The fuzz effect is all about extreme distortion and radical contrast as it produces boosted cleans to thunder-like growls. Its square-wave clipping thickens tones, making it great for introductions and solos, like Jimi Hendrix’s “The Star Spangled Banner.” At LAWK STAR Guitars, you’ll find fuzz boxes from companies like: Catalinbread, Dunlop, Earthquaker Devices, MXR, Tech 21, Tortuga Effects, Walrus Audio and Way Huge.
Finding the Right Fuzz Pedal
Fuzz Pedal Types
In the world of fuzz pedals, or boxes, there are germanium and silicon pedals, which refer to the type of transistor in the circuit. While one type isn’t better than the other, the best for you depends on the sound you desire.
Germanium fuzz pedals may remind you of a dirty tube amp that cleans up when you dial down the volume. It has a mellower tone that’s more rounded and responsive than silicon fuzz pedals. Germanium pedals are temperature-sensitive and may sound different in warm versus cool environments.
Silicon fuzz pedals are more consistent, particularly in regards to ambient temperatures. It produces a more precise and aggressive tone that may lean more toward a distorted-like sound. Unlike germanium, you can’t simply turn down the volume to clean up a silicon fuzz pedal’s dirty sound.
Gain and EQ Frequencies
As you consider different fuzz boxes, think about how you play. If you play the lead, the pedal should provide an ample gain boost to increase your sustain and prevent your signal from disappearing.
Most fuzz pedals either cut or boost EQ frequencies. If you play in a band, purchase a fuzz box that won’t diminish your sound and make you look like an air guitarist. Similarly, look for a pedal with true bypass circuitry so your guitar’s signal passes without gain or tone problems when you turn off the fuzz effect.
At LAWK STAR, we know that a good fuzz lets your playing get dirty in a good way. Check out our haute selection for the distorted tone you seek.