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Quick Guide: Fuzz plugins

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Fuzz pedals were some of the first distortion pedals that ever existed. They ruled the guitar tones of the 60s and 70s for both rhythm and lead guitar. It made stuff louder, larger and fatter while also adding a mountain of sustain.

Fuzz and muff type pedals are also pretty much required for stoner rock, doom, drone, stoner metal, doom metal, stoner / doom and other styles under the fuzzy umbrella. These genres depend on fuzz as metal depends on higher gains or Swedish Death Metal relies on the Boss HM2.

Below are some of the Fuzz type plugins that we would recommend any day of the week.

(in alphabetical order)

ANALOG OBSESSION PLUGINS

  • Freeware and paid software
  • Nice selection of fuzz pedal plugins
  • Solid level of quality for the buck

AUDIFIED MULTI-DRIVE PEDAL PRO

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  • Incl: Dunlop Fuzz Face, ProCo RAT Distortion, EHX Big Muff Pi
  • Controls have accurate response to hardware
  • Includes a nice selection of drive pedals to pair with fuzz

AUDIODAMAGE FUZZ PLUS 3 – FREE

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  • Absolutely FREE
  • Can be set to mimic a number of popular pedals
  • Useful for all kinds of fuzz, distortion and chaos
  • Designed to be used on any instrument or track

AUDIORITY BLUE FACE

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  • Faithfully modeled from the Dunlop Fuzz Face
  • Available on it’s own or in a bundle
  • Very affordably priced

AUDIORITY BIG GOAT

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  • Based on the EHX “Ram’s Head” Big Muff Pi
  • Available in the Pedalboard Distortions Bundle or separately
  • Very well priced

AUDIORITY HEAVY PEDAL

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  • More of a fuzz than a distortion pedal
  • Classic Boss HM2 tones with a ton of quality
  • The most detailed HM2 sim on the market right now
  • Great for doom and drone in addition to classic applications

BBE STOMPBOARD

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  • The Free Fuzz is not free but it’s very cool
  • Several other stomps that can be used
  • Includes the Sonic Stomp (Sonic Maximizer pedal version)
  • Pedals can be used in the Stomp Board plugin or on their own

DISTORQUE FACE BENDER – FREE

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  • Feat: Random Fuzz Face (likely a Dunlop) and a Tone Bender MKII
  • 110% FREE and they hold up for being an older plugin
  • Really doesn’t sound like freeware, much less older freeware

NEMBRINI AUDIO ANALOG RACK FUZZ

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  • Based on a custom designed representation of the original Fuzz Face
  • Supplies tons of gain when in need
  • Unique in many ways and a really nice modern take on a classic
  • Available as part of the incredible Analog Rack Bundle

NEMBRINI AUDIO EDSTORTION

  • Available in pedal and more advanced “rack” format in a bundle or separately
  • Amazing array of unique OD, distortion and fuzz tones
  • Reasonably priced but sale prices make this invaluable for the buck
  • Pedal has ease of use, rack version takes a little more experience

LINE 6 HELIX NATIVE

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  • Easily the best assortment of high quality fuzz pedals in one plugin
  • Huge selection of incredible gear for stoner / doom genres
  • Feat: ProCo RAT, Arbiter Fuzz Face, Boss Hyper Fuzz, EHx Big Muff Pi, Z.vex Fuzz Factory, Tycobrahe Octavia, Line 6 Original; Thrifter Fuzz and more
  • The only Boss Hyper Fuzz plugin ever made to this point
  • Includes fuzz for bass as well

This list will be updated as often as new products become available for us to test and review. If you know of a plugin that should be on this list, please email us to let us know asap!

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