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20 of the Best Mini Fuzz Pedals - 2018 Update II

Amsterdam CreamBig Muff Style FuzzEl Músico Loco FXEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKO AmpsLovepedalMaestro Style FuzzMalekko Heavy IndustryModulated FuzzMooerMXRMythos PedalsOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzPigtronixRainger FXRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzSuper-Fuzz StyleSviSoundTone Bender Style FuzzZvex+-
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In going through all my various favourite mini Drive and Distortion Pedals, I thought I should round out the exercise by updating my preferred Mini Fuzz list which has grown and evolved over the years. The current number is 20 - with some additions, but also a number swapped out for better alternatives.

 

I haven’t really concentrated on Mini Fuzzes of late for whatever reason, but did put in a recent order with KO Amps for a sort of Skreddy Mayo Big Muff style mini. I’m ...

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20 Favourite Boutique Style Mini Drive and Distortion Pedals

Blues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDecibelicsDistortionDriveEWS EffectsF-PedalsIbanezKeeley EngineeringKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMulti-DriveMXROverdrivePigtronixSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveVox Style DistortionWamplerXotic EffectsXvive Audio+-
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So I’ve covered off a large variety of mini Drive and Distortion pedals in these last few features - starting with the 4-Size key enclosure type articles, then Mooer Micro PreAmps, then the older Mooer Minis, and most recently - the OneControl offerings in that area. This article is essentially a collection of the remaining mini drive and distortion pedals I rate from a variety of pedal-builders. They are not all strictly ’Boutique’ but I felt they fit best within that ...

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12 of the Best Compact Chorus+Vibrato Pedals

ArionBossChase Bliss AudioChorus and VibratoDawner Prince EffectsDryBell EffectsEWS EffectsGreenhouse EffectsJHS PedalsModulationMXRNeunaberTC ElectronicUni-Vibe and VibeWalrus AudioWay Huge Effects+-
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The key effect of the 80’s seems to be coming back into vogue again, and it has quickly risen from nice-to-have to essential status for me. This really happened when I acquired the Boss MD-500 - whose Chorus, Filter, Flanger and Phaser modes I love in particular. When the Strymon Mobius was in that slot I did not particularly rate its choruses, while I find the Boss ones pretty stellar - including all the stereo Dimensions modes.

 

So I decided fairly early on this year that I ...

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Comparative Guitar Pedal Acquisition Strategy - 120 Mini Pedal Edition

Boost and OverdriveBuild Your Own CloneBYOCDelayDistortionEl Músico Loco FXEWS EffectsFairfield CircuitryF-PedalsFuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKeeley EngineeringKHDKKO AmpsLovepedalMalekko Heavy IndustryModulationMooerMXRMythos PedalsOneControlPigtronixPitchRainger FXReverbSuhrTC ElectronicUtilityXotic EffectsXvive AudioZvex+-
2018AfBlg35CompMiniDirt700-min

Apart from one off larger pedals - like the new Origin Effects RevivalDrive, I feel that most of the pedal innovation is occurring at the Mini and Compact pedal sizes. The current ’shrinking’ trend is seeing several classic pedals being brought down to smaller enclosures. In the Mini pedal genre, I feel Xotic and Wampler have a lot to do with the increase in premium quality Mini pedals. Xotic via its trifecta of EP Booster, SL Drive and SP Compressor - of which I have all three in ...

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The Rise in Near Equivalent Mini Guitar Effects Pedals

Big Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionCompressorDistortionDriveEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionIbanezKeeley EngineeringKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionOverdriveSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveUtilityWampler+-
2018AfBlgMiniEquivalentPedals700-min

There is a very apparent trend in pedals at the moment - which sees several makers consolidating some of their offerings into smaller enclosures. As part of this, and what we’re interested in for this articles - is those makers who offer some of their key pedals in different formats. One of the most successful mini pedals of late has been the original Wampler Mini Tumnus whose uptake has been quite incredible really, and which still appears on a significant number of pro pedalboards. I ...

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12 Degrees of Saturation - Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds by level of Gain - 2018 Mini Pedal Edition

12 Degrees of SaturationBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDistortionDriveDumble Style OverdriveEWS EffectsF-PedalsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionIbanezKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMooerMulti-DriveMythos PedalsOCD Style OverdriveOneControlOpAmp FuzzOverdrivePigtronixRat Style FuzzSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveWamplerXotic Effects+-
2018AFBlg12DegressSaturationMini700-min

Following from the recent Compact Format Edition, and my piece on Near Equivalent Mini Pedals - it’s time to set out my preferred Mini Pedal 12 Degrees of Saturation pedal selection. It is somewhat more difficult to complete in some ways as their are overall far less candidates available, and moreover far less quality contenders too. That’s not to say there aren’t some classic Mini Pedals here, but is is quite evident that there is far more choice in the regular compact ...

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15 of the Best Mini Fuzz Pedals - 2018 Edition

Amsterdam CreamBig Muff Style FuzzDeaf AudioEl Músico Loco FXEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKO AmpsLovepedalMalekko Heavy IndustryMooerMythos PedalsOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzOutlaw EffectsPigtronixRainger FXRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzSuper-Fuzz StyleTone Bender Style FuzzZvex+-
2018AfBlg15MiniFuzz700

This is a follow-up and extension to my August 16 post from last year. The number of recommended mini pedals has gone up from 9 to 15, and we’ve tried to assign the most relevant type-reference to each pedal - so you get an indication of the kind of tones you might get - of course their are demo videos attached too.

 

I am still a big fan of mini fuzzes, and still on the trail of trying to acquire as many of these as I can. I was surprised to find copies of the discontinued ...

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12 of the Best Fuzz Face Style Pedals

Analog.ManDunlop EffectsEWS EffectsFulltone EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzGermanium FuzzHendrix EffectsJAM PedalsJHS PedalsMJM EffectsMonsterpieceMXRProAnalog DevicesSilicon FuzzVemuramWren and Cuff+-
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I guess out of all the different fuzz flavours, the most well-known and probably best liked is the Fuzz Face. Originally made by Arbiter / Dallas Arbiter and latterly under the control of Jim Dunlop. Of course the ambassador of Fuzz - one Jimi Hendrix played these - well the originals, and we will forever associate the colour Red with Germanium and Blue with Silicon - or not. The initial pedals had Germanium and the latter ones were switched to Silicon which had more gain on tap, but also most ...

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20 Key Guitar Effects Pedal Types - Preferred Mini Pedal per Type

Acoustic SimulatorBig Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveChorus and VibratoCompressorDelayDigital DelayDigital ReverbDistortionDouble TrackingDriveEQEWS EffectsFlangerFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionKlone and Transparent OverdriveLooperModulationMooerMulti-DriveMXRNoise GateOctaverOverdrivePhaserPigtronixPitchReverbTC ElectronicTremoloTunersUtilityVolumeWah and Fixed WahWamplerXotic Effects+-
2017AfBlg20MiniPedalType700

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of mini pedals and feature right now 6 of that type in my active studio pedal chain (of 35). All of these are exceptional at what they provide, and they all sound great, and are amongst my favourites. Somewhat ironically, of those 6 - one has already been marked for replacement. My much-loved Mooer Blues Mood which is a clone of the celebrated Keeley-modded Boss Blues Driver BD-2 - has somewhat added competition in the guise of the new Boss Angry Driver...

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18 of the Best Fuzz Pedals for Your Consideration

Analog.ManBig Muff Style FuzzChase Bliss AudioDr ScientistEarthQuaker DevicesEWS EffectsFoxpedalFulltone EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzJHS PedalsMagnetic EffectsMalekko Heavy IndustryMcSpunckle EffectsModulated FuzzOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOld Blood Noise EndeavorsOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzProCoRainger FXRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzStone Deaf EffectsSubdecay EffectsSuper-Fuzz StyleWamplerZvex+-
2017AfBlg18FuzzPedals700

When I got back into guitar I had some foolish odd notion that I did not like fuzz, and would only concentrate on Overdrive and Distortion sounds. Yet I soon realised that many of my favourite saturation sounds are in fact fuzz-based, and that fuzzes can be used in a variety of ways and in a number of different voicings. There are several different categories of fuzz from smooth warm vintage, through octave fuzz, fuzz-distortion (Muff | Rat), velcro / gated fuzz, and on to super-saturated ...

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