Phoenix Custom Electronics
The Lady Stardust is our favorite Fuzz! Nels Cline of Wilco fame owns two. This pedal is based on the Vox Tonebender which is one of the first fuzzes ever produced, and was probably the basis for the famous Dallas Fuzz Face. Our version has the new Phoenix Range control which allows you to dial in classic bright Vox Fuzz tones or blend in a larger output cap for progressively more bass response. Try it through a cranked Marshall with a Les Paul and it’s Mick Ronson all the way! This is a very versatile killer germanium fuzz pedal that will not disappoint. John Stewart and Prescott Kagan aided greatly in the design of this product.
Some of the features of this fine pedal include:
Hand Selected Germanium Transistors: The single most important element of any fuzz pedal are the transistors. Germanium transistors have that magic tone, but only if the right ones are used. The Lady Stardust uses two germanium transistors that have been tested for the proper amount of gain and for minimum leakage. Also, each completed pedal is tested for sound quality, so you are absolutely guaranteed to have the right transistors in your Lady Stardust pedal.
“Level” control: This knob controls the overall level of the effect. Adjust it for unity gain or for boost if you prefer.
“Bias” control: The primary purpose of this knob is to set the voltage of the collector of the second transistor. It is pre-set by me so that when the knob is pointing straight up, the voltage on the collector is about 5 volts. You can adjust this knob up for a cleaner sound, or to offset the effects of temperature on your pedal.
“Fuzz” control: This knob controls the amount of fuzz. Unlike most fuzz pedals you can use the whole range of this knob (we use a reverse log pot to help you dial it in eaier!). You can also use the volume knob on your guitar to control the amount of fuzz. You can get a very clean sound just by turning down your guitar’s volume (this works best if the Fuzz knob is not dimed)!
Impedance “?” control: This knob is crucial if you want to put a wah pedal before your Lady Stardust pedal. If you leave this knob at max, it is out of the circuit, giving you the exact same signal path as the original Vox Tonebender. As you turn the knob counterclockwise, you will be increasing the input impedance of the Lady Stardust, which will change the tone of the fuzz slightly, making it slightly less woolly. It will also allow the wah to sound better in conjunction with the Lady Stardust pedal.
“Range” Control: This is the secret weapon of the Lady Stardust; the thing that makes it different all the other fuzz clones out there. In its stock form the Vox Tonebender is a very bright fuzz pedal. The very small output capacitor cuts a lot of bass, so we’ve put in CAPACITOR BLENDING POT (not a standard tone switch which would send part of your signal to ground) that allows you to add bass back into your fuzz tone. With the knob turned fully clockwise, you will get the original Vox Tonebender sound, which is great for humbucking guitars. As you dial the “Range” contol down, you will blend in a larger output cap, progressively increasing low end into the circuit, thereby effectively “cutting” the treble.
DC Power Jack: Center pin Negative! Uses the standard “Boss” style adapter. Don’t daisy chain this pedal with other effects unless they are also positive ground. Don’t plug any adapter into this pedal unless you are sure it is the right one. This pedal uses the same adapter as 99% of pedals out there; 2.1mm, center pin negative.