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ZVex Effects Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal

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  • Made with 2 new old stock '60s germanium transistors
  • Volume, Gate, Compress controls
  • Drive, and Stability controls
  • Hand-silkscreened, hand-polished aluminum chassis
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Product Description

The Vexter Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 NOS '60s germanium transistors, and it comes in a hand-polished aluminum chassis with hand-silkscreened, 2-color text. Though the circuit isn't modeled after any one specific classic fuzz, it delivers tones straight out of the 1960s. These 5 knobs control the Fuzz Factory's parameters at various operating levels, letting you shape your own personalized fuzz effect.ZVex designed the Fuzz Factory to consume less energy than other effects pedals. When on, the Fuzz Factory's current is less than 3 mA. This fuzz pedal is hand-painted and assembled, and each is unique.Fuzz Factory ControlsVolume: Output levelGate: Squelches noise after end of sustain. Turn to the right to eliminate squeals, hiss, and buzz, stopping just as they disappear, or use to tune in exact feedback pitch. Turning to the left opens gate.Compress: Adds attack characteristic when turned to the left, which gets softer to right, and suddenly pinches tone when all the way right. Also tunes in fat, feedbacky fuzz. Lower the Stability and see what happens to this control.Drive: Increases distortion when used as a "normal" fuzz and adjusts feedback pitch and tonal thickness.Stability: Use to control feedback pitch. This is one of the more finicky controls, so it will take some experimentation to get it right.

Product Information

Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 5.5 inches
Shipping Weight 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B007MM6HKG
Item model number Vexter Fuzz Factory
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4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #10,076 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#98 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Tuners
Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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Before buying this pedal, I did some research, as is common with any gear purchase. After reading a few reviews and watching a few demos, I stumbled upon a review (possibly on here somewhere) which touted the Fuzz Factory as “the most evil pedal ever.” I think that was the point where I decided to go for it.

And, though I have not experienced any demonic possession or supernatural, soul-stealing abilities, I can attest to the fact that this is one of the most evil pedals ever created (up there with the EHX Tube Zipper). It does, after all, have a parameter called “stab.”

But what makes it evil? What makes it great?

First off, it’s not your typical fuzz pedal. If that’s what you want, go elsewhere. However, this pedal is built around a great fuzz. It’s a very driving, warm fuzz, which retains a surprising amount of clarity and tonal separation.

And that’s where it stops being just-another-fuzz-pedal, because then we get into the other three adjustable parameters: compressor, gate, and stab.
The inclusion of both a compressor and a gate in this is part of the genius of the pedal. The purpose of a gate is to be able to set a minimum volume threshold, which requires a certain amount of input before any signal is output. Basically, that means that anything that is really soft gets cut out. So any background noise is cut out while you’re not playing and any notes that are sustaining get cut short once they start to dip below the set level. A compressor attacks from the other end of the volume, setting a max threshold, over which any input will be cut by a factor of a compression ratio (e.g., if your ratio is 10:1 with a threshold of 10, an input of 20 will yield an output of 10 + 10/10 = 11).
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Fuzz has never really been my thing as I'm basically a rhythm player in the classic rock vein. I tend to like clean sounds and the sound of tube amps pushed to the edge of breakup, without going over the top. When I was a gigging musician, I aimed for a more transparent sound. I wanted good tone without effects being too noticeable. Back in the day, I would have had no use for something like the Fun Fuzz Factory in a gigging situation.

However, I was always intrigued by unusual sounds and could sometimes be found alone in the rehearsal space experimenting with some of the extreme settings on my effects or pushing the gain in my amp for some crazy distortion sounds. I had a DOD Analog Delay 680 that could do some wild oscillations. I would love playing with it even if it had no place in the music I was playing.

I've long given up gigging and now spend most of my time playing at home or jamming with friends. As such, I've started to experiment with sounds again, musical and otherwise, and was intrigued by the Fat Fuzz Factory after seeing some YouTube videos. I've never owned a true fuzz pedal like a Fuzz Face or Big Muff, so I may not be the best person to evaluate a fuzz box, so take what I say with a grain of salt.

The product itself seems to be well made and was presented in an interesting and somewhat unique way. The pedal came in a somewhat plain white cardboard box. Inside the unit was wrapped in a soft cloth (might make a good guitar shammy) tied together with what looks like a fancy scrunchy with some interesting cube doohickies on the end. Also included was a warranty card and brief instruction sheet, the same that can be found on the Z. Vex website. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pedal came with a battery already installed.
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I love this thing. The berth of sounds and tones you can get out of it is incredible, from a more traditional 60's-tinged fuzz, to some of the most ridiculous noise-rock-ready squeals and white noise you can imagine.

It is initially a bit confusing when you first plug this sucker in because given the pedal's sensitivities, the knobs tend to have some really unexpected effects...which is at once exciting and a fairly frustrating. Exciting because you will randomly stumble upon some crazy sounds (I found a configuration yesterday that squeezes the sound into an almost classic-NES tone) and frustrating when you're simply trying to dial into a more specific, traditional tone.

Still though, you can't really beat this pedal if you're looking for some crazy fuzz sounds that you would never be able to get out of any other fuzz pedal. It really allows you to explore the full spectrum of the effect...and I mean the FULL spectrum.
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I love this pedal. There are lots of options of sounds it can make but you gotta take the time to tinker with it. Not only that but the company has been really great. I've had pedals go a bit wonky on me whilst on tour and they've sent me replacements or fixed them if I was home.
I used to only use shin ei fuzz wahs till they got too expensive but now I can pair this with a couple other ones and tithe sounds come close. As I mentioned earlier, it will take some time to get the sounds you want, a day or two of noodling around should do it. If you're looking for something that makes a generic fuzz sound, don't buy this. But if you are looking for something that you can pair up w other pedals and play around with, I'd buy it for sure.
Love ZVex, especially the fuzz factory!
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