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Ben79

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Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:57:23 PM »
I have a 70s Traynor YGM3 valve amplifier.  The clean sound is nice, especially with the reverb.  When I use a fuzz, the sound becomes kind of distant, compressed and buzzy, sounding harsh and unpleasant.  They sound slightly better into the low input but still bad compared to my little single-ended el84 practice amp.  I know the speakers on these amps are supposed to be poor but if the clean sound is good, wouldn't that rule out the speaker as a limiting factor?

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2015, 03:06:33 PM »
I'd blame the cheesy Fuzz, not the mighty Traynor.

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2015, 03:27:16 PM »
OK, I'll stop using fuzz.

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 11:14:53 AM »
Which fuzz is it ?

Do you have some effects before your fuzz ?

Lot of fuzz works great, only if they are placed at the first place of your effect chain.

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, 02:34:48 PM »
Just fuzz straight in.  I've used a variety….Fuzz Face, Bazz Fuss, Superfuzz, all sound awful through the Traynor and great in other amps.

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 04:59:30 PM »
Hmmmm....??? Name all the "other amps" for a point of reference. Got to see how closely related the other amps are in comparison to the Traynor. Just a thought but perhaps there is a good reason the other amps sound better with the fuzz. Since we don't know, exactly, what other amps you have tried it is merely a guess.
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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2015, 06:19:13 AM »
Sadly some amps are not pedal friendly, did you try it with overdrive and distortion ?

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2015, 11:33:54 AM »
  You said it sounds better in the low input.  This implies the preamp stages of the Traynor are being overloaded.  Have you tried lowering the output level of the fuzz?

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2015, 02:47:55 PM »
Could it be the wacky tone controls? When I first saw this thread I was thinking it was one of the contempory Traynor amps but I re-read the first post and the amp is a YGM3 from the 70's..
« Last Edit: May 08, 2015, 02:50:34 PM by Loudthud »

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Re: Why does my Traynor hate fuzz?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2015, 07:55:12 PM »
That's kinda interesting, a bit Big Muff-ish, but can go right down to infinity attenuation in each band.
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