Brian Wampler designed the Velvet Fuzz by taking the base tones from a very famous pedal and the characteristics of a famous stacked, EL34 driven, amp - decided it was about time those tones were brought together in pedal format. If you are a fan of the tones of the players like David Gilmour or Eric Johnson, then it could be that the Velvet Fuzz is the pedal you are looking for. The key to the tone of the Velvet is the voicing switch. In the “big” position, the pedal reacts like a classic fuzz.
Wampler Velvet Fuzz V2 Fuzz Pedal Features
- Handbuilt in the U.S.A.
- High grade film capacitors and resistors picked for their superior sound and response
- Relay true bypass with soft switch
- Battery connection and 9v power jack (barrel plug like Boss)
- Top Jacks
- Switchable between two completely independent clipping circuits, pure fuzz or a fuzz like distortion
- Transistors are hand selected for superior tone and response
Loads of internal compression and truly massive tones it really is that “tone” from that “era”. Dropping the volume back cleans it up perfectly so your rhythm can remain clear enough and then your solo's will flatten all those who dare to stand before you. In the “tight” position, the tone comes in and you get the feeling you have swapped amps as well, those mammoth tones but without the compression and other traits that many fuzz players love... Yes, that's right. If you love the tone of Fuzz but not the reaction of it, this is the setting on the pedal that is for you.
Sometimes, it's not about chasing a tone from one specific piece of equipment, it's about capturing the tones from the entire signal chain. Looking back through history, there have been some truly outstanding fuzz tones. In particular, the tones achieved by running a fuzz into a screaming stack. The kind of tones that are just earth shattering in their depth, aggression and smoothness.