183Sound – High Gain ColourSound Fuzz

(3 customer reviews)

£129.00

Point to Point Coloursound type pedal. Using BC183L and BC108 transistors, JB capacitors and PH resistors. Achieving massive high gain mid focused Fuzztones and capable of amp buckling volume. PLEASE NOTE; These pedals are made in batches and not to order, next batch will most likely be around October 2020 (sorry). Join the newsletter for proper notification.

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The company that started the whole thing, the Solasound company bought us the badass full on fuzz that is the Tonebender and its much overlooked cousin the Coloursound Fuzz – born of the musical history soup of the time, with a handful of UK designers producing so many classic fuzzes. Its the fuzzfaces louder big brother who isn’t scared to rip you face off with massive tones. One knob, one fuzz.

My take on this classic uses a BC183L and a BC108 transistor. Carefully matched and tuned for a balance between saturation and rich harmonic mid focused content. Make no mistake this fuzz takes no prisoners, but has poise with it.

THESE PEDALS ARE MADE IN BATCHES

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I build these fuzz pedals in my garden workshop in Northamptonshire UK. This includes drilling, and acid etching my design onto the enclosures, constructing the entire circuit ‘Point to Point’ only using the components, and a phenolic resin support board. There’s no printed circuit board or circuit traces to dilute your signal purity. I finish the entire pedal to a standard that I think looks as good inside, as it sounds on the outside. It might be covered up but when you’re in that moment you KNOW the mojo you have under the hood.

Please be aware, these are totally hand built and so there might me some slight cosmetic variation between each pedal. The acid ecthing process produces a gunmetal patina on the enclosure with will vary from pedal to pedal. This is most noticable on the sides and imparts a unique character to each pedal. Toneally, I play each one to make sure they sound as good as the first one, before signing off, no tone generator, no gadgets – just a telecaster and my ears.

The grade and rating of every component has been painstakingly tested and I am proud to be able to say that this silicon fuzzface sounds as good as many GE versions but without the temperamental audio behavior.

Alpha pots

Neutrick jacks

Vishey resistors

Texas Instruments BC183 transistors.

JB capacitors

Please note, all my silicon pedals have a boss style 2.1 center negative DC jack only, there is no battery snap. silicon transistors are not sensitive to DC supply type unlike their germainium counterparts.

Thank you for reading, if you have any questions about this pedal feel free to message me.

RF interference – Many old fuzz circuits are vulnerable to Radio Frequency Interference from a host of different modern electronic devices ranging from lighting to heating controllers to fridges. This is by the nature of the design and to reduce the chances of this happening would radically alter how the pedal sounds. If you are having problems with RF using one of my pedals here are a few resources that can help. RF interference is not down to a faulty pedal.

http://www.analogman.com/faq.htm#rf

https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/radio-interference-on-a-few-specific-pedals-any-suggestions.1582906/

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg

3 reviews for 183Sound – High Gain ColourSound Fuzz

  1. Andrew Bondy (verified owner)

    Lucky enough to receive serial # 1! What a massive fuzz! Maybe the loudest fuzz on the planet, huge bottom end at full bore and delicious crunchy goodness with the guitar volume rolled off. Build quality is top shelf and the etching is gorgeous. Super reasonable price as well for what it is. Going to need to expand my Reeves collection!

  2. Scott Copeland (verified owner)

    Plugged it in to a clean Silver Jubilee using a strat in the neck position, with Texas special pickups…stood on the pedal set at 9 o’clock and a fell in love with it instantly.
    Turned it up, and now I can’t put my guitar down😊. A massive ‘wall of sound‘ effect. Brilliant work.

    • Markus Reeves (verified owner)

      Hey Scott, one of the guitars I test on has Texas specials. glad you like the FUZZ!

  3. Mitchell Snow (verified owner)

    Killer fuzz. Sounds glorious, looks gorgeous. I thought the (also fantastic) 2N2Face was beautiful (it is), but I’m diggin’ this one even more. The etching, the badge, the knob (man, I really love this knob!) – it’s a real stunner! Deliberately Beautiful indeed!
    The only thing better than the way it looks is the way it sounds. I won’t waste your time or mine flipping through a thesaurus to come up with descriptors for something so subjective as tone, but I will say it is unique among the (too numerous to list) fuzz pedals in my collection.
    Nothing I have sounds quite like it. It’s earned one of the coveted slots for fuzz on my main board. Once you hear it, I’ll bet it gets a spot on your board too.

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