G.A.P... Germanium and Proud

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  1. mahler

    mahler Member

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    A lot of people are on the silicon train and a lot of people are on the germanium train. Where do you stand....why? What are some good Ge or Si fuzzes.

    Me germanium, I'm totally into the vintage hype and also all my favorite fuzzes use them (tone benders, dallas arbiter fuzz face, fuzz factory).
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  2. cj_wattage

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    I like them both, but I tend to favor silicon or some kind of hybrid of the two.

    I also like silicon that has been "faked" into acting like germanium. Add a little artificial leakage and you get a germanium-like clipping with more consistency regardless of ambient conditions.
     
  3. ahab

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    Germanium in my Treble Treble Boosters.
    Silicon in my Octafuzzes.
     
  4. oxfuzz

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    I build both, but you can`t beat a warm, fat, smooth germanium fuzz.:love:
     
  5. Captain Zero

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    There is a place for both.
     
  6. dalandan

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    Germanium for warmer stuff.

    silicon for more cutting stuff.

    BUT both can be warm and cutting anyway.
     
  7. Kaji13

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    I like them both. I've never tried one of the hybrid fuzzes. Are big muffs SI?
     
  8. Ed G.

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    Big Muffs aren't fuzzes. They're diode-clipping distortions. They DO sound pretty fuzzy, tho.
     
  9. Kaji13

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    Most people consider them fuzzes...at least where I live. Although they are much more "distortion-y"
     
  10. Chonny

    Chonny Senior Member

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    I'm a fan of both with good reason. Anyone that truly likes fuzz likes both IMHO.
     
  11. cj_wattage

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    I agree with Ed on this one. I always thought it was weird that people classified the Big Muff as a fuzz and a not a distortion.

    And yes it's silicon. Four silicon transistors: 1 boost stage, 2 feedback-loop diode clipping stages, and then 1 post-tonestack gain recovery / slight boost stage.
     
  12. Fuhgawz

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    I like the hybrid. Sounds fatter than all silicon and you don't have to deal with the temperature issues of all germanium fuzzes.
     
  13. JUSTJOB

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    I like both, but I tend to favor Silicon or a type of hybrid, especially when playing out. I like the consistency of the Si in a variety of environments so it gets the nod as the workhorse fuzz for me. For studio and controlled environments I will certainly agree that Germanium is very nice to have.
     
  14. NeilYoungFan

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    Germanium all the way for me!
     

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