Fuzz Factory review by Zvex

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (35 votes)
Zvex: Fuzz Factory
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Price paid: £ 120

Purchased from: www.hotroxuk.com

Sound — 10
I used an incredibly cheap and poorly built PRS copy built by Stagg with this guitar and i have to say it makes this piece of plastic with an MDF neck sound amazing. The variety of tones you can get from this tiny box are incredible. The tone I was going for was Matt Bellamy of Muse and it made my poorly crafted "guitar" sound like I was rocking out at Wembley Stadium. The velcro fuzz on it sounds great and if you turn the compression onto maximum you can make your guitar sound like a Gameboy. However the most fun to be had with the Fuzz Factory is making it oscillate like crazy and toying with this.

Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly rock music but I will venture into the realm of the metal and also blues guitar. This pedal accomodates for all these styles. I have been playing for almost five years and although I don't own any expensive guitars I have played a few and it made my guitar which is cheaper than the pedal sound as good as some a Fender deluxe or even a cheaper Gibson LP or SG. I would definetly buy another one as it sounds incredible. The only thing I can fault about this pedal is that you cant just run over to it and stomp it down quickly if you are wearing no shoes as the actual stomper is quite stiff, and also the fact that if you are wearing shoes that if you have size feet bigger than an 11 then you may kick the nobs around. This is definitely a special pedal and although it is expensive it is worth every penny.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This is probably one of the most indestructable pedals I have ever seen. The casing is made from aluminum so it is definitely not going to be destroyed by stomping on it too hard. I would definitely use it for gigging and not take a backup A because I cant afford to replace it and B as it will withstand a severe beating.

Ease of Use — 8
This Zvex Fuzz Factory may be small but it is an absolute beast. However it is a manageable beast. It is controlled using volume, gate, compression, drive and stability nobs. After about half an hour I was able to control it without making it oscillate all over the shop.

16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sponboy666
    Amitio wrote: That is wrong. He actually use it on very few songs. Actually he does use it on most his songs, it's build into most of his guitars. There are few songs that DON'T use the FF Campcky is correct, he only uses in very few songs, it is built into guitars, but is mainly used for the weird squeals and sounds he produces in between songs. Plug in baby is one he uses it in!
    Actually, your both wrong, i have a fuzz factory and he uses it in nearly all songs on origin and quite afew on absol aswell, to name afew, The Groove, Eternally Missed, The Small Print, Dead Star, New Born, Bliss, Hyper Music, Plug in Baby, Citizen Erased, Micro Cuts and Please, Please, Please. Trust me i am right, i have used mine to re-create many of these sound.
    campCKY
    [quote]thev90 wrote: ponnightingale wrote: im getting the pedal for christmas... vexter model too nd btw never mind GnR nd hendrix fuzz factories are for muse songs! Yeah if you're curious about the pedal and can't test play one for yourself listen to some Muse, matt bellamy uses it on like every song,/quote] That is wrong. He actually use it on very few songs.
    IceFairY
    campCKY wrote: [quote]thev90 wrote: ponnightingale wrote: im getting the pedal for christmas... vexter model too nd btw never mind GnR nd hendrix fuzz factories are for muse songs! Yeah if you're curious about the pedal and can't test play one for yourself listen to some Muse, matt bellamy uses it on like every song,/quote] That is wrong. He actually use it on very few songs.
    Actually he does use it on most his songs, it's build into most of his guitars. There are few songs that DON'T use the FF
    mon_the_fraser
    I'd just like to point out that i forgot to read through my reveiw and so it doesnt sound that good in places. However please say if it was useful.
    Amitio
    That is wrong. He actually use it on very few songs. Actually he does use it on most his songs, it's build into most of his guitars. There are few songs that DON'T use the FF
    Campcky is correct, he only uses in very few songs, it is built into guitars, but is mainly used for the weird squeals and sounds he produces in between songs. Plug in baby is one he uses it in!
    xwearesinking
    if you try to play ****ing aerosmith or some shit, this pedal will not treat you kindly. if you love experimental, noise, drone, doom, or effect-laden ambiant/atmospheric stuff, this pedal is amazing.
    ArctcMnkysRcks!
    Amitio wrote: That is wrong. He actually use it on very few songs. Actually he does use it on most his songs, it's build into most of his guitars. There are few songs that DON'T use the FF Campcky is correct, he only uses in very few songs, it is built into guitars, but is mainly used for the weird squeals and sounds he produces in between songs. Plug in baby is one he uses it in!
    smashingpmpkns7 wrote: Actually, he uses the Fuzz to produce most of his distortion. Not just squeals.
    The Zvex Fuzz Factory is build into his guitars, and he uses it in almost every song as a sort of distortion. for the weird sounds between songs and weird solo's he mostly uses a korg kaoss pad (also built into a few of his guitars, not all of them)
    mikedirnt96
    You're both right actually. He uses a combination of both. He tends to set the feedback to the pitch of the song with one knob and then have fun with the other (only 2 of the controls are on the guitar). The Kaoss is used for some of the solos like on Supermassive Black Hole.
    drummerhead
    Brilliant. Just brilliant. This is a pedal that is worth every single penny. I got one for 80 and it's WOW. I recomend this to any guitar player especially if you are a Muse fan. BUY BUY BUY BUY!!!
    Dental Boy
    if anyone wants to buy one, im selling it on craigslist in nashville tennessee for 150
    ArctcMnkysRcks!
    Yes, i got one! I think Matthew Bellamy uses it in a lot of songs, BUT not as the only pedal, you can clearly hear than the Fuzz Factory can give your sound that muse-fuzz sound, but he uses other distortion as well.
    Notmewtwoguitar
    I'm about to make one of these for around 30 Might build one into my new guitar thats coming in july/ August too - but it's got a quilted maple top and solid mahogany body so I'm more than a little worried about hurting it :S
    roundwoundsound
    can you get adam jones like tone from this??? these seem like my dream pedals! i loved people's reviews and descriptions for the machine pedal as well..crazy.