What are the Best Guitar Fuzz Pedals?

blues telecaster pickupsLet’s take a look at a few of the best Fuzz pedals on the market today to see if we can find the perfect one to suit your needs.

Fuzz pedals are often a great substitute for other solid state, and sometimes even tube-driven, overdrives and distortions. Fuzz was actually the first solid state distortion available to guitar players and it has been around long enough to have a vintage sound to it, as well as a long list of big name users. Fuzz is usually created with either germanium or silicon fuzz-based transistors. The germanium-based fuzz boxes produce a warmer sound, more like a tube amp, and you can also change the fuzz level by adjusting your guitar’s volume.

Germanium-based fuzz boxes are affected by the environment and can sound differently on warm and cold days. A silicon-based fuzz pedal will sound brighter and sharper, and since silicon transistors are cheaper than germanium, the pedals are usually cheaper as well. The level of fuzz is not affected by the guitar’s volume knob and silicon is much less susceptible to the environment. Both types of distortion are capable of going from just a hint of fuzz to massive levels of tone-changing fuzz at any volume level. Right now we look at the best of the best so you can see which one is right for you.

Fulltone ’69 mkIIFulltone ’69 mkII

The Fulltone ’69 mkII is a recreation of the original ’69 Fuzz pedal. It uses matching germanium transistors to get a a warmer and smoother fuzz, and there are four knobs to help you dial in your tone. A large “Fuzz” knob adjusts the amount of fuzzy delight, and a large “Volume” adjusts the level of signal coming out of the pedal and into your amp. more…

Zvex Vexter Fuzz FactoryZvex Vexter Fuzz Factory

The Zvex Vexter Fuzz Factory is a rather colorful little pedal that is smaller than it looks. The Fuzz Factory uses two NOS ’60s germanium transistors for a smooth warm fuzz. Even though the more modern fuzz circuit isn’t modeled after any specific vintage fuzz, it still has a very vintage sound. more…

Fulltone OF-2 Octafuzz FuzzFulltone OF-2 Octafuzz Fuzz

The Fulltone OF-2 Octafuzz Fuzz is an exact replica of the vintage Tycobrahe Octavia, and it’s the only copy of the pedal being made today. It has two modes: FUZZ and OCTA, and as expected, FUZZ is the normal fuzz effect. OCTA is the fuzz effect, mixed with an octave up effect. more…

Friedman Fuzz Fiend Tube FuzzFriedman Fuzz Fiend Tube Fuzz

The Friedman Fuzz Fiend Tube Fuzz is unique in that it is one of the few pedals that uses a real tube as part of it’s circuit. The Fuzz Fiend uses one 12AX7 tube to give the pedal it’s signature tone, and it has a FUZZ control and a VOLUME control. more…

Earthquaker Devices Spires Double FuzzEarthquaker Devices Spires Double Fuzz

The Earthquaker Devices Spires Double Fuzz pedal is actually two different fuzz pedals in one box: the Green Channel and the Red channel. The Green Channel is a cranked fuzz effect inspired by the Rosac Electronic Nu-Fuzz and is a “sonic clone” of that pedal. With the Green Channel the fuzz is constant, and the Tone knob adjusts the brightness of the overall tone. more…

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