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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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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This pedal takes a lot of time to understand; although difficult initially to get a handle on, if you sit down with it for a couple hours and learn it is theist versatile fuzz... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Grablowski
so I took some time to experiment with this pedal before I wrote my review and I have to say...it is absolutely incredible. BUT you have to know how to use it!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Amazing pedal! Super fun to play around with makes some really cool sounds. Great for anyone who like to experiment with soundsPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Definitely a good buy. I highly recommend this over the originalPublished 10 months ago by Marcus S.
I love this pedal. I'm a fuzz lover, but the diverse range is so fun. From Clean crunch to petrifying fuzz.Published 11 months ago by Tanner D. Hoke
The absolute best quality pedal ever made.... yes, not for the faint of heart. Not for anybody looking for a vintage creamy fuzz... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lui S.
Bought this for a buddy's birthday. He didn't like it either. Now I have it... If you want a fuzz box buy a dedicated fuzzbox. If you want an octavio, buy a dedicated octavio. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JA Says