ZVex has just announced a new Russian Fuzz Factory 7 pedal, and it sounds pretty dirty and fuzzy in all the right ways. The backstory to this new effect series involves an old stash of Russian transistors…
ZVex Russian Fuzz Factory 7
Luckily for us guitar players, boutique pedal builders like ZVex occasionally stumble upon a usable stash of old transistors that are perfect for fuzz boxes. The component on offer here is the Russian GT308V germanium transistor – and it sounds very nice indeed.
If you check out the demo video below, you’ll hear ZVex playing a Pixies tune and a touch of Smashing Pumpkins. That should give you a good idea of where this fuzz pedal is at tone wise. After last week’s announcement of the new silicon Fuzz Factory 7 version, it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to get a NOS (New Old Stock) Russian germanium version as well!
ZVex describes this version as being somewhat “bipolar”, indicating that it can go off the rails when pushed to extremes. With fuzz, this is no bad thing. I’m a huge fan of dirty fuzz pedals, being instantly drawn to noisy, squelchy boxes that can do velcro fuzz tones or self-oscillate. ZVex keeps producing more and more variations on this theme. But having plenty of choice isn’t a bad thing, and I welcome the myriad of variations Mr Vex keeps coming up with.
The Russian Fuzz Factory 7 has a Tone control with a nine-position rotary switch, with each position providing a different tone stack. This leads me to suspect that you’ll get plenty of variety out of this particular Fuzz Factory. It has all the regular Volume, Gate, Comp, Drive, Stab and Fat control knobs that you would associate with the Fuzz Factory, too, so you can really make this effect scream!
RRP – USD 469