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Classic '60s fuzz and 5 tone-sculpting knobs.
The Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 old-stock '60s germanium transistors. Though the circuit isn't modeled after any one specific classic fuzz effect, 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.
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 by hand too so each is unique. Includes a 9V DC power jack and green on/off LED.
ZVex 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 pedal's more finicky controls, so it will take some experimentation to get it right.
Note: Due to the nature of each hand-painted Fuzz Factory pedal, there may be a slight difference in design from the posted image.
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Comments about ZVex Hand-Painted Fuzz Factory Guitar Effects Pedal:
Simply a beast of a fuzz. A factory of fuzzes if you will...
Purchased a used 1990 hand painted Fuzz Factory from ebay, the original design with no LED light and battery-only operation. It was listed for relatively cheap, and Zach Vex himself warranties all the hand painted models for "as long as [he is] on the planet", so if it there were any defects, I could get it repaired by him. I got the pedal with nothing wrong, and I could not be any happier with it. 100% unique and totally monstrous fuzz tones. It does take a lot of tweaking and playing around with it to get a specific sound, but that is no problem for me since I would do that with any pedal. I like to dial back my guitar output level to get a not-so-insane fuzz (more classic sounding, not as compressed and in-your-face as when it is full level), but it is very versatile, both for classic tones and for never-before-possible tones! I have been experiencing some switch problems, and considering the age and use of it before me, it is not surprising. I emailed Zach himself and I can send it in for repair for free. Overall, this pedal is designed for players who love to tweak and play around with their tone to their hearts content, and I feel that this is a must have for studio fuzz boxes, since you can get so many sounds. Z.Vex hits it out of the park with the Fuzz Factory!
Excellent and simple construction inside and out. The switch has been finicky lately, but nothing unheard of for any pedal pushing 22 years of use.
This pedal, at least new, is expensive, but Z.Vex remedied that by starting the less expensive Vexter line, so for the players who want all hand made and hand painted awesomeness, then they can choose to pay for that.