The world of fuzz pedals continues to grow, thanks to boutique builders and large manufacturers competing for our dollars and hoping their product becomes the industry standard. Some companies are motivated by selling as many of their great pedals as possible, while many smaller designers simply want to make interesting fuzz pedals to give musicians more creative options. In short- there are a ton of choices out there for us- which is great- but how do you find the ones that work best for you? I’m hoping I have the answer: Pedals And Effects First Annual “Fuzz Wars!”
In preparing for Fuzz Wars, I asked all of you to suggest what fuzz pedals you’d like to see me review and I have to admit, I was impressed- there were a few I’d never heard of. That is the crazy thing about fuzzes- there are so many being manufactured right now and they all create different sounds, so it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the production output. So again- Fuzz Wars was born.
For our very first installation (and don’t worry- I will do my best to make it more than just annual) my friend and fellow bassist Jonathan Hischke (Dot Hacker, Broken Bells, Hella) and I review our current favorites and cover some that we have never had the opportunity to play with.
Up first is Way Huge’s Swollen Pickle, my Russian Sovtek Muff (out of production- see pic above), Last Gasp Art Laboratories’ Super Oscillo Fuzz and Dwarfcraft’s Eau Clair Thunder. I love all four but each has very different and unique sounds and functions.
Note: Three out of the four fuzz pedals showcased here are available. For the Sovtek, check eBay (where I got mine), search the internet or vintage shops like Future Music.