Fuzz

Fuzzes are the most uncompromising gain effects. Many fuzzes are even more brutal than high-gain distortion pedals. If a distortion pedal does sound like a stack running on full tilt, a fuzz pedal often sounds like a faulty amp driven to extremes. But note, the word “fuzz” can mean different things to different people. Some think of fuzz as a creamy, thick lead sound, while others say “fuzz” when they mean the most grinding riff tones ever.

Fuzz pedals have been built ever since the Sixties, a time when solid state components were still very capricious. The unpredictable and temperature-dependent nature of early germanium transistors lent early fuzz pedals a near mythical air, and a very soft-edged tone. Modern germanium pedals use hand-selected transistors to produce the types of sounds the best vintage pedals are famous for.

When silicone transistors were phased in they changed the sound of fuzz pedals. Silicone transistors are less temperamental, more dependable, and they offer a much higher gain ratio. For many guitarists this is the way a fuzz pedal should sound. Thanks to both transistor types still being used, you can find the “right” fuzz pedal for any taste.

We at Custom Sounds are proud to offer you a wide selection of the best fuzz pedals Rock Music has ever seen!

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