ZVex Fuzz Factory
Classic '60s fuzz and 5 tone-sculpting knobs.
The Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 old-stock '60s germanium transistors. Though the circuit isn't modeled after any one specific classic fuzz effect, it delivers tones straight... read more
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Its sure is well built and good looking but at the end of the day, the time you need to invest in order to get usable tones makes the Fuzz Factory an overall unpleasant to use pedal for the average guitar hobbyist/player. I spent hours (honestly!) to fully explore the settings only to realize that its just to "unpredictable" for me. Taking that aside, if you do succeed in your quest for "a tone" you might be lucky enough to find "The Tone". In order words it can sound great but just dont make the mistake of moving any knobs after that...ever again...in your lifetime...
Not for the faint of heart
It takes a while to master this pedal, but it is well worth it. I like it best in power-starved mode, for a loose, saxophone-like buzz. Be careful when using it live, a little turn of the wrong knob will turn it into a wailing banshee.
Oscillation for Day and Ballsy as hell. Just wish it was better with bass.
I bought this pedal off of a friend, and it was worth every cent let me tell you. Not only can you get everything from a bright, brittle classic fuzz to a thick and syrupy synth-like sound and everything in between, but so many variables can alter the sound drastically that it's like a new adventure every time you sit down with it - messing with your volume and tone can help shape the tonality, attack, and pitch of the self oscillation (which i've straight up used as it's own instrument, tweaking knobs to get cool effects and melodies). It's very quickly found a place on my main board and in my music, as it does both thick chords (especially in my primary tuning, Open C; it just stacks like an impossibly driven amplifier) as well as hard-defined and impactful single-note runs. Live, I run it before my wah and use it to get INSANE filter sweeps.
Two biggest downsides for me are as follows: 1. it's piss-poor with bass, at least in my experience. It doesn't seem to handle the bass frequencies well, regardless of which pickups, strings, or necks are being used (though so far it works BEST with just a bridge humbucker active). Second issue is that, due to how finicky it is, it's hard to recall past settings, 'cause even the slightest tweak can throw self osculation out of pitch or cut off note tails too soon or what not. As such, i tend to focus less on finding a "Sweet spot" and more just grabbing "what's working right now for this", especially since i'll likely mess with the parameters later on anyway for some noisy-play. But the sound and playability of just the pedal itself easily make up for it. Since I rely on backing tracks a lot to pull off my industrial style, this pedal alone has injected some much needed organic feel to my sets, and has opened up a whole door of possibilities for me, as i plan on investing in more fuzzes (as well as compact synths).
Classic '60s fuzz and 5 tone-sculpting knobs.
The Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 old-stock '60s germanium transistors. Though the circuit isn't modeled after any one specific classic fuzz effect, it delivers tones straight out of the 1960s. These 5 knobs control the Fuzz Factory's parameters at various operating levels, letting you shape your own personalized fuzz.
ZVex designed the Fuzz Factory to consume less energy than other effects pedals. When on, the Fuzz Factory's current is less than 3 mA. This fuzz pedal is hand-painted and assembled by hand too so each is unique. Includes a 9V DC power jack and green on/off LED.
ZVex Fuzz Factory Controls
Volume: Output level
Gate: Squelches noise after end of sustain. Turn to the right to eliminate squeals, hiss, and buzz, stopping just as they disappear, or use to tune in exact feedback pitch. Turning to the left opens gate.
Compress: Adds attack characteristic when turned to the left, which gets softer to right, and suddenly pinches tone when all the way right. Also tunes in fat, feedbacky fuzz. Lower the Stability and see what happens to this control.
Drive: Increases distortion when used as a "normal" fuzz and adjusts feedback pitch and tonal thickness.
Stability: Use to control feedback pitch. This is one of the pedal's more finicky controls, so it will take some experimentation to get it right.
Note: Due to the nature of each hand-painted Fuzz Factory pedal, there may be a slight difference in design from the posted image.
- Made with 2 old-stock '60s germanium transistors
- Volume, Gate, Compress, Drive, and Stability controls
- Hand-painted and constructed, each one unique