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Anyone cracked the DIY code on a nice EJ Fuzz Tone?

9/25/2004 4:09 AM
Anyone cracked the DIY code on a nice EJ Fuzz Tone?
Just wondering if anyone has had any luck getting the a nice Eric Johnsonish fuzz tone from a DIY? Suggestions on schematics and parts????  
9/27/2004 6:19 PM
Mark Hammer

The conventional wisdom is that transistors with particular hfe ranges for the Q1 and Q2 positions in a Fuzz Face (about 85 and 110, respectively) deliver a pleasing "classic" sound from such a unit.  
At the same time, Johnson's tone is a product of so many elements, beginning with his fingers and touch, the guitar and pickups, his multi-amp arrangement, use of reverb, and the settings of everything, that it would be misplaced effort to concentrate too much on the component values in a single part of that rather lengthy signal chain.
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9/27/2004 8:52 PM
Cole Davis
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