It’s another episode of Fuzz Wars for Pedals And Effects with Dr. Acid Effects, Animal Factory, Earthquaker Devices and Rabbit Hole FX! Nick Reinhart and I go through some highly anticipated fuzz pedals as they cover the span from very simple to multi-dimensional. Let us know which fuzz you think won in this video of four!
Photo credit: Dr. Acid Effects
First up is the Skate Fuzz by Dr. Acid Effects. I met Tarn, who designs the Dr. Acid Effects line, in Australia when I was there for a Deltron 3030 tour. A friend introduced us and we had lunch and discussed his Skate Fuzz. I was super excited by some of his designs. The skate wheel is super cool and it is a big target for the heavy footed pedal dancers. This fuzz also sounds awesome! I also saw some other designs I thought were amazing, like the Hot Wheels fuzz, but I will let Tarn tell you about them on his Instagram!
Next is a pedal maker I have been corresponding with for a few months from India! Animal Factory Amplification makes guitar amplifiers but they also make crazy fuzz pedals. The Chemical Burn is a gnarly fuzz that really gets some freaky and brutal sounds. Like it’s name, the effect can turn out some painful tones but over all, it is a fuzz that sounds like no other I have come across!
Photo credit: Earthquakerdevices
I thought it would be cool to also have a simple fuzz that just delivers great tone, and the Dream Crusher by Earthquaker Devices is that pedal. I love the basic approach sometimes and with the Dream Crusher, you just get great fuzz and a tight graphic. Let’s just say that as simple as it is, it held up well against multi knobbed fuzzes in this Fuzz War.
Photo credit: Metalstring Sound
Last up is Rabbit Hole FX Chaosmic Fuzz and this pedal had more Nick Reinhart guitar leanings than bass leanings. In this episode, Nick really pulled out some awesome tones on the guitar side while I was hoping for more low end from it for bass. I know a lot of pedal makers put a blend knob and want us to get the low end from the clean signal but anyone who knows Pedals And Effects, knows that I don’t like blend knobs on dirt pedals. I think it takes away from the distorted effect to have a clean signal running at the same time.
Let us know what you think!