That Pedal Show – Classic Fuzz Tones: Where To Begin?

Published on Nov 11, 2016

In this episode Daniel and Mick run through the main families of vintage-inspired fuzz pedals, albeit re-imagined through modern brands’ offerings. The (Gary Hurst/Sola Sound) Tone Bender, (Dallas-Arbiter) Fuzz Face and (Electro-Harmonix) Big Muff are the cornerstones of classic fuzz, so we take a whistle-stop tour through their basic characteristics, via some more modern pedals.
Please consider this as the beginning of a journey, because there are so many variants within these classics, let alone the myriad other vintage and modern fuzzes. But we have to start somewhere, so let's start here…

Pedals In This Episode…

• Jim Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Signature Fuzz Face Distortion
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• Analog Man Sun Face BC183

• Pro Analog MkII Fuzz

• Fulltone Octafuzz
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• Thorpy FX Fallout Cloud
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• Kingsley Page

• Strymon TimeLine
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As ever, all switching and routing is handled by TheGigRig G2 – watch Dan’s video at

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…

• Brief history of fuzz and the Maestro Fuzz-Tone: 3:10
• Today’s pedals introduction: 6:35
• Two amps today…: 8:40
• All pedals with Dan’s Les Paul: 9:42
• All pedals with Mick’s Strat: 13:08
• Sun Face and the Strat guitar volume pot: 15:20 (Les Paul at 19:21)
• Bonamassa Fuzz Face and the guitar volume pot: 18:14
• Thoughts on Strats/single coils and Les Pauls/humbuckers and fuzz: 20:25
• Dan’s ’61 Les Paul (SG) Junior and the Sun Face: 22:05…
• …and compared with the other fuzzes: 22:40
• Octafuzz into Fuzz Face into Delay: 23:50
• Fuzz Face and Sun Face before Octafuzz: 26:15 (Strat then SG)

Amps in this episode
• Two-Rock Studio Pro 35 through custom Zilla 1x12 with Celestion G12-75 Creamback
• Victory V44 The Sheriff though Victory V212VH 2x12 cab

Guitars in this episode
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at
• 1961 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Junior

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