Itas easy to dismiss a fuzz pedal for being too wild, harsh or thin but once you. Before a clean amp, it can cut quite nicely though thanks to the germanium transistors, it is never as annoying as various other distortions, but before an already distorted sound, the sun. Before a clean amp, it can cut quite nicely though thanks to the germanium transistors, it is never as annoying as various other distortions. How to tame a fuzz face type fuzz pedal guitar tone. If youre a fan of vintage 60s fatbottomed fuzz, nothing sounds better than a vintage arbiterengland fuzz face. Due to problems with temperature stability, and consistency issues, arbiter began making fuzz faces using silicon transistors in the late 60s. Mar 22, 2017 youd have to have been frozen in a glacier for the past 3,000 years to not know about the fuzz face or the lefthanded strat player who made it famous. Dallas music industries made a final batch of fuzz face units in 1976 or 1977, shortly after moving to the united states. Pete townshend used a dallas arbiter fuzz face fuzz pedal on stage for a brief period in 1968. I was 21 years old and i had the job of qc technician for their mixing console lines which included new crest audio consoles and kelsey consoles. Dallas arbiter fuzz face replica complete kit kits. The company bought crest audio in the 1980s and although it was operating under that name when it reissued the fuzz face in 1986, the units still bore the dallas arbiter name. When i first got this pedal it had a different, nonperiod correct replacement parts. Dallas arbiter fuzz face fuzz box pete townshends guitar.
This list contains all effect models that helix will contain when it is shipped. Arbiter was famous for selling ringo starr a black oyster pearl ludwig kit in 62, which he hastily inscribed with the beatles across the front to make the sale, complete with. He was certainly responsible for the beatles famous droppedt logo. When jimi hendrix released his first album, 1967s are you experienced, he launched a new level of guitar heroics as well as a sartorial fad for ruffled shirts and band jackets. The reason for this is that it actually predates the original arbiter fuzz face production began 1965. The dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 196970 dallas arbiter fuzz face that jimi used on classic albums like band of gypsys. Introduced in 1966 by londons arbiter music, the dynamicsounding fuzz face represents mankinds best use of two transistors, four. For fuzz leads i run fuzz sdm for regular dirty leads it sdm giggity. The dunlop cry baby goes into his marshall lead rig, via an echoplex and a b. Fuzz face jdf2 built to the exact specifications of the original dallas arbiter fuzz face. David gilmour used the dallas arbiter fuzz face and a colorsound power boost for most of the fuzz tones in the 1970s, up to the dark side of the moon, wish you were here, and animals period.
Aug 26, 2017 arbiter fuzz face effects pedal silicon transistors posted by andy. Find great deals on the fuzz face on click here dunlop fuzzface reissue demo. One of the most sought after reissues is the bc109c version produced by crest audio. The kit contains all the parts to make either the pnp or npn version of a dallas arbitor fuzz face. Vintage crest audio dallas aribiter england fuzz face. Sep 21, 2009 the dunlop era dallas arbiter fuzz face guitar effects pedal demo. Dunlops engineering department examined hoards of vintage fuzz face pedals, honing in on a few units which possessed that unmistakable jimi voodoo. The early ac128 and sf363e fuzz faces are probably only a myth. But in 97 i saw fuzz faces with different transistors used in the high gain position and they sounded pretty good still using the nkt in the other.
Through this designs past youll find all kinds of different variations in the basic original circuit, from pnp germanium to npn silicon, and a countless number of fuzz pedals that are based on it. Sep 22, 2005 20150622 70s dallas arbiter fuzz face sound demo vol. A comparison between the earlier version, which read dallas arbiter england, but still distributed by dunlop, versus the current. Arbiter fuzz face effects pedal silicon transistors posted by andy.
He mainly uses vintage models, but has more recently been using his signature dunlop ejf1 fuzz face, these tend to go for around. Arbiter fuzz face electroharmonix big muff pi industrial fuzz. The bc108 is the traditional silicon transistor for the fuzz face. Bk butler tube driver guitar effects pedals, guitar pedals, eric johnson, bass amps. The fuzz face is a classic guitar pedal, originally produced in england by arbiter in the mid1960s. The hot rod has a morph knob like the tone driver, another great buy which is suppose to give you tones of a pro co rat, a boss ds1 and a fuzz face. Fuzz face bottom plate by dunlop fuzz face rubber tread by dunlop. The origin of the fuzz face circuit the early sola sound tone bender mk ii. I love the sound of the old dallas arbiter fuzz faces, specifically as i hear eric. It is designed to produce a distorted sound referred to as fuzz, originally achieved through accident such as broken electrical components or damaged speakers. My 93 reissue og fuzz face from mid 60s with germanium crest audio ff. The dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 196970s dallas arbiter fuzz face that jimi used on classic albums like band of gypsys. Fuzz face jdf2 built to the exact specifications of the original dallasarbiter fuzz face. The fuzz face is very sensitive to playing dynamics, so you can get many shades of gain with slight variations on the guitars volume knobs.
The dallasarbiter fuzz face has been around since 1966, and it shows no signs of dying any time soon. Jdf2 fuzz face distortion the original fuzz face is constructed to the vintage specs, with the original germanium pnp transistor design. Mar 06, 2014 find great deals on the fuzz face on click here dunlop fuzzface reissue demo. Arbiter fuzz face effects pedal silicon transistors element14. Still others claim that the arbiter fuzz face, the first run of the unit had sf363 transistors in it see 1992 guitar player mag. The circuit was soon altered by sola sound or perhaps more accurately one of the consultant boffins sola sound utilised. Ibanez ts9dx tube screamer mods ibanez ts808 reissue tube screamer mods. Im still trying to figure out which fuzz face reissue i used to have. I have the bc109 hendrix reissue going through a hiwatt 405 and 4. The top 50 stompboxes of all time 50 years of footstompin.
Cheaper alternatives to vintage dallas arbiter fuzz face. The kit contains a pair of low gain npn silicon transistors and a pair of low gain pnp silicon trasistors that sound great in this stompbox. Ruggedly constructed to the original vintage specs. The sound of eric johnsons favorite fuzz tone in a pedal designed around johnsons personal collection of fuzz face pedals created by fuzz face master engineer, jeorge tripps handselected bc183 silicon transistors provide extrahigh gain unique look includes custom 6869 knobs and a vintagestyle. Vintage dallas arbiter england fuzz face crest audio 1980s reissue. From the micstand casting to the smile that reads arbiter england to the pnp germanium transistors arbiter s reissue is the closestsoundinglooking pedal to the real deal. So i start to put the wheels in motion for the new fuzzface reissue. Dallasarbiter by crest audio fuzz face reissue bc109c. The legendary dallas arbiter fuzz box in sturdy case. This may be the original unit that spawned them all. It models stuff like the fuzz face, big muff, tube driver, etc.
Ivor arbiter, so the story goes, was responsible for the unique look of the fuzz face. It is in used condition with cosmetic wear from use. For sale is a vintage crest audio dallas arbiter fuzz face reissue effects pedal. Therefore it is more than likely that arbiter based the fuzz face on this circuit. Lately ive been rebuilding a 1976 dallas arbiter fuzz face that came with bc209s. One of jimis main weapons was the arbiter fuzz face, a cheap, crude fuzz box that would become famous and infamous forever more. The dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 196970s dallas arbiter fuzz face that jimi used on classic albums like band. Dunlops engineering department examined hoards of vintage fuzz faces, honing in on a few units that possessed unmistakable jimi voodoo. Good chance denis cornell and jorge tripps have measured original units i would suspect. It is all original, and has one bc109c and one bc640 transistor for some amazing vintage tone. In an attempt to recapture the predallas arbiter fuzz face sound, ivor arbiter recently reissued his original mid60s fuzz face. Line 6 helix effect models list with all effect models in helix.
The circuit found in the fuzz face appeared first in a competitors product, the early version of sola sounds tone bender mkii. Of this long list of pedals, the bc108 silicon transistor based jimi hendrix fuzz face is the most sought after, thanks mostly to its reference to the iconic guitar player. When you talk about classic fuzz, you probably mean the sound of the legendary fuzzface in most cases. Fuzz face, 1st run 1993 dallas arbiter england discussion in the effect effect started by thekid, jan 24, 2015. Dunlops engineering department examined hoards of vintage fuzz faces, honing in on a few. The classic fuzz box used by legendary rockers of the 60s and 70s. The right column shows the real pedal they are based on. As far as finding npn silicon transistors that have useable gain ranges for a fuzz face, i have had luck with the 2n4123 hfe 60100, ss90 hfe around 100110 and the mps65 hfe 125140. The company bought crest audio in the 1980s and although it was operating under that name when it reissued the fuzz face in 1986, the units still bore the dallasarbiter name. The top 50 stompboxes of all time 50 years of foot. The company was later sold and became known as dallasarbiter, and they continued to produce the pedal under that name. Also note that ej uses the tube driver for his lead sound with one marshall. The jimi hendrix fuzz face distortion is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 196970 dallas arbiter fuzz face that jimi used on classic albums such as electric ladyland.
Eric prefers the later silicon bc109 based fuzz faces. I use battery to power it and there is this terible hizz when i turn it on. View all boss effects stock ac3 acoustic simulator bd2 blues driver. Of all the current dunlop reissues and signature models, this is the most vintage. Dec 27, 2007 the 1980s fuzzface reissue i started working for crest audio in fall of 1984. The only photos showing its use are from august 1968. The fuzz face debuted in 1966, made by sax repairman and amateur drummer ivor arbiter, who ran the drum city shop on shaftesbury avenue in londons west end. The trademark fuzz face has changed hands several times and there have been several reissues. Even within the first phase of fuzz face production, there is some variation to the circuitry as well as to the color of pedal.
Pretty much the gainiest most articulate ge fuzz face ive ever had the chance to play. The classic fuzz pedals, including the dallas arbiter fuzz face, had little compression and mid range but were often used with amps that could compensate for that, like a marshall or hiwatt. The first fuzz face reissue was the silicon model left, followed by this. One day in 1963 ringo starr and brian epstein turned up at arbiters drum city shop looking to buy a new kit. The denis cornell 90s arbiter reissue i took apart had a pair of ac128s with hfe c. These were actually only made for a very short period of time. He mainly uses vintage models, but has more recently been using his signature dunlop ejf1 fuzz face, these tend. Cornell fuzz face nos 60s nkt275 germanium reissue pedal.
The dunlop fuzz face dallas arbiter reissue was not good sounding when it came out in 93. Jun 17, 2017 cornell fuzz face nos 60s nkt275 germanium reissue pedal. A list of all the components needed to build up synthroteks arbiter fuzz face clone. Four tips to make the most of your fuzz face zzounds music blog. Dallas arbiter fuzz face replica complete kit kits fuzz. Arbiter fuzz face effects pedal silicon transistors. Four tips to make the most of your fuzz face zzounds. Digitech hot rod rock distortion guitar effect pedal for. From the micstand casting to the smile that reads arbiterengland to the pnp germanium transistors arbiters reissue is the closestsoundinglooking pedal to the real deal. When did dunlop start cutting corners with the fuzz faces. The 1980s fuzzface reissue i started working for crest audio in fall of 1984. He uses these mainly for his violinlike fluid lead runs. The original arbiter england fuzz face pedals first began being imported into america in. Dallas arbiter fuzz face bc108 1969 grey guitar effects pedals, guitar.
A 60s dallasarbiter fuzz face, a vintage ts808 ibanez tube screamer, and, just to its right and off the board, an mxr flangerdoubler feed into the tworock head. Up for sale is a great sounding dallas arbiter fuzz face make sure to watch the video for a sound clip. Theres some good reading on analogmans site about the fuzz face circuit. The big muff replaced these fuzz pedals for the most part during the animals tour and there after, so if you are not into replicating those exact 1970s era. The jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of jimis 19691970 dallas arbiter fuzz face. My big board is pretty complex, but when i do smaller board gigs i run fuzz ej fuzz face, a voodoo lab sparkle drive mod as my rhythm oddistortion, and a vl giggity odbooster at the end set louder, darker, and with a touch more gain for my lead sound. Electric warrior has said somewhere that lower gain is the way to go with the ge fuzz face david main has also said that somewhere on his site. Fuzzface shootout dunlop era dallas arbiter vs current. Feb 05, 2012 the jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of jimis 19691970 dallas arbiter fuzz face.
The original fuzz face was built by dallas arbiter and includes volume and fuzz controls in a chassis inspired by a microphone stand mount. This is the classic fuzz box used by jim hendrix, eric johnson, and more. The legendary dallas arbiter fuzz box in sturdy case when you talk about classic fuzz, you probably mean the sound of the legendary fuzzface in most cases. The fuzz pot and transistors are period correct replacements. Sep 27, 2015 this list contains all effect models that helix will contain when it is shipped. The silicon transistors and handwired circuitry match jimis pedal, and the turquoise casing and knobs match the original fuzz face aesthetic.
The simplicity of the circuit has caused much debate and lore, but two transistors, three capacitors and a couple of resistors still sounds like magic. Dec 21, 2010 in the years since, dunlop, who have made the fuzz face since the 90s, worked with bonamassa to create the ultimate fuzz face for his searing blues style and humbuckercentric approach. In the years since, dunlop, who have made the fuzz face since the 90s, worked with bonamassa to create the ultimate fuzz face for his searing blues style and humbuckercentric approach. Check out analogmans sunface pedal or phoenix custom electronics fuzz pedal, both are very well made copies of the fuzz face circuit. The dunlop era dallas arbiter fuzz face guitar effects pedal demo. Ibanez ts808 tube screamer maxon sd9 sonic distortion. Hey joe 196869 vintage fuzz face bc183l sound demo by fuzzfaceexp by fuzzfaceexp. Meanwhile, i also came across two boxes containing dallas arbiter. Dunlop dallas arbiter fuzz face thomann united states. The first pedals that emerged in the mid 60s and further into the 70s, like the colorsound powerboost, dallas arbiter fuzz face and ehx big muff, all had a. Later fuzz faces were produced by crest audio and later by dunlop. Introduced in 1966 by londons arbiter music, the dynamicsounding fuzz face represents mankinds best use of two transistors, four resistors, and three capacitors. Expanding on the dallasarbiter fuzz, dunlop created a number of uniquely voiced versions of the fuzz face.
Dunlop dallas arbiter fuzzface red, mods telecaster. The dallas arbiter fuzz face has been around since 1966, and it shows no signs of dying any time soon. Dunlopmxr claims its the guts of the original silicon fuzz face. Designed in 1966 by arbiter electronics in london, the fuzz face is. The most important components are the transistors, germanium will get you the classic 60s sound where silicon goes towards a 70s sound. This is most accentuated with singlecoil pickups, like those on a stratocaster, but you can do it with a humbucker as well. Dallasarbiter dunlop fuzz face company facebook 37. The original fuzz face is constructed to the vintage specs, with the original germanium pnp transistor design.69 693 903 1187 1484 11 1008 774 1129 217 687 1019 787 130 623 570 1337 1506 1255 876 348 377 32 1199 1078 270 640 61 551 824 645 426 608 226 1094 42 918 914 1416 1209 384 437 471 979 727 542 842 1242