One related topic I’d like to cover today is combining fuzz pedals with other effects. Although some fuzz pedals-on their own- may not have significant appeal, when combined with other pedals, these fuzz pedals can stand out among others. Case in point: Last Gasp. It isn’t the best, beefiest fuzz pedal but it has so much use as an additional effect with other pedals.
As you will see in this video I made years ago (when I was beginning to get the idea that I should start a site for pedals), I combined four pedals to get, what I think, is one of the best bass synth sounds I have ever achieved. I wish I would have had the foresight to have better microphones on my bass rig at the time but the iPhone did a decent job of capturing the idea.
What you are hearing in this video is a combination of my Boss CS-2 into my Last Gasp Art Laboratories Super Ocillo Fuzz into a Pigtronix Disnortion running through my Electro Harmonix vintage Microsynthesizer. I love the “it’s on the verge of breakup” sound combined with the nasally one from the Moogish synthesizer. This is exactly how you hone your sound design skills- literally creating sounds that can’t exist with just one pedal or effect, combining them to get something totally original and interesting.
Part three of Fuzz Wars is coming up this week and I hope you have all enjoyed it as much as Jonathan and I have- stay tuned!