30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014: ZVEX EFFECTS Fuzzolo Fuzz



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Z.VEX EFFECTS creates probably some of the most eccentric pedals out there. When they create a fuzz pedal, you can bet that it’s going to be one of the best fuzz pedals that you’ve ever heard. But, you can also be rest assured that it’s going to knock you down like a heard of buffalo with something you haven’t heard before. For 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014, TheToneKing.com had a chance to get knocked over by the Z.VEX Fuzzolo Fuzz pedal.

Z.VEX EFFECTS is the brainchild of Zachary Vex. Some say that he’s eccentric and that eccentricity definitely comes through their pedals. Hand built and hand painted, each pedal is just as much a unique testament to Mr. Vex’s meticulousness as well as his wry sense of humor. I mean… “Hard On” That never gets old.

Named after a beast that could trample you to a bloody paste while casually strolling his way to a Fresca, the Fuzzolo is about as elegant as it is hard hitting. Simple to use with a wide variety of sounds from Sabbath to a bunch of weird shit that you ain’t ever heard before. Silicone fuzz with a ton of volume, Z.VEX’s Fuzzolo is derived from their popular Mastotron and Woolly Mammoth.

Besides for being the bastard child of a Mastotron and Woolly Mammoth love fest, the Fuzzolo accentuates its parents’ low end with aggressive mids.

More mids = More punch!

Besides for the footswitch, the Fuzzolo incorporates a Volume knob and a PW (Pulse Width) knob. Sweeping between a square wave and a narrow/wide pulse shape creates a huge variety of fuzz sounds for players to dial in to. As you increase the pulse width, the signal will start to gate, creating a choppy effect.

Looking under the hood, or more accurately pulling open the back, will reveal a P/A jumper to select between a passive or active pickup configuration.

And that’s it!

Not a lot of bells and whistles. But when you have a fuzz that’s as hard hitting and dynamic as the Fuzzolo, you don’t need to dress it up. The Fuzzolo does fuzz and it does fuzz well. Enough said.

Z.VEX EFFECTS is a pedal manufacture that we have been following for a long time. Their pedals dance effortlessly between quality classic-sounding effects and innovative sounds that will make you question your own exisistence. It wouldn’t be 30 Pedals in 30 Days 2014 without a showing from Z.VEX EFFECTS, and the Fuzzolo hit all of us here at TheToneKing.com like a beast.



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About the Author: Marc published his first novel Becoming in 2010. It’s a kick-ass book with monsters and dreams and stuff, and you should buy it. Since then, he’s written thousands of articles for TheToneKing.com, many of which have been picked up for circulation by manufacturers and other news outlets. His next book, Drugs and Pancakes, should be available early 2014 if his alcoholic editor can find time to work on it in-between destroying his liver and screaming about punctuation. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors, which means that he’s not as dumb as he looks. He’s been playing guitar for over 25 years, which is almost twice as long as most of his students have been alive.

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