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|7/28/2000 5:51 PM|
|jc||First Fuzz Face (long)|
Built a fuzz face last night using the germainum
trannies I got from RG a few months back.
Wired it up using sockets for the trannies.
Plugged in the transistors and a battery.
Plugged my guitar in and an amp...nothing.
Reversed the trannies... nothing.
Checked the wiring 2x couldn't find
a thing wrong. Scratched my head and
then noticed that I had the input in the
output etc. Reversed em and voila fuzz face.
Worked great. I think that's the first time
I've ever had a circuit work that fast.
For some reason I've never completed a fuzz
face before. Built sundry other distorto
type pedals. I've started on FF's and just
never finished them. I think the first attempt
was about 15 years ago using that Craig Anderton
article from guitar player.
Anyway, I'm very pleased with the sound. My
Germainiums measure 69 and 140 gain wise on my
fluke. I think it sounded best with the higher
gain tranny first in the circuit. It cleans up
to a nice rythem sound really quick, better volume control response than any other affect or amp
I've used. I also tried some generic silicon
trannies. They sounded pretty good to. Definitly
different, but a usable sound. I was thinking
about wiring it up with a couple of switches an
a bias pot to select different trannies.
The last thing. After playing it for about an
hour it dawned on me how versatile this circuit
was and how many records I've heard this on
Hendrix, Clapton, it nails the Beatles "revolution"
Great pedal. This ones gonna go into an actual
box and be on my pedal board soon. Wish I could
use it for my 50's gig tonight.
Thanks RG, Aron et al.