• The Gear Page Apparel & Merch Shop is Open!

    Based on member demand, The Gear Page is pleased to announce that our Apparel Merch Shop is now open. The shop’s link is in the blue Navigation bar (on the right side), “Shop,” with t-shirts, hats, neck buffs, and stickers to start. Here’s the direct link: www.thegearpageshop.com

    You’ll find exclusive high-quality apparel and merchandise; all items are ethical, sustainably produced, and we will be continuously sourcing and adding new choices. 

    We can ship internationally. All shipping is at cost.

What are Germanium Semiconductors anyways?

Transistors that are used in Fuzz Faces. They're known for being unreliable. Well, back in the 60s at least. They sound smoother and have less gain than Silicon transistors, which are more reliable than germaniums. Jimi Hendrix used to use a Germanium Fuzz Face modded by Roger Mayer. He started using a Silicon on Axis: Bold as Love, until the end of his career.


The phrase "germanium semiconductors" also includes diodes, typically used in clipping circuits in OD, fuzz and distortion pedals. Different diode drop voltage than silicon.

It really isn't a feature so much as something the ad writer wanted to throw in there. Might as well just say "we selected parts that we think sound good."


Trending Topics