I was under the impression that only germanium fuzzes reacted badly with buffers, had no clue buffers affected silicon also. When you say unbuffered signal chain, do you only mean no buffers before it? or no buffers at any point in the chain?
just cobbled together a silicon fuzz face. it's pretty cool, but definitely needs passive pickups and an unbuffered signal chain.
I wet myself thinking of a Moog in a pedal! But of the few clips of the micro-synth I've heard, it doesnt seem like it could go there.
I don't know much about the EWS pedal, and the Octafuzz is cool, but not really my cup of tea. From Fulltone check the SoulBender mkII (my favourite), '69 mkII, '70. I think with your budget, you might be able to get some very versatile pedals. Also the Black Arts Pharaoh, it has the ability to switch between Si and Ge.
@shailm: I actually kinda liked the EWS Fuzzy Drive(more overdrive less fuzz) and Fulltone Octafuzz as well..and the Hudson "Stroll on" was the best sounding i think (Expensive)... i need more time to figure wat i like more
Guitars: Fender CS Strat, MIM Telecaster Deluxe, Epi Hummingbird
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