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So I'm struggling to find a fuzz that I like. Play mainly in a RHCP tribute band so I have tried to live with Boss OBD-3, Malekko Bassmaster and Darkglass B3K but none of these float my boat! Any recommendations or pointing in right direction appreciated. Not after a metal sounds, just some nice grit!

Play a Modulus bass through a GK 2001Rb with Barefaced Big Twin, also have a dark glass 900 but still not right on either fuzz setting, hence it is for sale!

Any help/sound demo appreciated.

Ta

Paul

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There's a COG Tarkin for sale in the classifieds. There are some great demos of it online, might be worth checking out? Seems quite versatile.

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Yep, COG Tarkin would be worth a look. I've owned/built a lot of fuzzes and the Tarkin slays them all.

Saying that, if you're just after "grit" then maybe fuzz isn't what you should be looking at?

Edited by Johnny Wishbone

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Yeah, I associate grit with overdrive too. Also the fact you reference fuzz settings on the Darkglass amp probably means you are looking for overdrive. Overdrive/Distortion/Fuzz are pretty much just different degrees of the same thing, but overdrive sounding more like a cranked amp, and fuzz being waaay beyond that. Maybe post some sound clips of the kind of tone you're going for?

If it is more traditional Ampeg style tube drive you seek, check out the Tech21 VT Bass (or VT500 amp) on Youtube perhaps?

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The cog sounds pretty good.. I know 'fuzz' is pretty much a bit of a generic term but I mean a bit of dirt/grit of an overdrive, not thrash overdrive/distortion. Maybe a sound clip would work.

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What sort of sound. RHCP Around The World intro tone? There are some RHCP rig rundowns on Premier Guitar's you tube channel. If you're specifically after Flea's tone for your band that would be my first port of call. Good luck.

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Yeah I know what he uses, and have tried them with different configurations but its not right or I dont like it. He favours the Bassmaster and i have had two, just to make sure it wasn't right and it wasnt!

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I've tried a lot too and never really gelled with any either, until I picked up an EHX Bass Soul Food - not fuzz at all, but great for a bit of grit and clank in a band setting. Seems to like both my passive and active basses too.

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Yeah I like the COG, for the price it's worth a whirl. Sounds great on the demo 👍

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Rhcp is a tricky fuzz he uses the odb but your playing obviously doesn't work with it, I'd say try and find something that when pushed goes into fuzz but mainly stays in distortion territory.

Cog is a good place to start, also Lateral sound there spore is super versatile or the Chowny Fuzzster is really cool but more towards fuzz.

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Sounds to me like you might want to at least try a Bass TubeScreamer, they're a bit of an acquired taste to many, I use one for a cover of Transmission, never found another that can match it for that 80s punk funk

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I've just rented some pedals from fxpedal rentals and it was a great way to decide which out of a couple of filters I was after and I know they have a load of Fuzz pedals too. Turns out filters aren't for me but it was great to have them in my hands, in the practice room playing them into my own rig. I'm amazed how little I sounded like the demo's on you tube!!

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