Fuzz Wars 2016 Update: Malekko, Fuzzrocious, Cog Effects, Spaceman Effects

One of our many plans since the re-launch of Pedals And Effects is produce more videos of our "war" series - where we take some of our favorite pedals and match them up against each other! No two pedals are alike, and it's a great way to really see what each pedal maker does differently, and what they excel at.  

We've had pedals from big companies like BOSSand Digitech, but have also had pedals from smaller startups - as well as one of a kind pedals too. It of course started out with Fuzz Wars, and has since expanded to Killswitch Wars, Reverb Wars, Envelope Wars, Sub Octave Wars, and Overdrive Wars! Everyone's ears are different, and various Pedals And Effects friends and family have come by to these pedal skirmishes to demonstrate why one pedal might be better than another. I wanted to take a look at a Fuzz Wars we did two years ago, it features two of my homies, and also the pedal makers featured have grown considerably since then! 

2014’s first Fuzz Wars at Pedals And Effects featured two of my bass homies, Jonathan Hischke (Dot HackerHellaBroken Bells) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (BeckNine Inch Nails). These guys know bass. This installment featured Justin's signature Diabolik fuzz which he co-designed with Malekko, and Fuzzrocious’s Heliotropic (featured before on Pedals And Effects but Justin wanted to hear it so we threw it in!) Cog Effects Grand Tarkin and Spaceman Effects Sputnik.  

All these fuzz pedals are very different with Justin’s Diabolik being the most unique. 

  Photo credit: Malekko

Photo credit: Malekko

UK's Cog Effects has grown considerably over the last two years, and whether it's a Star Wars themed overdrive or octave pedal - Cog Effects is all hand built and their quality control is impeccable. 

  Photo credit: COG Effects.co.uk

Photo credit: COG Effects.co.uk

Portland's own Spaceman Effects prides themselves on their craft. Everything is hand built and made to last. They like to keep it close knit as all of their effects are limited edition, just for you. (They have dope shirts too!)

  Photo credit: Elevation Boutiques

Photo credit: Elevation Boutiques

Both companies are still on the come up, so be sure to check out their sites and Reverb for their pedals. (You can get a direct email from Reverb, notifying you when their gear is available!)

Check out the video to hear which fuzz inspires your playing and let us know your favorite in the comment section below! Also, let us know what type of "War" videos you'd like us to do next!