The search for the perfect fuzz can be an exercise in frustration. On one hand, there’s always the desire to emulate the classic, vintage-inspired tones like the Rock God’s before us. They used what was available at the time to forge some of the most memorable songs in history with unbeatable sustain. On the other hand, there are players who desire to break outside of the norm and push their own boundaries, using fuzzes that are over the top, like a tsunami of fuzz read to envelope their guitar’s signal. Despite the already incredible credentials some fuzzes have by being on such iconic songs, they weren’t without their shortcomings. Many of those pedals were simple and lacked some EQ controls that could really make a great pedal extraordinary or sucked tone due to using whatever parts they had available, which lead to issues with impedance mis-matching and other issues that would take away from the players clean tone. The three-band EQ gives full sculpting capability to dial in whatever tone you want without needing magic vintage mojo. The voicing switch can take it from classic, tight response to in the open position it’s dark, sludgy and writhes and has a depth to it like piping hot magma bubbling just below the surface.
The Fuzzstration isn’t a pedal designed to really play “nice.” It’s brash, raspy, doomy, in-your-face fuzz from top to bottom. This is not to say it can’t get some intensely classic Floyd sounds, but this isn’t your grandmother’s slice of pie. It’s rough, it’s gruff, and it’s like an angry lion trying to bust out of its cage. When the search for the perfect fuzz leads to a plethora of choices, the end of your Fuzztration comes when everything is packed into one, do-it-all fuzz box.
Independent Octave The octave effect is completely independent, so it works great with other pedals as well as alongside the fuzz in the Fuzztration. It works great for adding some extra zing to your lead playing, or an added dimension to your rhythm playing. It’s kind of glitchy and can get into ring-mod territory depending on where you’re playing at on the neck. This effect is all about dynamics, so the softer you play it doesn’t “trigger” it as much as has more of a glitch effect. Dig in with your playing and the octaves will seem to jump directly out of your fingers. Having the octave set pre-fuzz (or dirt) will yield a more classic octave tone, one that jumps out the higher you move up the fretboard. Setting the octave post-dirt yield’s a much trippier, harmonic onslaught that isn’t for the faint of heart, but provides a truly unique and wild sound that you have to play to understand.
Choosing a fuzz can be frustrating. Fuzz isn’t perfect, it’s shapeable chaos. You want smooth, you want thickness, you want power, you want a wall of fuzz with depth and aggression, you want wooly, you want sputtery, and all things between. You want the Fuzztration.
- Built in the U.S.A.
- High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
- Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Fuzz controls with selector switches for voicing and pre- and post-fuzz octave effect
- Standalone Octave effect
- Convenient top-mounted input and output jacks and soft-relay switching
- 9V-18V DC operation with optional 9v battery adapter
- Power draw: Between 18mA (9v) and 23.3mA (18v) (LED will flash 3 times when power from battery is getting low)
- 3.5” x 4.5” x 1.5″ (88.9mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
- Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty
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