With so many boutique pedal makers popping up, it has to be hard, as a consumer, to know what you should set your sites on in terms of gear. I am pretty sure all boutique builders focus their a lot of their time making fuzz and distortion pedals. There are so many of these out there, some sound very similar and some are so unique, they tend to only appeal to a small audience. PedalsAndEffects has decided to do an experiment and make 3 – 4 minute videos featuring three fuzz/distortion pedals going head to head. Very little talk and a lot of playing.
The point is to try to give you, the fans of PedalsAndEffects, a better idea of what is out there and what can get you where you need to be as an artist. I have a hard time with deciding. I never thought I would like a midrange fuzz until Justin Meldal-Johnsen brought his Malekko DIABOLIK. You have to investigate and come to your own conclusions!
What I need from fans of this site are your opinions. I need to know what you like, every week after three pedals get played through. I can’t say enough how important it is for me to hear your feedback. Please take the time and rank them as follows:
This round features Maxon Fuzz Elements “Fire”, SolidGold FX Agent 13 and Big Ear’s Loaf. Though they are different in design and components, I want to know what pedal you are drawn to.
Maxon Fuzz Elements series are “seven models designed to reproduce the classic and unique sounds of the World’s most desirable vintage Fuzz pedals by using modern software technology, Maxon has modeled and mapped the complex elements that make up the core sounds of these legendary pedals, reproducing them using advanced analog circuitry that is as accurate as it is stable.” In this round, PedalsAndEffects rips through the “Fire” fuzz which is “designed to emulate the massive, bottom-heavy octave-fuzz sounds of the Roland Bee Baa, the FF10 features two distinctly different fuzz sounds accessible via the Notch Footswitch.”
SolidGold FX “Equipped with a select set of hand tuned silicon transistors, a 3-way tone toggle, and a wicked, wide-range bias knob, finding your personal sound is just a few twists away. Whether you are chasing a distinctly vintage flavor of fuzz or a monstrously modern wall of sound the Agent 13 has you covered. It can even self-oscillate at maximum fuzz settings”
From New York City, we have Big Ear’s Loaf fuzz. It is a silicon fuzz that is “inspired by 60’s/70’s fuzz pedals.”
If you leave a response for PedalsAndEffects, you will inspire me to do more research, videos, hard work for this site. I realize sometimes I won’t give fair air time to some pedals but typically that could be because I don’t feel inspired. This is a natural instinct inside a musician but please don’t let that sway you. Get your best monitors or headphones on and do your best to give me your honest opinion.
PedalsAndEffects will post results after six rounds of these videos. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did making these videos!