This is the fuzz for people who normally don't like fuzz. I love the tonal qualities of fuzz but always found them too woofy on low notes and unclear when I played chords. The Wampler Velvet Fuzz fixes all of that. The low end is huge but controlled, but there is an openess to it that I've never found in another fuzz.
This fuzz is great. I didn't want a fuzz that was going to be finicky with whether buffered pedals were in front or not and if the amp was set just right. Just put this in front of a clean amp and you're in fuzz heaven. Is it this fuzz vs that fuzz? No. It's just fuzz. Don't get caught on up on what type of fuzz it's mimicking because it's not mimicking any of them. It's just fuzz!
Love the tight switch. I run it with brightness fairly high. Surprised at how wide the gain range is. Can go from almost clean boost to extreme fuzz.
Best fuzz ever
Wampler did it right. Everything I don't like about traditional fuzz circuits is fixed in the velvet fuzz. Usable gain at all settings. Just enough wooly low end in the big setting without being muddy or overbearing.
Sounds amazing with single coils. Hendrix? It's here. I use it through an egnater tweaker 15 and cab.
This fuzz is just as the name implies, velvet. I typically use it on the "tight" setting, preferring the smoother sound (think David Gilmour). Recently added a few more pedals into the mix and now this one is indispensable. The others help control or shape the sound, but none of them give it that velvety smoothness. It's as rugged as my other pedals, easy to use and tweak without a lot of advanced thought ... which means more time playing and less time reading a manual. Definitely worth the price!
Very Versatile Fuzz. Highly Recommended
The Wampler crew knows how to make a Fuzz. After a month with this little guy, I have become attached....This will not leave my pedal board. Wampler pedals are becoming my new standard.
Best Fuzz Ever
Over 30 years playing rock and blues. Owned many fuzz pedals over the years and have always loved my EH Big Muff, still do. Have had the Wampler for slightly over a week and I am blown away. Most vestiile fuzz I've ever played through. I have removed my Big Muff from my main board and it now resides on a secondary board as I will still have some use for it but the Velvet is much more defined, much more versitile. Humbuckers or single coils, well defined fuzz, very focused sound and while I can get chunky sounds from it, even those are more articulate than anything else I've used. I no longer gig, I have a decent home recording studio, I mic the amps rather than depend on Pro tools or some other fake sounding software. I use Blackstar, Vox and Egnater amps and the tone that I get is incredible.
Almost forgot, this fuzz plays well with other pedals too.
BEST FUZZ I'VE HAD
Not really much to say only that its by far the best fuzz pedal I've had a chance to use. I'm running it through a 57 reissue fender tube combo 2x12 with a wampler ego comp. very happy with the results.
Great BIG fuzz tone, even with a clean amp!
I have a Fuzz Face that I've used through my Fender Twin Reverb, but it never sounded that great, but the Wampler Velvet Fuzz sounds AMAZING! If you watch the videos from Wampler, they talk about how their intent was for players to be able to get the same kinds of sounds you'd get from a Fuzz Face pushing a big Marshall, even through a clean amp. They hit the nail on the head. The instruction sheet that accompanies the pedal includes a preset for a Hendrix-style tone and it is dang near perfect. I haven't found fuzz pedals to be very musical in the past, but the Wampler Velvet Fuzz is every bit as playable as my other drive pedals, true to Wampler form. If you're looking for a great, rich, thick fuzz tone like Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, or David Gilmour, look no further and order the Velvet Fuzz today!
Fuzzalicious with sharp teeth!
Velvety smooth fluctuations of creamy fuzz goodness wrapped up in one fine package. At this point I am sold on Wampler and my board will eventually be covered with Wampler pedals.
Great Tone, Easy Use & Quality Components
I have been on a bit of a GAS binge and have invested in about 15 pedals this year. My goal was to create a great pedalboard where I could easily swap out pedals and get any tone I desired. Using almost all Wampler pedals, I achieved my goal.
One of the core pedals needed by any blues or rock enthusiasts is a Fuzz. The Wampler Velvet delivers and then some. You get an amazing EL-34 tone with traditional fuzz and then flip it to the fat switch and you get rockin rhythm tones. The pedal responds very well to your guitars volume control.
The Fuzz I've Waited For
I've used a number of Fuzzes through the years, but the Velvet Fuzz is what I've dreamed about. It plays nice with other pedals, is VERY tweakable/versatile, and nails that Marshall & Fuzz tone I craved. Different Fuzzes for different folks, but this is a fuzz I actually use a lot. Check out various videos and see if the Velvet has the tone(s) you've been looking for.
Fuzz you can count on
My favorite Fuzz Pedal since 2001 has been the original London Fuzz by MJM. It has a very "Old School" tone to it, but it can, like all fuzz pedals get noisy and finicky depending on the application. I just got in early 2014, the Wampler Velvet Fuzz pedal, because I had researched it and felt it was time after many years to try a new fuzz. I was blown away when I plugged into my new Vintage Sound (Princeton style 20 watt with 12' speaker) and heard the sweet full rich sound of the Velvet! I could not believe how smooth and sustaining this fuzz pedal was and this was on the "Tight" setting which is thinner than the "Fat" setting, but has all the depth of a full range fuzz with less bass. Eric Johnson lead tones are in this box and I was thrilled to hear how easy it was to get familiar and comfortable with this Velvet Fuzz! This is my go to fuzz now. I seem to use the "Tight" setting more than the "Fat" , which surprised me. I found about everything I could want in a fuzz pedal in this Wampler Velvet! Simply an organic sounding and deep fuzz producing, awesome Fuzz Pedal! Highly recommended to the serious musician!
If Mr. Wampler has constructed it, you can bet that it's going to put a smile on your face. This pedal may be used for thick solos ("Big" mode) or for a fuzzy cloak for general riffing and noodling ("Tight" mode). This pedal sounds fantastic coupled with just about any other pedal, AND it is extremely responsive to the tone and volume controls on your guitar. Importantly, a turn of any of the three knobs yields a noticeable tonal difference. If you're looking to add something to your arsenal that represents versatility and rockability, you can't go wrong with this one. One "complaint" is the switch. It might be more user-friendly as a button. That's why you should buy two.
This has to be one of the greatest fuzz pedals EVER MADE, transparent enough that you can tell if your running a LP or a Tele through it, but soooo musical. Killer harmonics, great honk, and that beautiful doubled, syrup sounding violin like lead tone, thats as close to Eric Johnson as any pedal I've ever heard. I've known of Brian Wampler, from way back when he did pedal mods, on other peoples pedals, he's always been a gear geek, just like the rest of us. Build quality and components are second to NONE, and this pedal, will inspire you, with the sounds you can pull from it. Try doing what I did and run this thing between two OD pedals, it sounds awesome being pushed, or pulled, you'll love it. I really am Blown Away by this pedal, I own 3 Wampler pedals, ALL are AWESOME.
Got the pedal directly from the Wampler website, but wanted to post review here. My first Wampler pedal; after getting the Velvet Fuzz I plan on getting more. This pedal is fantastic, smooth, thick and velvety. I love the tight setting, sounds like a mix of distortion and fuzz(thick).The big setting is nice, it can take the paint off the walls if needed. Definitely has the vintage sound about it. I would recommend to anyone.
Great Fuzz Tone
I really like this tone a great deal. It can be used to come up with close to some vintage tones. I find it works excellent with a wah. The best thing about it is not only can it also work like an overdrive but, in either mode their is articulation with intervals and chords. It does not muddy up to the point where you lose definition. It also has its' own tone. It is not designed to sound like a Muff or say a bender, etc. I can get bender and muff tones from other fuzz pedals I have but, this one is unable to get the "Satisfaction" or " In a gada la vida" like tone from it. That is why I did not give it a perfect five. Believe me it comes close to a perfect five, instead of 4.5 I would give it a 4.9.
A Reliable and Smooth Fuzz!
My favorite fuzz pedals thus far have been The JHS Pollinator, MJM London Germanium and an old Vintage Maestro FZ1 Fuzz. I love those pedals but as usual with most vintage spec fuzzes they get can very unreliable in delivering a consistent tone. The Wampler Velvet fuzz is almost perfect. It delivers consistent and thick fuzz the same way every time. I have used it through both the clean and dirty channels of my Friedman BE100 as well as Fender Super Champ. I love the BIG setting for huge and fat fuzz. This pedal sounds like a Big Muff with smoother highs and deeper bass. I feel it really shines in it's darker fuzz tones. You can get Eric Johnson and David Gilmour tones with this pedal easily. I prefer older fuzz boxes for brighter fuzz tones, but this pedal does the dark thick tones very well. My only complaints are that it can be a bit bass heavy and could use a bit more mids, it is a fairly scooped sounding fuzz. It is also a bit boring looking. It would be cooler if it were a different color, or more old school looking. Overall a great pedal for a reliable and darker fuzz tone but it wont completely replace my other more vintage flavored fuzzes.
Very appealing fuzz tone...
Very happy with this pedal...
i will explain why this is not a 5 star later. I have been playing guitar as a pro for over 30 yrs, had alot of pedals and , aloft of fuzzes. I could never find a fuzz that was truly thick and creamy tone wise, they all had to much edge .Enter the velvet fuzz. Just outstanding from a great od to massive gain thick but musical fuzz .The only reason this is not a 5 star is there is no way to foot switch between the tight and massive fuzz tones . If this was a two button pedal it would be a 10 !! truly an amazing pedal
Great Fuzz Pedal!
I have many fuzz pedals but this one stands out in that it's sound does not change drastically from amp to amp. It even sounds great through transistor and modeling amps.
Wampler designs pedals from the ground-up to be what guitar players want; plug them into any guitar and amp combination and get the killer tones you're expecting to hear. On top of that, all of the range and controls of the pedals are useful and they're solidly built in every aspect. As expected, the Velvet Fuzz delivered all of this and more.
Aptly named, the Velvet Fuzz is both smooth and woolly. It's designed to be that classic, fuzz-through-a-cranked-stack sound through any amp, big or small, clean or dirty. Achieving that, it also has a wide variety of sounds available in the lower range of the gain spectrum. With my trusty PRS 513 and Fender Deluxe Reverb, instant fuzz gratification was mine when I introduced the Velvet Fuzz into the signal chain. I set the Fuzz and Brightness controls at 12 o'clock, found unity gain with the Volume control and had the toggle switch in the Tight setting. I started with the guitar's volume knob all the way down and as I slowly rolled it up, the Velvet Fuzz responded like a tube amp; clean and lower in volume at the lowest settings but never muffled or unusable. The more I turned the volume up, the fuller and dirtier the sound got. I found great sounds throughout the spectrum and with the guitar's volume full-up, the tone was still focused with great note clarity and touch response. Higher gain settings gave the same result only bigger and dirtier.
Crank It Up
Switching to the Big setting on the toggle switch changed the character in a predictable manner; more everything but especially fuzz. The bottom end became fuller and the gain ramped-up substantially. The entire feel and sound of the pedal got looser and fuzzier. In the extreme settings, it's downright wild and out-of-control in a good way, slathering gobs of fuzz and coaxing controlled feedback at manageable volumes. Even then, the Velvet Fuzz was never messy or inarticulate and cleaned up with a twist of the volume knob, totally responsive to whatever dynamics I threw at it-- big fun, to say the least. The other thing that I noticed was how little noise the pedal was making at this extreme setting. The Volume on the pedal was still at unity gain with the amp but the fuzz was all the way up and when I turned my guitar down with the pedal engaged, all I heard was a slight hiss. I would expect to hear a sound comparable to a tsunami coming through my amp but the Velvet Fuzz surprised me completely. Nicely done, Wampler.
The Rest Of The Story
The Brightness control, for me was of the set-it-and-forget-it variety. I found the spot that sounded best with my guitar and amp and left it there. Experimenting with it informed me that it's function is to dial-back harsh highs or brighten-up muddy lows. The Volume control had plenty of range to drive an amp as hard as I could ever need. With the pedal engaged and the Volume set at roughly 10 o'clock, the perceived level was the same with the pedal disengaged. That's not even halfway through the range of the volume knob. The switches, knobs and general build quality are robust; the red, status indicator light is bright and the design looks cool. The design scheme is black background with white lettering and the word "Velvet" in swirling, red cursive. The word "Velvet" is also in larger print horizontally along the face of the pedal in a subtle gray, lurking underneath everything else.
A wide, useful range of huge, responsive fuzz and distortion tones in a well-designed, sturdy, sleek-looking package; that's the description that sums up the Wampler Velvet Fuzz for me. That's also why the test model came right off of my personal pedalboard.
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