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ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal 

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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Massive fuzz in a hand-silkscreened aluminum chassis.

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 Controls

Volume: Output level

Gate: 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.


FEATURES
  • Made with 2 new old stock '60s germanium transistors
  • Volume, Gate, Compress, Drive, and Stability controls
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ZVexVexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's my everyday, "New Pedal."

Honestly I've thought about selling this pedal. When I get to that point, I wrap it up and stick it in the closet. And like a 'skeleton' I always go back for...Read complete review

Honestly I've thought about selling this pedal. When I get to that point, I wrap it up and stick it in the closet. And like a 'skeleton' I always go back for it and let it out. I've owned it for about 5 years now and I will probably never get rid of it. Yes there's oscillation, yes there's screaming sirens and yes there's that sticky, scratchy Velcro. When using this pedal I've had it in the front, middle and end of the chain, before and after the fx loop and every day it's like a new pedal! I'm also not a big muse fan but with all the hype the guy gets goes to show the functionality of this pedal goes way beyond what some people may have negative concerns about. All in all, the reason I truly love this pedal is because how different it is and how you can really find an individual sound with it. It may be mass produced as a boutique but there is nothing generic about it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

FUZZ Factory

First off let me say I have wanted this pedal for at least a year. I went to boston and tried this pedal at Guitar Center. I played the pedal using a 1963 Fender...Read complete review

First off let me say I have wanted this pedal for at least a year. I went to boston and tried this pedal at Guitar Center. I played the pedal using a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster and through a Fender Deluxe Amp. I was so excited to try this thing. My intention was to buy it. After playing with it for over an hour I realized it was far too difficult to use and had a lot of sounds that were virtually unusable. Im a huge fan of Nels Cline and I love a good sounding heavy fuzz pedal. This is a good fuzz pedal dont get me wrong. but the amount of usable fuzz is over powered by the sounds that no one really needs. I was very disappointed in this pedal. I ended up purchasing an Electro Harmonixs Big Muf with tone wicker instead. To each his own but this pedal was just not for me. If you insist on buying this play it first and then decide dont buy it without playing it first!

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5.0

Killer Fuzz Box

By Analog

from Nashville, TN

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

    When I first plugged this pedal in, I thought it was too difficult to use and too out of control for any kind of practical purpose. After tweaking a little and learning how the controls interact with each other I am now stoked about having bought the Fuzz Factory. This thing is the bomb. Frusciante style bends and dive-bombs, Paranoid Android-esque glitch-fuzz, you name it, this thing does it and does it well.

     
    5.0

    Versatile must have fuzz

    By James

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

      First things first, I'm a bass player. That being said I really like the pedal. It is treble heavy, but with a mantic conceptual thug I can boost the lows if I want. I had no issues dialing in various fuzz sounds with the pedal. The gate is perfect to cut the overtones to play only when I hit the strings. It's a noise gate that mutes the sound until triggered by you playing and it allows you to tweak the pedal to carry some sonic overtones that would otherwise be disruptive and constant. This design makes the pedal extremely versatile. The different fuzz tones you can dial in are nearly endless. Sometimes in electronic music the bass section can be carried by a treble section perhaps with a pulse wave and a high pass filter. I found a similar use with this pedal on bass guitar and I plan on doing some synth type sounds with it to drive a "bass" section. It pulls off classic fuzz too but perhaps drops the bass a bit too much for straight use on bass guitar without a bass booster. You gotta love it for what it is and I do. It's also a smoking deal at musician's friend!

       
      5.0

      just what I needed, a different sound. very adjustable.

      By dimebag jr.

      from crawfordsville, indiana

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

        Was looking for a groovy different sound for stoner rock and this is great!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a great fuzz pedal!

        By Woodzsan

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

          The instructions provide you with several presets for a variety of fuzz tones. I like the fact that there are 5 controls to customize the fuzz tones to one's liking. Sure, there are a few settings that are not within the proper operating range and are unusable. Solution? Don't use them! That's one of the trade-offs for the versatility this pedal provides. Get this beauty...you won't be disappointed!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's my everyday, "New Pedal."

          By Martione

          from S Lake Tahoe, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Hectic
          • Oooooober Sensitive
          • Outstanding
          • Responsive
          • Sonic
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

            Honestly I've thought about selling this pedal. When I get to that point, I wrap it up and stick it in the closet. And like a 'skeleton' I always go back for it and let it out. I've owned it for about 5 years now and I will probably never get rid of it. Yes there's oscillation, yes there's screaming sirens and yes there's that sticky, scratchy Velcro. When using this pedal I've had it in the front, middle and end of the chain, before and after the fx loop and every day it's like a new pedal! I'm also not a big muse fan but with all the hype the guy gets goes to show the functionality of this pedal goes way beyond what some people may have negative concerns about. All in all, the reason I truly love this pedal is because how different it is and how you can really find an individual sound with it. It may be mass produced as a boutique but there is nothing generic about it!

            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            FUZZ Factory

            By SonicCline

            from Nashua, NH

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

              First off let me say I have wanted this pedal for at least a year. I went to boston and tried this pedal at Guitar Center. I played the pedal using a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster and through a Fender Deluxe Amp. I was so excited to try this thing. My intention was to buy it. After playing with it for over an hour I realized it was far too difficult to use and had a lot of sounds that were virtually unusable. Im a huge fan of Nels Cline and I love a good sounding heavy fuzz pedal. This is a good fuzz pedal dont get me wrong. but the amount of usable fuzz is over powered by the sounds that no one really needs. I was very disappointed in this pedal. I ended up purchasing an Electro Harmonixs Big Muf with tone wicker instead. To each his own but this pedal was just not for me. If you insist on buying this play it first and then decide dont buy it without playing it first!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Super Fuzz combinations galore!!!!

              By Jas

              from Grantville, pa

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                  It's great for light to heavy fuzz. It has so many sweet spots to be found. You just have to mess with it. I would suggest writing down settings you like incase you forget for next jam time!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  FANTASTIC!!!!

                  By Roderick Eugene

                  from Tucson, AZ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                    Phenomenal pedal. Well worth the price. It uses a lot of battery and 9v batteries aren't cheap but, as long as you unplug it while you're not using it. Best of luck with your pedal!

                    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Zvex Fuzz Factory

                    By Gabriel Torres

                    from NC

                    Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                    Overall I couldn't go wrong with this pedal because Matt Bellamy (the lead singer/guitarist/pianist) of Muse is my greatest inspiration to play guitar, and his style includes some pretty unique/creative riffs. The fuzz factory and creativity go hand in hand! If you are a die hard muse fan, then this pedal is so totally for you. Not to mention i have tried countless different fuzz brands, but the zvex fuzz factory is in it's own league of awesome.

                    If your interested in this pedal then GET IT, it's so worth it!!!!
                    The zvex fuzz factory has got some really awesome sounds and unique trademarks that you can't find anywhere! The best part of this pedal can also be the worse part, simply depending on what you prefer. If your one of those people that enjoy getting to know a pedal with time and patience, then this pedal is great for you. Quite frankly the more familiar I get with the pedal the more I enjoy it. I find the discovery of all these little tweaks and different sounds really exciting. I plan to gig with this pedal eventually, but in the meantime the pedal requires alot of getting used to.
                    The quality of this pedal is great! I love the size and the amazing unique tone quality it produces. The overall pedal is pretty solid and like everything the better you take care of it, the longer it will last!
                    The pedal is a bit pricey, but it's definately worth it because it is great for what it does. However in comparison to other pedals, there are many GREAT pedals that are great for thier purpose, and they are tons cheaper.

                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Fuzz Pedal in years

                    By Another LA Sound Engineer

                    from Lost Angeles, CA

                    Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                    Warning: This pedal is NOT a toy, will not play safe, don't use it live unless you know it well. Cons: I don't see any. It's a beast, deal with it or buy a safe pedal.Pros: Once you tinker (a lot)and make it work with YOUR gear, it will give you Unique sounds, so write everything down, because every change makes the overall sound different, even radical, just try the pedal with the same settings in different amps and you'll see, change guitars and you'll see.If you don't have time or patience and just want fuzz, get the Big muff or a Fuzz face, they have all the classic sounds with a few simple dials.It's a well built pedal, with quality components,never had a problem with it, personally, I like all Z.Vex pedals, but this one takes the cake.

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