Z.Vex Fuzz Factory review

  • £229
  • €315
  • $329

The modern classic of fuzz pedals

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Our Verdict

If you take your fuzz to extremes, get down to the factory...

For

  • Huge tonal manipulation possibilities. Quality build. Hand-painted.

Against

  • Expensive. Requires taming!
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After the obvious classics born in the 60s and 70s, it's fair to say that the Fuzz Factory is the most well-known and celebrated modern fuzz pedal.

"The result is a pedal that needs careful juxtaposition of its knobs to get to the sounds you want"

Launched almost 20 years ago, it was an original (and anarchic) design, when a lot of pedals were emulations of vintage gear, and quite unique in its compact hand-painted form.

What you get is a five-knob fuzz that uses two new old-stock 60s germanium transistors but offers manipulation of the circuitry like no other.

The result is a pedal that needs careful juxtaposition of its knobs to get to the sounds you want, with squeals, howls and feedback along the way while you are getting them that should appeal to sonic adventurers.

Beyond that, it can deliver conventional harmonically rich fuzz, cool resonant droning feedback that you can tune to pitch, and gated staccato madness.

Yes, it can be a beast that needs taming, but it offers probably the widest variety of fuzz-derived sounds in a single pedal.

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Tech Specs

Country of OriginUSA
Unit Power Source9 Volt Batteries Mains
FeaturesTrue bypass
Available Outputs1/4 Inch Jack
Available Inputs1/4 Inch Jack