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Do all fuzz pedals need to be hit hard to get FUZZY?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by jwmoose, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. jwmoose

    jwmoose Member

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    Yesterday I played LP --> fuzz pedal with fuzz level almost saturated --> clean amp. I expected it to get pretty hairy, and it did, but only when I hit it with a fair amount of attack, then the dirt disappeared again as the signal rang out and volume faded. It's as though there's a gate on the fuzziness. Is this just the dynamics of fuzz?
     
  2. cajone5

    cajone5 Some guy Silver Supporting Member

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    Sounds bizarre for most pedals but it's possible that this is "normal" -- what pedal was it?
     
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    It's a Hartman Vintage Germanium. It's running on a battery--possible culprit?
     
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    corbs Supporting Member

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    Is there an internal trimpot? Sounds as if the bias might not be properly or optimally set. You can also try a newer non-alkaline battery. Is it a new pedal? Buy it used?
     
  5. jwmoose

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    I think I bought it new a while back. I'll have to check for a trimpot. Interesting, though, I sort of expected you guys to just remind me that germanium fuzz is finicky, but maybe it's more than simply how I'm dialing it in. I'm gonna try a different guitar, battery, read the manual again, etc. and see if I can't change how it responds.
     
  6. cajone5

    cajone5 Some guy Silver Supporting Member

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    Yea -- my guess is the battery is dying/dead or there are bias issues (not sure if it has an internal trimmer).

    Could also be a bad transistor but odds are it's battery or bias.
     

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