The input stage will first hit mushy saturation on one polarity of signal and then if driven hard enough, hit cutoff on the other polarity. The original fuzz face used nkt275 transistors made by a british company called new market. Technology of fuzz face is a mustread if youre considering building or modding a fuzz face. Also very cool tripps and the dunlop gang basically commonized some of the goofier octaviao values, and also clearly found some modern and massproduced transistors that are as good as the originals imo, anyway. The dunlop mini fuzz faces are totally legit, and can be had inexpensively on the used market. Dec 15, 2016 in this video i will compare fuzz face tones using different transistors. What makes such a simple circuit the stuff of legend. For a long time i associated mike piera more as the king of tone with a view to his drive pedals, but he is even more active with his fuzz pedals carrying dozens of varieties of rare germanium and silicon transistors and offering special options on his various fuzz. Npn silicon fuzz face germanium emulation from an older thread on fsb and diysb about using two pairs of piggybacked silicon transistors to have control over the gain. Small mods in circuit added 10r resistor between q2 emitter and fuzz pot plus small ceramic cap 39pf to lower noise and prevent oscilations on higher fuzz settings. In love or confusion jimi certainly does use a fuzz box on some of the guitar tracks. Hey guys, i recently ordered a fuzz face clone but it comes with silicon transistors and ive read that the fuzz face hendrix used had germanium trans. Original nos newmarket transistors in general will be expensive if you can find them but especially the 275. To bias the transistor you will require a digital multimeter that has the ability to measure voltage.
Note, however, that this kit uses silicon transistors. Youve determined to build the best fuzz face clone in the world. Welcome to the genuine arbiter fuzz face clone kit instructions. Germanium fuzz face bias and settings fuzz pedal demo. Setting up a sziklai darlington pair is truly a way to turn trash to gold. Fuzz face the proprietary name of the transistor circuit being explored in this. Germanium transistors are what were used in the very first dallas arbiter fuzz faces.
The fuzz face is an effects pedal for electric guitar, used also by some electric bass players. There is a 20k trimmer potentiometer on this board designed to help you adjust the bias. Colorsound tone bender mk ii project documentation deimos fuzz. This little guy utilizes two 2n3906 pnp silicon transistors in the classic positive ground fuzz face circuit to deliver loads of gain, loads of sustain and enough fuzz to make any women near the stage start ovulating immediately. The yaff was smoother with a tone more like a ge version and with a good range of settings available. The 470k pot results in greater high frequency loss and a darker sounding fuzz. The fuzz was a little weak with classic combo ac 128 and also with 2n404 even combo, maybe my choice should have been for hotter trans. Fuzzface with germanium nkt275 transistors and the later dallas arbiter fuzz face. Jun 14, 2012 npn silicon fuzz face germanium emulation from an older thread on fsb and diysb about using two pairs of piggybacked silicon transistors to have control over the gain. You can plug it to your pedalboard or amp without any problems but if you use a daisy chain or nonisolated power supply to power it, they will. Silicon transistors were used in later editions of the pedal.
Sep 11, 20 germanium is a chemical element with symbol ge and atomic number 32, thats used as a semiconductor in transistors and diodes, popping up in a few classic effects like the early period arbiter fuzz face, the storied dallas rangemaster and the maestro fuzztone. This kit can be purcahsed with either germanium ac128 pnp transistors or bc588 silicon pnp transistors. Id been buying lil bits n bobs from him for a while and decided to buy a few kits from him recently, starting with the fuzz dog fuzz face kit. The original fuzz face using pnp transistors uses positive ground that means that the input and output jack are referenced to 9v instead of ground. If you want to go olde school youll need to source your own germanium transistors from small bear. Band of gypsys mini fuzz face telecaster guitar forum. The deimos fuzz is a clone of the tone bender mark 2 twoknob. Very cool initiative and very nice fuzz face layout on single tagboard. But for my fuzz face clone, ive decided to build it as. Fuzz silicon npn negative ground kit instructions warranty.
One of the transistors that came with the kit had a broken wireleg but fuzzdog was. We want to take a moment here to explain how you can do this on your own for both the kit version and completed versions. The fuzz eone is a clone of the famous gibsonmaestro fz1a, the satisfaction fuzz. The key to building a good fuzz face is ensuring that transistors are getting the correct voltage. Fuzz factory clone project documentation flare fuzz. This article answers some common questions about the transistors used in cloning and modifying the fuzz face and similar pedals. I had also seen much written about the complexities of proper biasing and transistor selection, which made the fuzz face a bit more more daunting for me, still a relative novice. It is designed to produce a distorted sound referred to as fuzz, originally achieved through accident such as broken electrical components or damaged speakers. Fuzz face effect 2x top quality, proffesionally made pcb stompbox pnp. It prevents the higher gain silicon transistors from feeding back when you have the fuzz knob all the way up.
Best boutique germanium fuzz face clones reverb news. A bit of fiddling will get you anywhere from creamy smoothness to earsplitting youch with the rightwrong selection of those allimportant transistors sitting at q1 and q2. The 2 minicaps could have been larger ones, theres enaugh room for better ones. This analysis covers the first arbitrer fuzz face model equipped with pnp germanium transistors from the first releases. Electrosmash you can build the perfect germanium fuzz face. But out of that batch of germanium transistors, how do you tell which are going to sound good and which will not.
The new fuzz face pcb and layout that i have drawn is based on the axis face circuit board, which is quite possibly the smallest and most compact fuzz face circuit board available. The germanium transistors are 2n229 and they are magic in the fuzz face circuit. I will not be held accountable for paternity suits. Because of limited space, you cannot use knobs with skirts larger than 16mm. These transistors were used in various classic pedals including dallasarbiter fuzz face, colorsound tone bender and maestro fuzz tone to give them a vintage tone. The original fuzz face used nkt275 transistors made by a british. At the end of the 60s, dallas arbiter began using bc108 transistors. This fuzz face is possibly the best sounding germanium fuzz pedal ive ever owned or built. Silicon transistors provided for a more stable operation, but have a different, harsher sound. The different transistors will definitely cause some change in the. Its uncanny ability to add harmonic richness and hair around clean tones at lower settings is as satisfying as the fullon roar it wields when dimed and raging. Controlling fuzz to clean sound with volume knob of guitar works well. Fuzz face shootout comparing many different transistors.
The fuzz factory is essentially a classic fuzz face with a lpb1 booster in front of it, but with the twist that it uses pnp transistors. Get that late60s early 70s fuzz tone made famous by jimi hendrix, david gilmour, pete townshend and oth. Modification order form for sending in your fuzz face pedal. Proper biasing of the germanium transistors found in synthroteks fuzz face clone and the face the fuzz pedals is essential to getting the best optimal tone out of your product. A complete schematic of the vox tone bender is shown below.
Dallas arbiter you build the npn version then the 470 ohm. The layout also uses a 10k trimpot on the collector of q2 so that that biasing can be adjusted precisely. The arbiter fuzz face clone and the face the fuzz circuits work fantastically with our handtested and. They were also used by various legendary effect producing devices like vox, hornbyskewes treble boosters and dallas rangemaster etc. But even though the topology is similar to a fuzz face, the biasing scheme is very different, and. A list of all the components needed to build up synthroteks arbiter fuzz face clone. Its a great time to upgrade your home music studio gear with the largest selection at. These all have the basic fuzzface circuit of two transistors and no extra junk. We recommend using 1900, mini fluted, mini 1510, or b. The orpheuzz i really like fuzz dogs pedal parts as a company, their boards and parts are great and the guy who runs it is a really helpful chap.
Apr, 2012 dunlop eric johnson signature fuzz face ejf1 there is an ongoing discussion on fsb about this pedal, because we know that there are some hidden surface mount components underneath the board, and so this is based on a best guess by marc ahlfs after some experimentation he did on the circuit. Ac128 germanium fuzzface with fuller mods from diy. Silicon fuzz face clone into a clean fender amp simulation. Plugging a 64 rickenbacker 360 into a 70s dallasarbiter fuzz face with bc109c silicon transistors and then into a 64 vox ac30, you realize just how peaky the effects fuzz control can be. This was paired with the nte123 transistor silicon in cesar diazs cool texas square face fuzz. Fuzz face fuzz does the fuzz face really need an introduction. Arbiter fuzz face clone kit the arbiter fuzz face clone kit is a vintage guitar effectaphiles dream, modeled after the dallas arbiter fuzz. The most simple but also the most difficult pedal to build. It has tons of information on the circuit, how to test and select transistors, some mods, etc. A clone of the legendary late60s fuzz face, only much, much smaller. The ending of stone free may be, if im hearing things right, the first use of a fuzz face by hendrix on record specifically the unexpected shift to a fuzzy fchord and fade out at about 3. Arbiter fuzz face clone assembly instructions synthrotek. As you can see, its the same basic idea, but with a different biasing scheme for q2. It also cleaned up as good or better than a nkt 275 fuzz face.
This simple, two transistor circuit remains for many the very definition of the guitar effects stomp pedal. I had also seen much written about the complexities of proper biasing and transistor selection, which made the fuzz face a bit more more daunting for me, still a. For the best results with this pcb the transistor in q2 needs to have the correct voltage for optimum performance. Jimi hendrix himself had switched to a later siliconbased fuzz face and custommade mayer axis fuzzes by the time of his band. The original boardmounted pot version is ideal for the simplest way to build a npn version, or a pnp build that cant be daisychained for power. Its uncanny ability to add harmonic richness and hair around clean tones at lower settings. At least until this approach becomes widely popular and prices of lowgain parts go up, you can do an allgermanium or hybrid sige, negativeground fuzz face that sounds great for very little money. I may have a go at building a tonebender pnp fuzz clone, but not until i tackle a few more npn circuits. Build yet another fuzz face and give a whole new sound to your clone tone. Ive played a lot of great boutique fuzz faces analogman, monsterpiece, original dunlop ej, bonamassa, hendrix, and standard models and i have this one, if that says anything. We designed the face the fuzz with a few key changes to make it more useful to the modern musician. This fuzz face distortion is constructed to vintage specs, featuring the original germanium pnp transistor design for a rich, creamy fuzz sound. One of the best sounding fuzz face i have had was 68 with bc183l transistors in it.
A sample output signal created using matlab with the manual biasing. Diy npn silicon transistors fuzz face clone pedal in. Youve collected parts, including some dynomite pnp germanium transistors and are just itching to get soldering. Originally in regular production from 199497, fulltone was forced to discontinue the 69 for some time due to an inability to acquire the necessary transistors, but as of 2011 the 69 fuzz is back in production in its mkii version, featuring the original germanium transistors. Where the fuzz face is batteryonly to get around the limitation of germanium transistors, this one uses a reverse polarity input, so youll have to get a suitable power supply or a reverse. The original fuzz face used ac128 germanium transistors. Fuzz face pedal and distortion analysis robert lemiesz. With the fuzz knob backed off to 80% or so it sounded like the best nkt fuzz face you could probably ever find.
At the end of the 60s, dallas arbiter began using bc108 transistors instead. And while its still crude and simple, it has about 5x the components that youll find in a fuzz face. The transistors are hard to find, the thing to look for is germanium transistors with a decent. What is the best fuzz pedal in detail germanium vs silicon description. Its a great circuit and its an easy build, so lets get started. Why are germanium transistors in fuzz pedals so popular. This component was not part of the original fuzz face circuit. Subjectively the sound of germanium offers a smoother, moreear pleasing. A couple of years back, the arbiter company made a limited run of reissue fuzz faces, complete with ac128 transistors. They were designed for audio preamplification circuits in consumer and midrange equipment, where they quickly replaced the tubes. The flare is a clone of the zvex fuzz factory, a really interesting little box that lets you create everything from a really thick but musical fuzz to some messedup oscillations. Therefore quite apart from the usual nkt275, ac128 and cv7005 transistors you tend to find in your typical germanium fuzz face pedals.
I have tested several sets of transistors in both circuits, and i found that they work equally well with either biasing scheme. The only germanium transistor used by arbiter in the fuzz face was the newmarket nkt 275. The new fuzz face is actually surprisingly good it is the red one that uses germanium transistors not the blue one with silicon transistors. It uses oldstock, matched germanium transistors to nail that raspy, 60s70s tone, but has the features that let it play gracefully on a modern pedalboard. In order to have this circuit sound like a fuzz face, you must use transistors in the recommended gain hfe ranges and correctly bias the circuit. Soldering, clipping, cutting, stripping, or using any of the components in any way voids this guarantee. Sep 06, 2017 audio preamplification transistors ex. Ff5 project fuzz face tm replicas instructions version 2014november19 copyright 2007 2014 jd sleep permission refused for postingserving this file from any. For my physics 406 project i created a fuzz face pedal. We can modify any of the round fuzz face pedals, including the red dunlop one, the grey uk arbiter one, and the grey jhf1 jimi reissue.
The fuzz face also attracted a number of clones even in the golden age. The fuzz pedal is surrounded in mystique and legend, from specially selected pedals for hendrix to expensive, no longer stocked transistors originally made in the 60s. The original schematic is not exaclty what is shown above, it had a very. If you take a look at the circuit board picture and the schematic below, youll see that its not exactly a reissue, but an improved version of the original. Besides, in a fuzz face, usually the first transistor needs different biasing resistors as well to operate optimally. While the first version of the tonebender was essentially a slightly tweaked fuzz face, the mark 2 version added a singletransistor boost in front of it. Sep 04, 2012 hi, i made a clone of a woolly mammoth, i think its an upgraded fuzz face i finish soldering and all and it came out roaring like how its supposed to be however, it came to my mind, why not use the ever so popular ac128 so i started searching about it i got a few of the ge transistors, but when i switched it to the mammoth there. You need to carefully balance the volume with the fuzz to get a warm sound. In stompbox lore, the fuzz face distortion sits among the icons. The fuzz face is a distortion guitar pedal designed in london by arbitrer electronics ltd in the autumn of 1966.
A brief hobbyist primer on key fuzz transistor types and. It is meant for beginners who are confused about what devices to use and where to get them, and as a reference for more experienced diyers. Fuzz faces naturally tend to bias with only about half a volt on the collector of the first transistor, so there is a lot of room upwards. When i began building effects, i dismissed the fuzz face as a circuit for hendrixworshippers. You can fix it so that you have one really good sounding, say, germanium fuzz and a mediocre silicon fuzz or vice versa, or compromise and have two lousy sounding fuzzes. Mike fullers 69 fuzz is another modern classic of ge fuzz face clones. Analog man, for one, makes several renditions of the sun face fuzz, a fuzz face clone, using various types of germanium and silicon transistors the germanium sun face ac128 versus the silicon sun face bc183, for example. The vox tone bender not to be confused with the colour sound tone bender was a copy with only minimal changes to the the component values, and adapted to npn silicon transistors. Fuzz germanium pnp positive ground kit instructions warranty. Features all throughhole components, including nos bc108 transistors, and fullsized, panel mounted hardware. If ever there was an essential addition to a rig then the fuzz face surely is it.
Build your own clone esv fuzz silicon npn negative ground kit. Learn why germanium transistors are vital elements of vintage fuzz, distortion, and boost pedals. The fuzz face is a distortion guitar pedal designed in london by arbitrer. Its only drawback was that gain and fuzz was not as extreme at the max setting of the fuzz pot. Fuzz face diy kit good fuzz kit, alpha pots, good quality jacks. Dogface with inverter instruction pdf original version instruction pdf. Fuzz face joe bonamassa germanium transistor pair diy build your own pedal nos.1603 447 1603 730 1543 663 660 697 1327 1127 317 1026 318 528 624 875 1580 1313 314 258 107 898 1055 1368 601 1538 775 1443 574 364 704 156 947 1347 913 589 275 521 962