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Hartman BC108 Silicon Fuzz:
A very musical sounding and faithful clone of the early Silicon transistor Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face circuit using genuine metal-can BC108 NPN Silicon transistors (the type used in the originals during the very late '60s and throughout the '70s) plus modern amenities: true-bypass, on/off LED, and 9VDC-in jack.
A Few Words on the BC-108 from the Designer/Builder, Theo Hartman:
I decided to offer Silicon fuzz after making modifications to several customers' (other brand) fuzz pedals. In almost every case the initial complaint was that the fuzz sounded too smooth, too uniform, too..nice. To be honest, I was skeptical at first. After being immersed in Germanium fuzz here in the shop it was hard to imagine being seduced by Silicon. I was wrong. There is a raw, throaty, menacing quality to a good pair of BC108s running wide open that rivals the finest Germanium's got to offer in terms of overall drama and response to touch and instrument control settings. I must emphasize it is NOT the Ge fuzz sound--it's a sound all its own--overall a tighter sound than Germanium-- but every bit as good by its own rights. Good enough, at least, for me to eat my hat.
The tonal variation among BC108s of similar gain is relatively mild compared to their Germanium predecessors; leakage is also an order of magnitude smaller. A byproduct of their stability is that BC108s are less finicky than Germanium about variations in the guitar volume knob potentiometer's sweep, guitar output, amp (or subsequent effect pedal) input impedances, ambient temperatures, etc. These factors can still impact the fuzz, but less audibly, and the pedals still exhibit the workable cleanup, dynamic voicing and smooth decay that a good fuzz should. At their higher settings, the BC108s get really angry sounding, with highly musical, controlled feedback just about anywhere on the neck. The lead sound during the middle of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" (on Meddle) is a perfect example.
External bias control is standard on all units. Bias can be set high to keep the fuzz ultra-smooth. Lowering it produces crisper fuzz. The lowest bias settings evoke the trademark crackle, spit and grind of "starved" Silicon.
All units feature the same rugged construction and mil-spec plated-thru-hole printed-circuit board (PCB) construction as the Hartman NKT275 and AC128 Germanium Fuzzes and come with 1-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
- Genuine BC108 NPN Silicon transistors
- 5% carbon composition resistors throughout
- Reverse-polarity protection
- Rugged metallic silver powder-coated aluminum enclosure
- Heavy-duty footswitch
- RF Shielded.
- On/Off LED.
- 9VDC input jack.
Lots of Samples Here
REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS:
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 2/19/2008:
"Very easy to use, very easy to get great tones... It is a very quiet for a fuzz pedal.Very smooth. Allows me to play the earlier King Crimson sounds I love."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 12/19/2007:
"...I'm the closest I'll ever get to EJ's Fuzz>Dumble tone from the ACL DVD. The fuzz is smooth (very Ge like), in the sense that it isn't harsh or "ice-picky" or "sticky" (if that makes any sense). A better explanation would be: "All the character of an Si fuzz and none of the harshness." ...The only noise is 60 cycle from the strat (but I knew that going in!). The pedal itself is very quiet. If it's being judged on the sound/tone as an Si fuzz, I would be lying if I didn't give an honest 10!"
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