Other Boutique Fuzz Faces Worth Considering?

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  1. Hulakatt

    Hulakatt Supporting Member

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    I have long said that the Hartman fuzzes are on par with Analogman's stuff. The Hartman BC108 is a sublimely smooth Si FF for those early Gilmour sounds and the Vintage Ge FF is one of the best I've played.
     
  2. fenderbender4

    fenderbender4 Gold Supporting Member

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    Cornell 1st Fuzz with NOS NKT275's. Original builder. The way a Germ FF should be.
     
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    macmeda Silver Supporting Member

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    Just came home to a new BMF GE SPOT nkt-275 on my doorstep
     
  4. Echoplexi

    Echoplexi Silver Supporting Member

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    Any reason why you are excluding Analogman? They’ve been the top dog for a couple decades now, definitely no fad there.

    Any of the other builders mentioned will be nice too. I’d add that the Berkos Third Stone sounds excellent in demos I’ve heard, and in Doyle Bramhall II’s hands.

    also, I really liked the blue Dunlop Hendrix fuzz face for silicon
     
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    I've read good things about Gracetone. Never tried one myself though.
     
  6. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009 Silver Supporting Member

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    been loving my third stone by berkos fx!

    wicked!
     
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  7. HeavyCream

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    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Chase Bliss by now.


    I love my FT ‘69. Considering the price of a used one, it’s a very good alternative to an AM FF. They are lower gain so some folks don’t dig ‘em. It’s just right for me and the ‘69’s flexibility makes it that much more dynamic/adaptable.
     
  8. BobMarty

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    Really liking the BMF sisypuzz. I’ve had it for several months now and I’m considering selling my sunface.
     
  9. Tiny Montgomery

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    I have a NKT275 white dot normal gain Sunface, as well as a ‘69 MKII, and the ‘69 has more gain than the Sunface.

    Some Sunfaces have more gain than others, so I’m sure some of them are higher gain than the ‘69. Not the particular examples I have, though.
     
  10. BootRoots

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    Foxrox is criminally under appreciated. Dave fox is a fuzz legend as far as I’m concerned. Foxrox and analogman are both represented well on my board BUT i haven’t met a round Dunlop fuzz I didn’t like either.
     
  11. Pizzaking

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    Skreddy Lunar Module is a nice one.
     
  12. princetone

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    Deep Trip are cool. Especially the bog
     
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  13. Blanket Jackson

    Blanket Jackson ¿Qué Hiciste? Silver Supporting Member

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    If you can find one of these jump on it. There is some kind of magic in that box.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Berhkos (sp?) Third Stone 1 or 2 and also thier Germanium experience or whatever it's called.
     
  15. buddy7168

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    Of the fuzz faces I’ve owned...

    Analogman Sunface was best for the always-on, guitar volume knob thing.

    MJM Red London Fuzz was my favorite for early Hendrix tones.

    Earthquaker Dream Crusher is my favorite for sounding good with every guitar. It also has the most “useful” vol/fuzz controls.
     
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    I like the Monsterpiece Ge the best amongst those that I've tried. It is sincerely tremendous.

    It booted a Monsterpiece PNP Deluxe and a W&C Your Face 70's. I've heard great things about the W&C Your Face 60's and would like to try it. I'm also intrigued by the RCA Sun Faces.

    I've also owned a London with bias knob, a BA Solar Myth, and a Skreddy Lunar Deluxe.

    All of the above are great pedals.

    Note: the Monsterpiece website has been hacked (just checked). I wouldn't click on it for a few days. Paging Richard @duderanimous.

    Note2: I also really like my Monsterpiece COD. Run it at 18V for maximum goodness.

    Note3: the Dream Crusher (Si) side of the EQD Spires ranks amongst my least favorite pedals. I've heard good things about the standalone pedal though (which I believe is Ge).
     
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  17. zombiwoof

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    You never hear about these, but a Hartman Germanium FF is my favorite FF pedal of all I have played. It has input and output volumes, which makes it work with the right settings after a standard wah pedal. Has the Hendrix germanium sound in spades. I would assume his other FF versions would be just as awesome. I really don't know why I don't hear more about the Hartman pedals, mine is fantastic.
    Al
     
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  18. cosmic_ape

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    Berkos Third Stone is a great contender.
     
  19. Perry D.

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    I owned a Hartman GE fuzz for a bit, and it was the smoothest sounding fuzzFace I’ve ever played.
    The Monsterpiece GE also has input (bias) and output controls and is highly tweakable. For a straight-up FF, it’s the one I kept.
    And then, on a whole other level...there’s the Trombetta Mini Bone! :eek:
     
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  20. rawkguitarist

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    Damn... my reading comprehension was on the low side.

    Didn't intend to imply that Paul's stuff is Fuzz Face derived. I just saw "boutique fuzz". Maybe it is, but I'm not aware. Either way - best fuzz boxes I've ever heard. Game set match for me.
     

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