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One Fuzz Face to Rule Them All

December 4, 2013

 

 

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Every once in a while, something cool falls into PGS' lap. Not just cool, actually-- more like amazing. Freaking amazing. Literally and not just figuratively amazing. Truest-meaning-of-the-word-amazing amazing. When those moments happen, we're definitely grateful. Sometimes when those moments happen and we feel grateful-- we want to pass that feeling on to a lucky someone. Maybe that lucky someone will be YOU.

This week for Free Pedal Friday we are giving away a One-of-a-Kind Dunlop Fuzz Face. You think you've seen a million Fuzz Faces (maybe you have-- how many of these things have been produced in the last 40+ years, anyway?!) but you've never seen this Fuzz Face, and you'll never see one like it again.

 

 

 

With a circuit tweaked by Jeorge Tripps and a housing treated by James Trussart, this Fuzz Face has an amazing pedigree.

 

 

 

From Dunlop:

"Trussart-aged nickel housing built around a pair of vintage 2N4058 PNP silicon transistors—tons of spitty gain, but Jeorge Tripps made some tweaks to warm it up a bit and take some of the harshness off."

 



"It’s got British-made ’60s style knobs, modern carbon composite resistors, a 0.11uF Ajax blue molded film capacitor that’s actually from the ’60s, a Beyschlag Centralab Components electrolytic 1uF capacitor, and a 5uF vintage Sprague electrolytic capacitor. Jeorge hand-selected and tested each component to ensure the best tone possible."

 

 

 

So from us to you-- best of luck winning this one-in-a-million Fuzz Face. To enter, click the image below to go to Pro Guitar Shop's Free Pedal Friday sign up page.  

 

 

Comments

  1. Abbacus says:

    That thing screams cool! MMMMMMMMMMerry Christmas, PGS dudes!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:59 am
  2. Patrick says:

    Possibly the ultimate mojo-sturbation. I bet it does sound good, though :)

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm
  3. Terry Fitzgerald says:

    How much would this jewel cost, it it were for sale ?

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  4. stevieod says:

    I have never won a contest like this, but I were to win one contest, this would be the one.  I have always wanted a Fuzz Face, but it was always financially out of my reach.

    So it would really make my day if I were to win this pedal.

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  5. Surferbell says:

    Don’t just tell us how good it is. Have Andy give us a sonic demo. Please!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm
  6. richoz says:

    Gotta be my first fuzz face pedal!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  7. Captain Bob says:

    Cool…..who’s Jeorge?

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  8. JAMES says:

    JIMI WOULD LOVE THAT , SO WOULD THIS JIMMY . HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm
  9. BassDude says:

    they are going overboard with the vintage components. just because a capacitor is 45 years old doesn’t make it better. There wouldn’t be a difference in sound if you used a .1uF Nichicon capacitor thats only 20 cents. Back in the 60’s they weren’t using components from the 20’s. they used brand new parts

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  10. novoselpro says:

    Now THIS is a fuzz pedal! That awesome finish makes it look as though it’s been all around the world and has a million stories to tell. Would LOVE to win this one!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  11. Casual Observer says:

    *Pedigree*??  We *are* talking about a Fuzz-Face, right?  What’s everyone salivating about??

    Guys, this is about one of the easiest DIY projects ever.  The schematic is *everywhere*!  4 resistors, 3 capacitors, 2 transistors, 2 jacks, a switch a battery clip, two pots, a handful of hardware, a very simple circuit board and a housing.  (ok, so the Fuzz-Face housing is darned cool, but any small box will work & nothing says you can’t buy a trashed one & re-build it to your liking)  Don’t like what sound you ended up with on the first go-around?  Start swapping out parts until you do.  About all you risk is getting totally sucked into the fun world of DIY electronics.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to participate!  I know one guitar player who knows next-to-nothing about electronics & he builds and sells Fuzz-Face clones on the net.  Yes, it’s that easy.

    Electronics tip for the day:  You want to tame the edge out of a Fuzz-Face?  Use an old-style carbon 9V battery. 

    BassDude is correct.  I’ll further add that a 45 year old cap is more likely to fail than a new one, or even one you salvaged out of a 20 year old computer monitor.

    The exterior finish?  Well….  buy a few spray-paint cans and start getting creative.  Worked pretty well for Eddie VanHalen.

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  12. Esa Lehti says:

    Merry Christmas to me!!  And Merry Christmas to all of you!!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
  13. johnny says:

    www.JohnHoytArt.com

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm
  14. CBJ says:

    Sure it IS cool but frankly I’ve never understood the housing.
    It’s absurdly huge considering it holds what? Two transistors, a few caps, a couple of resistors?
    It’s impossible to place on a pedal board.
    The smartest thing they did was come up with the mini’s.

    As to the Trussart touch . . . the knobs should be beat up and distressed metal or at least miss matched bakelite chicken heads to match the aesthetic.

    For all I care it could be in a coffee can the sound is the key but you have to LIKE the sound.

    In short, just send it to me and if I like it I’ll keep it and learn to get over the size difficulties.

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  15. larry says:

    I LOVE this stuff!  I HAD a fuzz face in the 70’s but, I’ve lost it somewhere.  Pick me!  I would cherish it!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  16. Fano Boss says:

    I need fuzz .... I can’t afford one

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm
  17. Edh says:

    It would be nice if it had a 9 volt input from a wall wart….

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm
  18. Jim says:

    Re the “Who’s Jeorge (sic)?” question - “Jorge” Tripps is the guy who started the original Way Huge company - designed all the effects, came up with the infamous “Mr. Huge” comic - but mainly made bulletproof pedals that sound absolutely stunning (and the Dunlop “reissues”, while not quite the same, sure aren’t bad!).

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm
  19. Chris says:

    Cool!  What about posting a video demo to hear how’s that hendrix sound inside?

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm
  20. Larry says:

    Nice…  But what would be much better is if the FuzzFace were upgraded to have a pedalboard friendly enclosure…

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  21. Chris says:

    The classic Fuzz Face housing is essentially the bottom of a mic stand. They didn’t have 1590A sized boxes back then.
    This is still absurdly cool.

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  22. Isaac Donohoe says:

    Oh man! It looks amazing and must sound incredible! Hope to win it on Friday!

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm
  23. Dusan says:

    Demo, please

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  24. Bluesblud says:

    Seriously, its just a fuzz face. It is about as dumb as taking a belt sander to a new guitar and calling it “vintage” then charging more for it.

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm
  25. Paul K Antram says:

    I do like to tinker, and DIY, but you know…  I really would like to win.  I often looked at a fuzz face, but have never played through one!  (plus, I really do like it when a builder goes the extra mile.)  PKA

    posted on December 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm
  26. J Balmer says:

    Looks like it belongs on my pedal board…

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 1:37 am
  27. Raven says:

    What’s so amazing about this? Nothing. It’s a Fuzzface in a crappy messed up looking enclosure.

    All this vintage parts mean nothing. If a cap is in spec is sounds like every other cap.

    @Bluesblud, thank you! a voice of reason!

    Everyone, buy a fuss face and get some sand paper if you want you gear to look like junk. This matches all those stupid “relic” guitars, but then a sucker is born every minute. No one would buy a new car that is all scratched and dented, why a guitar or pedal? So you can pose in a mirror and pretend it’s “vintage”? lolololol! My real vintage gear looks better than this.

    Forget the hype.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:04 am
  28. Fernando says:

    Nice work of James as always but to me as some mention above it is a pain in the ass in practice
    and yes the circuit is very very simple, you can DIY, for a fraction of the cost

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:25 am
  29. M Avrashi says:

    I lost my Big Muff Decades ago and this baby would be a great replacement.  I agree with other posts that a demo vid would be awesome.  Love the “aged” look.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:46 am
  30. Raven says:

    @M Avrashi, how do you figure? Fuzz Faces don’t sound like Big Muffs. Just get a new Big Muff. :)

    I like Muffs better. And my Rat too. If I want splatty, I use my Devi Ever Vintage Fuzz master.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:54 am
  31. Dominic says:

    Thank you PGS, Jeorge and James for putting this together and offering it up for FPF.

    To all the negative nancies on this post - please stop posting, complaining about something that is free is just rediculous. I would hate that PGS stop offering up pedals weekly because of your whinning - if you don’t want the free pedal - Don’t Enter.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 3:29 am
  32. Steven Altuna says:

    MY PRECIOUS!@$@#!%!
    <smacks sub-par fuzz pedal into rock repeatedly>

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:02 am
  33. Raven says:

    @Dominic, it’s a public forum. We can comment as we please.

    The fact that they are giving away a pedal is great. No one has said a thing about that. The fact that they said:

    “Every once in a while, something cool falls into PGS’ lap. Not just cool, actually—more like amazing. Freaking amazing. Literally and not just figuratively amazing. Truest-meaning-of-the-word-amazing amazing. When those moments happen, we’re definitely grateful.”

    Is the problem. There’s nothing all that AMAZING about this. It’s a Fuzz Face. The case has been distressed. Parts have been substituted for no good reason at all except hype.

    But by all means go ahead and enter the contest. :)

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:26 am
  34. Ken says:

    Is there a You Tube demo anywhere?

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 6:42 am
  35. BooBoo says:

    I’ve got a Trussart Tele. How cool to have the two togather !!! Great brushed-up job.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 9:23 am
  36. stringbender53 says:

    No matter what some may think, this IS a very cool pedal! Just the fact it was hand assembled and tweaked by Jeorge Tripps of Way Huge fame and “antiqued” by James Trussart makes it a definite “wanna have” for serious pedal users and collectors. Personally I’d LOVE to have it; I own an original ‘67 Dallas-Arbitor with NKT-275 transistors and it’s vintage value precludes even taking it out of the house! To the “youngsters” complaining it’s too big, try and remember back in the mid ‘60’s there were VERY few effects even available and NO ONE used pedal boards. In fact, as I remember it if you had an amp with reverb, a fuzz (either a Maestro, Fuzz Face, or Univox Super Fuzz), and a Wah pedal you were pretty well equipped! Kudo’s to Andy and the crew at Pro Guitar Shop for coming up with this unit.

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:53 am
  37. Crutch says:

    Fuzz face or fuss face, free is always good! Even better that someone of some notoriety added his twist and tweak. Rock on! I’d play it, LOUD!

    posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm
  38. Greg says:

    Had a nice used Hendrix model Fuzz Face that I loved circa 1990;s picked it up for a song and passed it on for about what I paid for it.  It’s a classic for a reason and I would love to win this one. I agree the circuit is pretty simple but I’ve seen NOS germanium transistors going for $20 to 30 bucks a pop. The next one I buy will prolly be a new dunlop/mxr mini fuzz face.

    posted on December 6, 2013 at 8:29 am
  39. Frederick Drury says:

    I really like the Trussart finish, and I’m sure it sounds amazing…not that I’ll ever hear it.

    posted on December 7, 2013 at 7:08 am
  40. Papabear says:

    Ok so are you just going to tease everybody or are you going to sell them????? How about a video. I got the fist Joe Bonamassa Fuse Face and I was really disappointed. I’m not laying out a “c” note or more for a pedal without knowing what it sounds like.

    How about some simple, practical improvements to the fuse face like a 9v plug in power supply or I don’t know the in put jack on the correct f#$%# side!

    posted on December 8, 2013 at 2:49 am
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  42. Jonas Carlsson says:

    I just don’t see why most here get so emotional about this pedal. Yes: the FF is a fairly simple circuit, but not all components are made alike and it takes some tweaking to get a circuit such as this to operate at its best. Now we wouldn’t say that a guitar is just a few bits of wood glued together and it’s a quite similar deal here.

    Jeorge Tripps may not be widely recognised by many today, but not only is he the brain behind Way Huge and as such the father of boutique, he’s had a finger in most Dunlop/ MXR pedals in recent years and the reason why Dunlop and MXR pedals have bumped up a notch in quality. If you’re ever to have a signature pedal designed Jeorge is one of those to get the job done.

    posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:16 am

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