• before i started actually selling pedals, i played in a great band named the Bon Savants. our bassist (dave), for the most part was an always-on-fuzz-guy and used a somewhat clunky and convoluted setup involving around 3 pedals to get his sound. i told him i could simplify things and give him even more awesome toanz and the team awesome! fuzzmachine (or TAFM) was born.

    the TAFM was designed for low end heaviness with the ability to cut through a mix, to simply keep your guitar’s pick attack while having a really saturated fuzz-tone or just to have a subtle background fuzz behind your main keyboard sound. the TAFM excels at versatility and fitting in with almost any instrument in almost any musical setting.

    the thick, gnarly fuzz is perfectly complimented by a slightly gritty clean blend which retains all the low end you’d need… plus more. rough overdrive, howling feedback, clean boost with fuzzy sparkles, even phase-cancelled signals for pseudo octave-up/weird discordance and everything in between.

    you’re either on team awesome… or you’re not.

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    before i started actually selling pedals, i played in a great band named the Bon Savants. our bassist (dave), for the most part was an always-on-fuzz-guy and used a somewhat clunky and convoluted setup involving around 3 pedals to get his sound. i told him i could simplify things and give him even more awesome toanz and the team awesome! fuzzmachine (or TAFM) was born.

    the TAFM was designed for low end heaviness with the ability to cut through a mix, to simply keep your guitar’s pick attack while having a really saturated fuzz-tone or just to have a subtle background fuzz behind your main keyboard sound. the TAFM excels at versatility and fitting in with almost any instrument in almost any musical setting.

    the thick, gnarly fuzz is perfectly complimented by a slightly gritty clean blend which retains all the low end you’d need… plus more. rough overdrive, howling feedback, clean boost with fuzzy sparkles, even phase-cancelled signals for pseudo octave-up/weird discordance and everything in between.

    you’re either on team awesome… or you’re not.

  • the team awesome! fuzzmachine is a full-range hybrid silicon/germanium fuzz with a clean blend, originally designed for bass players and low-end lovers. a highly versatile pedal ranging from subtle fuzz to heavy rumbles to cutting mid-range gnar, the team awesome! fuzzmachine can find a home on any pedalboard.

    power
    please use a standard 9V DC power supply (designed for musical instruments) with a negative center 2.1mm barrel and do NOT run at higher voltages. peak current draw is around 11mA.

    controls
    input gain: controls the amount of gain at the input stage. this works with the clean boost toggle, so it is important to understand how they work together. with the clean boost DOWN, input gain works as a pre-fuzz control for further saturation. with the clean boost UP, input gain still works on the fuzz but also affects the clean signal, effectively overdriving it as well as inverting the phase. when the clean and fuzz volumes are matched in this mode, you get phase cancellation and nasal, hollow and pseudo-octave-up sounds. different flavors of distortion are obtained by using varying amounts of input gain and fuzz.

    fuzz: alters the fuzz amount and harmonic structure. at low settings, fuzz cleans up with instrument volume and at high settings some hum, low rumbles and feedback are normal.

    shape: alters filter shaping. counterclockwise rolls off highs, while clockwise brings back high end and mids.

    fuzz volume: simple enough. it can be LOUD, depending on the settings of the gain control, so start with it low.

    clean volume: also simple enough. there is quite a bit of boost available.

    mids toggle: when DOWN, the EQ response is slightly scooped in the midrange. when UP, there is a slight boost in the upper-midrange. a subtle control which is less subtle when shape is turned clockwise.

    clean boost/phase toggle (unlabeled): when DOWN, input gain only affects the fuzz. when UP, input gain affects both the fuzz and clean signals, as well as inverting the clean signal. (see input gain control)
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    the team awesome! fuzzmachine is a full-range hybrid silicon/germanium fuzz with a clean blend, originally designed for bass players and low-end lovers. a highly versatile pedal ranging from subtle fuzz to heavy rumbles to cutting mid-range gnar, the team awesome! fuzzmachine can find a home on any pedalboard.

    power
    please use a standard 9V DC power supply (designed for musical instruments) with a negative center 2.1mm barrel and do NOT run at higher voltages. peak current draw is around 11mA.

    controls
    input gain: controls the amount of gain at the input stage. this works with the clean boost toggle, so it is important to understand how they work together. with the clean boost DOWN, input gain works as a pre-fuzz control for further saturation. with the clean boost UP, input gain still works on the fuzz but also affects the clean signal, effectively overdriving it as well as inverting the phase. when the clean and fuzz volumes are matched in this mode, you get phase cancellation and nasal, hollow and pseudo-octave-up sounds. different flavors of distortion are obtained by using varying amounts of input gain and fuzz.

    fuzz: alters the fuzz amount and harmonic structure. at low settings, fuzz cleans up with instrument volume and at high settings some hum, low rumbles and feedback are normal.

    shape: alters filter shaping. counterclockwise rolls off highs, while clockwise brings back high end and mids.

    fuzz volume: simple enough. it can be LOUD, depending on the settings of the gain control, so start with it low.

    clean volume: also simple enough. there is quite a bit of boost available.

    mids toggle: when DOWN, the EQ response is slightly scooped in the midrange. when UP, there is a slight boost in the upper-midrange. a subtle control which is less subtle when shape is turned clockwise.

    clean boost/phase toggle (unlabeled): when DOWN, input gain only affects the fuzz. when UP, input gain affects both the fuzz and clean signals, as well as inverting the clean signal. (see input gain control)
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  • 26 reviews of the team awesome! fuzz machine

    1. Matthew H.

      This is quite possibly the best fuzz pedal/circuit I have ever used. Every position of the controls sounds amazing and usable; nothing harsh or farty. All of the switches, and gate footswitch have noticeable and very usable effects. I never get sucked out of the mix, no matter where I put the tone control (I do play in a 3 piece though). Hands down, one of the best fuzz pedals I’ve ever owned.

    2. Philipp Lohmeier, The New Colossus

      So here’s what happened: I wanted a low gain, a gated and a high gain fuzz on my bass board to be able to switch around depending on songparts. I am a total fuzzmaniac. I already owned two amazing pedals and just wanted the TAFM in there as well as I heard so many good things about it. I didn’t know what I would primarily use it for though. It started out in the second row as a gated fuzz (that I use the least), I had to get used to the controls and how they affect each other first. It’s not that hard, but important to understand. So the very day I had more time fiddling around with my favourite setting it became my main fuzz and is in charge of high gain now. I just love how it cuts through the mix – The mids and the phase switch are key – why does no one else do that? I could talk about that pedal for hours, it’s always fun to kick it on and destroy everything around my bass rig :D I’ll try to keep it short – here are some things that made that pedal the most important in my rig in such a short time:
      – in-built noise gate
      – great tone shaping options
      – mids and phase switch
      – retains low end without sounding like two separate clean and dirt signals
      – it can actually do anything from low to high gain to gated fuzz – it just happened to become my high gain fuzz because I use that the most in my band
      – and of course some love for top-mounted plugs!

      Thanks a lot from Germany Brian! Keep up the good work :)
      Philipp Lohmeier, bassist The New Colossus

      PS: Explore Sound, Embrace Noise is a great slogan!

    3. Jordan

      The TAFM is an amazing fuzz pedal for bass. The tone section of the pedal is very flexible to make your fuzz tone as bright or dark as you want while still remaining musical. The clean blend really helps keep the articulation as you crank up the fuzz and/or gain knob to keep your fundamental tone sitting underneath the wall of fuzz this creates. The mids switch is very handy to help you slice through the mix and add more presence. I haven’t had much use for the phase inversion switch but I’m sure it’s a nice feature if you need it. And the gate…oh the gate. Really brings the fuzz to a whole new level of crushing and is actually even more punchy and clear while still being incredibly heavy. I’ve never used a fuzz pedal for bass that has worked for me more than this one. It’s got the tone and the features to be versatile for many different musical situations.

    4. Ken Janssen

      OK. Just received my TAFM. It’s an insanely cool pedal. Here’s the deal. It WILL make sounds like you’re blowing stuff up. Satiating the inner 13 year old in you. Yes. You can get your Norman Greenbaum on. But… Dial in some fuzz, blend back in the clean signal, and it’s really tasty. There are some settings that I can only describe at three dimensional. Not in a delay kind of way, but there’s a depth of space to the fuzz in relation to the clean tone. I don’t know if another pedal has ever tried to do this, but I’ve never heard it before. I’m playing a Tele, the TAFM, into a vintage Champ, and it’s glorious. You can fill an arena, or get all swampy with this pedal. (Or, make your arena swampy). I don’t know what I was expecting, but I never could have imagined what this pedal does. The highest praise I can heap is that it’s, “Musical”. If your thinking about this pedal, buy it, and thank me later. Or, thank Brian later. Whatever works.

    5. Pierrick

      This is best fuzz pedal I’ve never had ! Sound quality, many options and blend with clean tone are just perfect. I use it in the effects loop of an evelope filter, or just “alone”, both are very impressive.

    6. Jordon S

      This fuzz is absolutely everything that I was looking for and more. After searching around for quite a while, and buying and selling various fuzzes that have been getting a lot of hype recently, I decided to go with the TAFM and I couldn’t be happier. This pedal has an INSANE amount of versatility that I’ve never seen in a fuzz before, let alone many other pedals in this price range. And on top of that, Brian Hamilton of SSBS was incredibly friendly and responded to my emails and answered all the questions I had very quickly! I now swear by this fuzz, and I honestly can’t see myself ever getting rid of it or switching it out on my pedalboard. The TAFM is a perfect fuzz pedal.

    7. Josh H

      Finally got my hands on one a few months ago and I’m still being blown away every time I plug in. Like everyone else here, I just marvel at the versatility of this pedal. I’ve been pulling some gnarly tones combined with the EQD Organizer. My guitarist is jealous!

    8. Dave Buerger

      The TAFM pedal sounds great! It provides an amazing array of fuzz tones that are super easy to dial in. This may sound counter intuitive, but I’m especially excited about the granular control of very small amounts of fuzz. Many fuzz pedals overwhelm you with noise. This one lets you dial in exactly what the song requires. Kudos to you, Brian, for a fabulous invention! Love the small form factor, too! TAFM will be a terrific tool for my surf/rock band, The Stormy Weathermen! Many thanks!

    9. Paul Moffat

      I bought this based on the reviews and a few online sound clips – but I was still very surprised when I finally heard it. It is stunning.

      I play bass and have been through a number of fuzzes – each had a glaring weakness; whether it be dull, indistinct, not a true fuzz, no clean blend, massive low-end loss, or improper equalization.

      The TAFM nails all of the things that I found lacking in the other pedals. I love the interplay of the gain and fuzz. The clean blend is exactly what I needed. The gate takes this pedal to another place.

      I pair it with a Mini, and the combination covers everything I want.

    10. Tom

      my number 1 fuzz love since i got it.
      super versatile and sounds good through pretty much the whole range of each knob, having the gate and fuzz full blast on a footswitch is a sick idea for two settings in one
      stacks well with my fuck and my rusty box and sounds good with whatever i run into it! very impressed, i would probably justify owning two

    11. Chris

      Most fuzzes are either noisy and fuzzy and awesome but lose low end, or retain low end but have boring, predictable fuzz. TAFM is the best of both worlds! It’s capable of so much sound that I find myself playing with it just to hear that crazy shit I can get out of it! You seriously do not need another fuzz pedal for bass guitar. This is it.

    12. Anthony N

      As a Fuzzaholic there is nothing on the market that sounds quite like the TAFM. It immediately kicked three pedals off my board. TAFM is just alive, for lack of a better term…while it doesn’t replicate those pedals it replaced exactly, they just seem bland by comparison. You owe it to yourself to try one out. Keep up the great work!

    13. Eric L

      Another phenomenal pedal from SS/BS. You can easily get everything from OD to glitchy fuzz and it’s perfect on guitar, bass, or synth. I absolutely love it

    14. Nicolas

      One of the rare pedals that will never move from my pedalboard. Does everything from subtle OD to glitchy fuzz. Works wonderfully with bass. I still discover things with it and I have to try it as a preamp. A real masterpiece.

    15. Abi

      The other reviews pretty much summed up how awesome the TAFM is, but none mentioned on how Brian’s amazing effects come with an equal customer service – My initial shipment was lost in mail, and he posted another without hesitance. Got a free tshirt as well! Despite the delay I am a very happy musician and customer.

    16. Louis F

      This pedal is the only one I will ever need, it’s that good.
      GO TEAM AWESOME!

    17. Joseph P.

      Really really great fuzz. There’s so much tweaking to be done, and the knobs all drastically change the sound. Sounds great with bass and guitar. The Team Awesome! Fuzz Machine absolutely slays.

    18. Evan

      I don’t know what I’d do without this pedal. It works for everything from overdrive to sickening squalls of harmonically rich feedback. The ability to blend your clean sound in leaves a world of options. I run guitar, synth, sitar, and vocals through it and I have to say this is one of the most versatile pedals I own.

    19. maddie

      my new favorite piece of gear! I can get so many great guitar tones through this- perfect for adding a kick to a song. visually beautiful, as well. worth the buy 100%!

    20. Ethan B

      Hands down my favorite fuzz, I bought it three years ago and never looked back. The sound is really rich and complex, and adaptable to many different fuzz needs. The filter-based EQ is really flexible, conceptually similar to a Rat but it feels like it covers a wider range. I run a bass through it with a low B string, and it handles the low frequencies exceptionally well. Clean blend allows me to dial in some seriously depraved sounds without getting lost in the mix. Real sturdy construction, too. An asset to any pedalboard.

    21. Stephen

      Hands down one of the best fuzz pedals I’ve had the chance to play a bass through. I went through a period of just under a year buying, selling and trading fuzz pedals, completely unsatisfied with everything I came across. I purchased a TAFM over a year ago and haven’t even thought about another fuzz since!

      I’ve gotten some great tones running a variety of analog synths through it as well!

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    26 reviews of the team awesome! fuzz machine

    1. Matthew H.

      This is quite possibly the best fuzz pedal/circuit I have ever used. Every position of the controls sounds amazing and usable; nothing harsh or farty. All of the switches, and gate footswitch have noticeable and very usable effects. I never get sucked out of the mix, no matter where I put the tone control (I do play in a 3 piece though). Hands down, one of the best fuzz pedals I’ve ever owned.

    2. Philipp Lohmeier, The New Colossus

      So here’s what happened: I wanted a low gain, a gated and a high gain fuzz on my bass board to be able to switch around depending on songparts. I am a total fuzzmaniac. I already owned two amazing pedals and just wanted the TAFM in there as well as I heard so many good things about it. I didn’t know what I would primarily use it for though. It started out in the second row as a gated fuzz (that I use the least), I had to get used to the controls and how they affect each other first. It’s not that hard, but important to understand. So the very day I had more time fiddling around with my favourite setting it became my main fuzz and is in charge of high gain now. I just love how it cuts through the mix – The mids and the phase switch are key – why does no one else do that? I could talk about that pedal for hours, it’s always fun to kick it on and destroy everything around my bass rig :D I’ll try to keep it short – here are some things that made that pedal the most important in my rig in such a short time:
      – in-built noise gate
      – great tone shaping options
      – mids and phase switch
      – retains low end without sounding like two separate clean and dirt signals
      – it can actually do anything from low to high gain to gated fuzz – it just happened to become my high gain fuzz because I use that the most in my band
      – and of course some love for top-mounted plugs!

      Thanks a lot from Germany Brian! Keep up the good work :)
      Philipp Lohmeier, bassist The New Colossus

      PS: Explore Sound, Embrace Noise is a great slogan!

    3. Jordan

      The TAFM is an amazing fuzz pedal for bass. The tone section of the pedal is very flexible to make your fuzz tone as bright or dark as you want while still remaining musical. The clean blend really helps keep the articulation as you crank up the fuzz and/or gain knob to keep your fundamental tone sitting underneath the wall of fuzz this creates. The mids switch is very handy to help you slice through the mix and add more presence. I haven’t had much use for the phase inversion switch but I’m sure it’s a nice feature if you need it. And the gate…oh the gate. Really brings the fuzz to a whole new level of crushing and is actually even more punchy and clear while still being incredibly heavy. I’ve never used a fuzz pedal for bass that has worked for me more than this one. It’s got the tone and the features to be versatile for many different musical situations.

    4. Ken Janssen

      OK. Just received my TAFM. It’s an insanely cool pedal. Here’s the deal. It WILL make sounds like you’re blowing stuff up. Satiating the inner 13 year old in you. Yes. You can get your Norman Greenbaum on. But… Dial in some fuzz, blend back in the clean signal, and it’s really tasty. There are some settings that I can only describe at three dimensional. Not in a delay kind of way, but there’s a depth of space to the fuzz in relation to the clean tone. I don’t know if another pedal has ever tried to do this, but I’ve never heard it before. I’m playing a Tele, the TAFM, into a vintage Champ, and it’s glorious. You can fill an arena, or get all swampy with this pedal. (Or, make your arena swampy). I don’t know what I was expecting, but I never could have imagined what this pedal does. The highest praise I can heap is that it’s, “Musical”. If your thinking about this pedal, buy it, and thank me later. Or, thank Brian later. Whatever works.

    5. Pierrick

      This is best fuzz pedal I’ve never had ! Sound quality, many options and blend with clean tone are just perfect. I use it in the effects loop of an evelope filter, or just “alone”, both are very impressive.

    6. Jordon S

      This fuzz is absolutely everything that I was looking for and more. After searching around for quite a while, and buying and selling various fuzzes that have been getting a lot of hype recently, I decided to go with the TAFM and I couldn’t be happier. This pedal has an INSANE amount of versatility that I’ve never seen in a fuzz before, let alone many other pedals in this price range. And on top of that, Brian Hamilton of SSBS was incredibly friendly and responded to my emails and answered all the questions I had very quickly! I now swear by this fuzz, and I honestly can’t see myself ever getting rid of it or switching it out on my pedalboard. The TAFM is a perfect fuzz pedal.

    7. Josh H

      Finally got my hands on one a few months ago and I’m still being blown away every time I plug in. Like everyone else here, I just marvel at the versatility of this pedal. I’ve been pulling some gnarly tones combined with the EQD Organizer. My guitarist is jealous!

    8. Dave Buerger

      The TAFM pedal sounds great! It provides an amazing array of fuzz tones that are super easy to dial in. This may sound counter intuitive, but I’m especially excited about the granular control of very small amounts of fuzz. Many fuzz pedals overwhelm you with noise. This one lets you dial in exactly what the song requires. Kudos to you, Brian, for a fabulous invention! Love the small form factor, too! TAFM will be a terrific tool for my surf/rock band, The Stormy Weathermen! Many thanks!

    9. Paul Moffat

      I bought this based on the reviews and a few online sound clips – but I was still very surprised when I finally heard it. It is stunning.

      I play bass and have been through a number of fuzzes – each had a glaring weakness; whether it be dull, indistinct, not a true fuzz, no clean blend, massive low-end loss, or improper equalization.

      The TAFM nails all of the things that I found lacking in the other pedals. I love the interplay of the gain and fuzz. The clean blend is exactly what I needed. The gate takes this pedal to another place.

      I pair it with a Mini, and the combination covers everything I want.

    10. Tom

      my number 1 fuzz love since i got it.
      super versatile and sounds good through pretty much the whole range of each knob, having the gate and fuzz full blast on a footswitch is a sick idea for two settings in one
      stacks well with my fuck and my rusty box and sounds good with whatever i run into it! very impressed, i would probably justify owning two

    11. Chris

      Most fuzzes are either noisy and fuzzy and awesome but lose low end, or retain low end but have boring, predictable fuzz. TAFM is the best of both worlds! It’s capable of so much sound that I find myself playing with it just to hear that crazy shit I can get out of it! You seriously do not need another fuzz pedal for bass guitar. This is it.

    12. Anthony N

      As a Fuzzaholic there is nothing on the market that sounds quite like the TAFM. It immediately kicked three pedals off my board. TAFM is just alive, for lack of a better term…while it doesn’t replicate those pedals it replaced exactly, they just seem bland by comparison. You owe it to yourself to try one out. Keep up the great work!

    13. Eric L

      Another phenomenal pedal from SS/BS. You can easily get everything from OD to glitchy fuzz and it’s perfect on guitar, bass, or synth. I absolutely love it

    14. Nicolas

      One of the rare pedals that will never move from my pedalboard. Does everything from subtle OD to glitchy fuzz. Works wonderfully with bass. I still discover things with it and I have to try it as a preamp. A real masterpiece.

    15. Abi

      The other reviews pretty much summed up how awesome the TAFM is, but none mentioned on how Brian’s amazing effects come with an equal customer service – My initial shipment was lost in mail, and he posted another without hesitance. Got a free tshirt as well! Despite the delay I am a very happy musician and customer.

    16. Louis F

      This pedal is the only one I will ever need, it’s that good.
      GO TEAM AWESOME!

    17. Joseph P.

      Really really great fuzz. There’s so much tweaking to be done, and the knobs all drastically change the sound. Sounds great with bass and guitar. The Team Awesome! Fuzz Machine absolutely slays.

    18. Evan

      I don’t know what I’d do without this pedal. It works for everything from overdrive to sickening squalls of harmonically rich feedback. The ability to blend your clean sound in leaves a world of options. I run guitar, synth, sitar, and vocals through it and I have to say this is one of the most versatile pedals I own.

    19. maddie

      my new favorite piece of gear! I can get so many great guitar tones through this- perfect for adding a kick to a song. visually beautiful, as well. worth the buy 100%!

    20. Ethan B

      Hands down my favorite fuzz, I bought it three years ago and never looked back. The sound is really rich and complex, and adaptable to many different fuzz needs. The filter-based EQ is really flexible, conceptually similar to a Rat but it feels like it covers a wider range. I run a bass through it with a low B string, and it handles the low frequencies exceptionally well. Clean blend allows me to dial in some seriously depraved sounds without getting lost in the mix. Real sturdy construction, too. An asset to any pedalboard.

    21. Stephen

      Hands down one of the best fuzz pedals I’ve had the chance to play a bass through. I went through a period of just under a year buying, selling and trading fuzz pedals, completely unsatisfied with everything I came across. I purchased a TAFM over a year ago and haven’t even thought about another fuzz since!

      I’ve gotten some great tones running a variety of analog synths through it as well!

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