Hot Fuzz? The Effect Of Temperature On Your Fuzz Pedal [+ New Benson Fuzz]

Published 7 May 2021

Does your fuzz go weird when it’s hot? Ours too, so let’s investigate

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! In this show episode we’re delving into an issue that committed users of germanium transistor fuzz pedals will know all about. The ambient temperature goes up – for example if you’re playing outdoors on a sunny day – and your prized fuzz pedal starts doing very weird things. Cue folklore of studios keeping their favourite fuzzes in the fridge alongside memories mired with maddening mirth and misadventure.
So what about it then? What kinds of fuzzes, and how hot? And then what do you do?
Please join us as we lift the baseplate, fire up the hairdryer and do some, ahem, ‘science’ Dan-&-Mick-style.
Oh yeah, and Benson has a new temperature controlled fuzz too, so we should really be talking about that as well: TICK!

Enjoy the show…

Gear in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three 2 One

• TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Noir
UK & Europe:

• Dunlop JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Distortion
UK & Europe:

• Dan Drive Secret Machine
Find Dan on Insta and Farcebook

• Dan Drive Optimus Machine
Find Dan on Insta and Farcebook

• Analogman Sun Face NKT Red Dot

• Benson Germanium Fuzz
UK & Europe:

• Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive
Please check eBay and

• Diamond Pedals Memory Lane Jr

• Universal Audio Golden Reverberator
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig G3

• Supro Black Magic 1x12 combo

• Tone King Imperial MkII head & 112 cab
USA: combo:

• 1961 Fender Stratocaster – no specific video
• 2001 Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster – Dan’s video –
• 2012 Fender American Vintage ’59 Stratocaster (Custom Shop Fat ’60s pickups)
• Nik Huber Krautster II – Dan’s video at
• 2016 Epiphone Casino (Lollar P90 pickups) - Mick’s video –

Interesting bits and go-to sections
- Intro playing: 00:00
- What are we doing today?: 02:00
- Our fuzz vs temp stories : 03:15
- Zonky things, gain, leakage: 06:15
- Secret & Optimus Machines, underfloor heating: 9:55
- Secret Machine Heat Test & Playing: 14:10
- To the fridge: 16:30
- Optimus Machine Heat Test & Playing: 18:38
- Hendrix Fuzz Face Heat Test & Playing: 23:50
- Sun Face Red Dot Heat NKT & Playing: 26:20
- Benson Germanium Fuzz and Mick's Fuzz Face: 38:48
- The Klon, The Buffer & The Benson: 44:40
- Benson Heat Test: 55:15
- Closing thoughts and discussion: 58:05
- Back to the cooled-down Optimus Machine: 1:02:30

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