Dunlop JH-F1 "Hendrix" Fuzz Face, opinions?

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  1. Negativecenterpin

    Negativecenterpin Member

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    Gentlemen

    I searched and didn't find a lot on this, so.....

    Anybody tried, heard, or own one? I've tried a couple other fuzz pedals, and they totally suck, so before I drop $150.00 on another one, I wanted to ask around here for some opinions.

    Thanks!

    Jonathan
     
  2. rootbeersoup

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    I would consider the MXR Classic 108 Fuzz if you're thinking about the Hendrix fuzz face

    From what I understand, they are the same pedal, except the MXR is cheaper, more pedalboard friendly, and has a buffer switch.

    I've also been thinking about picking up one of those pedals. The demos sound pretty good.
     
  3. The P-Man

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    Not the same pedal - take a look at the guts. The Classic 108 is cool, and the JHF1 is as good as any of the boutique silicon FF offerngs but they're not the same pedal.
     
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    The FF circuit isn't very complex. What makes the Hendrix FF better than the Classic 108?
     
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    it's sound
     
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  6. FuzzGazer

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    I love mine, I use it so I don't destroy my vintage DA FF. They sound damn near identical.
     
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    I have the Hendrix Fuzzface and it's way better and more organic sounding than any boutique fuzz I've played. It cleans up so well it's insane and does a lot more than the "Hendrix" sounds. By far my favorite pedal.
     
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  8. The P-Man

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    The JHF1 uses different components and, as you rightly point out, the FF being such a simple circuit it makes me (as a non-technical person) question why there's so much going on in the MXR compared to the Dunlop...

    JHF1:
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    MXR:
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    That being said, I have owned, and enjoyed both.
     
  9. HayekFan

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    The MXR's extra circuitry is mainly for the buffer and the bypass switching. At the core of it, though, is a fairly standard FF circuit, which is located in the lower left quadrant of the board in your pic.
     
  10. rootbeersoup

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    Those are some pretty interesting pictures, P-Man. I can't imagine ALL that circuitry is the buffer but I wouldn't know

    It's interesting to see a Dunlop pedal get so much praise. I've had bad experiences with Dunlop, but I'll have to try one of these FFs out being such a Hendrix fan and a FF fan

    Also to the OP, the Hendrix FF goes for $135 on Amazon right now
     
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    Yeah, it's a lot of components. They used a discrete implementation of the buffer rather than an op-amp, which required more parts. The way they did the switching is also fairly complex. That said, there might be more going on there; I didn't spend a lot of time tracing those sections of the circuit. Mainly I was looking at the FF part, to see how close it is to the real thing.
     
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  12. Negativecenterpin

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    Excellent. Thanks for the tip! I'm taking the plunge, I talked with a few people and this seems to be the way to go. I'll let everybody know how it works out, I'm going to be running it with a TR CRS V2, or a Marshall JTM-30, or both depending on the venue.
     
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    One very cool feature with the JHF1 is under the board is a bias adjustment. You just have to take the screws off the get in there and experiment. Mark the factory setting with a sharpie and then go for it.
     
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    I tried that (Dunlop advise against it BTW) and I ended up back with the stock settings. Playing around with the bias didn't reap much benefit on this pedal and I am someone who loves spitty fuzz sounds.

    While I'm busting out the photos...here's the underside of the board with bias trimmers...

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    i love it. simple operation, always sounds good. i picked mine up used and couldn't be happier with it.
     
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    Out of interest, what fuzz pedals “sucked” in your opinion?

    Just trying to get a picture of where your tastes might lie.
     
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    Fulltone 70 is also great
     
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  18. wingwalker

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    Best Fuzz Face on the market for the price hands down.
     
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    Except for the MJM Londons ;)
     
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    :agree
     

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