Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016

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Welcome to the Best Guitar Effects roundup of the Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016!

The theme of this article is to chronicle the very best fuzz distortion pedals available today. This article doesn’t cater to the brand name printed on the pedal. It’s only here if it’s good, and these are the fuzz pedals that stand out as a cut above the rest in an over-saturated market (pun not intended).

As with our delay pedal, compressor pedal, and synth pedal “Best of” articles, in this list you’ll find a few familiar pedals from bigger name companies, some underground entries from companies you may have never heard of, and some wild and obscure stompboxes that push the creative boundaries of what’s possible in a fuzz pedal.

These fuzz pedals all have one thing in common: they meet our highest standards for sound quality, design, and playability. These fuzz pedals are, IOHO, the best of the best.

This isn’t a typical fuzz pedal shootout. The pedals aren’t listed in any particular order (although I’ve made room for some of my personal favorites towards the top). All of these pedals are great in their own unique ways. Of course, a good fuzz is a very subjective thing and taste varies greatly. What one guitarist thinks is a great fuzz pedal, someone else may think is terrible.

One thing is certain – if you’re looking for your next fuzz pedal, there is definitely something on this list that is right for you. Whether it’s traditional classic fuzz, modern variations, or something offering otherworldly fuzz insanity, you’ll find it all here in our Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016.

Important Note: This list is an ongoing work in progress. If your favorite fuzz pedal isn’t listed here, let us know in the comments. We’re going to update this list periodically whenever we come across a fuzz pedal that deserves inclusion, so check back to see which new fuzz pedals make our definitive list.

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Now without further ado, here are the top 25 best fuzz pedals of 2016.

 

ZVex Fuzz Factory 7

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Builder: ZVex, Pedal: Fuzz Factory 7, Fuzz Type: Germanium Fuzz

The original Fuzz Factory is now over 20 years old and is still going strong. It’s one of the all-time best fuzz pedals. The Fat Fuzz Factory improved on the design with a 3-way toggle switch for even more low-end heavy fuzz tones. The ZVex Fuzz Factory 7 is the pinnacle of the iconic boutique designer’s fuzz explorations. The FF7 offers even more fuzz variety thanks to its 9-position “Fat” knob that lets you take the fuzz into extreme sub oscillating territory or up into really thin and brighter textures when turned clockwise from noon. All the other controls from the Fuzz Factory are present as well. There’s also a new Tone knob with an accompanying foot-switch to let you roll off the high-end if you want to tame the brightness a bit. The window on the pedal also reveals the 2 ultra rare 1956 Amperex black glass germanium transistors responsible for this pedal’s epic fuzz tones. Once those transistors are gone so too will be the Fuzz Factory 7, so get this coveted ZVex classic while there’s still some left out there.

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Dwarfcraft Devices Silver Rose V2

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Builder: Dwarfcraft Devices, Pedal: Silver Rose V2, Fuzz Type: Dual Fuzz

When Dwarfcraft Devices acquired the Devi Ever FX brand a few years ago, the “Silver Rose” was a pedal concept that came along with those assets. Without the schematic for the original pedal to build from, Dwarftcraft set out to design an entirely new pedal inspired by the original Silver Rose. Thus the Dwarfcraft Devices Silver Rose V2 was born, arguably the best pedal to come from that merger.

The Silver Rose V2 starts with a variation of Dwarfcraft’s Eu Clair Thunder fuzz, a Big Muff inspired fuzz of doom, destruction, and other sonic terror. Then they added a Super Fuzz inspired fuzz of chaos, mayhem, and explosive fuzzy death. These 2 fuzzes can be used separately or together. One foot-switch activates this monstrosity. Oh, and there’s an EQ section with Treble & Bass controls. The Super side also has an extreme Mids scooping switch. The EC Fuzz side lets you make the fuzz more intense with the Warp switch and cut the Tone knob out for a full-range fuzz sound. Bassists will appreciate the Clean knob for blending in your dry signal, and there’s a Clean Out for splitting the signal to 2 amps. One thing to note: due to the intensity of this pedal’s fuzz, it has a high noise floor. The Silver Rose V2 is best for situations where you want to pummel your audience with loud and extreme fuzz. You’ve been warned.

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Death By Audio Apocalypse

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Builder: Death By Audio, Pedal: Apocalypse, Fuzz Type: Multi Fuzz

While we’re on the subject of extreme fuzz pedals with an insanely wide range of available tones, I must mention the Death By Audio Apocalypse. This pedal offers everything from mild overdrives to absolutely crushing fuzz tones with some octave fuzz thrown in to boot. The 5-way position switch and Sweepable Frequency Equalizer let you dial in a fuzz sound for nearly any occasion. Try using it in conjunction with another distortion or fuzz pedal for some twisted EQ sculpting possibilities and stacked fuzz overload. As long as Death By Audio keeps this pedal in production, it’ll most likely always be one of the best fuzz pedals around.

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SolidGoldFX Formula 76

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Builder: SolidGoldFX, Pedal: Formula 76, Fuzz Type: Super Fuzz

And here’s another long time favorite that I seem to like even more over time. The SolidGold FX Formula 76 draws inspiration from classic 70’s fuzz pedals including the Univox Super Fuzz and Ibanez Standard Fuzz, adding additional tone-shaping flexibility for the ultimate vintage/modern octave-up fuzz pedal. Controls for Compression and Tone let you tweak the ultimate “Super Fuzz” style sounds while the Tone foot-switch offers a radical top and bottom focused EQ shift for massive fuzz mayhem. This pedal is a nasty, hot-rodded “Super Fuzz” for modern guitarists who want to unleash a savage onslaught of fuzz.

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Old Blood Noise Endeavors Haunt

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Builder: Old Blood Noise, Pedal: Haunt, Fuzz Type: Silicon/Gated

This pedal blew my mind when I first tried it. I just happened to get my hands on the Old Blood Noise Endeavors Haunt at just the right time to fall in love with it. Within 5 minutes of playing I decided to record a demo video of just exploring the pedal. That’s never happened before, and it’s a testament to how instantly inspiring this pedal can be. The Haunt is a silicon transistor based fuzz. It offers 2 clipping variations for changing the response and feel of the pedal. It also has a Gate control to get those sputtery chopped tones. This is a damn cool fuzz pedal, and more guitarists need to try it. Seriously, buy one, or go play a friend’s. The whole vibe of this brand is another reminder of why we’re in the golden age of guitar pedals right now. The OBNE Haunt fuzz rocks.

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Rainger FX Dr. Freakenstein’s Dwarf Bitch

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Builder: Rainger FX, Pedal: Dr. Freakenstein’s Dwarf Bitch, Fuzz Type: Gated

You want a crazy fuzz pedal? You’ve got it! We originally featured the awesome Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DrFF-3 (and Igor) on our best fuzz pedals list a couple years ago. Since then the London based builder shrunk down the lurching fuzz pedal into a couple minuscule variations: the Dr. Freakenstein’s Dwarf & Dr. Freakenstein’s Dwarf Bitch. The Bitch is the one of get if you can spare the extra quid as it does everything the regular Dwarf does, but it also has a little trimmer on the bottom that lets you make “bleepy & bloopy” synth/trem sounds. The included Igor pressure sensitive foot-pad lets you control the frequency oscillation in realtime. The Igor input jack even works with CV control. (I tried it. It’s nuts.) It’s also neat that Rainger FX made a custom mini enclosure with top-mounted backs, so there’s no excuse not to squeeze a little extra Bitchin’ fuzz on your pedalboard.

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EarthQuaker Devices Spires

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Builder: EarthQuaker Devices, Pedal: Spires, Fuzz Type: Nu Fuzz/Silicon

The EarthQuaker Devices Spires is one of the many rad new pedals that the Ohio based builder unveiled at Winter NAMM 2016. It’s a 2-in-1 fuzz pedal that reproduces the sounds of a rare pedal called the Rosac Nu Fuzz. It also incorporates a silicon version of EQD’s discontinued Dream Crusher fuzz pedal. The Red fuzz (Dream Crusher) is a bit smoother and more refined and has a Fuzz knob to adjust overall distortion level. The Green fuzz (Rosac Nu Fuzz) is aggressive, slightly splattery, and surprisingly focused in its delivery. The 2 fuzzes pair very well, making this an incredibly versatile pedal and one of the best fuzz pedals in the EarthQuaker Devices lineup.

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Dr. Scientist BitQuest

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Builder: Dr. Scientist, Pedal: BitQuest, Type: Fuzz+Effects

Okay, the Dr. Scientist BitQuest is way more than a fuzz pedal. It’s a multi-effects pedal with Clean & Fuzz modes. I imagine most guitarists will get this people for the Clean mode as this lets you stack the digital effects with any distortion or fuzz pedal you want, and the Gain knob becomes an extra parameter control for each effect in Clean mode. But let’s talk about the BitQuest’s Fuzz mode as it’s quite special.

Fuzz mode turns the BitQuest into a fuzz pedal with Gain, Tone, Vol, & Mix controls. At lower Fuzz settings, you get lighter overdrive & distortion tones. Crank the Fuzz, and it becomes a raging fuzz monster. A digital gate keeps it from get too unruly. The dial on the top left lets you choose from 8 different digital effects to process the fuzz. My favorites are the Filter (with High & Low Pass controls), Notch Filter, Bit Crusher, Ring Mod, and Flange. The Flange will let you freeze the LFO in its sweep for cool comb filtering effects. There are also Pitch Shifter, Delay, & Reverb modes to play with. Basically, the BitQuest gives you a wide range of interesting fuzz textures unlike any pedal you’ve ever heard. I never expected this pedal to make the list, but the Fuzz mode has a massive amount of cool sounds to be explored by those willing to take on this quest.

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Keeley Electronics Psi Fuzz

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Builder: Keeley Electronics, Pedal: Psi Fuzz, Fuzz Type: Big Muff

The EHX Big Muff is one of the most copied and cloned pedals out there and has inspired countless variations and interpretations. Of all the Muff-inspired pedals I’ve played the Keeley Electronics Psi Fuzz is my personal favorite 3-knob Muff inspired pedal. It’s an op-amp style Muff, but don’t mistake it for just another late 70’s Muff clone. Robert & Co. went in and messed around with just about every aspect of the classic circuit. This thing has a low noise IC, a germanium diode, and 2 LEDs in the 3rd gain stage (with one LED popping through the surface of the pedal that illuminates while you play). The Psi Fuzz has a tight, full, and focused sound, and Voice (Tone) knob lets you contour the texture to your liking. It’s great for rhythm and leads, about as close to a best-of-all-worlds Muff as you could possibly get in a single 3-knob design. Sometimes having a bunch of knobs and features is fun. Sometimes you just want a fuzz pedal that nails that exact sound you’re looking for.

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Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer

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Builder: Dwarfcraft Devices, Pedal: Necromancer, Fuzz Type: Super Fuzz

I’ve already told you how awesome the Silver Rose V2 is. The Dwarfcraft Devices Necromancer takes the Super side of the SRV2 and expands it in its own pedal. You get the same Volume, Bias, & Gain knobs along with the Mids switch. The Necromancer even brings along the Silver Rose V2’s switchable EQ section while adding an extra Mids band that is voiced right at the point where the Mids switch scoop takes place. This lets you apply a more subtle or extreme scoop depending on what you’re going for. You can even boost the mid-range, too. This pedal is a beast. Also, it has a lower noise level than the Silver Rose V2 since you’re not dealing with 2 fuzz circuits in tandem. That makes the Necromancer especially appealing if you’re looking for some Super Fuzz flavor to add to your pedalboard.

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Red Witch Zeus Bass Fuzz Suboctave

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Builder: Red Witch, Pedal: Zeus, Fuzz Type: Silicon/Octave

Some bass fuzz pedals work exceptionally well with guitar. Here’s a good one. The Red Witch Zeus Bass Fuzz Suboctave takes the silicon based Fuzz God II to new lower extremes. The Zeus can invoke classic overdriven fuzz tones with a sound that’s thick and growly. Boost the gain with the Lightening Bolt toggle to rain down on your audience with storms of fuzz fury and smite those who would dare question your omnipotence. Flip the Ear toggle to brighten the sound more like a guitar fuzz and make the unworthy tremble in fear. The extra foot-switch activates an analog monophonic suboctave which gives the Zeus more pedalboard utility and earthshaking low-end rumble. Rule from Mount Olympus with the aid of the Zeus and issue forth fuzz mayhem upon your holy kingdom.

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Keeley Electronics Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe

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Builder: Keeley Electronics, Pedal: Monterey, Fuzz Type: Fuzz+Effects

The Keeley Electronics Monterey Rotary Fuzz Vibe offers a whole collection of effects that’ll take you from Hendrix to new sonic frontiers. It starts with a classic fuzz based around vintage Fairchild Semiconductor transistors which are less prone to the temperature related problems associated with germanium transistors. The Mod section lets you add rotary, vibe, or wah effects to your fuzz sound. (The Mod effects can also be used independently.) The Wah setting is of particular interest in that it can do parked/cocked wah sounds, auto-wah, a unique tremolo wah effect, and traditional wah style sounds when you plug in an expression pedal. When the Mod section is engaged you can also turn the Octave knob to the left or right of noon to bring in a digital -1 or +1 octave tone. This pedal is a seriously fun playground of tone for Hendrix fans or any fuzz lover seeking some extra sounds to go along with their fuzz.

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EWS Little Fuzzy Drive

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Builder: EWS, Pedal: Little Fuzzy Drive, Fuzz Type: Op Amp

The EWS Little Fuzzy Drive is a fuzz from the Japan-based sister company of acclaimed guitar pedal builder Xotic Effects. This is another vintage sounding fuzz pedal that has modern advancements for guitarists of today. A Tone knob adjusts the treble frequencies and overall sound. A toggle switch selects between Fuzzy Drive & Fat Fuzzy modes. The former is a tighter sound fuzz sound with the latter being looser and a bit higher in gain. The pedal is sensitive to dynamics, so it cleans up with lighter picking or when reducing the guitar’s volume knob. It’s a great compact fuzz pedal when some old school retro fuzz is called for.

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Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme

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Builder: Black Arts Toneworks, Pedal: Pharaoh Supreme, Fuzz Type: Muff of Doom!

It was the original Pharaoh Fuzz pedal that inspired me to create a best fuzz pedal list, and the Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Supreme is the heir to the Pharaoh’s throne. The original Pharaoh Fuzz is still a beastly fuzz pedal, well-known for it’s 3 selectable clipping variations (Asymmetrical Germanium, Silicon, & no clipping) and thick, mid-heavy tones. The Pharaoh Supreme takes the Pharaoh concept to the next level with 3 additional clipping modes (Symmetrical Germanium, JFET, & LED), and a variable Pre control for attenuating your tone at the input stage. Of the 6 available clipping modes, the new JFET & LED options happen to be my personal favorites, making the Pharaoh Supreme my indispensable fuzz overlord. While you can use the Pharaoh Supreme on its own for some massive fuzz sounds, it stacks well in front of a dirty amp or your favorite overdrive/distortion pedal. It’s a great doomy fuzz for sludging out heavily saturated guitar riffage.

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ZVex Fat Fuzz Factory

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Builder: ZVex, Pedal: Fat Fuzz Factory, Fuzz Type: Germanium Fuzz

The original Fuzz Factory was released 2 decades ago, and its reputation and popularity have been growing ever since. Matt Bellamy from Muse even had one built into his guitar! And while the original Fuzz Factory has remained in production and become a modern classic, Zachary Vex decided to outdo himself and release the ZVex Fat Fuzz Factory. The Fat Fuzz Factory offers all of the original functionality and tones of the original Fuzz Factory with the addition of the 3-way toggle switch that lets you choose between 2 sub-oscillation modes for even “fatter” fuzz sounds. It’s awesome. Really awesome. If you already have an original Fuzz Factory, an upgrade is well-worth considering as this pedal has even more massive fuzz potential. Once you hear the difference, you’ll be sold.

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Electro Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi

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Builder: Electro Harmonix, Pedal: Deluxe Big Muff PiFuzz Type: Big Muff

The Big Muff Pi has been a classic fuzz/distortion pedal for over 40 years. It’s been made in countless variations over the years and has produced many spin-off pedals bearing the “Muff” name and hordes of imitators and clones. The Electro Harmonix Deluxe Big Muff Pi is one of the best out there. It features the awesome sounds of the original NYC Big Muff Pi but with several unique features. It has a Gate function for killing the background noise. An Attack knob lets you sharpen the initial pick attack, making up for the dulled pick sound Muff style fuzzes are often plagued by. A Bass Boost switch beefs up the low-end. The coolest feature is the foot-switchable Mids section with gives you a dedicated Mids Level knob, Freq control, and High/Low Q switch. You can even plug in an expression pedal or use CV control to control the mids like a crazy frequency sweeping wah effect. Lots of fun. The only thing missing is the Tone bypass switch from the Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker, but this is still my personal favorite EHX Big Muff fuzz pedal. It might become yours, too.

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EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General

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Builder: EarthQuaker Devices, Pedal: Fuzz Master General, Fuzz Type: FM-2

The EarthQuaker Devices Fuzz Master General is a reinterpretation of the old Ace Tone Fuzz Master FM-2, an octave fuzz that’s similar to a Super Fuzz. The FMG has a wide range of fuzz tones from cleanish and mild to full-blown fuzzy chaos. The Voice switch selects between silicon, germanium, and no clipping. The Tone knob darkens and scoops the sound when turned clockwise, while brightening and opening up the sound when turned counter-clockwise. This pedal has killer octave up tones and can do cool ring mod like effects when hitting 2 notes together in upper registers on the neck. A very rad fuzz pedal that offers more proof as to why EarthQuaker Devices has become one of the biggest names in fuzz in recent years.

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ScreaminFX 1954 Fuzz

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Builder: ScreaminFX, Pedal: 1954 Fuzz, Fuzz Type: Silicon Fuzz

The ScreaminFX 1954 Fuzz is a vintage flavored silicon fuzz. It evokes the sound of late 60’s fuzzes but has a sound and feel unique to this pedal. It sounds surprisingly stable and smooth and rewards more articulate and expressive playing. It has excellent cleanup when you cut your guitar’s volume knob; with the Fuzz knob maxed it’ll back off into a great overdriven fuzz sound. The Tone knob lets you tame any treble bite you might hear with brighter pickups. It also has a wah friendly buffer switch that helps it play well with other pedals in your signal chain. And you gotta dig the clear plate (that’s also RF grounded) which lets you see all the internally LED lit components on the cleanly arranged PCB inside.

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El Rey Effects Mystic Ouija Fuzz

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Builder: El Rey Effects, Pedal: Mystic Ouija Fuzz, Fuzz Type: Fuzz/Distortion

The El Rey Effects Mystic Ouija Fuzz is an affordably priced fuzz pedal that covers a wide range of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz tones. At higher gain levels this pedal produces great hybrid fuzz/distortion sounds that give the Mystic Ouija Fuzz its own unique voice. A 3-way clipping adjustment switch gives you choices of asymmetrical diode clipping, symmetrical diode clipping, and asymmetrical LED clipping. Furthermore, the wide-sweeping tone control offers a simple and effective way to tweak the voicing of the pedal to your liking. Feeling superstitious? Consult the oracle of fuzzy overdrive with the Mystic Ouija Fuzz by El Rey Effects.

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SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9 BC183CC

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Builder: SolidGoldFX, Pedal: If 6 Was 9 BC183CCFuzz Type: Silicon

The SolidGold FX If 6 Was 9 BC183CC is a fine example of vintage fuzz tone meets modern design pulled off exceptionally well. With its Hendrix-inspired name, you should already have an idea of what you’re getting with this pedal. New old stock BC183 Silicon transistors and vintage spec carbon comp resistors set the foundation while an external Bias control and Tone switch let you sculpt the tone and response of this pedal to your liking. The If 6 Was 9 covers the full range of vintage Silicon fuzz sounds and even cleans up when you roll back your guitar’s volume knob, making it a remarkably versatile and dynamic fuzz pedal. SolidGoldFX will only have the If 6 Was 9 around for a limited time as those NOS BC183 transistors are quite scarce, so get it while you can.

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Walrus Audio Janus

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Builder: Walrus Audio, Pedal: Janus, Fuzz Type: Fuzz+Tremolo

I absolutely love the Walrus Audio Janus. It’s a marvel of concept, creativity, and successful execution of a radical design concept. It offers exceptionally good fuzz tones with an equally great tremolo thrown in for good measure while using 2 joysticks to control parameters of each effect. While fuzz and tremolo may seem like an unlikely pairing in a single pedal, they work surprisingly well in the Janus. This pedal is great for studio work or real-time, live sound mangling as you can control the joysticks with your foot while standing. Don’t worry, if you want to use the effects in a more traditional context, you can set the joysticks and leave them in position if you’d like. However you use it, you must admit that the Walrus Audio Janus is one hell of a creatively engineered fuzz pedal. It’s this kind of forward-thinking instrument design that inspires the most adventurous musicians to break new ground themselves.

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EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper Octave Fuzz

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Builder: EarthQuaker Devices, Pedal: Hoof Reaper, Fuzz Type: Silicon/Octave

The EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Reaper Octave Fuzz takes two of their best fuzz pedals, the Hoof and Tone Reaper, respectively, and combines them into one pedal with a great Octave Up function thrown in. It’s basically like a green Russian Muff meets a Tone Bender with Octavia thrown in. Crazy stuff. This is one of the most widely varied tone-sculpting fuzzes out there and is a staple on this list. Both the Tone Reaper and Hoof are exceptional fuzz pedals in their own right, and to have them both in one pedal produces an unbelievable amount of textural variety. This really is a fuzz pedal that does it all. EarthQuaker Devices have garnered a reputation in recent years for making some of the most cutting-edge and great sounding pedals around, and they’re one of the modern master builders of fuzz pedals. Once you play the Hoof Reaper, you’ll understand why.

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Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler

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Builder: Dr. Scientist, Pedal: Frazz Dazzler, Fuzz Type: Silicon/Gated

The Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler is a high-end boutique fuzz pedal that is hand-made using components of uncompromising quality. Its quirky design includes some features that make this pedal another unique entry on the list, the most notable being its Mix function that may also be controlled via external expression pedal. Guitarists and bassists alike will appreciate how this allows the Frazz Dazzler to add some extra definition to your fuzz tones. The Sizzle knob and internal Bass trim pot will let you further define your sound, and a Gain switch will kick the fuzz up a notch with some splatty flair. This fuzzy little robot is the kind of guitar pedal (works with bass, too!) that could only come from Dr. Scientist and will wreck havoc on those you unleash it upon.

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Malekko Diabolik JMJ

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Builder: Malekko, Pedal: Diabolik, Fuzz Type: Modded B:Assmaster

The Malekko Diabolik JMJ is the signature bass fuzz pedal of Justin Meldel-Johnsen. Malekko and Justin worked together, starting with Malekko’s B:Assmaster bass fuzz and tweaking it until the Diabolik JMJ was born. The simple control layout lets you achieve all-out, chord-decimating fuzz carnage as well as great “clean/dirty” fuzz tones thanks to the ability to blend your dry and wet signals. It sounds huge but isn’t overly bass heavy. Despite being a bass fuzz pedal, it works very well with guitar and also stacks well with other distortion/overdrive pedals for unique hybrid fuzz tones.

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ZVex Fuzzolo

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Brand: Zvex, Pedal: Fuzzolo, Fuzz Type: Square Wave

The ZVex Fuzzolo is a miniaturized fuzz pedal in the vein of  ZVex’s own Mastotron and Wooly Mammoth pedals, only stripped down to the simplest control scheme possible. There’s a Volume knob and a unique Pulse Wave control that takes this pedal from smooth fuzz distortion to biting gated fuzz and anywhere in between. It’s surprisingly versatile and even has an internal jumper which can be switched for use with active or passive pickups. If you want an aggressive fuzz that does smooth and/or gated fuzz without taking up much space, try the Fuzzolo.

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That concludes our Top 25 Best Fuzz Pedals of 2016. Thanks for reading.

 

If there’s a great fuzz pedal you think deserves mention, let us know in the comments!

762 COMMENTS

  1. One of the side effects of a fuzz pedal is increased sustain. As a matter of fact, some of them come with a sustain knob which allows you to manually adjust sustain. This makes the fuzz effect a great tool to have when you are just looking for some light distortion in your tone.

  2. No JHS? The Pollinator is the best fuzz that I’ve tried. It can go from a transparent light fuzz to a ripping fuzz. No other fuzz pedal has felt so natural when stepping on that switch. V2 with the added gain knob makes it even better!

  3. Fuzz Star by Biyang …for £40 its well made , a nice size and IMO sounds pretty damn good for that kind of money!! If your just starting out experimenting with pedals and apprehensive about spending toooo much on pedals…try the Biyang range.

  4. Now after reading this great article while watching “Hendrix on Hendrix” I am thinking I should go with the Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face. If that’s what Jimi used then it has to be great. I’m going for the “Teal” Mini Fuzz Face with the Silicon Transistor, LED on/off, true bypass, and pair it with one of my Wah’s. I have a 70’s Reissue Strat on the way that I bought off Ebay. I don’t own any Fender guitars so I’m pretty stoked to check this one out.

  5. My favorite is the source audio kingmaker fuzz. It does it all and how. It can change and grow as I do. Now I’m using a “EP pre” style patch cascaded into the “36 special” patch. The sound is so tactile and satisfying. It actually makes my wound strings feel like they are solid unwound metal under my fingers. It’s such a trip. With my Les Paul it sounds like a great 70’s drive. I picture leather jacket, muscle car, speed, and smooth Rock n’ Roll!!! And that’s just one of the patches.

  6. A very satisfying read as I got all the information I really need in just one page. I’ve been looking for pedals and I really need to check on reviews for each pedal as I am confused which one to buy.

  7. As usual you did a great job with descriptions and selections, personally I would strongly recommend looking at the MXR submachine, another killer box.

  8. I searched several website but get this list truly effective. Thanks man for making this awesome fuzz list. Fuzz is one of the coolest gadgets which every guitar lover want in their list. I must say every guitar lover will found this blog is very useful.

  9. I’ve never played any of those pedals and I think I’ve only heard two of them in real life, but I’m willing to bet that not one one of them can ace the Rat 2.

    Fuzz is the sound Link Wray was trying to get by puncturing his speakers with a pencil, it’s the sound Ike Turner got when he dropped his amp out of the car, then took it to be repaired (When it happened to our PA amp we got lucky, it was made of sterner stuff). The Rat makes that sound. Anything else is overdrive or distortion or your amp is picking up good vibes from the lost Amazon of Venus, but it’s not fuzz. Sticking knobs on a fuzz pedal is simply doing stuff to the fuzz that would be better done with the knobs on the amp or one of your other pedals.

    Those Walrus joysticks are pretty cool though. Let me know when they bring out a phase/flange/vibe version.

  10. A best 25 with nothing from Trombetta, Skreddy, D*A*M or Basic Audio. No Scarab Deluxe or Rotobone? No Tornita? Seriously? Whether it’s simulation or reconceptualization you want, surly these are amongst the best of the best. I’d say they are the best of the best. Why are they missing? It’s not that you list anything that is not good. But some of them are merely good, the best products from the missing brands are great.

    • I didn’t see Abominable Electronics or even FUZZROCIOUS anywhere on there either and if we are speaking fuzz pedals those two are kind of key components.

  11. I’ve been through a bunch of different fuzz’s, from vintage (stupid big money now) to modern (mostly buzzy fuzzy stupid big money also) and never really loved any of them. I plugged into the Walrus Audio Jupiter and my search was over. Maybe it just pairs well with my Deluxe Reverb II but to me it has a defined richness that so many others lack. It plays nice with others and even sounds good through my grab and go gig Vox Pathfinder 15 solid state. Def belongs on this list.

  12. Due to its omission I can only assume that you haven’t jacked into the Thorpy Muffroom Cloud (tho I think it’s called something else now) – as a muff fiend (you have several in your list) you gotta check it out, it is a muff for all seasons, huge EQ range, perfect gain to clarity ratio, unbreakable, purrfect

    • I agree… what’s with the omission of the ThorpyFX Muffroom – now – Fallout Cloud? I’ve got a couple of dozen pedals, several boutique, and overall, it’s my favorite for dirt.

  13. Check out the Deep Trip BOG. Deep Trip is a Brazilian boutique pedal maker, and their BOG is an off-shoot of Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys FuzzFace. I own one and it’s amazing.

  14. The perfect pedalboard to is:

    Xotic Wah
    Dr. scientist The elements
    Zvez fuzz factory 7
    Ibanez ph-10 phaser
    Strymon timeline ( THE BEST DELAY PEDAL IN THE GALAXY)

    Yeahh Lets rock!!!!!

  15. Man while I love the sounds of these the artwork is just stunning but nothing is as beautiful to me as seeing a tidy and carefully designed pcb like on the ScreaminFX 1954 Fuzz. 10 outta 10 just for the looks

  16. A fuzz pedal is definitely next on my list of WANT! Play a lot of blues and I love the mild fuzz sound! Also love the CRAZY sounds of some of these pedals

  17. Fuzz. The name says it all. I’m a relatively recent devotee to the world of fuzz, having almost cured myself of overdrive pedal collection syndrome. Here we go again!! What a great collection and thanks for the great reviews and equally great website.

  18. I’m leaning towards the Apocalypse Fuzz from your reviews and demo’s, I just with I could find a local distributor.

  19. I run a EQD Hoof/Reaper into a Death By Audio Apocalypse, then for some real insanity I hit the delay I have placed (before) them in my pedal chain.

  20. So many good fuzz’s on the market. But no Fuzzrocious?! I’m loyal to my heliatropic, if you guys haven’t tested out any of their products (I’m sure you probably have) then you need to! A big fan of the Silver Rose though, that thing is a beast!

  21. Surprised that the Muffroom Cloud isn’t there from the best new boutique builder on the block, Thorpy. I replaced 2 fuzz pedals on my board with the Muffroom Cloud and am happier with my tone. Em

    • the mufroomcloud is terrible cant get one good tone out of it definatly not on my board maybe its broke most of my expensive high end botique pedals cant keep up with my lovepedals ,xotic, pigtronix, and jhs seriously thinking on pulling the trigger on fuzz fact 7 or wooly mamoth latest edition

      • Either your ears are permanently damaged from listening to shit music, or you have no idea what good fuzz sounds like. Cant get get a good tone out of a muffroom cloud?? Maybe you try taking it out of the box and plugging it in… amateur.

  22. There are so many fuzzes out there, it can be perplexing to figure out where to start, but, you know, the alternative is far worse! And lists like this certainly help, given the abundance.

  23. From your review, I have narrowed down my choices to the Silver Rose and the Frazz Dazzler when I can find a local dealer

  24. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have this site to get opinions from. I would probably waste a lot of money. I’m so thankful for this website.

  25. Love the videos of the Dazatronyx Tsuchi Fuzz, but have no local dealers so it would be great to hear what you think about it!

  26. One can never have too many fuzz pedals. I need to try the Dr. Scientist ones. I also really want a Hoof Reaper.

  27. Awesome! I never thought I could get into fuzz pedals until I got a Big Muff. Then I started noticing fuzz used for guitar parts in songs I listen to all the time, thinking it was just overdrive. What an underrated effect! It seems pedal makers are always coming up with new ways to do something unique with the classic fuzz circuit.

  28. Wow, I love the time we live in. The creativity of the pedals for something “easy” line a Fuzz is incredible.
    The FatFuzzFactory is (for it’s age) a fun thing. The Earthquaker Devices could make fun too…
    Thanks for this outstanding compilation of different Fuzzes.

  29. I’ve tried the Z Vex Fuzz Factory in a store once, and played thru Big Muffs..I’ve heard a Frazz dazzler demo and review…But I would love to hear every one of these!..I just LOVE analog, discrete-component devices, Overdrives, Distortion, Fuzz, Compressors, Tremolos, and others..
    I have entered MANY of your “giveaways”, but never hear anything…
    When am I gonna get lucky?
    Mike……

  30. Have you checked out the steampunk genius of the SVI fuzzes, such as the GeFuzz. As I can’t find a local distributor to try them myself, I’d be interested in your take on them

  31. thanks for all the reviews you do
    the problem is theres so many good sounds fuzz’s, so hard to choose just one lol

  32. I just laid hands on The Fuzz God II which used to be included in this list… But isn’t anymore. Which I guess means, that pedals currently included are better than The God. And this, Ladies and Gentleman, makes me think that all of these fuzzes must waaaay beyond great!

  33. Echoing a couple of comments below, while you have a comprehensive list, I would add the Muffroom Cloud to it, an epic pedal.

  34. Glad to see ScreaminFX on the list. Good ole pedal building from Austin, Tx. Also, the Drawfcraft Necromancer seems SICK, and maybe it is just the dude from the videos who sells it.

  35. I think it’s one of the hardest to find the right fuzz which suits you most. To be honest I haven’t found it yet, but the Wampler Velvet, the Fuzz Factory or a couple of eqd fuzzes all sounds impressive. The Wampler is missing from the list and it should definitely be there!

  36. I’ve been making due with my Colour Box for improvised DI fuzz, but nothing like a legit fuzz pedal and the Fuzz Factory 7 has me GASing hard.

  37. The El Rey fuzz is the only one of these pedals that I own. Purchased recently, and although I own way too many fuzz pedals, this one’s a keeper! Really want to try the Keeley Monterey, though…

  38. Some very cool offerings here. Some I’d LOVE to try out. Have you guys tested smallsound/bigsound’s Team Awesome Fuzz Machine? It’s a very versatile fuzz pedal with lots of neat options. It’s created for bass but sounds fantastic on guitar as well.

  39. I currently have the Wampler Velvet Fuzz on my board. My first fuzz pedal and love the sound but I’m ready for something with more fuzz. Plenty of options on this list.

  40. Man, what a sound from the ScreaminFX 1954 Fuzz and such a cool design, love seeing the guts of it too!

  41. I am surprised to not see even one Wren and Cuff pedal on here but this us a truly great list of my personal must have pedal. Just got a JHS mini foot and crayon. Awesome. Also just got the Wren and Cuff box of war and that, my friend, is/was a game changer in a fuzz addicts arsenal.

  42. Great article!! Really makes me want a Silver Rose…

    What do you think of the Toneczar Vault? Erin Burke-Moran from Caspian recently posted photos of his revised pedalboard on Facebook and showed that he had added a Vault as his high gain stage, made me really curious how it stacks up with all of these. It’s expensive to be sure.

  43. First pedal I ever bought was a Big Muff Pi and it started me on the path to being slightly gear obsessed. Fuzz is one of those delicious things where you can/ should have a number of different versions around to swap in and out. So much fun!

  44. I really like the Fairfield Four Eyes Fuzz. It has a lot of versatility and it’s just different from almost everything else. That said, Fuzz Factory probably has it beat on versatility.

  45. Fuzzhugger fuzzes really deserve a mention here! The algal bloom and the Suneater are two of my all time favorites! Plus, they aren’t even that expensive!

    Blackout musket/blunderbuss are also a pretty bad ass!

  46. Not a pedal as such but building a Fuzz Factory into the guitar, Manson Style. Great for versatile knob tweaking

  47. i think the graphic fuzz deserves a mention. Although it’s more of an overdrive it has some real fat tones, and a lot of possibilities with the eq. It’s also great for complementing other fuzzes and bring out nice overtones and stuff.

  48. Crackle, splat, parp, squeak. Can you ever get tired of fuzz? Every time I think I’ve found ‘The One’, I inevitably start looking for a different flavour of dirt. We truly are in the Golden Age of pedals, especially fuzzzzz. Long may it continue!

    Top work, Gabs & the gang. Keep your sweet nectar flowing; it’s ambrosia to geeks like me.

    Josh

  49. Damn so much fuzz! Makes one just want to just dive in and fuzz out. I’m thinking that evil Dwarfcraft ought to come my way!

  50. It never ceases to amaze me how wide of territory the word “Fuzz” covers. Literally anything could fall in the fuzz tent, and be happy. I have a silicon Fuzz Face mini on my board that handles the light fuzz well, but it’s kind of a one trick pony – as the levels go up, the clarity and musicality go down. Zachary Vex really seems to know what it takes to make a fuzz pedal that covers a musical continent of variety without losing sight of the fact that it still has to sound good!

  51. Had my eye on the Fuzz Factory 7 for a while now. That thing is a beast fuzz. And that Dwarfcraft Silver Rose V2!!!! Anything Devi Ever (even Devi Ever inspired, in this case) is gonna be legit!

  52. From this list I’ll go with the Dr. Scientist BitQuest. That thing is terrifying. I’m surprised the Muffuletta isn’t on here though, it’s an extremely versatile fuzz machine.

  53. Argh! I thought I had got over my search for fuzz (I have several) but there are so many new fuzz tones that I’ll have to try to get a couple from this list….. I dig the Fat Fuzz Factory and other Zvex stuff so the Fat Fuzz Factory 7 will probably be the next on my list. My latest fuzz the Clusterfuzz by Function Fx is awesome and should get a mention. I have a serious pedal addiction problem and articles like this leave me wanting more…..
    Cheers keep it up!

  54. I have yet to pull the trigger on a fuzz as I rarely play with any distortion, but the last time I tried out pedals at a local store I couldn’t stop playing both the EQD Fuzzmaster General and Walrus Jupiter

  55. A fuzz has been on my wishlist for sometime but the choices out there are endless. This is a good list to help me do some research. I would have loved to see a review of the Catalinbread Karma Suture pedal.

  56. Bit Quest is so wack, and I love it. All of these are great pedals. I just picked up a Reagan Fuzz from NoiseKick FX, it’s a pretty stellar big muff civil war clone

  57. The Fuzz factory is always awesome because there’s just so much ground it can cover. Such a crazy pedal.

  58. This comes at a perfect time… In the market for some fuzz!

    I really look forward to these lists and reviews from you guys. Thanks for rocking.

  59. That Fraz Dazzler sounds really great. I hadn’t heard of a few of these, looks like I’m doing some fuzz research tonight!

  60. I really need to get around to getting a decent fuzz pedal. A lot of these look like great options for me.

  61. WOW! The Fat Fuzz Factory pedal has some serious grind! I’m a fan of fuzz pedals and the Fuzz factory 7 sounds like it goes all the way.

  62. I’ve been enjoying my Catalinbread Antichthon. It’s a strange pedal but it goes beyond the range of classic fuzz sound. It’s kind of in a category all it’s own. It can act as a regular fuzz/distortion if you turn the “weird” knobs down, but there are other pedals that do that. I like the tremolo pulses as the notes ring out.

  63. For my style playing a fuzz pedal is much more of a niche addition to my pedalboard so I’m probably looking at something that’s firmly value / feature balance (as opposed to fuzz pedals that cost in excess of $275; I’d pay that much easily for a delay pedal and probably for a reverb pedal — but for my style not as likely to pay that much for a fuzz pedal).

  64. I think that good fuzz is really under rated and over used at the same time. A good fuzz that can range from just a spice to a wall of effect is a powerful tool for changing up the variety of your tone. Love it

  65. Cool cool cool and cool! I love fuzz it’s probably my favorite effect! If I win the fuzz factory it migh just kick off the Abominable Demon Ling off my board. (Or accompany it ;) )

  66. There are so many great fuzz pedals out right now, it’s hard to know what to try. My biggest challenge has been that it’s tough to find one that works well with humbuckers. Most I try seem to like single coils.

  67. I have 4 pedals on this list. I am of the mind you can NEVER have enough fuzz pedals.

    Formula 76 is a monster! Nothing nice about it and I love it!

    If 6 Was 9 is another great pedal from SolidGoldFX (I have 4 of their pedals – great sound and well built pedals)

    Monterey is my newest fuzz pedal that does a gazillion other things. I built a Nano+ board around the Monterey.

    I have a Fuzz Factory along with the spreadsheet of all of the settings people have contributed. Great versatility in such a small size. It would be nice to have the Fuzz Factory 7 though.

    The rest on this list of course all sound intriguing enough to go buy. I’ll get there one pedal at a time!

  68. Very in depth review. I only got through half and I’ve seen a couple I’m interested in. Hard to decide on your first Fuzz pedal with so many options but this helps show the benefits of each one.

  69. It’s seems like the top 25 pedals up to 2016. Most of them are so damn old. Anyway it was interesting to know what is your favorite pedals are. Thank you!

  70. Man, I’ve been trying to decide which fuzz pedal to get and you guys just made the decision harder! That Monterey, though… The Fat Fuzz Factory might work, too.

  71. I’m surprised that the Fuzz War isn’t on this list. That thing is a beast. I’m curious what the Fat Fuzz Factory plus the Fuzz War would sound like. I’m guessing it would be redonk

  72. I’m surprised to see neither Fulltone fuzz pedals on this list. I’d say it’s the ZVex germanium fuzz for me.

  73. I love me some 6 foot wide fuzz tone. So many different circuit and transistor options available make fuzz collecting so interesting and addicting.

  74. That Rotary Fuzz would be super useful as it combines two effects I would normally pair in my signal chain. I’ve always been super interested in the Rainger fx stuff, but already have a Supersonic fuzz gun and a momentary killswitch for my noisey fuzz. Great list!

  75. I’m looking to replace my EHX Big Muff Pi because it takes up so much space on my board. This narrows the choices down to 25.

  76. Man, if only I had the scratch! But even then it would still be impossible to choose: the Silver Rose, Apocalypse, Spires, Necromancer, Fat Fuzz Factory all sound absolutely fantastic. Would LOVE to melt people’s ears at shows with any one of those insane boxes.

  77. Great to see this list updated with some new additions. The old list really helped me decide on a fuzz pedal and now it looks like I have some more options to consider.

  78. Even if that EHX Ultimate Big Muff doesn’t have the wicker switch, you could power it with a Danelectrode 9V and use the voltage sag.

    Been wanting a bit crusher for awhile now. Reminds me of the old Atari games as a kid. Dr. Scientist is probably the best one I’ve seen.

  79. The Old Blood Haunt is awesome! I feel like the Swollen Pickle should be here, but there’s enough Muff-derived fuzzes to cover that….

  80. tbh you can tell just by this collection of pedals, without even reading your thoughts on them, that you guys have good taste.. and your opinions on the pedals are helpful. congrats on making me want new pedals!

  81. One really good fuzz you didn’t mention is the Pollinator from JHS !
    Great article though, I wish the If 6 was 9 were still produced :)

  82. fuzz,fuzz,fuzz you would not think ambient musicians would care all the much about fuzz but the truth is weather your a shoegazing, jesus and mary chain guy or a cocteau twins type, you put fuzz with nice delay (Skreddy Echo) and some nice lush saturated reverb. you open the heavens, and instead of blowing people awa, you slowly melt their faces off. lol :) Its amamzing!!

  83. I haven’t heard of half of these fuzz pedals but want to try them all! I personally have the EHX Big Muff Pi Deluxe and it is great especially with the built in noise gate. Being able to hook up an expression pedal gives a nice wah option.

  84. Oh, if only I had a way of trying out every pedal on this list. I’d especially like to try the doomy, sludgy type fuzzes. Maybe if I win the Fat Fuzz Factory, that will cure my craving. Hopefully!

  85. Black Arts Toneworks make some kickass drive pedals, I’ve been wanting to get a hold of a Pharaoh for a while now but, you know, times is hard.

  86. Can’t beat that ZVEX fuzz! Now all we need is an iteration that we can drop into the electronics cavity of a guitar a la Muse (or Manson guitars, really).

  87. Oh man, more fuzzes for me to want. I see a lot of people complaining about how every builder has at least one fuzz (if not more) in their product lineup, like fuzz is some bland cookiecutter effect. The truth is, fuzz is AWESOME and all the best builders put their own spin on it to create unique tones.

  88. AHHHHHHH! My life (and bass rig) needs some beautiful and thick sub fuzz!!!! The Red Witch and the Fat Fuzz Factory sound amazing!!!!!! #need

  89. Nice one, I love when at top list of pedal doesn’t include only pedal that cost 1 zillion $ :)
    I share the opinion on the OBNE Haunt, but looking at the earthquaker stuff, i think i’ll make room for a second fuzz on my pedalboard!!!

  90. I’ve always been more of an overdrive/boost guy. I’ve never owned a pure distortion/fuzz pedal. The Zvex Fuzz Factory sounds like a good all around one to own if you’re only going to own one.

  91. This list gets crazier every year. It’s funny to think ZVEX is inching towards the “normal” side of the spectrum now.

  92. I guess this list isn’t for those introduced this year – I have heard good things on the Keeley Monterry Fuzz. However, if a pedal doesn’t have to be released this year such as the Psi Fuzz – I would point out the Keeley Black Silk Fuzz OC75 and the Black Glass OC44 and the Magnum 44 Fuzzhead.

    Having owned the Dream Crusher and not being a muff fan – I prefer the regular or 44 Fuzzhead to the Dream Crusher.

  93. I’ve been meaning to add a nice, cozy fuzz to my pedal collection. This article provides a lot of food for thought!

  94. So much great fuzzy!! My favorite fuzz though? Amptweaker TightFuzz Pro, sick design and great tone. Also love that Janus Fuzz by Walrus Audio. They make some amazing pedals, unique in sound & design. Great list.

  95. Wow, what a great group of fuzz boxes. I wish I hadn’t ended up destroying my EHX mini-muff years ago. That thing was so gnarly for its size. Rock on!

  96. As always, great post. I love the diversity in the pedals with some being “traditional” and some being totally left-field crazy! I don’t use fuzz heavily so I’m probably more in the market for one of the more traditional ones but I’d love to play with some of those crazy ones (like the Dwarf Bitch)

  97. There is such a thing as too many fuzz boxes. Zvex fat fuzz factory and the eqd hoof reaper take care of everything in my book. Have tried both, have neither. Will one day. Financial procrastination effect

  98. Check out the Lovepedal Super Sic Tone and/or the Bonetender! They are MASSIVE-sounding fuzzes! The SST specifically sounds like a Big Muff and a Tonebender had a baby.

  99. I recently bought a used Fuzz Factory and started to experiment a bit with it.
    If only the newest evolution were not so pricey (and hard to find here)…

  100. My favorite current production pedal isn’t on there – the Godbox Tesla 2.

    Absolutely phenominal, well made, and does everything I want a traditional box to do and then some.

  101. A comprehensive and detailed set of reviews! The fuzz factory 7 and fuzzolo seem like winners to me! Really want to try the Keeley Monterey as well!

  102. I do love a bit of Fuzz, but I’ve never been able to get a workable tone out of one. Certainly fun trying though

  103. the Zvex Fuzz Factory pedals have been the absolute most outrageous, over the top fuzz pedals that I’ve ever heard (based on the video demos I’ve checked out). which is what a good fuzz should be. and they seem to be getting better and better with each version that Zvex is putting out. this would be a welcome addition to my pedal board for sure

  104. All these interesting takes on fuzz make me want to finally build one for myself, if I can take a break from synths!

  105. The name of the Dr. Frankenstein is FABULOUS… I love it! I’m considering buying one just to have something with an amazing name on my board.

  106. ZVEX Fuzz Factory 7. That one has caught my attention, and I’m hoping to get it. I had the ZVEX Wooly Mammoth in my collection for a year or two and it never really blew me away, except that it sounded unusual and snarly. Then yesterday I ran my Fender Jazz Bass through the Woolly and I was totally gobsmacked. That’s what it was designed for, and it excelled. It blew away every bass fuzz I’ve ever hear, and I did a shoot out with my Bass Mig Muff and come other boutique fuzzes. Now Zvex has won back my heart. I have high hopes for the new Fuzz Factory. And I love that kitty design.

  107. You guys should review a pedal from Abominable electronics. They are an independent pedal brand who mod and create pedals…. my suggestion is the demon lung, which is a mod of the Boss Hyperfuzz, or the Hail Satan, which is a Big Muff mod. Its Awesome!!!!

  108. Impressive how many Top- Best dirt pedals on this list come from TGWN!

    So much win in the list for bass, too.

    Frazz Dazzler and If 6 Was 9 top my wish-list from this list!

  109. I researched a number of fuzz boxes on Youtube since there were so many available. I decided to purchase a vintage style over the more modern fuzz because I wanted a warmer sound. The Hartman Germanium Fuzz is based on the original Dallas Arbiter Fuzz. I purchased it because of the reviews and think I found a sound (tone) that I have been wanting for forty years and not knowing it.

    The Hartman produces a warm sound with what can only be described as the most musical effect I have ever tried and combined with a Tube Screamer up front is to die for. One other reason i am convinced this may be one of the best pure fuzz box out there is that it made my JCM 900, a problematic Marshall for some because of diode clipping, sing like an older Marshall. I also used a Kramer Artist aluminum alloy necked guitar which was responsible for the incredible sustain and contributed the plethora of harmonics that came out of the rig.

  110. i may have posted on this a long time ago, but keeley electronics really put out some nice fuzzes last year – holy fuzz, sfocato fuzz wah, oc81d tonebender mkiii, oc44 tonebender mkiii, and this year son of the fuzz head. also, he put out an oc44 version of the fuzz head and a black silk oc75 tonebender mkiii.

    i have only tried on of the pedals above – but, i have tried a few other fuzzes and i sell them all. nothing seems to stand up to the keeley fuzz pedals based on tone alone. some have more features and more versatility – but none have a better tone.

    there is one exception to this rule: a number of years ago, i bought a pedalworx bender over under mkiii with no tone knob, but a bias knob. i think it was supposed to be for more modern music and is a mixture of german, japanese, and us transistors. absolutely fantastic tone with great harmonics – fifty were made and maybe another twenty five for harmony central users under a different name. i have only ever seen one for sale, and i bought it. one must wonder why they never, ever show up for sale. not much is written about it either. just beautiful harmonics and gain; plus, you can roll back the bias and get a great harmonic rythmn tone for early beatles – maybe not something to sit in the song, but something sweet for one guitar on stage.

    anyway – i think due to the limited releases, keeley electronics is not getting credit. i have bought a professional mkiii and an unprofessional mki mkii and let me tell you – that black silk nails disraeli gears tons better than lovepedal’s englishwoman; which is too over the top. the 44 magnum son of fuzz head is a blue power dream. the holy fuzz is a rocker’s tone machine. the black glass oc81d is great for a traditional sound and the oc44 for a high gain treble pushed tone.

    keeley is the fuzzmaster.

  111. Just looked at your top fuzz pedals, my personal favorite is the SolidGoldFX Rosie (not on your list). It does exactly what I want a fuzz to do. Maybe not the most versatile, but GREAT fuzz… simple to dial in. You should give one a try.

  112. Very disappointed not seeing a Mad Professor Fire Red Fuzz. It’s such a great-sounding, smooth, sustaining fuzz. Single-note leads sound creamy and rounded, and complex chords all have their voices; nothing muddy or splatty or horrid. Even works well with extended-range guitars. \m/

  113. Disappointed the Fuzzrocious Grey Stache was not on this list. I think it sounds better than many of the pedals that are — at least to my ears. Does it not stack up? Or is it just not known well enough?

  114. This is just the perfect post for everyone who would like to understand the best fuzz distortion pedal. You understand so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really would want to..aHa). Excellent stuff, just great! Keep writing and thanks for the sharing!!!

  115. WONDERFUL LIST….I’m feeling another PAS (Pedal Acquisition Syndrome) attack coming soon…
    Have you ever tried the “All Seeing Ei’ by Myrtle Pedals from UK?? COMPLETELY RECOMMENDED!
    Please review if you ever happen to stumble with one of those… Fuzz Away!

  116. Really good list!!! Thank you for putting this together. I would add these for consideration in future lists:

    Noel Cornet (I don’t know what kind of magic is included in this pedal, but it is magic!)
    Stomp Under Foot – Rams Head, Civil War or just about anything else they build.
    Skreddy P19
    Blackout Effectors – Muskett or Blunderbuss
    Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian

  117. Hey Great List – with ” 1 Notable Omission ” The Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz v.2 – it is So Versatile for Sabbath & Hendrix to David Gilmour Tones – really awesome pedal. – Michael Caz – Songwriter / Musician / Producer – NYC

  118. iam disabled rhand two fingers to play with left paralyzed need adistortion/fuzz that has sustaintrying to learn to tapexvet so not a quitteron small disability can you recommend please thankyou all the best brian dunn

  119. Its a great list of Fuzzes.
    I recently bought a Kafuzz . It sounds amazing and the design is so cool!
    Its from Dr.No effects. A pedalbuilder from Holland. Please check this out. http://drno-effects.com
    He created several different Fuzz pedals. The last one is the Evil Mother Fuzzer. All pedals are fully analog.

  120. My favorite fuzz currently is my Deviever Shoegazer. It essentially has two fuzzes inside of it including the Torn’s Peaker and the Soda Meiser. It’s pretty amazing that with only two knobs per circuit I can dial in Muff, Velcro, octave-up, and scrambler-like sounds amongst the two of them. I also got one of the last ones just before Dwarfcraft Devices bought the company from Devi. I would like to get the pharaoh in the future because it nails that scooped Sabbath-like fuzz that Iommi claims he got by just using his Laney amps.

  121. Big Muff Wicker is my first and probably last fuzz pedal…
    been asked its name/brand right away after leaving the stage, guess it just sounds that good ;)

  122. I currantly am using a Boss OD-20 but I think th best would be my BSM ambassador inconjunction with the Big Muff setting on the OD-20.

  123. Abominable Electronics Hail Satan pedal is one of the better sounding fuzz pedals I’ve heard. Handmade, cool graphics and super fair price. Worth double what they charge.

  124. After trying one out, I’m aching for a Mad Professor Fire Red Fuzz. Smooth as hell, and even compliments my 7-string guitars nicely!

  125. first and foremost II have never posted on your site before ,so this isn`t a repeat!Like I was trying to tell ya`ll a Boss DD-20 an EP previously owned by 3 dog night and a EH memory Man…..thanks if u post it if not no loss……

  126. The jhs bun runner it’s a clone from devi ever hyperion and a tonebender, is too sad and ironic that the hyperion and the tonebender do not appear in the list, This is vey subjective

  127. I have not played all these pedals but I do own the Big Muff Tone Wicker and its pretty great. I absolutely love the way it sounds. I also played the Fuzz God and I must say I would love to own that too!! It’s truly insane in ways that are un imaginable.
    Good article. Keep em coming.

  128. My favorite is the Wampler Velvet Fuzz—-
    I live just a few streets away from JHS Pedals and have tried many of the JHS pedals and I do like them but the Velvet Fuzz is my favorite.

  129. You guys should check out the Blackout Effectors Blunderbuss. It’s a germanium/silicon hybrid fuzz. Plenty of features. I believe it also has per amp boost knob as well to get a sort of overdrive fuzz combination. Also a company called Devi Ever has a ton of CRAZY fuzz pedals too!

  130. I’ve tried several of the Fuzzes mentioned here and I would include the Blakemore Effects “Deux Ex Machina” with it’s blend and mids notch filter, also the Fairfield Circuitry “Four Eyes it” and Catalinbread Octapussy. I like the ZVEX Mastotron over the Fuzz Factory as the Mastotron is easier to dial in. i’m always curious what role advertising play in these “best of” cliff notes lists

    • Add Caroline Audio “Wave Cannon”!!!
      I tried the Rocket WTF and was left pondering the aptly named title.
      The Deux Ex Machina just knocked the Walrus Audio “Jupiter” off the pedalboard. The Jupiter is still a good fuzz, just not quite as versatile as the Deux Ex…which kills when setting the mids notch filter anywhere from 3:00 on…then set blend to noon and insert the Octpussy running at 18V

  131. I read two articles: 2014’s best fuzz boxes & 2014’s best pedals. I found it odd that the best pedals included at least 3 fuzz boxes that were not included in the top 20 fuzz boxes of 2014. What gives?

  132. What do you guys think of the Analog Alien products like the Fuzz Bubble and/or Alien Twister Fuzz?? Thanks for your consideration,
    Steph

  133. the Zvex Fuzz Factory has to be the craziest of all fuzz pedals. and when it comes to fuzzes, the crazier, the better. I wish I could get my hands on that one.

  134. Always amazed at just how much range you can get within the realm of “fuzz”. Every year I think they’ve done the lot, and Im always surprised with the off the wall ideas we get the next time around.

  135. It seem to me that no mater where you go to get a top 10 list of pedal effects you are alway going to find Electro Harmonix in the mix. You always going to have new names & new models but Harmonix seem to be the only constant name on the lists.

  136. very practicle guid for the comon fuzz junky ,id love to hear them all myself , and to be able to choose one , i got the little big muff which is agreat sounding fuzz, woud love to try more .

  137. There are probably Thousands of Fuzz Pedals out there it is difficult to sort through them all. Side-by-side comparisons like this Giveaway are Among the Best ways to narrow the field without visiting The local Brick & Mortar music retailer. Of course the local store usually has only 2 – 3 effects to choose from in any particular category. BEST GUITAR EFFECTS Consistantly Informs me on Features and Video Demonstrations whether it is a Particular Brand I’m looking for or maybe simply Searching an Effect “category”. This review was Very Informative and I think ANY the above mentioned Fuzz pedals would work well in my collection. Thanks for the review And the Giveaway, Happy Holidays…..Rock On.

  138. dang, i would love all these pedals, ima fuzz junkie. i have yet to find the perfect fuzz for my style… but i’m sure one of these would prolly do it….wish me luck!!! have a great day everyone @ BEST GUITAR EFFECTS!!!! :)

  139. Hey now, you should definitely have a Fulltone OCD on here and maybe a Rat. Two phenomenal OD pedals and they can be bought at great prices

  140. Bjorn Juhl [BJFe, Bearfoot fx, Mad Professor, Rocketride] has cracked open the DBA Thee Fuzz War Overload and modified it. Only a few are available through Rocketride at TGT11. Being a BJFanatic, I just had to buy it. Only 11 were made… so you could call it a limited-limited edition.

    Bjorn told me that he mainly made changes to the fuzz and boost controls. The boost was improved to full-range whereas the stock thinned out the fuzz sound undesirably. As for the fuzz, to his ears there was a lot of noise in the decay of notes so he built a type gate that chops off the undesirable effect. Now the notes are more defined “while also allowing devastating disaster sound followed by silence.”

    Anyhow, although this is very limited, it might be worth including this in your top 15.. at least a special mention.

  141. anyone want to state their case for a tone difference between the Big Muff and the Little Big Muff? Electro Harmonix is doing smaller versions of a lot of pedals now (the nano line and other smaller housings of certain pedals), sometimes with less controls or features. this is a trend with some of the effects manufacturers, due to precious pedal board space. there’s always someone that says, “oh, i can’t get the tone out of the compact one that i can from the original.” but i’m skeptical.

  142. Thank you for such informative, yet concise reviews on all these fuzz pedals. The Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz and the Demeter Amplification Octavulator Fuzz are the two that interest me the most… the former because it’s something truly different and the latter because I have owned Demeter gear before and I know they make quality stuff. I wouldn’t mind winning any of the giveaway pedals, especially the Hoof Reaper!

  143. I would love to try out the Mojo Hand Crosstown Fuzz as well as the Iron Bell. The new EHX Nano Big Muff looks intriguing as well, currently looking to get the Wampler Velvet Fuzz.

  144. This is a good list. I’m always on the hunt for the right fuzz pedal. I have the big muff with tone wicker. Great one for the money. Only one I think is missing is the Mojo Hand Crosstown Fuzz

  145. The Walrus Audio Janus intrigues me. Just dumping a lot of by guitar synth devices and going to more of a boutique peddle set up as I’m leaning towards ambient. Love your site.

  146. Well to me a fuzz is very interesting because its just a little more than my TS 808 HW.
    A few month ago I wasnt even thinking about fuzzys but for whatever reason I started thinking of using it to get a little more dirt into my blues solo sound.

    Usually I dont write the following but in this cause I really would like to win one of theser pedals because It need experience in fuzz pedals to find the one that fits the best to each personal style.

    But in any case: good luck to all the players out there! Blessings!

  147. The Wampler Velvet Fuzz should be here. I haven’t been able to get a bad sound out of it and the big/tight switch allows two different voicings in one pedal, one of which takes away all the drawbacks that a fuzz can have.

  148. I can’t say how many of each of these pedals I’ve seen come into my stores (I work in music retail) and each one has a different story. It’s really cool that even something as simple as the Big Muff is still a common effect and is used to great effect even decades after it was invented. Cool history with the great effect that is Fuzz!

  149. So the kids over at DMB have made something pretty special in their Foxy PiRate. The fuzz tones are reasonably subdued but the clean blend allows for some cool sounds. With the gain dialed way back the distorted signal kicks in on the trails of the clean guitar. Which is pretty neat.

  150. You should do a review of an old school vintage Big Muff compared to one of the new Big Muffs, I think it would be awesome to see the differences! Much love to the website, it’s very beneficial!

  151. How about someone make a hybrid op amp/transistor Distortion pedal? Like one channel JRC 4558D, the other germanium transistor. Switchable or blendable. No one has ever done this. I’m just full of great ideas.

  152. I’ve been looking for a fuzz pedal for a couple of months to finish founding my sound, and what a pain in the ass this has been; playing a lot of different pedals, listening to different opinions, searching in the internet, etc and i have found really useful this post for specific fuzzes but also the facebook webpage for all kinds of pedals. This is really useful thanks!

  153. ‘Ello Y’all!
    I have the EQD Hoof Reaper and it is without question the best fuzz I have ever had the pleasure to own! The Hoof is so handy in terms of covering a vast range of BM tones and the Reaper does the same with every Bender era…I would insist that any fuzz junkie get this pedal! Great list!

    Cheers,
    -m

    PS: The analog octave up is just a fat, juicy bonus that sounds great even w/o the Hoof or Reaper engaged.

  154. Big fan of anything Red Witch. Like the sounds Belamy gets out the Fuzz Factory as well. Especially excited about the new Red Witch Violetta. Glad to see Jakob using it, hope to get some similar sounds out of it. Could definitely use a new fuzz pedal though, crushed the last one with my giant foot, traipsing around the den in the dark. Never again.

    Solid list though, love the site. Keep the reviews coming.

  155. I really love the Fat Fuzz Factory, its even more versatile than the original and you can come out with some pretty cool stuff out of it. I aslo like the Death by Audio pedals, pretty crazy shit.

  156. This makes me want more FUZZ!!! I’m considering getting rid of my Devi Ever Rocket for the DBA Apocalypse…or tHEE fUZZZ wARR…not sure which! I have a Death By Audio one knob Interstellar Overdriver and its amazing, not sure which DBA beast is next. Or maybe Hoof Reaper? Great List!

  157. Hey, not like the best fuzz of all time, just “best” of new stuff. No TS, Rat, Foxx Tone machine, Marshall Gov’nor here. At least the Muff is still hanging in. Maybe I need to hear the new stuff. post linx to vids of the noises!

  158. Nice overview. Love me some FuZzZz ! So many, many more great other greats ones out there…

    Could you perhaps include the Analogman Sun Face, Astro Tone Fuzz & Peppermint Fuzz, or the MJM London Fuzz 1 & 2 next time around…? KRANG !

  159. I like any fuzz with a splattery bottom end (sounds gross right !) and stays true to the fuzz sound vs. becoming a distortion pedal.

  160. Great article…I play and use pedals all the time…keep the reviews coming…three things I’d like to say…fuzz, Fuzz…and more FUZZ…Thanks.

  161. Agree that this is a primo time for Fuzz and effects in general. So many indy builders putting their spin on so many pedals. Makes it very hard to manage the pedalboard. I’m ready for a bigger one.

  162. So many great fuzzes out now! Currently I have a DeviEver Shoe Gazer and Blackout Effector Twosome, both of which sound awesome. We are in the golden age of fuzz.

  163. The Hoofreaper is able to dial in so many variations of fuzz and distortion. My friend has one and he can dial in beautiful light fuzz without taking away from any tone!

    Definitely a feat of engineering.

    Thanks for the buyer’s guide! Big UPS!

    Beau Tillman

  164. I’d like to use a fuzz in a thrash metal cover symphonic metal or something of that ilk. Just for kicks. That said, these sound awesome.

  165. I have the Fat Fuzz Factory. Just recently bought a Celestial Effects, “Cancer Wah the fuzz?” pedal. I was set on the Death by Audio’s Apocalypse, but changed my mind to the Earthquaker Hoof Reaper. Then I happened to see the Wah the fuzz? This thing has real tube OD, a muff type fuzz, an octave fuzz (which can be used with or without the octave up) and a fixed-wah. All 4 effects independent of each other. This should definitely be added to the list.

  166. You need to get some BlackArts Toneworks on this list. The Pharaoh is their flagship (and probably most versatile) pedal, but the LSTR, Ritual, Oath and Destroyer are also amazing fuzzes.

    • thank you for saying that. I have no idea why they arent on the list. I have the pharaoh and its the most amazing fuzz pedal i have ever used

  167. Very informative and interesting guide. It is always a pleasure to read about the most awesome effects ever used :) It is a shame that the ones you listed are almost impossible to purchase in my country…

  168. Thank you so much for posting this guide and for hosting this giveaway. This was very informative and fun to read, what a killer list. Thanks again!

  169. What a wonderful article. I have the big muff pi tw and it is awesome. I love it on my bass especially, but on guitar it sounds excellent as well. I also have the Devi ever torn’s peaker and the vintage fuzz master. Devi makes some awesome and unique fuzz pedals. I also love death by audio products. Hopefully I can build a clone of the fuzz war.

  170. Very good choices!

    The Hoof Reaper and Fat Fuzz factory are on my list to try. Like several other commentors I would add the Black Arts Toneworks Pharoah Fuzz to your list. Also checkout the Arc Effects Big Green Pi a VERY good muff variant. On a budget note I also find the Dan Electro Cool Cat Fuzz (V1) to be an outstanding addition to any rock players arsenal. Dano apparently modeled it pretty closely after the legendary Peach Fuzz, which I’ve never played, and it was so close they had to change it for V2. That being said I bet the Frantone Peach Fuzz is pretty awesome as well.

  171. I have the original ZVex Fuzz Factory and the Way Huge Jumbo Fuzz!

    But I also want a Muff! or upgrade the Fuzz Factory to Fat one! pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!

  172. Great article, I have been looking for a fuzz pedal for a long time and need to narrow it down so this helped. The only pedal I’ve heard a lot about and was surprised not to see is the Foxx Tone Machine. However, it is out of circulation and can only be found used.

  173. Like the review made on those twelve pedals. Hope next time you review the Enormous Door pedals!…specially the SCUD. They were famous at winter NAMM 2012.

  174. This article has really opened my eyes to some amazing fuzz boxes. I dug the Death By Audio stuff and the Hoof, but these make the decision even harder. The Janus pedal would be my pick for experimenting, then the Zvex but they’re all awesome.

    Should say thanks bc I’m planning on buying the Echo Dream 2 bc of your guy’s demo/review. Not a bad job on choosing those BGE girls either.

  175. I got a dunlop fuzz face mini (silicon) this year, and I love adding it to amp distortions, pedal distortions, and overdrives… I’d love to try stacking fuzzes on top of each other… what’s a little sonic chaos between friends?

  176. This Is a really great list. I’m glad they actually found some companies I haven’t heard of too, instead of just doing all big name pedals like everyone else.

  177. i’ve been eyeing a couple of fuzz pedals this past year. it’s hard to pick one; there are just so many out there to choose from.

  178. I’m fairly new to fuzz pedals. I just got one and it wasn’t the greatest. Thinking about getting a Black Arts Toneworks Pharaoh Fuzz. But I’d be lucky to have any fuzz then no fuzz at all.

  179. Excellent choices for fuzz pedals. I’ve owned or used most of the pedals on this list, and I would agree with most of your choices. I still think the tap function for the Cusack is a little odd. I’d rather just have the screamer fuzz personally, but hey, to each their own. The EH Big Muff with tone wicker is easily the best choice for the price. For all around, the Hoof Reaper covers all your bases without being a small mind puzzle to solve (the fat fuzz factory). Keep up the articles.

  180. I like most of Fuzzes in the List, except the JHS pollinator, I found that it sounds too buzzy not fuzzy, maybe its because Ive never been a fan of AC128 transistors, I think the Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face sounds much better. Another pedal I love is the Austone Textone which is not made anymore. Any fuzz made by Analogman, I own the dark peppermint and its the Bomb.

  181. The Janus and Freakenstein look ridiculous!

    I have gotten the chance to try many of these pedals and I’ve got to say that The Death By Audio Apocalypse is my favorite!

  182. Zvex Fuzz Factory = sick unique fuzz pedal

    Good site by the way. I need this site to search information pedals i love.

    God Blues You, folks!

  183. Didn’t dig the Big Muff Tone Wicker too much when I had it.
    Currently having my eye on the Berkos Third Stone fuzz, but the new Dunlop Mini’s are pretty sweet too!

  184. Great list. I own the Hoof Reaper, it is insanity. So many options for tone. Already had my eyes on a few others as well. Thank you for the giveaway!

  185. Currently enjoying 3 fuzzalicious war toys: Vintage Dunlop Jimi Hendrix System Classic Fuzz, Way Huge Swollen Pickle, and a custom built Snakes, with Clear lucite top and lighted skeleton/snake innards motif.

  186. Would like to have seen the MXR Classic fuzz in this pile o’fuzz boxes. I am biased as I own one and like it with the buffer switch on. However, I’d try any of these any day of the week.

  187. i’m not saying there aren’t better pedals . . but the Dunlop mini fuzz because it was a good take on the original at such an affordable price they jacked it thirty percent . . . what item is jacked thirty percent retail . . . it happened to me while the pedal was in my basket of a large major online retailer.

  188. That Rainger looks pretty twisted! And I have one of Red Witch’s Empress chorus pedals, which is a mainstay on my board. I’d love to see how their take on a fuzz sounds.

  189. just got Thee Ffuzz Warr Overload and I love it, my favourite fuzz I’ve played so far! Dig the Big Muff with Wicker as well, and I’ve always loved Zvex so I gotta try the Fat Fuzz Factory for sure

  190. I had a Big Muff Pi Tone Wicker for a bit, I wish I didn’t sell it. I’ve been also been lookin at the Fat Fuzz Factory even when it wasn’t released yet, the FFF is going to be my next pedal for sure!

  191. I’ve been using the Fulltone GT-500, which has been great pedal all around. Looking forward to trying some new ones out though – it’s always nice to have a few different tones on deck!

  192. I honestly think that the Fat Fuzz Factory is the best fuzz I’ve ever heard. I just bought one last week and I’m ready to add a second one to my board. I see myself using it for a loooooooong time.

    Great list, dudes! It’s nice to see a lot of new pedals on here.

  193. I’m missing the analogman pepermunt fuzz and the interfax harmonic percolator, but the fuzzes mentioned here are cool too! Fuzz is what’s the fuss all about!

  194. Always thought the Fuzz Factory was awesome, but there is a massive difference between the original Vexter and the Fat FF! Massive fan of all of the Big Muff pedals too!

  195. I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of unfamiliar pedals on this list, thanks for the article. Based on some of the wackier fuzz combo pedals that made the cut, I half expected to see the Blackout Effectors “Crystal Dagger”. Also worthy of note is the Basic Audio “Scarab Deluxe” for a very diverse range of usable fuzz tones.

  196. Great list! I own the Hoof fuzz and it’s one of the best I’ve ever played. I also bought a Fuzz Factory a month before the Fat version came out… gutted! Another of my favourites is Blackout Effectors’ Musket Fuzz – it’s a gorgeously rich, fat fuzz with plenty of bottom end. It’s based on the now legendary green Russian Big Muff (bubble font version I think, same version Dan Auerbach has made so desirable); I’ve compared it side by side to said pedal and it held up very well! Also does an excellent Smashing Pumpkins ‘Siamese Dream’ impression.

  197. Man, all of these are making me drool. I have to try out the Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DrFF-3 (and Igor) as soon as I can, but my priority is the EHX Muff w/Tone Wicker as my old Muff just died on me a couple of months ago. Feel lost without it.

    Good luck to whoever gets a free pedal.

  198. (And the big muff is also Nice, i use the Big muff Pi and i really enjoy it, so i think the big muff with tone wicker is awesome ! :)

  199. The Dr. Freakenstein and the Janus are definitely two favorites of mine. I think a Devi Ever Rocket or Shoegazer deserves to be on this list somewhere, though.

  200. Happy to see the Janus on the list. Brady makes great pedals and I love my Voyager overdrive. Were I to add anything to this list it would be Devi Ever’s Godzilla as it is a great “out there” fuzz that seems to pair perfectly with my amp setup.

  201. Hello, i don’t know 3 of those fuzz pedals, but ii think FATFUZZFACTORY is the best among the fuzz pedals i heard. Plus i would have liked to see the Black Art Toneworks FNORD FUZZ, but sadly it is out of production.
    Rock it

  202. The Fuzz God II has been ruling my board for a little over a year. Of course I would also recommend including the Blackout Effectors SST if it weren’t a limited edition.

  203. Rad list. I would love to have all that fuzz in my life, on my face, for my axe, and my bass.
    I use the Psychedelic Sasquatch by Tortuga Effects for my fuzz needs. Perhaps that should have been on the list as well. I know I love mine. It’s hard to get enough fuzz in a world full of cleanliness and you know all that other madness we’ve got. Peace!

  204. I’m still yet to find a Dr. Frankenstein fuzz to hear with my own ears how crazy it can get. Mayor kudos on the HoofReaper, by far the coolest most wicked fuzz pedal out there! I’m still trying to get my hands on one but already tried it and loved it!

  205. I would like to hear more about Wampler Pedals Fuzz Boxes as well. Maybe also some pedals where the manufacturers are now out of business and are getting hard to find.

  206. Good list. It’s not definitive but it’s a good start! Fuzz circuits are so simple yet can be so diverse from maker to maker!

  207. used to have an original big muff – had such an awesome tone! big fan of zvex effects as well. I’m trying to get some fuzz in my set up, so this list has been very informative of the best choices out there.

  208. Nice buyer’s guide…I already use the Zvex Fuzz Factory and the Big Muff Pi Russian version…and think about getting some new stomps in my pedal board

  209. i’ve always loved the zvex/eqd fuzzes i’ve had, and i’d have liked the red witch more if it played nice with the zvex wah, but it didn’t.

  210. Fuzz is the greatest type of effect out there. Can’t get enough. I need a ZVEX fuzz factory. my guitar player has one and it absolutely kills.

  211. I have the ZVEX Fat Fuzz and while it is versatile I want something I can use without much fiddling. Was thinking about the JHS Pollinator, buuuuut an Octave Fuzz might be nice too, like the HoofReaper or the Fuzz Octavulator. Maybe I’ll win the HoofReaper!!

  212. I absolutely love my russian muff and I’d love to get my hands on the Tone Wicker, as well as the Fuzz Factory. Frusciante uses one to awesome effect. Gotta also give it up to the Janus, it always looked like such an interesting pedal, and Walrus Audio makes fantastic pedals!

  213. That Rainger pedal and the Walrus pedal both look awesome.

    I am surprised that there’s no Blackout Effectors Musket/Blunderbus/Twosome and nothing from Fuzzhugger fx? Also Smallsound/Bigsound make some awesome fuzz boxes. And Mojohand FX

  214. I wish my tremolo could do what the Cusack does….that is one neat pedal. Pretty insane how much the JHS Pollinator cleans up with the guitar’s volume & picking dynamics – that’s some craftmanship right there. Excellent demos

  215. I love my original fuzz factory, but I’d be glad to graduate to the fat fuzz factory!!…although, if given the choice, I’d jump on the hoof reaper! Beggars..? Choosers…? I’m open to any fuzz! Honorable mention should also be given to MojoHandFX & their lovely fuzzezz!

  216. I have an EQD Hoof and it’s the most versatile, best sounding Muff clone i’ve played. Now i’m certain I need a Hoof Reaper to see what i’m missing

  217. If you can afford it or even find one – EVERYTHING and I repeat EVERYTHING you could ever want from whiteface rat to completely destroyed broken up barely a signal fuzz is within the 4 x switching parameters of the LOVETONE “BIG CHEESE” pedal!!
    Sometimes someone nails it right from the get go and VLAD certainly did yrs before the whole wacky named boutique effects pedal industry came about. Its all in there- itll save you thousands of $$$$,but itll cost you a thousand $$$ to get one !!.

  218. you think you know all about fuzz and suddenly you learn 10 times more – thanks for the review!

    and mostly thanks for making me discover the Tap-a-Fuzz, a powerful creative tool with great sound – could be my next fuzz!

  219. Of the pedals you selected I really like the hoof reaper – and thought it may be a bit older my favourite fuzz is the Himmelstrutz Gramps.
    I must also give you props for selecting some more imaginative pedals. Would live to give some of them a whirl!!Great article.

  220. I really love EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Fuzz, along with my ProCo Whiteface Rat, it’s pretty much my go to fuzz. I’ve seen demos for the Hoof Reaper, and I was floored by the seemingly limitless combinations one could achieve. Death By Audio Apocalypse looks like it could be just the right amount of dark-sounding fuzz for my ears (I adore crushing Russian Muff tones).

  221. Love fuzz tones and the fuzz factory is one of my favourite fuzz pedals, too bad that the really good pedals are always that expensive