The fuzz face featured a smiley face round configuration of its two controls volume and fuzz and footswitch, housed in a red housing. The dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of the 196970 dallas arbiter fuzz face that jimi used on classic albums like band of gypsys. Dallas arbiter fuzz face original vintage pedal 1972 here is an early 70s dallas arbiter fuzz face. Clearly visible from one of the pots stated number2 it. Oct 24, 2016 a brief history of fuzz in july of 1947, a weather ballon crashed on farmland near roswell, new mexico. The dunlop era dallas arbiter fuzz face guitar effects pedal demo. In the usa electroharmonix creates the first big muff, designed by bob myer and mike matthews, now known as the triangle big muff.
Celebrities abalone vintage guitars amps effects edward. Dallas music industries made a final batch of fuzz face units in 1976 or 1977, shortly after moving to the united states. The jimi hendrix fuzz face is a meticulously faithful reproduction of jimis 19691970 dallas arbiter fuzz face. Prior to the dallas takeover, arbiters most famous product was the fuzz face distortion pedal, used by the likes of jimi hendrix. Find great deals on ebay for fuzz face and dallas arbiter fuzz face. Germanium transistors are what were used in the very first dallas arbiter fuzz faces. News music art books mag enmore audio clocked needle in. I was working for the company that manufactured fuzzfaces in the midlate 60s. Manufactured by the same fine company as the wah wah, this unique pedal combines the effects of the fuzz face and the wah wah in one. I think both are valid choices so you are not going to hear me say one is better. Remembering three forgotten vintage british amp manufacturers. The fuzz face is an effects pedal for electric guitar, used also by some electric bass players.
Fuzz is one of the oldest and most simple of all effects, but that. Dallas arbiter fuzz face germanium trannies from 66 to 70 jimi hendrix used these on are you experienced. The legendary dallas arbiter fuzz box in sturdy case when you talk about classic fuzz, you probably mean the sound of the legendary fuzzface in most cases. Before a clean amp, it can cut quite nicely though thanks to the germanium transistors, it. It is designed to produce a distorted sound referred to as fuzz, originally achieved through accident such as broken electrical components or damaged speakers. Uk company arbiter electronics released in 1966 what would be one of the most beloved guitar effects of all time, the fuzz face. The kit contains all the parts to make either the pnp or npn version of a dallas arbitor fuzz face. Dunlop jhf1 jimi hendrix fuzz face pedal sweetwater. The earliest ones were arbiterengland, then they became dallasarbiter england some time in 1968. Pedal electric guitar electro harmonix empress eventide eventide timefactor flanger foot control foxrox fulltone ocd fuzz fuzz face. Jhf1 jimi hendrix fuzz face meticulously faithful reproduction of jimis 196970 dallas arbiter fuzz face. Dallas arbiter fuzz face fuzz box pete townshends guitar.
With its two knobs volume and fuzz its dpdt switch, and semicircular arbiter england or later dallasarbiter england logo, the effect looked like a face smiling up at you. By the end of that year, the transistor was invented, a revolutionary. The arbiter fuzz face later dallas arbiter made its first appearance in late 1966 and almost immediately the unofficial endorsement of jimi hendrix brought the guitar worlds attention to this happiest. Dunlop fuzz face from 1993, rarer first year reissue that says dallasarbiter england, dallasarbiter made dunlop remove their name from the fuzz face, they changed it to dunlop manufacturing inc. Free shipping on many items browse your favorite brands affordable prices. The first fuzz face was the one that started it all. Dunlop jhf2 fuzz face 1993 red erics gear outlet reverb.
That said, when i learned that the fuzz face was being rereleased with a germanium transistor i had to have one. Jimi plugged in, twisted on the fuzz, and recorded his second single, purple haze. To mark the 50th anniversary of the humble but classic fuzz face, we take. Cesar diaz built his circuit into one of stevies dead fuzz face boxes and stevie used it until his unfortunate death. Dunlop fuzz face from 1993, rarer first year reissue that says dallasarbiter england, dallasarbiter made dunlop remove their name from the fuzz face, they changed it to dunlop.
Harness one of the most coveted tones in history with the dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face. Dallas arbiter now exclusively offers the sound city wah face. An idiots guide to choosing the right fuzz pedal happy mag. Vintage fuzz face circuit board clone kit pigeon fx. Throbak guitar effects pedals fuzz haze, a recreation of the germanium dallas arbiter fuzz face. The boards are identical and the transistors are identical.
It uses a germanium transistor available from small bear and other places. The square face is similar to the dallas arbiter fuzz face, has volume and fuzz. This guitar effects pedal is a faithful reproduction of the circuit in jimis famed late60s dallas arbiter fuzz face. Sep 21, 2009 the dunlop era dallas arbiter fuzz face guitar effects pedal demo. The fuzz face featured a smiley face round configuration of its two controls volume and fuzz. The fuzz factory, from zvex, was among the first modern. Germanium vs silicon, fuzz beforeafter wah, history and more. The kit contains a pair of low gain npn silicon transistors and a pair of low gain pnp silicon. Popularized by jimi hendrix, this pedal has been used by david gilmour, eric. Dallas arbiter fuzz face in guitar fuzz pedals for sale ebay. Even within the first phase of fuzz face production, there is some variation to the circuitry as well as to the color of pedal. Pete townshend briefly uses the dallas arbiter fuzz face and univox superfuzz. He would use the superfuzz into the late 1970s on stage. This is a replica of the legendary oldtime booster.
By the end of that year, the transistor was invented, a revolutionary device unlike anything before it, made of a strange crystal substance called germanium, sparking a period of exponential technological advancement and paving the way. Many other classics, however, including the sola sound tone bender mk1. The dallas arbiter fuzz face soon followed, a big round pedal that. Dallas arbiter is primarily known for its guitar effects pedal known as fuzzface. Cheaper alternatives to vintage dallas arbiter fuzz face.
Throbak fuzz haze details and germanium dallas arbiter fuzz face history. Nov 29, 2012 the text in the smile reveals the pedals age. Buy dallas arbiter fuzz face in guitar fuzz pedals and get the best deals. Jan 23, 20 1969 vintage fuzz face by dallasarbiter england meowmusic6369.
Dallas arbiter fuzz face pedal with the nkt 275 germanium transistors. The company bought crest audio in the 1980s and although it was operating under that name when it reissued the fuzz face in 1986, the units still bore the dallas arbiter name. Unfollow fuzz face pedal to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. The tones a marshall head combined with a good germanium fuzz face produce can verge on divine. The fuzz face debuted in 1966, made by sax repairman and amateur drummer ivor arbiter, who ran the drum city shop on shaftesbury avenue in londons west end. The only photos showing its use are from august 1968. This reissue is built to the exact specifications of the original dallas arbiter fuzz. His choice for getting that tone has always been the fuzz face. This unit became hugely popular and was picked up by many musicians of the day, a good example being jimmy pages work with the yardbirds. I go over some of my most favorite fuzz pedals, and offer some tips to make it useable.
Heres a schematic of the last of the original dallas arbiter fuzz faces, the npn silicon. Throbak fuzz haze guitar effects pedals, vintage fuzz face. The pedal was manufactured in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One day in 1963 ringo starr and brian epstein turned up at arbiters drum city shop looking to buy a new kit. The jim dunlop eric johnson signature fuzz face distortion guitar effects pedal was built to ejs precise. A brief history of fuzz in july of 1947, a weather ballon crashed on farmland near roswell, new mexico. The sound city instrument line came about as an offshoot of arbiters music shop of the same name located in londons west end. Fuzz face joe bonamassa germanium transistor pair diy build your own pedal nos. The earliest ones were arbiter england, then they became dallas arbiter england some time in 1968. Dunlop jdf2 fuzz face distortion dallas arbiter specs 4.
No mods, no velcro, great condition for a 27 year old pedal, sounds great, two small chips in the paint as seen in the pics. Dunlops engineering department examined hoards of vintage fuzz faces, honing in on a few units which possessed that unmistakable jimi voodoo. Mar 11, 2008 our first installment begins with what is arguably the most influential and recognized fuzz box of all time the fuzz face. A comparison between the earlier version, which read dallas arbiter england, but still dis. The original fuzz face was built by dallas arbiter and includes volume and fuzz controls in a chassis inspired by a microphone stand mount. But there was a new, lowbudget, homegrown option the fuzz face. Building a germanium fuzz face guitar pedal hackaday. The original fuzz face used nkt275 transistors made by a british company called new market. Today, both the dallas arbiter and fuzz face trademarks are owned by dunlop manufacturing inc. The silicon transistors and handwired circuitry match jimis pedal, and the turquoise. Cheaper alternatives to vintage dallas arbiter fuzz face pedal toneclone. The dallas arbiter fuzz face has one of the most instantly recognizable tones in rock history. These early pedals were things of simplicity, with only two knobs.
A coveted vintage pedal with a cool look and killer tone, this dallas arbiter fuzz face has bc108 transistors under a blue finished housing. Come gather around kids, i have a story to tell with all this talk about. Fresh out of the box, i was a bit disappointed to find that the foot guard did not stick to the center of the unit. Pete townshend used a dallas arbiter fuzz face fuzz pedal on stage for a brief period in 1968. Dunlop dallas arbiter fuzz face thomann united states. The origins of the pro co the rat can be traced back to the mid1970s, when pro co engineers scott burnham and steve kiraly repaired and hotrodded existing distortion pedals, such as the dallas arbiter fuzz face.
Its 1966, and arbiter electronics ltd, captained by ivor arbiter the man responsible for the droppedt beatles logo and for better or worse unleashing karaoke onto britain introduces the world of music to its newest arrival, the fuzz face. Later fuzz faces were produced by crest audio and later by dunlop. The dallas arbiter fuzz face soon followed, a big round pedal that hit the scene with a smooth creamy fuzz, becoming legendary at the feet of none other than jimi hendrix. The fuzz face is legendary for its thick, warm tones. He recalls ivor arbiter telling him the story of how he invented the design. Get the best deals on dallas arbiter fuzz face when you shop the largest online selection at. Dallasarbiter dunlop fuzz face company facebook 37. Jim dunlop ffm6 band of gypsys fuzz face mini chrome limited. Ivor arbiter left dallas arbiter in the early 1970s, and formed a new company eventually known as arbiter at. Having covered the history and the tech, it really just remains to say get out there and try some fuzz. Fuzzface shootout dunlop era dallas arbiter vs current.
Find great deals on ebay for fuzz face when you shop the largest online selection at. After the merge, amps became sound citys biggest selling point, contributing. He was certainly responsible for the beatles famous droppedt logo. Later units bear the dallas arbiter, dallas music industries. Dunlop jhm5 jimi hendrix fuzz face distortion the guitar store. Rich hamer dean oahu vox marshall selmer orange premier valco mutron foxx phasing pedal maestro roland univoxl dallas arbiter. Since then there have been a variety of words in the smile. The simplicity of the circuit has caused much debate and lore, but two transistors, three capacitors and a couple of resistors still sounds like magic. When you think about eric johnson, you think tone, and the tone hes best known for is his sweet, singing, lead tone. All the other transistors that were used have the more standard cbe pinout, so if you run across a fuzz face with something other than the bc183l, the base and collector leads will be twisted around to work properly. I go over some of my most favorite fuzz pedals, and offer some tips to make it useable in different settings. Ivor arbiter, so the story goes, was responsible for the unique look of the fuzz face.
Oct 10, 2017 many other classics, however, including the sola sound tone bender mk1. Oct 14, 20 i have one from the first run in the early 90s, says dallas arbiter and the circuit board looks different than the newer ones more old school. Manufactured by the finest italian effects pedal company, the wah face is the most popular selling pedal in the world. Manufactured by the finest italian effects pedal company, the wah face is the most. This lot is for 1x dallas arbiter fuzz face iss1 mojo kit including. Eric johnson worked closely with fuzz face guru jeorge tripps. The dallas arbiter company first issued the fuzz face in 1966, 1 although the first fuzz faces were simply made by arbiter, the second batch then introduced the dallas arbiter addition.
A comparison between the earlier version, which read dallas arbiter england, but still distributed by dunlop, versus the current. Here is a post by dave fox of fox rox electronics, i think you will find it interesting. Dunlop jimi hendrix fuzz face mini turquoise guitar effects pedal. The tones a marshall head combined with a good germanium fuzz face produce. In the fuzz faces case, it was usually nkt275s or ac128s. Eric johnson dallas arbiter fuzz face effects pedal.
The kit contains a pair of low gain npn silicon transistors and a pair of low gain pnp silicon trasistors that sound great in this stompbox. Later units bear the dallas arbiter, dallas music industries ltd. Dallas arbiter fuzz face replica complete kit kits. This dallas arbiter fuzzface was made around 1971 and its in alloriginal condition. Dunlop went through several vintage dallas arbiter fuzz face units, picking a select few and closely examining them for accurate reproduction. Arbiter claimed he was inspired in creating the fuzz faces sandcast casing by the round microphonestand base. I dont like the way it sounds plugged straight in, but if i put a boost or comp in front of it, i can get some good tones out of it. It arrived in late 1966, in its iconic big, red and round enclosure. Dallas arbiter fuzz face replica complete kit kits fuzz. This is my fanpage dedicated to the awesome dallasarbiter dunlop fuzz face fuzzface.1083 203 1012 575 974 1 1438 462 816 1415 1466 1016 962 1236 1094 903 1050 1197 757 449 301 428 949 243 126 681 1114 801 70 10 198 1397 1190 1097 874 606 110 1236 333 1070 1486