That Pedal Show – Germanium And Silicon: Four Analog Man Sun Face Fuzzes With Analog Mike
Published on Dec 12, 2017
This is the second video from our October 2017 trip to Bethel, Connecticut to meet one of the boutique effects world’s true pioneers: Mike Piera, aka Analog Man. The first one is here:
Analog Man's Sun Face Fuzz is a modern remake of the classic Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, first made famous of course by Jimi Hendrix. Mike has developed an especially deep understanding of what makes a great Fuzz Face-style circuit thanks to years of constant experimentation and learning. You can now buy a Sun Face Fuzz with a seemingly bewildering array of options and choices… including the all-important transistors.
In this video we compare two silicon and two germanium options (yes, there are many more, we know!). The rest of the circuit is exactly the same, so the differences you are hearing are purely in the specific transistors selected for each pedal.
Key takeaways from this video:
Mike’s Sun Faces sound and feel exceptional.
There clearly are differences in the sound and feel of different transistors, but they are not //radically// different.
With the addition of the bias control and internal clean trimpot, the dear old Fuzz Face style circuit can be incredibly versatile and inspiring.
The first comments are likely to be ‘why didn’t you demo the so-and-so variant?’ The answer is because we had limited time, and we prefer to go deeper on a fewer number of pedals than skim over a lot. We’re sorry if we missed your pedal.
And no, we didn’t get into sagging batteries. These were powered with new batteries, exactly as they’re shipped from Analog Man.
Finally, we’re sorry about the video quality/colour. //Insert excuses about struggling with different cameras and changing light here//. Next time we’ll take Simon!
Please enjoy the video…
Analog Man sells pedals direct via the website:
In addition, our preferred exclusive retailers in the UK & Europe, USA and Australia may have stocks of certain product lines.
- UK & Europe: Andertons Music:
- USA: Riff City Guitar:
- Australia: Pedal Empire:
Pedals in this episode…
• Sun Face Fuzz with standard germanium 2N transistors
• Sun Face Fuzz with silicon BC183 transistors
• Sun Face Fuzz with germanium NKT275 transistors (same as NKT Red Dot)
• Sun Face Fuzz with silicon BC109 transistors
• Analogman ARDX20 Dual Delay
• Walrus Audio Monument Tremolo
* Why do we have preferred retailer links? Find out here:
- Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Introduction: 00:00
- What are we doing today? 3:15
- Dan’s already gone: 4:08
- Today’s amps: 4:47
- Today’s guitars: 5:40
- Germanium 2N and NKT275 comparison: 6:35
- Comedy occurrences: 7:50
- Germanium transistors with the volume back: 9:00
- Silicon BC109 and BC183 comparison: 12:30
- The internal clean trim pot on the BC183: 16:30
- …and the NKT Red Dot: 19:20
- What is the trimmer actually doing? 23:10
- Buffer after fuzz? 26:25
- …in the ARDX20 delay: 27:00
- …in the Walrus Monument tremolo: 31:00
- Bring forth the rock: 35:20
- Germanium NKT Red Dot and NKT275 comparison: 37:50 (39:08)
- A power jack?! 38:20
Guitars & amps in this episode (thanks Mike!)
• Fender 1968 Telecaster
• Fender 1978 Stratocaster
• Fender 1966 Super Reverb
• Fender Pro Junior into vintage Marshall 4x12 with Celestion Greenbacks
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- UK & Europe: Andertons Music
- USA: Riff City Guitar & Music Company
- Australia: Pedal Empire