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ZVex Vexter Fuzz Factory Guitar Effect Pedal

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The Vexter Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 NOS '60s germanium transistors, and it comes in a hand-polished aluminum chassis with hand-silkscreened, 2-color text. Though the circui... Read More

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Overview

The Vexter Fuzz Factory from ZVex is a 5-knob fuzz pedal with 2 NOS '60s germanium transistors, and it comes in a hand-polished aluminum chassis with hand-silkscreened, 2-color text. Though the circuit isn't modeled after any one specific classic fuzz, 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 effect.

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, and each is unique.

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 more finicky controls, so it will take some experimentation to get it right.


Features
  • Made with 2 new old stock '60s germanium transistors
  • Volume, Gate, Compress, Drive, and Stability controls
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4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UNTOUCHABLE

By Tom Amereihn

from Baltimore, MD

This is the most unruly, unpredictable, unprecedented, unique and crazy pedal I own! I LOVE IT!!! I see some of these earlier, negative reviews that name this pedal as "garbage", "junk" and poor "build quality". From what I see these people want a vintage fuzz sound and they expect to get it out of a pedal that WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT. This pedal does not conform to "standard" specifications. It is intended not for the faint of heart or for people who don't want to experiment and find their own sound. It even says so in the paperwork that comes with it! As far as "build quality" goes, anything you own that you don't want to break, TAKE CARE OF IT! Regardless of how much or how little a piece of gear costs if you want it to last don't treat it like it will never break. Everything has a failure point. The Fuzz Factory is for the open minded that can think outside the box, be creative and want a very dynamic, unconventional and diverse sounding fuzz. This thing can go from a shrill, twangy, 8 bit arcade style sounding fuzz to the most wooly, scratchy, noisy fuzz on the planet! It reacts to how you play and the guitars volume pot. The harder you play the more wool and compression you get out of it. Ease back a bit and it becomes a very reactive Fuzz Factory (pardon the pun). Roll the volume back and get some scratchy, AM radio sounding fuzz that you can roll the volume back up to become a fuzz with so much balls your head will explode!!! If you want a fuzz that you have never heard before, here it is!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What Fuzz Should Be!

By Tom Amereihn

from Baltimore, MD

This pedal is the most unruly, unpredictable, unprecedented, unique and crazy pedal I own! I LOVE IT!!! I see some of these earlier, negative reviews that name this pedal as "garbage", "junk" and poor "build quality". From what I see these people want a vintage fuzz sound and they are trying to get it out of a pedal that was NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT. This pedal does not conform to "standard" specifications. It is intended not for the faint of heart or for people who don't want to experiment and find their own sound. It even says so in the paper work that comes with it! As far as build quality goes, anything you own that you don't want to break, TAKE CARE OF IT. Regardless of how much or how little a piece of gear costs if you want it to last don't treat it like it wont break. Everything has a failure point. The Fuzz Factory is for the open minded that can think outside the box, be creative and want a very dynamic, unconventional and diverse sounding fuzz. This thing can go from a shrill, twangy, 8 bit arcade style sounding fuzz to the most wooly, scratchy, noisy fuzz on the planet! It reacts to how you play and the volume pot on the guitar. The harder you play the more wool and compression you get out of it. Ease back a bit and it becomes a very reactive Fuzz Factory (pardon the pun). Roll the volume back and get some scratchy, AM sounding fuzz that you can roll the volume back up to become a fuzz with so much balls it will make your head explode!!! If you want a fuzz that you have never heard before, here it is!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Endless Fuzz

By Tristan Faubel

from Marysville, CA

This is the first effects box I've ever actually owned, and it is worth every penny and more! I am a huge Muse fan, which is the reason I originally wanted it. I'd never played with it, but the Youtube demos and the reviews were enticing. As soon as I got it home and plugged it in, I could tell that this will always be my favorite effect. True, you may not be able to COVER thousands of different artist's sounds with it, but the ability to carefully sculpt your own ORIGINAL personal fuzz tone (while still getting high quality audio) is so much better! I was looking for Muse fuzz, but quickly got lost in crafting my own favorite fuzz setting. The construction of the box is very solid. It's weighted enough to where you don't have to worry about flipping it over when you hit the switch with your toe whilst you play. The parameter knobs are very tight, with no wiggling or slipping; once you adjust a parameter, it STAYS there. The only question I have is: Why did I wait so long to buy this?!

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(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal but Practical?

By Nate

from Rockville, MD

This is a great pedal. its very versatile and can produce some really cool tones. But the versatility is the problem. If you turn one knob in a different way its extremely difficult to get the same tone you had before. Also this pedal is very shrill and can be harsh on the ears very often. I've used this pedal live and have gotten general poor responses. This pedal looks cool, sounds cool, is reliable and of good quality. But this pedal is more of a toy then a practical fuzz pedal.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only fuzz pedal you need.

By Graham

from Aiken, SC

This thing is SICK. It's pretty much the only fuzz pedal I could find with legit germanium transistors (the real deal) and it's the only fuzz pedal I'd ever want to own. The sound is simply exquisite. You can dial down the volume on your guitar for a nice crunchy fuzz perfect for rhythm and then you can switch to the neck pickup and jack up the volume and drive and the pedal and get the wettest and smoothest fuzz you've ever heard in your life. Also, the gate/comp help out tremendously with problems you get with feedback and hiss. Basically, all I'm saying is... buy this pedal if you want the best fuzz ever. THE END.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SQUEAKY FUZZ JOY

By Richard

from Pomfret, Ct

Got this after wanting it for about the past 2 years or so...sounds as good as I hoped it would. As for it being the "cheaper" version of the fuzz factory I think it sounds exactly the same as the more expensive version, though I will say I have not had the chance to compare them side by side. But, no complaints so far. This pedal is definitely not for the faint hearted, it will squeak a lot and has many um, interesting settings. Take some time to get to know the pedal and see how all the knobs interact with each other and you will like it and be able to find a good tone. For reference I'm using it through a Fender Vibro Champ XD 5W, usually on voice "1". So yeah, no complaints, sounds awesome, lots of fuzz. So...plug in (baby) and see what you can come up with!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best fuzz out there.

By Tidge

from Tulsa, OK

Awesome fuzz pedal. The best out there, hands down. Zvex know what they're doing like no one else. This fuzz goes from tinny, thin AM radio fuzz to thick wooly fuzz with the turn of a knob. If you're looking for a burly, wooly, noisy (and it IS noisy, but the gate works wonders, but I also like noisy) lo-fi (in sound and spirit, high in quality), fuzz, then this is your pedal. Nothing sounds quite like a Fuzz Factory!

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(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Your not gonna get anything like this from any other stombox

By thisissteve01

from Cranston, RI

I have had this product since before Guitar Center carried it, and let me tell you it is amazing. Alone it is a great fuzz pedal, and so much more that I can not possibly sum it up in this few words. When it is in chain with a distortion pedal, or even used on amp distortion, it pushes your sound to new levels, giving you great tweaks to the sound that you never imagined. My only advice is to read the paper you get with the product, as it will help you get used to the controls much faster. This is worth every penny get it now, especially from a name like Guitar Center.

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