Reviews Do we really need to describe what the Fuzz Face does or tell you why you want one? Every guitarist, regardless of their playing style or preferred genre, needs one. Extra Special Vintage Fuzz kit has as much vintage mojo as the original, but with the modern conveniences of an LED status light, DC adapter jack, adjustable bias, and true bypass. Germanium transistors have a slightly darker, warmer, and woolier sound. Silicon transistors have a little more gain, sustain, and brightness. The typical example of famous recordings that compare the two are early Hendrix Experience vs.
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The cool part about this kit is that Keith has really gone for the absolute best quality, vintage-style components available, with the crowning touch being NOS Philips OC75 PNP germanium transistors. Keith obtained a large quantity of these transistors in still-sealed factory boxes, literally untouched by human hands since they were manufactured nearly 50 years ago.
Quite the electronics treasure! Because BYOC was running a "buy 4, get 2 free" kit sale, I also received one of their "Large Beaver" Big Muff clone kits and one of their fairly new "ping-pong" delay pedal kits.
More on those another time In any case, the kits arrived yesterday, and I assembled the first one last night to check it out. Sounds fabulous. Great warm, smooth fuzz tone with unbelievable sustain. The extra transistor vs. Below is a "gut-shot" photo. You leave the leads long until the pedal is tested, and then trim them to length for the final assembly.
Very elegant looking layout, as effects pedals go! The relatively small number of components and clean PCB layout makes it a quick and easy build.
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