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What the Fuzz?

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So, you want to sound like Jimi Hendrix sans bell-bottoms. We all do. But what's the secret behind the sound? Friend, it's all in the fuzz. Here are five fantastic fuzz pedals and what you need to know about them:

Walrus Audio Jupiter Multi-Clip Fuzz: For the player looking for a thick sound, the Jupiter Fuzz by Walrus Audio puts you in control with a user-friendly configuration which allows you to perfectly balance your fuzz and tone. Demand the most out of the Jupiter Fuzz pedal with the stand-out mode switch to change between three separate diode arrangements and bonus Bass boost toggle for an enhanced low end, giving you all the options you need for the sound you want.

Walrus Audio Contraband Fuzz: A simple setup for even the most complicated sounds or playing styles. Don’t be fooled by the one-knob system and compact size, the Contraband Fuzz pedal is a giant and must have for any player wanting to step things up a notch. If you’re looking for versatile tones that work well together, the thick/thin switch will be your best friend regardless of your pickup configuration. The results from this pedal should be illegal they’re so good.  

Walrus Audio Janus Tremolo Fuzz:  You’re looking for that sweet combination to further develop the sound of the same ol’, same ol’? Look no further than the Janus Fuzz/Tremolo Pedal, featuring innovative joystick controls. With two level controls and a blend knob, the amount of textures that are available to you will seem infinite. Each joystick can be isolated to maintain the integrity of the original sound. However, by combining the Fuzz and Tremolo, you’ll notice an increase of rate and depth through the Tremolo and tone through the Fuzz, creating the best of both worlds. Enjoy having all the options you need!

Earthquaker Devices Acapulco Gold: Described as a “power amp distortion,” the Acapulco Gold is truly unique in its output and value. Perfect for the guitarist who desires a smooth sustain without the crackle that makes you cringe (or even worse, makes your friends or audience cringe). Earthquaker has outdone themselves with the single volume knob that gradually increases until you hear the beautiful sound that is distortion and fuzz; perfectly layered for the ultimate sound from your axe. If you love crunch but hate unnecessary complexity, add the Acapulco Gold to your pedal family. You won’t regret it.  

Earthquaker Devices Cloven Hoof Fuzz: A genuine fuzz pedal, the Cloven Hoof fuzz lives up to its name. With an even nastier sound than its predecessor, this fuzz pedal has four times the amount of gain for added grit. Tone and shift knobs have been re-voiced for added precision and “sweepier sweep” for a true low-end sound without compromising the cleanliness. Truly a poised pedal is the Cloven Hoof Fuzz.

I get it, you're nearly out the door to pick one or more of these fuzz pedals up to add to your collection... or maybe you're just starting one. Regardless, don't forget to clear your browsing history that may result in having that dreaded conversation, "Don't you already have one of these things?" Be sure to check out the images below for quick reference (you're drooling by the way... friends tell friends). 

Enjoy the forever famous Fuzz and, as always, rock on good people!

  


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