Fuzz pedals left a landmark in musical and even social history. They link us to a musical revolution at the break-out of conventional norm sounds. Pushing your instrument tone harder than it can go, you can add a new fullness that's so rawly linked to your clean voice. A fuzz pedal is like another instrument which speaks its own voice using your musical signal signal.
Using the old technology and components, this recreation is designed to be a real working time portal - something impossible to create with modern electronics construction. A properly built fuzz can let all of the richness of your guitar shine through with a full body break-up. Being able to rock a good fuzz sound is still a guitarist's special edge.
Why construct the world another fuzz like so everybody else? It's different. It stops at no measures to do everything to make an authentically classic sounding fuzz. Every components plays a roll in the simple circuit design and brings its own character to the fuzz. The Tsuchi Fuzz has to be made with all authentic mojo parts so that you can plug in and the mojo is all set up for you.
I began modifying my first germanium fuzz back in 2004 and shortly after sold only a few with hand screen-printed graphics. This circuit has been modified for richer sounds, while still being able to dial in exactly what a good sounding original fuzz should sound like while being more compatible with modern varied setups.
Tsuchi Fuzz has a highly sensitive attack response. The stronger the dynamic the more pronounced the edginess becomes. A soft shine can be pushed into a smooth mushy fuzz-up.
With five controls, you'll think of it as like many boutique fuzzes combined in one. The controls are dead simple though and it's nearly impossible to make a tone that isn't pleasing to the ear. People report a more natural fuzziness control by rolling the volume knob on the guitar back to clean the signal - so that's exactly what this fuzz does. The internal gain is fixed and a volume control like in your guitar is used at the very beginning of the circuit called "PRE-GAIN".
The output section is also modified in the style of the Roger Mayer "Hendrix" mods with an internal bias control added (inside). Being able to control the bias can take the fuzz from a malfunctioning-like splattery and gated sound through something mushy we are used to, through to a cleaner and louder output.
The earliest and often most favored fuzzes used germanium transistors. These were lower gain and often very temperature sensitive and inconsistent. The Tsuchi Fuzz combats this problem by using high quality low-leakage transistors. Later, higher gain silicon transistors were developed and used - but can be found to sound too shrill and bright. The Tsuchi Fuzz has the flexibility of switching between the warmer and rounder-sound Germanium or a Germanium/Silicon hybrid compromise. This can effectively be used as another voicing control changing the life of the fuzz. Along the lines of 60's to 70's.
Most original fuzzes had a very heavily saturated bottom end. This is what many people expect but it's not always for everybody and really limited the pedal to only produce that one tone. The Tsuchi Fuzz has a bottom end taming control which both changed the bass response as well as giving more definition to the fuzz character. This is not a simple bass cut by using a smaller input or output capacitor like others do, which drops out all frequencies below a certain point, but rather a way of dialing bass down so that none of the original instrument frequencies are forever abandoned. This can also help out with using humbuckers and if you want a sound closer to single coil pickups or to stop the neck pickup from sounding too warm.
All first generation transistor were PNP. Unlike other PNP fuzz faces, this one does not need to use it's own isolated or special kind of power supply. It simply uses the standard type and can be shared with other pedals.
A hand made circuit board layout has been developed with 1960's inspired artwork with rounded flowing copper tracks. This is made on a tanned paper-based board, not a modern fiber-glass. The copper traces are plated with tin after etching.
Current production standard models are made with:
- Hand selected, matched and audited, new-old-stock, low leakage transistors.
- Tropical fish capacitors.
- Carbon composite resistors and potentiometers.
- Paper-base circuit board material.
Most fuzz pedals are recommended to be run as the first pedal in line, connected directly to the instrument - before other effects or buffered pedals. Experiment to find what is best.
- NOS PNP Germanium transistors.
- Bottom-end shaping control.
- All mojo components.
- Adjustable bias.
- Paper-base circuit board.
- Build information certificate.
- Common power supply negative grounded.
- Teflon wiring.
- Fast action 3PDT true bypass foot switch.
- High visibility 10mm status lamp.
- Durable powder coated finish.
- DC input socket.
- Extra thick, Hammond aluminium enclosure.
- Highest quality components and construction.
- Smells nice (inside only).
- Five year warranty + manual.