The filthy unruly brother of my 108sound. This special edition uses a matched pair of super rare vintage ‘New Old Stock’ TO106 cased, TUN ‘Blackhat’ transistors from the 1970s, turning this already high octane fuzz into a fuzz that sounds darker, more grainy, vocal, and on edge, with echos of the Mk1 tonebender. Tones ranging from Neil Young buckling his Tweed Deluxe, spitty, saggy, huge and glorious, to the nasel Fuzztone in the intro to the Rolling Stones Satisfaction are easy to dial in. I have a very limited stock of these transistors, when they are gone that’s it.
This pedal has chewy broken tone in the lower register, still keeping plenty of the huge bass these pedals are known for as you play further up the neck, the notes clear and get sweeter but still keep their ‘cut’ in the mix. It also cleans up remarkably well from your guitars volume pot. If you need to take out some bass there is an output cap switch that will limit the bass (a little), this pedal is also great to use with a bass guitar too, as the low frequency headroom is insane with the bass cut on full.
The bias control has a very smooth sweep and acts more like a contour or filter, until the last 20% where the tone starts to gate and break up, at this end you will find some very convincing FZ1 Fuzztones – especially with the bass cut activated.
In all if you like your Fuzz messy and squelchy but still with plenty of tight bass this is the pedal for you.
I build these fuzz pedals in my garden workshop in Northamptonshire UK. This includes painting, drilling, and acid etching my design onto the enclosures, constructing the entire circuit ‘Point to Point’ only using the components, theres no boards 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.
1970s vintage TUN Black Hat gold leg 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 vunerable to Radio Frequency Interference from a host of different modern electronic devices ranging from lighting to heating controlers 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 resouces that can help. RF interference is not down to a faulty pedal.