Fuzzes are considered the grandfather of distortion devices. They were also among the first of the many transistorized guitar effects that were built back in the early 1960’s.
What fuzzes, or fuzz pedals, are known for is their ability to produce a slightly wooly, warm and rounded, but sparkly distortion throughout the guitar signal. This kind of effect gives more sustain, girth and meat to the sound. For the brick-wall type of fuzzes, the resultant sound is normally still and is more artificial than any of the previous kinds of pedals in this category.
But if you want to preserve the critical elements of your touch and tone, you may want to try a more dynamic fuzz. Fuzz pedals are really helpful in creating your signature tones. So if you want one, you can make your own fuzz pedal. Or, you can just buy a good one, like the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face.
- Meticulously made
- Used BC108 silicon transistor and has been carefully matched to the original specs
- Needs single 9-volt battery for power
The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face is considered as a meticulously, loyal reproduction of the 1670’s Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face that Jimi Hendrix used on classic albums such as the Band of Gypsys. This fuzz pedal is built around the tone-ful BC108 silicon transistor and is authentic in every detail.
It’s got a hand-wired brown circuit board without a solder mask. Also, its circuitry is carefully matched with the original specs. It has a 100 percent accurate look too, with the groovy circular chassis together with the tooled clones of the original Fuzz Face knobs, which are in the rare and vintage turquoise hammertone finish. So if you are a Fuzz Face or Hendrix fanatic, this product is a truly playable collectable for you!
You also just need a single 9-volt battery to make it work. It feels weighty as well, and is dirty and clean at the same time. In addition, it really does sound very close to Hendrix style that it is mainly on bends.
And while Dunlop had some issues in the past regarding their fuzz pedals, they have surely regained their honor with this product, as one customer attested that though it is not totally identical, it sounded close enough to a genuine red Fuzz Face that was from the late 60’s/early 70’s. Moreover, it can be turned up all the way, with the amp still doing fine.
With all this, it can be said that it is the perfect gift for anyone who loves rocking out their guitar. And since it is made of silicon, it generally has a more abrasive tone than germanium since it has more gain, causing various distortion profiles that are sharper with high frequency content.
Plus, it is fuzzier and has a higher frequency distortion. And since it is usually tighter and compressed, it is more modern sounding. With the price, it is more affordable than germanium.
Some were a bit dismayed that there is interference when plugged in. One user even reported about hearing the neighbors’ radio and even phone conversation thru the amp. Others found it okay, considering that it sure is a great fuzz, but its parts seem to be worth $3, maximum, meaning, you can make a fuzz pedal like this yourself without joining the hype about Jimi Hendrix.
And while some see it an advantage that it only uses a 9-volt battery, others treat it differently since batteries may easily run out.
Some love it, some do not. As a result, it can be said that the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face is somehow a so-so product. Positively, it is really similar-sounding to the Hendrix style, making it the perfect gift for all the Hendrix and Fuzz Face fans.
It is also built around the BC108 silicon transistor. What’s more is that it has authentic details and a hand-wired brown circuit board with no solder mask. With its look, it is 100% accurate having that groovy circular chassis as well as tooled copies of the original Fuzz Face knobs.
Additionally, it has this rare and vintage turquoise hammertone finish. Its sound is great too that it matches well almost any guitar.
But its flaws can’t just be ignored. The interference that occurs when it is plugged is a concern since a customer even shared about being able to hear radio stations and even phone conversations of the neighbors through the amp.
Also, its parts look very simple, like you yourself could create your own fuzz pedal. For its power source, the 9-volt battery can either be a pro or con. While it is true that you do not need much battery to make it work, it is not that reliable compared to connecting it to an outlet.