Dirty Boy Afro Fuzz 2.0:
We now carry version 2.0. Here is Alex on the differences with the new model: "I made some changes in the Afro Fuzz and the Germanium Boy. Those will now come with slicker looking knobs. Also, I am wiring the board so it is hot the moment you insert a cable in the input jack. That is the way most pedals are but I chose to design them so it would be on only when the pedal was engaged. Since in some instances it created a pop, I am discontinuing that method although it had allowed to have a battery last as long as a year if you only hit it on the downbeat. I also am putting a thumbwheel inside the pedal so that the user can choose the overall amount of gain for the pedal. Reason for that is that personally I think that low gain combined with a powerfull non master volume amp is the way to get the best tone, however, most pedals on the market are loud and sizzly and many customers expect that even though it kills the good tone. Now they can choose... The price stays the same. We'll call them version 2.0"
Dirty Boy pedals are designed and built by Alex Saraceno, Blues Saraceno's father. Here is a word from Alex:
"Over the past few years, we have received countless requests from our hardcore fans for me to build them "Dirty Boy" amplifiers. Those amps were specifically designed for live performances. They were very costly and time consuming to build, since they operate on a different system that required seven separate transformers. I could not spend the time to build them and Blues' fans could not afford the production costs.
Now that Blues is concentrating on doing T.V., Film, and recording sessions, he has switched to using smaller studio type amps. WHOA, What about his killer tone?
Well, the solution to that is simple. He has been using several pedals (Stomp Boxes if you wish) that I designed for him to address just that. And good news... I can build enough to satisfy his hardcore fans that just need to have that tone, at a fraction of the price of what a "Dirty Boy" amp would cost.
What is cool is that you get to keep your current set up as well!
The first pedal I designed for Blues is the Germanium Boy multi-frequency booster. This is the second pedal, the ever popular "AFRO-FUZZ." It is loosely based on the fuzz face circuit with the addition of a 6 position frequency selector. It is actually a hybrid. Up front it has a Germanium transistor (40 years old, pulled out of early sixties Italian keyboards) for smooth clipping and followed by a high HFE silicon transistor for power. It is an exceptionally loud pedal. You can use it on any amp and it certainly will work well with any Marshall plexi-amp, or a Vox as well. This is the first fuzz pedal on the market that gives you that kind of flexibility. The best way to describe it is to listen to the clips that are posted. Once again, bear in mind that I only have a limited number of those transistors with the proper HFE.
Dirty Boy pedals are being used by many high profile guitar players. I chose not to list their names since I did not seek their endorsement nor did I discount the pedals. And, I value their privacy. I am hoping you will take my word for it.
These are true Bypass and have an insert for a 9-volt wall wart and have an LED as well for instant recognition."