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.
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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.
Texas Instruments BC183 transistors.
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.