensitive to pickups and settings generally. For example, my Pharaoh Fuzz ( amazing fuzz pedal!) sounds great on the bridge pickup, but using the neck pickup loses a lot of the grit. I haven't used a big muff but if you want a great versatile fuzz - you can't beat the Pharaoh - it goes from clean to crazy.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:36 PM   #6
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:42 PM   #7
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Hi all,

I just recently bought pedals for my set-up. I have only been playing for about 2 years and thought it was time to invest in some pedals. I bought a Boss SD-1 super OD, and a big muff Pi. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to set up my amp/ set up my pedals to make these things sound good. I want to use my OD pedal for a boost mainly. Sort of like a Jimmy Page rhythm crunch and then boost the trebles for some lead work. I have NO CLUE what to do with the big muff because I was hoping for some clean fuzz and it sounds like a metal band when I turn it on. Any help on how to fine tune the tone? Should my amp be on a distorted or clean tone? I was playing it clean but I saw some things online that say play through the OD channel of the amp.

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Also, common practice is to set the amp so that it barely breaks up when you hit the strings hard. Then have the OD boost it from there. The Big Muff is meant to sound thick and distorted, you can clean it up by turning the volume up and keeping the sustain low.

And what amp and guitar are you using?
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:48 PM   #8
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To shape the sound of the fuzz as you like, I would suggest reduce the gain and use the following signal path:

Guitar > big muff > Overdrive > amp

Reduce the gain on both pedals. Using this method you would compress the sound with the high gain of the big muff and then shape the sound and tone using the overdrive.

Knowing your amp and guitar would help
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Old 04-21-2016, 04:03 PM   #9
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I was hoping for some clean fuzz and it sounds like a metal band when I turn it on.

Forgive me if I'm misunderstanding, but I think possibly you've bought the Muff without understanding what fuzz is taken to mean in terms of guitar. Perhaps you want a more chilled out overdrive or a lo-fi pedal?

A fuzz, especially of the Big Muff variety, clips your signal almost to the point of a square wave. Lots of sustain, lots of beautiful, thick bass, and about as much clarity as North Korean foreign policy.
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Old 04-21-2016, 05:12 PM   #10
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+1 to K33nbl4d3. I started playing when fuzz and wah were about the only effects that existed. I had a Maestro Boomerang Wah, a Mosrite Fuzz and Fuzz Face. I got to the point where I hated fuzz (a feeling I still have). There is nothing subtle about a fuzz effect. You either like that sound or you don't. It can take over everything and just blur your individual notes which I guess is the whole point of it. I love overdrives mostly Ibanez Tube Screamers but just from my past experience, I run from fuzz pedals. Just my opinion. Your millage may vary.
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