EarthQuaker Devices Hoof Fuzz

September 20, 2011

$165 retail

KNOBS Tone, Fuzz, Shift, Level

SOUNDS EarthQuaker states the Hoof is based on the Russian-made, greenhued Big Muff, and it can defi nitely deliver the buzzy, aggro glory of Big Muff fuzz. But the Hoof ain’t no one-trick satyr. The Shift knob alters the midrange frequency controlled by the Tone knob, and it’s a powerful weapon that can deliver searing, hollow, warm, fizzy, bombastic, and klang-glorious varieties of fuzzy bliss. I was able to dial in everything from Ventures’ “2000 Pound Bee” buzzing to Muse-like caterwauls of sustain.

WHO’S IT FOR? This is yet another versatile fuzzbox that offers a good collection of sounds for very reasonable bucks. I can’t imagine anyone who is into fuzz not wanting this baby on his or her pedalboard.


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