The endless search for tone is over!
I was extremely let down when I first tried out this pedal... no matter the setting it just sounded like s***. I tried moving the internal bias clockwise for the "smoother" tone per the instructions, but it didn't do anything to help the tone. I put my wah in front of it and was about to completely lose it because there was nothing there, just awful sounds. I thought I may have fried the circuitry with a faulty reverse polarity adapter.
Then I went online to try and figure this thing out because I was about 2 min away from returning it. I read on some forum that you can get much better tone by turning the internal bias COUNTER-CLOCKWISE! So I tried that ALL THE WAY and BAM! There it was! The pedal came alive and I was hitting all my fast and slow blues licks like never before! It was the tone I had been searching for for years. I was already about 90% there with an American standard strat, blues junior and ts9, but this fulltone fuzz got me all the way 100% tone I've been looking for.
The last setting I had was input and contour dialed all the way back, and the volume and fuzz at 3 o'clock with guitar at full volume... excellent rhythm sound. And with the ts9 right after it I actually got a very nice lead sound with tons of sustain!
My blues junior felt more like a deluxe reverb with this fuzz (yes I used the word "felt" and not "sounded" on purpose)... my little 15watt amp was hitting me right in the chest at level 3 volume!
Everyone has different tastes, but for me this pedal is everything I could've asked for. Worth every penny.
I think it goes without saying that sweetwater has the best customer service out there, and I'm glad to have Ryan Wiltermood as my sales engineer.