12 Booster, Distortion and Fuzz Pedals

December 3, 2007

So in respect to all things that mangle guitar signals, we have focused this Roundup on a dozen boxes that cover the entire gamut of waveform clippers—from caveman treble boosters to tube-sounding overdrives to analog and digital fuzztones. We tested all of these pedals through several tube amps—a vintage Fender Super Reverb, a Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25, and a Savage Rohr 15—and used a variety of guitars to do our dirty work: A Gibson Les Paul Standard and Elliot Easton SG, a Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster, an EMG-equipped Music Man “Family Reserve” Luke, and a Schecter Blackjack ATX equipped with new Seymour Duncan Blackout active pickups.

Tested by Art Thompson and Darrin Fox

Boss FZ-5

Demeter FOD-1 


HAO Rust Driver 

Jacques Overtube 

Jetter Gain Stage Red 

Keeley Fuzz Head 

Krank Krankshaft 

Musicians Sound Design British Steel 

Moollon Treble Boost 

Skreddy Pink Flesh 

Uncle Ernie’s Booster
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