Fuzz Face



Dating Fuzz Face reissues

In the midst of the ongoing vintage trend, this is an attempt to scatter some of the clouds surrounding one of very few effect pedals which has earned itself a cult-status and just refuse to die — Fuzz Face! Over the last ten to fifteen years there has been an increased interest in older effect pedals, mainly from the sixties and seventies. As a result a host of reissues of the most popular models are produced today; MXR, Electro Harmonix, Ibanez etc. These reissues often cost less than the dallas arbiter fuzz face dating units and dallas arbiter fuzz face dating the advantage of being readily available in almost every music store around the globe.

So use your eyes and ears and, if at all possible, compare the reissue with an original before spending your hard-earned cash — otherwise chances are you may be disappointed. The Fuzz Face, produced by Arbiter Electronics in London, first appeared on the market in the autumn The goal was to design a fuzzbox with a different look, and 30 years later dallas arbiter fuzz face dating can safely say that they succeeded with their intention. Ivor Arbiterstill active in the music business today, says that he got the idea for the round shape when he one day saw a microphone-stand with a cast-iron base.

The control layout and the cutout "smile" in the rubbermat make it look just like a face! The Fuzz Face quickly became popular. A certain London newcomer by the name of Jimi Hendrix soon discovered its tonal qualitys. Even today there are many guitar dallas arbiter fuzz face dating that swear by their Fuzz Face and the sound it produce; Eric JohnsonDavid Gilmourand the late Stevie Ray Vaughan just to name a few.

Fuzz Faces hooked up in series. Inside of Arbiter Fuzz Face from January with NKT germanium transistors. All attempts trying to find the person responsible for dallas arbiter fuzz face dating actual Fuzz Face circuit has so far failed. The idea to use a DPDT-switch as standard part in the circuit, something that only can be found on the most exclusive, handmade pedals today, is worth eternal dallas arbiter fuzz face dating.

Today mass-produced pedals never have DPDT-switches; it would dallas arbiter fuzz face dating too expensive for the manufacturer! Despite its simple snsd yuri dating alone eng this pedal has a remarkably wide array of sounds at its disposal. Depending on your playing technique and the type of gear you combine it with, you should be able to get sounds that range from true psychedelic fuzz to fat, compressed overdrive.

Around —74,original production of the Fuzz Face stopped. During its lifetime, the pedal went through some minor cosmetic changes but major sonic changes. The earliest models were covered in red, light- or dark gray hammerite paint with the Fuzz Face logo painted in white or black. In the cutout "smile" dallas arbiter fuzz face dating said. Arbiter Fuzz face from December Both models have pots with date codes imprinted on them.

Look carefully and you should be able to see it on the housing, just above the lugs — if the pots are original that is! There are two types of codes and they may look like these two examples. In the first case the pot is made in October —66 and in the other it was made in august — The pedal should have been manufactured within the following months from the given date. The painted logo was later replaced during the Dallas Musical Instruments production period with a thin decal that, qualitywise, resembles the fake tattoos that once could be found in certain corn-flakes boxes.

These decals are so delicate that original units from this period often have a pretty worn logo. These variations are also true for the IN, OUT, FUZZ and VOLUME markings. Some time, in the beginning of the seventies, the "smile"-text was changed for the third time. All Fuzz Faces I have seen or played from this era, all had English parts in them. Anyway, dallas arbiter fuzz face dating "smile"-text is a pretty accurate way of dating a Fuzz Face.

The bottom-plate was chromed and shiny during the first production years and a battery-clip was attached to it. Later on the bottom-plate got thicker, its surface dull and the clip was moved to the inside of the pedal. The dull bottomplate in combination with a rather worn logo sometimes leads people to believe that the Dallas Music Industries Ltd. It is impossible to write anything about the Fuzz Face without touching the subject of transistors.

Have you ever heard NKT or AC mentioned before? These types are the original PNP germanium transistors found in the first series Fuzz Face. NKT was made by Newmarket Electronics in England and most people regard this "grey can" regarded as the "magical" transistor tonewise. This is what Jimi Hendrix had in some of his early pedals. Today the NKT is long gone, original production ceased years ago and only with unreal amounts of luck will you find original samples. With two NKT transistors, four resistors, three capacitors, the circuit is nothing but primitive but it had a tone to die for January There was also a third type of germanium transistor called SF E.

This was dallas arbiter fuzz face dating unusual but had roughly the same sound characteristics as the other two. The great thing about germanium type transistors, when matched properly, is their tube-like responsiveness and fat even harmonics. If you use a germanium equipped Fuzz Face and lower your guitars volume from 10 to 7 your sound cleans up in a dynamic way much resembling an old, slightly overdriven Fender amp, and with no loss of treble.

The late Stevie Ray Vaughan once said in a interview that playing with the Fuzz Face on and your guitar volume lowered gave a cleaner sound than turning the Fuzz Face off and raising the guitars volume. Try for yourself and hear what he meant! Unfortunately, germanium transistors also have their drawbacks. The worst is their temperature sensitivity and relatively short lifespan.

If the pedal gets to warm or cold, the sound may suffer and, at worst, the transistors might become damaged. Some golden-eared players can actually hear a sound difference between outdoor shows in the sun and indoor shows. Tonewise, this would be the start of a whole new era in life of the Fuzz Face. The first NPN silicon transistors were the BC C and, a bit later, the BC L. These transistors have huge amounts of gain, especially compared to a germanium.


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