Fuzz Wars 2018

Nick is out on tour and I'm backed up with fuzz pedals! I decided to roll solo for this one, and shoot out some cool new fuzz pedals. On deck we got Dusky Electronics, AC Noises, Way Huge, and Spruce Effects. We haven't done one of these in a while, but I'm super stoked to see what's new in the fuzz world!

  Photo credit: Dusky Electronics

Photo credit: Dusky Electronics

I'm not going to get too in-depth with the specifics, (whether it's germanium etc.) just going for tonality and control here. Keeping it somewhat simple with a Fender P-Bass, going straight into the fuzzes. First up is the Dusky Electronics Octamotron fuzz, heavily inspired by the octave fuzzes of the 60's the Octamotron responds nicely to dynamics, and can really saturate if you want to sound huge! Having the additional octave is a huge plus too.

  Photo credit: AC Noises

Photo credit: AC Noises

Up next is the AC Noises Esplora! AC Noises is an Italian effects company, and the Esplora is a pretty dope fuzz. It's got your standard controls, Level, Tone, Fuzz, and two switches, one is a bypass switch for the tone control, which in their words releases "all the frequencies available without any kind of cut and providing a very doomy and groovy tone" the other switch is a treble booster. Lot's of options, and plenty of bang for your buck. 

  Photo credit: Dunlop

Photo credit: Dunlop

George Tripps of Way Huge knows his stuff, we know that Way Huge consistently puts out amazing pedals. The Pork and Pickle is, you guessed it, a combination of the Pork Loin and Swollen Pickle. The Pork and Pickle is a combo fuzz and overdrive pedal, you can do one or the other or even blend it. The filter range is very wide, you get a ton of tonal options from this pedal. The Way Huge Pork and Pickle lives up to the company name, it sounds enormous. Shouts out to George Tripps!

  Photo credit: Spruce Effects

Photo credit: Spruce Effects

Lastly is the Old Growth Fuzz by Spruce Effects, this one is super gnarly. The switches give you a ton of variety, the knobs react differently and it really reacts to your articulation, how you play. There's an overall gnarly-ness to the Old Growth Fuzz as it's inspired by all the different variations of the Big Muff! Spruce Effects picked what they liked about each and threw it into the Old Growth Fuzz, very cool. 

I wasn't trying to get too technical with this video, just a Fender P-Bass picked through all these different fuzzes. Lot's of cool tones and sounds to check out here, all of these companies are rad and deserve your support. Let us know which one you thought was the coolest!

-Juan