What are the Best Budget Guitar Fuzz Pedals?

budget guitar fuzzGuitar fuzz pedals with great tone, but without putting too much of a dent in our wallets.

Fuzz pedals are a great addition to any guitar player’s pedal board. They have a distinctive sound that’s different from overdrive and distortion. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes use them, and after more than 50 years, even non-guitar players are pretty familiar with their sound, and have come to expect it. Today, we go over a list of fuzz pedals that just might give you that perfect fuzz tone that you’ve been looking for, without forcing you to set aside too much of your paycheck.

Most of the pedals on this list are in the new modern “Nano” style of being ultra-compact electronics, housed in a much smaller casing than older pedals, especially old vintage ones. The small size allows you to fit more pedals on a board, and it also helps to reduce its environmental impact. Many of these pedals are even too small to hold a 9 volt battery, and that means that the external power supply is something that needs to be considered, especially if it is not supplied by the manufacturer. These pedals are all under $100, so there aren’t going to be any tubes or transistors made of moonrock, but each one has plenty to offer.

Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini BlueDunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue

The Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue is a modern design of the legendary Fuzz Face. As the name suggests, this pedal is housed in a much smaller package than its vintage bigger brother. This is a bright and aggressive pedal built with vintage spec matched BC108 silicon transistors. There are two knobs: Volume and Fuzz, which is where you’ll dial in your sound. more…

Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction FuzzElectro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz

The Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction Fuzz was designed with Keith Richards’ tone from the Rolling Stones song: “Satisfaction.” The pedal has two controls, so it’s very easy to dial in the tone that you want and return to it later when needed. The pedal’s Volume allows you to control the level of sound going into the amp, thereby letting you find your sweet spot. more…

Outlaw Effects Five O’Clock FuzzOutlaw Effects Five O’Clock Fuzz

The Outlaw Effects Five O’Clock Fuzz pedal does big things in a micro-style box. This pedal is designed to sound similar to a big muff with a thick warm and heavy fuzz. It features a true bypass on/off foot switch to maintain a clean tone, and it uses an LED indicator light to easily see if the effect is active. The Five O’Clock Fuzz uses three controls. more…

Electro-Harmonix Octavix FuzzElectro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz

The Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz is another classic fuzz pedal created by the Electro Harmonix brand. The Octavix is designed to recreate the same sound and vibe as the original Octavia, but in a smaller more pedalboard-friendly enclosure. There are three controls on the Octavix Fuzz. more…

XVive V4 Fuzz ScreamerXVive V4 Fuzz Screamer

The XVive V4 Fuzz Screamer, like many other pedals on this list, is nano-sized and designed with offset 1/4 inch jacks to give you the same great tone as the larger pedals, but in a smaller size that fits more easily onto your pedalboard. This pedal features a rugged, all-metal construction, for years of use. more…

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