Fuzz Face Refurbishing - (A Pictorial Timeline)

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  1. eric-d

    eric-d Member

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    I've owned this Fuzz Face shell for about three years. It came to me with the stock Dunlop parts in it and it wasn't working. The previous owner had drilled a hole on the shell for what I believe was another pot (maybe for tone, bias, or an LED). There was also a notch on the side for what could have been for a power cable. The previous owner repainted it silver and that's how I got it.



    Here's how it looked when I got the unit. The "Sharpie" logo's are in my hand writing. This was in 2005.
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    I sent it to Analog.Man and had him install the NKT-275's and other goods to get it up to snuff and I used it like this for some time. I repainted it in Silver Hammerite and hand painted the logo with Black "Sign" paint.
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    I took the NKT "guts" out and had them rehoused in a Sunface Housing and then proceeded to put a BC-108 BYOC guts into the shell. This is what it looked like for about 2 years. I was never happy with the sound of it. I don't think the BC's were balanced worth a crap - so in turn it sounded like crap. The material that was used to fill the hole had crumbled so I utilized it for the LED bezel.
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    NOW - since I've never liked the shell in such ****** condition and to have the tone of this pedal about as horrible as a Fuzz Face can sound - I though I'd take my time and refurbish the whole thing. I'm doing it in PTP and PNP Germanium. I'm doing almost all Vintage styling/NOS components when it's available. I filled the hole that was there with JB Weld and sanded the whole shell to its bare smooth aluminum natural state. I went with Hammerite Blue. I got some repro knobs and I made the Rubber Tread (Since the old one was ripped damn near in half and had a **** load of glue residue). I'm going to paint the logo's on (This version is PHOTOSHOPPED - just to see what the final product will look like.
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    What do you think?


    I do not have all the components yet.
     
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    I have done a few summers ago. Very cool. Where did you get those knobs?

    Here's mine:

    It's the green London Fuzz

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    Then I re-painted it in Blue

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    A friend had a set for me. Where'd you get that circuit board? I'm looking for that!! Sweet.
     
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    It's a silicon MJM London Fuzz in a fuzz face shell.
     
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    Ahhh.... I was curious about the board itself - because my germanium london board doesn't look quite like that one....
     
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    What blue paint did you use?
     
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    Blue hammerite paint
     
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    Very nice work!
    -Mr. Huge
     
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    nice work, love those grins :AOK
     
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    Whoa! Getting some love from Mr. Huge - That's a big plus for me! :AOK


    Thanks man! I'm still working on it. I've got parts coming in from all over! Just got to piece it all together. :D

     
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    Nice refurb!! I'm considering custom painting one. I saw one recently painted by hand and got the itch!!

    Send any ugly old red enclosures my way! :p
     
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    Hahaha.... This is the only shell I have at the moment. I want some more to build a few more and even a Trem Face. (Why not huh?!)
     
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    I used to own a "Treble and Bass Face" back in the sixties - never seen another since.....(I also had A Marshall Supa Fuzz/Wah - which every one except John Phillips said "never existed" - you could choose which component came first).

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Great work i must say.

    When i bought my FF i thought i was going to rehouse it, i even bought a box for it, that i have to repaint because the paint was still wet when it was wrapped, or at least wasn't dry enough, nice beautiful work anyway.

    well, the thing is that i have fallen in love with my turtle, err, FF and the way it looks and i don't want to rehouse it anymore, i just love it!
     
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    I've seen a couple... A friend of mine here in Houston has one. I know AnalogMike has at least one himself too.


    Here's my friends with an old NKT Fuzz Face
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    Cool!
    They had better knobs than the FF - at least I remembered them like that and thought my memory was at fault.........quite useful pedal, I used to record with that and a Selmer "Little Giant"!!!!!, then I moved on to Marshalls'.......

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I dunno - I like the FF knobs better..... It's still a cool pedal though.
     
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    you know what is totally f*cked up?

    I never noticed that they looked like a big ole smiley face before. ever!!!!

    nice job, by the way. . .
     

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