Here is my demo & review of the Hoof Fuzz from Earthquaker Devices. Touted by Earthquaker as their flagship pedal, this fuzz is based on the ‘green Russian Big Muff’ used by such players as Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. (His guitar tech started Earthquaker.) Featuring a pair of shaggy hooves on the front of the pedal, this thick and wooly fuzz is appropriately named. It has interactive tone controls that allow you to scoop/boost the mids, a super bright LED, and a really loud level knob. As with many pedals from EQD, you can get this high quality boutique pedal at an affordable price – even less used. It’s a fun pedal – a good first fuzz or a good all purpose fuzz.
This demo was recorded with a Fender MIM Strat (w/ Texas Special pickups) and a Fender Champ II (Rivera, with Eminence Ragin’ Cajun speaker) amp miked with a Sennheiser e906 dynamic microphone.
Here is my demo and review of the Park Fuzz by Earthquaker Devices. The pedal is a reissue of the original Park Fuzz pedal, which apparently dates to the 1960’s (not the 70’s, as mentioned in the video).
Park is a recently resurrected brand that used to be owned by Jim Marshall (no affiliation with the current Marshall amp company though), and the reissue has been designed and manufactured by the fuzz dudes at the Earthquaker facility in sunny Akron, Ohio. The pedal has germanium transistors and the warm (though sometimes finicky, often beloved) sounds they produce. Though I don’t have an original Park to compare it to, the pedal sounds like a good vintage style fuzz that can be appreciated on its own merits. The form factor of the pedal is smaller than the original, and is similar to other Earthquaker pedals with top-mounted jacks (i.e. the Hoof Fuzz), although the knobs are different. The pedal has a really nice blue finish, and appears generally well built like other Earthquaker pedals. Overall, this would be a good option if you’re looking for a quality, American made boutique germanium fuzz.
This demo was recorded with a Fender MIM Strat (w/ Texas Special pickups, Ernie Ball Classic Rock-n-Roll nickel strings) and a Fender Champ II (Rivera, with Eminence Ragin’ Cajun speaker) amp miked with a Sennheiser e906 dynamic microphone.