7 Bass Fuzz Pedals Your Need To Check Out
A good fuzz pedal is necessary for a bass players arsenal. Like spaghetti and meatballs or peanut butter and jelly, the fuzz pedal is a perfect partner for your bass.
So without any further delay, here are 7 of my favorite fuzz pedals for bass!
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A theme you will notice is that in the world of bass fuzz, the Big Muff tends to be the standard by which others are judged, and the tone most pedals emulate (similar to the Tube Screamer in the world of guitar).
The Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff is a simple, no-nonsense bass fuzz pedal that gives you everything you need, with simple controls and a very cool dual output so you can send a clean and fuzz single separately. This is extremely useful for recording.
A mini-switch provides a bass boost, so you do have some extra headroom.
If you like to keep it simple, and are looking for your first bass fuzz, I would highly recommend this pedal. If you want some more features in your pedal, I have plenty on the list with more features.
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One of my personal favorites, the Tech 21 Bass Boost Fuzz pedal offers all analog circuitry in a very cool color changing sparkle box. Simple controls make it easy to get the tone you want and a +clean knob allows you to add direct signal back into your tone.
In addition, this pedal has up to +21db of clean boost that is controlled by a single knob and has it’s own on/off switch that can be used independently of the fuzz. That means this is a 2 in 1 type pedal that is super versatile.
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If you need some serious fuzz in your life but also want the ability to get some serious sub-octave lows then the MXR Sub MAchine Octave Fuzz is the pedal for you.
With total control of the volume of the fuzz and sub-octave signal, you can dial in just the right amount of sub-octave bliss. The fuzz and sub-octave are independently controlled via footswitches, so you are not limited to fuzz with only sub-octave, and you can go sub-octave without the fuzz, a win-win-win situation!
In addition to these core featurs, the MXR Sub Machine can be run in parallel or series mode and you can switch to an octave up mode!
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The Big Muff is a classic fuzz pedal that is a household name in the world of bass and guitar. Electro-Harmonix took the Big Muff foundation and spiced it up to create the Deluxe Bass Big Muff.
This pedal is full of tonal options and cool features including:
- Pad switch to accommodate for passive or active basses
- 3 different outputs! (1/4″, 1/4″ buffered and XLR DI)
- Foot-switchable crossover section with variable high/low pass filter
- Gate control
If you like to have really shape your tone, this may be your next pedal.
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OK, I know, this pedal is really marketed toward guitar players, but this unique pedal needs to be on your list of fuzz pedals that you try on bass. Why is that? Because the JHS Mufaletta was designed to emulate 5 classic “Big Muff” pedals. Yes, it is true, this one pedal accurately recreates 5 different Big Muff Fuzz tones and a JHS special tone.
The tone options include:
- The Civil War – More midrange, brighter overall tone, and less gain.
- The Russian – Less clarity, less low end.
- The Pi – Best known for a more aggressive sound.
- The Triangle – More low end and more articulate.
- ’73 Rams Head – Scooped midrange, less gain, and overall darker tone.
- JHS 2015 – More powerful, less compressed, and a more haunting midrange. Also best for bass guitar.
If you want to have a buffet of fuzz at your fingertips you need to try this pedal out. It is also worth noting this pedal is gret for those who play guitar and bass on a regular basis.
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If you want to keep it simple, the Way Huge Russian Pickle may be your answer. Easy controls and a small form factor make this pedal easy to put on a pedalboard without a headache.
The Russian Pickle is known for a more smooth fuzz that some may even call creamy. A clear midrange and very fat bottom make this pedal perfect for garage band grunge style riffs.
Way Huge has been careful to ensure the same circuitry as the original Russian Pickle is in the newer re-issues. If you are looking for a simple fuzz to add to your 90’s cover band, check out the Russian Pickle.
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Known for all things bass, Aguilar is a household name for gigging bass musicians. Their Fuzzistor pedal is a silicon transistor based fuzz that harkens back to the good ole days. Don’t get me wrong, this thing can get real dirty, but in a classic sort of way.
A blend knob allows you to get just the right amount of fuzz in your clean signal and a single tone knob makes it easy to dial in the right sound.
One quirky thing about this pedal is the jack locations. Both the input and output jack are on the “top” side of the pedal. So if you are adding this to a pedalboard keep that in mind.
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