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ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal  

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Overview
  • Made with 2 new old stock '60s germanium transistors
  • Volume, Gate, Compress, Drive, and Stability controls
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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

Order now and put the Vexter Fuzz Factory to work.

 
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ZVexVexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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    (17)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      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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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's my everyday, "New Pedal."

      By Martione

      from S Lake Tahoe, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        FUZZ Factory

        By SonicCline

        from Nashua, NH

        About Me Experienced

        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!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Super Fuzz combinations galore!!!!

          By Jason

          from Palmyra,PA

          About Me Experienced

          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!

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              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!

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Zvex Fuzz Factory

                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.

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                (1 of 3 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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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pandora's Fuzz Box

                By LoveZ my Vex

                from Canada

                Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                This is truly a pandoras box, if you are like me and love tweeking with your FX this is for you. I've had mine for a couple years now and have fallen in/ out and back in love with this little terror. Frankly its a great sound when you get it dialed in right, and unfortunately there is no magic formula, the amount of compression, drive, , gate, and stability all depends on the gear around it. Its very sensitive to how hot your pickups are as well as the impedance up and down stream from it. Personally my best combo with it so far has been a LP straight into it then follow it up with combinations of fx afterwards from octave, wah, to vibe, then landing it into a high gain amp . But I do have to admit when you get the right juice flowing it is an ungodly tone that will make you want to just groove on its howls and screams all night. My advice is get one, and if you don't love it right away, put it away and try again the next time you change up your rig or axe, it will eventually convert you. I can attest!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Believe it

                By SCvator

                from USA

                Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                I love ZVex pedals and have a couple others (Lo-Fi Loop Junky, Ooh Wah). Finally got around to buying a Fuzz Factory recently, and holy crap, I can't believe I ever played without it. The good parts: The sound quality and build quality are tremendous. You can get some really sick fuzz tones out of this box, and you've got hours of fun just playing with it as soon as you hook it up. In fact, if you have this, any decent eq, and maybe a Big Muff Pi, you can generate pretty much any fuzz sound you want. This pedal and its flexibility helped me get over all the single-purpose boutique fuzz boxes I used to lust for (Devi Ever, I'm looking at you). The less good parts: You have to be willing to tinker a lot to get that kind of variety, and God help you if you accidentally bump the knobs while you're gigging. Yes, it squeals. I kind of like the insane self-oscillations and screeches. If you don't, you'd better be sure to write down settings that work (some good ones are included in the one-page manual). I have a short list taped to my pedalboard for quick changes during a gig. On the whole, just a great stompbox, and now the only fuzz/distortion/od pedal on my board.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                All Fives For the First Time Ever

                By spoon

                from NY

                Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                Don't think I have ever given anything perfect scores but this pedal is insane.Features: This thing will produce pretty much any fuzz sound you want, and then some, if you set the gate right it is dead quiet, and you can even set the stab control to a desired feed back pitch. You have to go to the website and try the settings listed.Quality: Works perfectly every time, for as sensitive as the controls are it has no issues, Please note: this needs to be first in your chain to sound best, if you run it after pedals with heavy buffers it will not work right at all (like a Jeckyl and Hyde)Value: This is the same as the hand painted model for much much less not sure how you can go wrong with that.Overall: If I lost it I would need another almost instantly.Plus when I had questions I e-mailed Z-vex and Zack Vex himself got back to me right away: How cool is that? You can make this pedal sound like a very traditional fuzz or you can use it to destroy everything in it's pathI have run it through both tube and solid state amps as well as some modeling stuff and it always performs. It will never leave my board!!!I have a pigtronics Disnortion and A Big Muff Tone wicker and this will do pretty much anything they do at 1/3 the size (although I like running them together which is a personal sickness)E-mail me if you want I love to talk pedals:

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Buy it.

                By iri5h_punk21

                from San Jose, CA

                Comments about ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal:

                I had been contemplating buying this fuzz for quite a while. I play bass, and the big muff pi just wasn't really quite doing it for me. I needed more versatility.I realized that I got a this was just the Vexter and not the hand painted one after I bought it (d'oh!), and was worried about quality , but let me assure you...it's chuck full of quality.I have never been this happy after buying a pedal before, you will be too

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