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Let us clear his name.....

3/30/2000 12:24 PM
Jamie Tyson
Let us clear his name.....
I am an EJ fan- no bones about it. On the EJ list many are saying that their Fuzz Faces actually DO sound better with the screws removed. Let's do some testing!!!!  
If he's full of it, then make sure their's not any validity in what he is saying.  
Get to the bottom of this!!! Test your Fuzz face both ways!!! Use an oscilliscope if needed!!  
As for the tubedriver placement- it's simple- that thing makes other pedals sound bad becuase of all the AC hum it emits. Try it sometime- it's a noisy pedal that needs to be carefully placed. It induces hum in everything. Though it's not on a seperate block of wood, my tubedriver is happy only in certain places on my pedalboard.  
Tubes can easily be affected by vibration- putting a head behind the amp may subject the amp to less vibration, changing the sound of the amp.  
EJ's power runs thru some sort of filter that he's used for about 15 years- it still has labels on it from the Dumble SSS.  
I'm not an expert but I've spent so much time listening to and studying EJ that I understand a lot of what he says. I don't know about this rubber band thing but I am curious....  
3/30/2000 3:36 PM

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3/30/2000 4:20 PM

"As for the tubedriver placement- it's simple- that thing makes other pedals sound bad becuase of all the AC hum it emits. "
Then why place it over a tape echo, since the tape head is problably the piece of his setup that's most sensitive to hum (besides single coil pickups)?
3/30/2000 9:20 PM
Jamie Tyson

I have no freaking idea....  
3/30/2000 9:52 PM

If the tape head were to pick up 60Hz hum that was out-of-phase with any that the single-coil pickups were exposed to, that would possibly reduce the overall hum from the entire rig.  
Also, any other noise that might be generated early in the signal chain by the Tube Driver, if also radiated to the right tape head out-of-phase in the right amount might tend to cancel as well.  
Surpisingly, some low levels of 60Hz or 120Hz hum are theoretically acceptable for hifi tube amps when effectively masked by much larger signal. The same amount of hum in a tube guitar amp can do relatively more audible modification away from the desired output especially when overdriven. Try it, the ears are more sensitive to this than the 'scope, but it can still be seen on the screen sometimes while listening for it, that way you can get a better idea what's going on when you think that *small* noise is being masked fully by high gain overdrive, instead it might possibly be somewhat amplified.  
Hope this helps,  
3/31/2000 1:32 AM
I would do this but I'm not sure which brand of rubber bands he uses.
3/31/2000 7:28 AM

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