Zvex Fuzz Probe
Zvex Fuzz Probe
Sylv1 05/13/2004

Zvex Fuzz Probe : Sylv1's user review


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Value For Money : Poor
Premire thing to note: The Fuzz Probe is nothing more than a Fuzz Factory with the button "Stab" is connected to a "plate CONTRL". So 90% are identical CHARACTERISTICS those of the Fuzz Factory. (See the excellent advice posted on this PDAL)

The PDAL is the result of a cross between a unique and indict Fuzz pedals and Thrmin (for more info on this instrument: http://www.thereminworld.com/)

And I warn prfre right away: this is intended to express pedals sound, this is not a distortion pedals as another store between one and a Big Muff Metal Zone, no!

So this is a Fuzz Factory pedals on which are fixed two plates of transparent plexiglass. On the top plate is available to a copper plate, whose sensitivity is adjustable through a Trounev.

This plate is used to vary the "Stab" between the position of the button "Stab" and the maximum possible. So if you turn the "Stab" Basically, you disable the plate, makes sense. Moreover, a red LED lights when the plate begins to act (that is quite handy ...).

The sensitivity of the plate is in position RULES mean for us to ask the earth and pedals to vary the sound by approaching the foot. It's really hard dcrire the behavior of the pedals. I suggest you to visit the site of vidos www.zvex.com to get an ide.

Personally, I use that appeared the most effective is to play this plate fingers, while my brother played his part in the guitar ...

Latest "dtails" pedals this is done by hand, hand painted by an artist named Jason Myold (www.jasonmyrold.com) numrote, each copy is unique. The bypass is a true bypass. It is even possible to contact directly Zvex for a particular look or customization of the pedals custom ... The PDAL is tudie to use the minimum possible, against 3mA 40mA for the Tube Screamer for example. It runs on 9 volt battery (included). You can buy a plate specially to connect the pedals called on the sector. Last but not least, these pedals are guaranteed for life Zvex!


Using the buttons rglages is really not easy, so I put a little 5. The buttons interact with each other and no mastery never really what you do. In beginners, adsoriente much. But when you understand that it is the intrt the pedals, you play the game and has become Tripp: It's almost always by chance we came across a cool sound!

Large positive, the manual supplied with dpart provides examples of providing a good dj ventail of what can bte. A quick ride on the forum www.zvex.com will allow you to glean from other posts rglages by other users of the FP.

A board nanmoins: I got the "recall sheet" and I note my systmatiquement rglages and prcisment (dixime a turn and the sound can change normment). Otherwise, I could lose a lot of time.

The use of the plate is plutt easy, even if a is less than wha wha: instead of running his foot about an axis, one approach or on the moves away, it supports more or less strong.

For those who have a DJ Fuzz Factory, know that the impact of the plate dpend bcp rglages and sounds. In some cases, has brought almost nothing, in other cases, it's pretty deadly.
Reaching the foot gently turn the knob back stab upwards. But the most fun is to tap the plate, and you can not make you IDE as you will not have the pedals in the hands ... This plate has much more impact than the rgalge "core" of the stab is low.

It's hard enough to make use of music, I feel a particular fate of the sound effects and one-off effects (intro, launching solo brothel end). seems to me a fairly complicated to use rgulirement scne (less than 4 feet get on the floor between each song to change rglages ...)

In this regard, a minor complaint Mr. Zvex, which could have put the buttons on the top of the pedals and not on the edge, even when t would have a more convenient!


- Effects are they effective, suitable and adequate ralistes?
Uh, the effects are mostly trs typs! will sound a "near normal" sounds frankly bar. The pedals can be rules for the Manir produce a continuous feedback, which we shall adopt ds resumes playing. allows a specific riffs trs, trs intrssants ... Especially since the "height" of the feedback is adjustable (with stab the button) and can vary if we approach the foot of the copper plate (those who know it well followed stab control button)

- Which instruments do you use?
Essentially the electric guitar (Les Paul ... Tl) For a big sound rhythm, it seems that the double coils are more suitable (and we do not use the copper plate). For sounds chelous, sound effects and other feedback, the simple T wonders. Note that the sound of the pedals dpend normment output level of the guitar. If chaining effect, it is advisable to put the first APRS Zvex guitar. I tried the system with a lot of effects including whammy, the wha wha, a truly open fields can be incredible, even if the final result is not destiny any music. .. In some cases, it also happens that mug on the radio (especially with the Tl and especially if the stab is below)!

I tried also on bass. Not bad, but clearly lacks low: the pedals does not make frquences bass produced by the instrument, it is a shame. I think cr has a Zvex pedals specially for low, the Woolly Mammoth, but it's not exactly the same thing as the Fuzz Factory and there's no brass plate.

I also tried on a lot of synth sounds, and with about the results BAR trs variables. I can not wait to try on a voice ...


- How long have you use it?
I use it for two months and I am delighted. But beware: this is clearly exprimentale pedals (especially the Fuzz Probe), intended to sound chelous, rough, aggressive. Lovers of great public sounds, rock FM, sounds clean and smooth, go your way. Fan of 70's fuzz and blues, forget too. The pedals are destined for big groups of rock, mtal and even trip hop, industrial, exprimentale of zik. For those who are not clibataires, prvoyez to test the pedals when your other half is missing, if you want to keep ...

The PDAL is filthy, unhealthy and rare and this is its strength!

Attention as a "dtail" yes, Muse uses a lot (Fuzz Factory Fuzz Probe), notament of Origin Of Symmetry, and in most of Muse lives between 2001 and 2003 beginners. The Fuzz Factory is fairly Submitted on Absolution (TSP, Blackout and some dubbing the sound of the Diezel on Stockholm Syndrome Hysteria or even). Klawn thank you for such precision.

But the sound coming out of the pedals feature a heavy t: with a big compression ratio, EQ drastically. And it especially as it gets to use real music. Personally, passes through a plug or LA2A 1176 Universal Audio and Galise to remove the top mdium a bit too aggressive and the fact carrment!

Zvex also warns users about using the button "Volume": the output level of the pedals of his dpend normment rglages is suddenly screw up the amp ( and ears). There should be appropriate physical, but a sound one, I am a sr that can range from 1 10!

- How do you report qualitprix?
So the it's a great question: yes it is expensive for what it is: a s'achte do on the Internet to USD. $ 299 on MusicToyz.
But hey, for a unique sound that no other pedals can not approach, To create sounds never heard elsewhere and pedals for a handmade, hand painted, numrote I think this is an excellent quality price. Limited budgets can aisment on just a Fuzz Factory to start!

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes, faster! I have a lot hsit I would not! At the versatile modlisation who wants to do everything, but in the end is not all good, was good to use a product that REALLY the characters, with a good use SPECIFICATIONS, who pedals a request rsiste and be tame, tame. was good in this Socit consumption, finally, I found ...