Fuzz pedals are electronic devices that are used to alter the sounds your guitar makes. There are many types of guitar pedals, but they generally work the same way.
Fuzz, wah-wah, distortion are just among the effects that can be produced. Here is how to use a fuzz pedal.
7 Steps in Using a Fuzz Pedal
- Choose a guitar pedal. You can purchase these in a guitar shop or online. Or you can go to Amazon to get one.
- Power the pedal. Almost all guitar pedals let you choose between two power options. A 9 volt battery is the most practical and portable solution. You may also go for an AC adapter so you don’t have to replace batteries. While you don’t have to replace the batteries, you have to make sure the cables don’t get entangled if you use several pedals.
- Plug it in. Run a cable from the pedal’s input jack to your guitar. A 6 mm cable will do fine. Next, run another cable from the pedal’s output jack to the input jack on your amp. The majority of gas pedals use power when hooked up to an input jack, so you have to remove the cable when you’re not using it.
- Turn on your guitar amp. Do this after making sure all the cable are properly connected.
- Adjust the pedal knobs to the position you want. If it’s the first time you’re going to use it, set the knobs to the lowest setting possible. Use your feet to adjust the knob.
- Adjust the knob as you tune the guitar. Just play the guitar and adjust the knobs until the fuzz is right where you want it. Fuzz pedals usually have different knobs to control so it is better to refer to the User’s/owner’s manual. That should explain what the knobs are for, but the “right” setting is up to you.
- After you have the knobs where you want them, make a few minute changes via the switch. The slightest change can make a big difference, so experiment. That’s what a fuzz pedal is all about
How To Fix Oscillation Problems
Your wah and fuzz are connected, but all you hear is an irritating screech or a low frequency feedback. This is due to the fuzz’s input impedance. Its input is low and the interacts with the wah prior to the fuzz.
This interaction produces the feedback, but you can fix it two ways. the first option is to set the fuzz before the wah. Another option is to get a buffer or quality pedal to between the two.
Oscillation feedback may also occur if you are too close to the amp or there is a lot of gain. There is no single fix for this.
You can start by tuning down a bit until the feedback disappears. Grounding is important, so it’s a good idea to get a multimeter.
With a multimeter, you can inspect the ground wires. Ensure the connections are secure and hooked up to your guitar cord’s out shield cable.
Use The Volume Knob To Clean Up Fuzz
Your fuzz can be cleaned with your guitar’s volume. Most guitarists play around 7 or 8 in rhythm, then move up to 8 or 10.
You may want to try this and see what type of response you get. If there is none, there’s probably a buffer in the fuzz or guitar.
However, you will notice a significant fuzz reduction between a rolled back volume and a volume on 10.
Fuzz and Pick
The fuzz response to a pick improves when you roll the volume knob back. This is one of the things you’ll quickly learn with fuzz pedals, and it can really improve your playing style.
The general rule is the more intense the pick, the greater the distortion (fuzz).. You can use this technique for crunchy but clean passages. This is also a technique that Jimi Hendrix used.
Why Does My Fuzz Pedal Sound Bad?
There are many possible reasons, but these are the most likely reasons.
- Pedals before a fuzz, even if it is off, will boost or buffer the signal, which leads to a crackling sound from the fuzz. If your equipment is arranged this way, you have to move the fuzz higher along the chain and nearer the guitar.
- Another possible reason is the pedal may be just too fuzzy. Too much fuzziness can be due to the circuitry. It could be due to the circuit networks which aren’t handling the frequencies properly. It could also be due to the circuits not having enough gain. If you cannot fix the fuzziness, get another pedal.
- Signal interference is another possible cause. If the pedal comes with plenty of gain but isn’t linear, it is going to pick up a lot of radio signals and generate distortion.
- The wires and cables function as antennas. This is one of the reasons why fuzz pedals can be effective, but too much of it can cause problems. To avoid this, make sure the grounding is done properly.
Keep in mind this problem will worsen if there is bad grounding or you’re using very long wires. We mentioned earlier that a multimeter will be useful. However, some basic skills will help. You may also try to move the fuzz around and turn off any radio that’s running.
- Another possible reason is the fuzz pedal is just poor quality. If that is the case, the best recourse is to buy a new one. That is the reason why you should read reviews and never settle for low quality products.
- If you have several fuzz pedals, examine them one by one and test. When testing, keep things simple by just using an amp, the fuzz and guitar. Plug them and listen to any feedback. Add another pedal and see if that causes any change.
Using a fuzz pedal is easy, and really it’s all about adjusting the knobs until you get the results you like. As long as the cables are properly connected, there should be no problems.