Fulltone USA Catalyst Distortion Pedal Boutique £149.99 (inc.VAT)
Web Site: http://www.fulltone.com
Founded in 1991 by LA based musician Michael Fuller, Fulltone are on a mission to design & build the highest quality guitar FX pedals on the planet. These pedals are all hand made & hand wired - often using components that Michael makes himself because the "off the shelf" ones just aren't good enough for him. We haven't seen or heard a bad review about a Fulltone Pedal - when you read the user reviews on Harmony Central, every pedal gets a rave response - and if you look at the user list on the Fulltone web site you'll find some of the worlds greatest guitar players have been using Fulltone for years.
Another hot topic with pedals is "True Bypass Switching". All Fulltone pedals feature "True By Pass" switching - that means that when the pedal is switched off there is absolutely zero signal loss or interference from the pedal - it's like the pedal isn't even there! Whilst many manufacturers claim to have true by pass switching, this is not always the case. Try your pedals out & see how different your amp sounds when you remove the pedal from the chain. The better your guitar & amp are, the more you'll hear the difference. And to top it all, Fulltone pedals come with a 5 year warranty.
Fuzzes can be a powerful thing in the right hands....BUT
....they are one trick ponies, can't do even a bad impersonation of an overdrive or clean boost
...they have major interaction issues with other effects like wah and modualtion (vibes, etc)
...they all have a sloppy, farty low-end.
....they have tons of bass/tons of highs but can't cut through a mix to save their lives...there are absolutely no Mids if you want them.
...only Fuzzface-type pedals Truly clean up when you turn down the guitar's volume knob, and even those get unuseable bright for anyone not using a brown old Marshall 4-input.
...they sound like ass through a bright Fender-atyle amp.
Then along came a little thing called Catalyst