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. 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. Fuzz kit comes in two different versions: Silicon or Germanium. BYOC thought they were going to have to discontinue this kit because they couldn't find suitable NOS transistors when the previous lot ran out, but then they found these new production American-made germanium transistors.
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Log in or create an account. Q: What's the difference between Silicon and Germanium transistors? At the end of the 60's, Dallas Arbiter began using BC transistors instead. Germanium transistors have a slightly darker, warmer, and woolier sound. They can also "clean up" with the guitar's volume knob much better than silicon transistors. 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.
Most people prefer germanium. The people who prefer silicon are usually going after a very specific tone such as Hendrix on Band of Gypsies, or David Gilmore on Dark Side of the Moon. One big advantage of silicon or perhaps a better way to put it is a big disadvantage of germanium is that its gain does not fluctuate with temperature.
The gain of germanium transistor will increase as the temperature goes up. They become essentially useless in any settings that are warmer than room temperature. Silicon does not have this problem. These were actually only made for a very short period of time. The trademark "Fuzz Face" has changed hands several times and there have been several reissues. The circuit remained exactly the same as the original, they just used higher gain BCC transistors.
The BCC version has a little more fuzz, a little more sustain, and a little more treble, but it also has a little more noise. Q: What's the difference between PNP and NPN, what's the difference between positive and negative ground, and how will this affect my power supply?
It just refers to the polarity of the transistor. PNP transistors lend themselves better to a positive ground and NPN lend themselves better to a negative ground, but as with most rules there are always exceptions. The silicon version used NPN transistors and had a negative ground. Negative ground is the same thing, only everything is connected to the negative terminal of your power supply.
Positive ground effects were more common in the 60's, but today, the overwhelming majority of guitar effects have a negative ground. Almost all DC adapters and power supplies that are intended for use with guitar effects have a negative tip. Fuzz kit with a positive or negative ground with regards to the power supply.
The adapter jack of your pedal will still always be wired for a negative tip. Fuzz kit regardless of whether it has a positive ground or a negative ground. The only thing you cannot do with a positive ground pedal is use a daisy chain power supply such as the 1-Spot with other negative ground pedals. You can use a daisy chain power supply, but all the pedals that share that daisy chain must all be positive ground as well. You also need to be careful of power supplies like the Dunlop DC Brick.
Only power supplies with isolated outputs can power positive and negative ground devices at the same time. If you're not sure whether or not your power supply has isolated outputs, it probably doesn't. It's a feature that the manufacturer would probably want to tout and you pay extra for it.
If you want to use a DC adapter power supply with your E. Fuzz kit, and you built it with a positive ground, the best thing to do would be to get a single standard negative tip wall wart like the BOSS PSA series or something similar just for this pedal. Chances are, it will be your only positive ground pedal.
All you have to do is add a pair of jumpers. You can still use any standard negative tip "guitar" power supply. You just can't daisy chain it with other negative ground devices. We run on a secure payment gateway. Amplifiers Amp Kits Cabinets. Become a fan on Facebook Watch our videos on YouTube. Fuzz Silicon Version. This item is currently out of stock.
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