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Duane preferred playing straight through the amp, but he did use two different fuzz effects. First one was a custom built fuzz box which was attached to his Telecaster (see above), and the second one was Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, which he playing during early session work, and used old 9V batteries in it because he argued that they make a special sound.more
I use a pedalboard, but I can never really decide on the pedals I want to put on it. The pedals I use most are a Strymon Flint, a Creepy Fingers fuzz, a ZVEX Fuzz Factory, a vintage Fuzz Face, and some others. I have a lot more from people who build me stuff that don’t always make it on the board. I have a lot of fuzz pedals, boost pedals, and preamp-type things. Normally, I always use my old Fuzz Face and just a Cry Baby wah. A new find is this Carlin compressor pedal, which is one of the most radical pedals I’ve ever stumbled upon. There’s actually a clone made now by a guy named Moodysound, and it’s really good.more
I have used a number of different Arbiter Fuzz Faces with silicon and germanium transistors from different eras. I am more of a Vox or Solasound mk 1.5 tonebender guy when it comes to dual transistor fuzzes that react to your guitar's volume and tone control settings. The fuzz face gets lost in a mix very easily and you have to be really careful how you set your amp for ideal tones, especially a marshall. If I am going to use fuzz face parts values I think it sounds best with a mullard or newmarket germaium transistor mixed with a modern, low HFE, silicon bipolar transistor. I also built a fuzz face variant that sports 2 very low gain silicons that just sounds amazing. Great ix of warmth and clarity compared to an old Arbiter. The old ones (even silicon bc108 or 109 equipped models) are very inconsistent as the transistors are not usually well matched or correctly biased fr optimum tone. In vintage fuzzes, Solasound/Coloursound put a lot more care into putting their shit together.
I know im reviewing a homemade clonebut I made it to the same specs as the original only I used bc108c silicon transistors and I think its sounds amazing. I know people talk about transistors all the time when they discuss their fav fuzzes but ive found that choosing the right battary is as important when your trying to get a good sound out of it I would always recommend Duracell batts all the way. I dont know if its due to the minimum parts desgin of the circuit or what, but ive found that the battary can be the differance between a fuzz face youll love and one you just think is a dud..I dont know if thats true of modern jim dunlop ones as I only ever used old and homemade ones based on the old arbiter desgins.pnp & npn but I wanted to share here what ive fouund.Iits a great pedal that gives you jimi type sounds but the batts can make the differance between Hendrix tone and that horrable note decay hell you can sometimes experience.
The Fuzz Face is legendary but not always extremely easy to use. It is reactive to your volume knob but has a moment when it goes from crunchy to clean. I have it beside my pedal board enabling me to change knobs with my feet which makes it even more versatile. I have it at the front of my chain which is important, it will dominate all your pedals, which is not necessarily bad...