Best Transistor for a custom Fuzz unit? (OC81D, OC76, etc)

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  1. anais

    anais Member

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    I decided to place an order for a Tone Monk custom Fuzz for my Christmas present this year. I had played a custom 'prototype' one a few weeks ago- although not through my rig, but I really liked it (Ive never really been a big fuzz guy either) and we went over many options last night.. my head started to spin- So I decided to get some input from some of you guys.

    Ive had a few fuzz units and I know I DO NOT like the skreddy mayo, and I do not like the BJFE CAF.. but I am not sure their fuzz styles.. I am assuming they are Muffs? And I am not a fuzz face guy either- had the keeley fuzz head and it was not my style either..

    The fuzz tones I really enjoy are that of Fripp (starless especially) and Gilmore.. Hiwatt's are not in my arsenal so that may be a problem for me to obtain such tones. I am just not sure the difference between these styles of transistors that I have read about and am curious what a good building block for a versatile fuzz would be for prog/fusion stuff...Any input?
     
  2. neville5000

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    Maybe a Tonebender? Gobs of thick fuzz that doesn't clean up and endless sustain. I have one from Lumpy with OC75's and it is the cat's meow. I like fuzz though, so. . .
     
  3. pete692

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    Skreddy Lunar Module. Covers a wide range.
     
  4. anais

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    Thats nice, but I am not getting a skreddy, and I am asking about transistors, not specific pedals.

    thanks.
     
  5. clc12rock

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    Yea you pretty much knocked off every fuzz pedal besides a tonebender. Interesting you like Gilmour's fuzz tone, he's known for using a Muff. I like a MkII with OC76s, but I heard clips of the SkinPimp MkIII and Buzzaround and I'm GASsing for those now :)
     
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    :nono The Keeley Fuzz Head is not a Fuzz Face.
     
  7. jdel77

    jdel77 Silver Supporting Member

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    If youre after a Muff style fuzz, you'll be right with 2n5088's, mpsa18's, or any transistor with high gain (hFE).
    I would be googling various transistors for their gain ranges. Tonebenders usually have low gain transistors, but the combination of the 3 sounds great. A have built high gain Silicon Fuzzfaces using BC109's with a hFE of around 140-170, that is pretty high. The 2n5088's in my muff clone are up over 500. You need to start hanging out on some DIY forums also mate!
     
  8. Purplexi

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    For Fripp "Red" (good taste BTW!), probably a Brit bender of some kind but the Dunlop reissue BC108 silicon Fuzz Face will do the job just fine. Also, I don't care for the Fuzzhead either.
     
  9. amphead777

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    Since you said you're a Fripp fan, you should check out the KR Fuzzoid. It's his take on the Burns Buzz-a-Round. No idea what tranny's he uses, listen to the Steve Stevens clip on this page. Scroll down to The Fuzzoid.
    http://www.krmusicalproducts.com/newpedals.htm
     

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