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The pedal that changed the sound of rock.

The Dunlop Fuzz Face is ruggedly constructed to the original germanium PNP transistor design and vintage specs. The classic fuzz box used by Jimi Hendrix and other legendary rockers of the '60s and '70s. Powered by 9V battery.

FEATURES
  • Classic fuzz used by Hendrix and others
  • Uses the original Germanium PNP transistor
  • Vintage specs
  • Volume knob
  • Fuzz level knob
  • 1/4" I/O
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 8" x 7-1/4 " x 3-1/4"
  • 2.11 lb. Red.
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DunlopFuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 56 reviews)

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    (11)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Experimentation = necessary

Other reviewers were correct when they mentioned that what you get out of this pedal is highly dependent on the environment it's used in. You can't plug this pedal into your solid state Crate...Read complete review

Other reviewers were correct when they mentioned that what you get out of this pedal is highly dependent on the environment it's used in. You can't plug this pedal into your solid state Crate combo expecting miracles, and you can't dime the fuzz and expect anything other than an unusable mess of Fender Blender-esque chaos. In short, you can't use this thing the same way you would use a typical digital effects pedal-the bonehead settings we've all been conditioned to go with won't be ear pleasing.This pedal is old school in every way-the tone you get is highly dependent on your ability to manipulate your volume knob(s). Set the fuzz at about midnight, adjust the volume to taste, and back your guitar volume knob down to about 5-7. That's where the nuclear sugar in the pedal is-hit the front end of a tube amp that's just starting to break up, and you can get some of the most glorious, classic OD/fuzz/distortion imaginable out of this box (circle?). The Fuzz Face is actually surprisingly tweakable: you can get a ton of different tones out of it by manipulating the fuzz setting and your guitar volume knob.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Classic remake... not exactly perfect.

If you are good with a soldering iron, I'd recommend you either make a Fuzz Face yourself from a schematic with a matched pair of germanium trannies and trimpots for resistors for around $60...Read complete review

If you are good with a soldering iron, I'd recommend you either make a Fuzz Face yourself from a schematic with a matched pair of germanium trannies and trimpots for resistors for around $60 rather than this price; if you're not, then here's the thing:The modern Fuzz Face has pretty much the same issue today as it had back when Hendrix was alive. The transistors is the problem. They are the "heart" of the electronics in the Fuzz Face and every transistor has a different gain value, that is, how much the transistor amplifies your guitar signal. With most modern-day (silicon) transistors this is not much of a problem because silicon transistors are much easier to make, but germaniums use a different process and therefore can get you entirely different gain values. The key, therefore, is to get a pair of transistors both within a certain "golden" gain range and then change the resistor values to match it... a thing that really only audiophiles and boutique pedal builders do. So if you're gonna get one, play through it, and a few others, first to see if you like the tone as they will differ.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Experimentation = necessary

By Seth-P1t3Q

from NC

Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

Other reviewers were correct when they mentioned that what you get out of this pedal is highly dependent on the environment it's used in. You can't plug this pedal into your solid state Crate combo expecting miracles, and you can't dime the fuzz and expect anything other than an unusable mess of Fender Blender-esque chaos. In short, you can't use this thing the same way you would use a typical digital effects pedal-the bonehead settings we've all been conditioned to go with won't be ear pleasing.This pedal is old school in every way-the tone you get is highly dependent on your ability to manipulate your volume knob(s). Set the fuzz at about midnight, adjust the volume to taste, and back your guitar volume knob down to about 5-7. That's where the nuclear sugar in the pedal is-hit the front end of a tube amp that's just starting to break up, and you can get some of the most glorious, classic OD/fuzz/distortion imaginable out of this box (circle?). The Fuzz Face is actually surprisingly tweakable: you can get a ton of different tones out of it by manipulating the fuzz setting and your guitar volume knob.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Righteous Gadget

By Stratophonic

from Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

There is a reason why the Germanium Fuzz Face is the best pedal of all times (it was right at epicenter of rock revolution in the 60s and it's still relevant today). This Pedal's got Personality. When you lower you guitar volume you get incredibly rich and full clean tone, and when you crank it get's really nasty. It also makes my wah react in dissimilar ways to distortion pedals, seems to have the same effect on the Octavio.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the ONE!!!

By Loudisalwaysbetter

from midwest

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Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

This the fuzz face you want. Don't get ripped off by the over-hyped boutique ripoffs. As with all classic pedals, this one is simple: just two knobs. But, you have to spend mucho time with this baby, your amp settings, and your guitar knobbies. Silicon version fuzzes are good too, but they are way too bright and harsh for my taste. Let your imagination be your guide with this pedal. Hey, it even smiles at you while you play!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Fuzz & Great Look

By TheShawGrandpa

from Iowa

About Me Experienced

Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

Good sounding fuzz, cleans up well with your volume knob. Not much sustain on single notes using the bridge pickup, but when you play on the neck pickup, you can hold a note forever. I really like the look of the pedal. So what if it's a little big for your board, it still looks awesome!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Classic remake... not exactly perfect.

By Asfastasdark

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

If you are good with a soldering iron, I'd recommend you either make a Fuzz Face yourself from a schematic with a matched pair of germanium trannies and trimpots for resistors for around $60 rather than this price; if you're not, then here's the thing:The modern Fuzz Face has pretty much the same issue today as it had back when Hendrix was alive. The transistors is the problem. They are the "heart" of the electronics in the Fuzz Face and every transistor has a different gain value, that is, how much the transistor amplifies your guitar signal. With most modern-day (silicon) transistors this is not much of a problem because silicon transistors are much easier to make, but germaniums use a different process and therefore can get you entirely different gain values. The key, therefore, is to get a pair of transistors both within a certain "golden" gain range and then change the resistor values to match it... a thing that really only audiophiles and boutique pedal builders do. So if you're gonna get one, play through it, and a few others, first to see if you like the tone as they will differ.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unreliable

By Strat Lover-3mUEM

from Mount Vernon

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Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

These units from Dunlop are extremely unreliable. This is due to one main reason: The germanium transistors. Believe it or not, these transistors have tonal changes due to temperature change. The quality of the product varies from pedal to pedal. It is hard, but if you find a good one, you will be in wild Hendrix tone territory. A good one of these is pretty outstanding. If you're running into a Marshall and using a Les Paul, I would not reccomend this however. It is massively dark, and would probably turn your flat amplifier and your humbuckers into a buttload of mud. However, a traditional (bright) strat into about any amp (the darkness of the marshall wouldn't matter at this point) this thing would probably do very well, that is, if you recieved a good unit.For the people stuck between this and the Hendrix Fuzz Face, go for the Hendrix. It is much more versatile than this, contains silicon transistors which aren't nearly as temperamental as the germaniums, and it is just miles better in the terms of craftsmanship. However, these changes could result in a few things that could be looked upon as drawbacks: the tonal structure is a tad brighter, and noticeably wilder. This brightness could result in some harshness, depending on your set up. Also, although it does still do this greatly, the Hendrix does not clean up quite as well as a good germanium with the guitar volume. In my opinion, I would splurge the extra bucks on the Hendrix. But, this unit, if you get a good one and use it correctly, will give you some pretty rockin' tone.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What are you wanting?

By Bougs

from Fremont, NE

Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

I bought the Dunlop Fuzz Face because I like Hendrix tones yet I didn't want to pay the extra money for the Jimi Hendrix Fuzz. So far I haven't found that Hendrix tone, which is fine. What I got was my very own unique tones. I've ran it through a Fender Blues Deluxe while playing a American Standard Strat. I run a Barber LTD distortion in front of it, kind of like a boost. When I kick that on it gives the Fuzz a creamier fuller fuzz. Right now I do like it more than the Big Muff Pi because I don't like the Big Muff's processed sustain. I agree with other posters when they say you have to play around with ALL your controls. Like every other pedal you have to experiment until you find a tone you're happy with. This pedal only has two controls which is plenty. You don't kneed a thousand knobs on a pedal. If you play around with the knobs on the guitar combined with the knobs on the effect, you can get a thousand different distortions from this pedal. The only set back to me is the In and Out are opposite than every other modern pedal. I didn't pay attention to that detail when I was looking at it online. These are easily interchangeable though. If you are looking for an exact replica for Hendrix tone, don't buy this pedal. Maybe the Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face is what you want. Although, you can sound a little like David Gilmour with this one combined with the set up I mentioned. It all depends on what you're looking for.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Fuzz Ever!!

By Tone Seeker-dEoYy

from Churubusco,IN

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Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

I actually made mine from a schematic off the internet for about $30.00 and I have loved it ever since. It has made an excellent dirty rythem sound, and an Eric Johnson/Jimi Hendrix sound, or it could be your lead sound if your into metal. This could possibly be the best and most important purchase you could make regarding your guitar. So if you make it, or buy it, IT'S WORTH IT!!!

 
1.0

Right out of the box it didn't work

By Howarped

from My basement, most of the time

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I didn't buy this unit from musiciansfriend.com, but I felt compelled to put some feedback out there regarding my experience with this unit. I thought my intentions were good to try to replicate the 60s fuzz sound by going to Fuzz Face, but this unit is junk. I got no output from it on either the clean or dirty side. The guy I bought it from told me to 'reverse the output and input...maybe they got the labels wrong'. No reflection on musiciansfriend of course, but I've gotten used to moronic suggestions on the part of customer service types. After several plug/unplug iterations, I was able to get the dirty side to work...for about 3 minutes! It subsequently quit and I gave up in frustration and returned it for a refund.
    Am I simply whining about a 1 in 100 chance that I got a bad one? Perhaps, but here are some other drawbacks I discovered. First, there is no 9vdc input to this turkey, unlike almost EVERY OTHER PEDAL ON THE MARKET. Vintage is vintage, but 9 volts is 9 volts, okay? LOSE THE BATTERY. Second, and speaking of the battery, it rattles around in the housing because THEY DON'T SUPPLY A THICK ENOUGH PIECE OF FOAM PADDING TO STABILIZE THE BATTERY INSIDE THE HOUSING! I cut my own shim out of foam rubber to try to keep the battery from sliding around and coming in contact with live circuitry connections. But it's just nasty that you'd have to figure out how to secure the battery. I'm like, dude.
    In summary, I'd say to Dunlop that you shouldn't put out products that WEOT (Work Every Other Time). I'm going to take a chance on a BOSS FZ-5 and call it a day.

     
    5.0

    Smooth As Mollases

    By Meebit

    from Lexington KY

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I have never had a problem with these. Pump a Strat through a good fender and you get time for months. I keep my knobs cranked way up on the pedal and use combination of my guitar volume and a volume pedal, and what more can a guy ask for? Just sounds beautiful.

       
      5.0

      For the classics

      By thenext rock god

      from Canada

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is for all those who wish to capture the sound of early rock and roll. From Hendrix to Page and Clapton, this pedal can capture the sound. though you must be experienced to use it, you must know how to dial in from your guitar, not the pedal. For Les Pauls, the treble and bass pickup volume knobs should be set to the nine face the player, this will give you a killer lead sound. This pedal is worth the price.

       
      5.0

      Holy ****!

      By Firebreather1

      from Mandeville, LA

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      All i had to say as soon as i heard this pedal was this: DAMN! This has to be the perfect sound I have been looking for. And with Hendrix as a backer, who can disagree? To those who can afford this, BUy, BUY, BUY!

       
      5.0

      best fuzz out there

      By stratstheking

      from Atlanta, GA

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      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is the best fuzz distortion I have ever played on or heard. Hook it up with a wah and both it and the wah sound better. If you don't take my word for it, try it out and take the words of Hendrix, Clapton, SRV and all the other greats who use this amazing pedal!

       
      5.0

      Dallas Arbiter Unique Device

      By JerryOfVirginia

      from Hillsville Va

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      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This device,it is a good Item,it has funny tempterment,i find that for me,when you first start playing your guitar through it,it starts out sounding pretty muddy and dark,but the longer,you play your guitar throw it,the fuzzie sound,gets brighter and less muddy sounding,I find i have to ajust Knobs,a little while i play,I got this to use,for my fender hot rod deluxe amp,the over drive,just didn't give,enough distrotion,and it would cause the sound to cut out, in the guitar cord 1 hole.This Baby is just what the doctor ordered.I put this in that hole and leave the amp over drive off,there has been no cut off sinse,2 thumps up.

       
      5.0

      Great distortion

      By MarshallMeister

      from PA

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is the best distortion pedal. It can pump out heavy fuzz or just light fuzz to kinda boost the clean mode. If you want to get a great vintage sound, this is the pedal for you.

       
      5.0

      DA FUZZ FACE

      By luke

      from Southern Calif

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      When you first get this pedal, if you've never owned this model fuzz face before - you're going to spend a lot of time EQ'ing it with your amp, pedal & guitar finding the right balance. You might find it limited to a narrow sweet spot. There is one thing in your bag of tricks still left to do though... you'll have to lift up the rubber on top of the switch take the nut off the foot switch and then remove the back plate there are two trim pots inside - one for biasing the transitstor one for setting fuzz characteristics - once I played around with these and turned them up where I liked em, my sweet spot got a whole lot bigger and the sound was exactly what I had imagined in the first place. Think Eric Clapton Cream Sunshine - as Jack Black would say it just graduated a level of AWESOMENISS - lol also these are meant to be used it with a UNI-VIBE imho

       
      3.0

      Red Smiley

      By Tom-BD6J7

      from Europe

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      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is a crap! Do not beat me for that but if you want to recreate the original Fuzz Face sound you have to have a original circuit and very old germanium transistors!! No original circuit, no Fuzz Face!

       
      5.0

      Good Recreation of a Classic

      By TheWindisNear

      from NJ

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      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This fuzz pedal is great for creating vintage tones from Hendrix, and SRV, and original vintage sounding tones, if you know how to use it. I play my strat through it so it already sounds like these guys, and send it to a PA occasionally w/ Wah, phase, or a multi effect module for delay and reverb. The Wah is great for a Clapton sound from the cream era, and my phase 90 duplicates dark side of the moon almost perfectly. I use a PA only because it sounds bad through my solid state amp. If you use a guitar with pretty basic controls, like a volume and tone knob, it?s real easy to get good fuzz and overdrive sound. Though it?s a good reissue, the full fuzz sometimes is too heavy, and I have to use my bridge pickup, which takes away from the Hendrix sound. if your guitar has a basic volume knob, on the neck pickup, about 3 is pretty clean boost, overdrive is added up till about 6 or 7 when it transfers over at 8 or 9 to give you a good Hendrix tone, but mostly is accentuated just on chords. With a bridge pickup, u can get a very hardcore fuzz sound at 10. These are the settings I use and I?ve found them as close to Hendrix and Stevie as you can get for this price. Overall, mess around with your guitar controls to find the right sound, once you figure it out, its great.

       
      5.0

      Fuzzy

      By bluesplyr

      from Sherveport, LA

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      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is the pedal that all other fuzz pedal try to imitate or build off of. Not only was this pedal on the list of the top 50 pedals ever, but it was number two. There was a reason Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan both used this pedal.

       
      2.0

      Fuzz Faked

      By Sean-FJk.M

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal:

      The features are below average for a cheap guitar effect. Volume and Fuzz are the only controls, keeping her true to the original. The unit is powered by a 9v battery and a 9v battery only! Not adding an LED or tone knob is understandable, but a power supply option would be nice.The case is rock solid and LARGE! The knobs and pots all feel nice and tight and turn very smoothly. The jacks are solid as well. Inside, the battery is free and thumps around when the pedal is moved. The wiring looks to be solid all around. My fuzz face stopped working mysteriously after only being played at home a small number of times. I was let down with this pedal from the first time I played it, and suspect that the transistors are to blame. These boxes aren't easy to get a good sound of either way. They are inconsistent from one pedal to the next. (play a few and buy your favorite!) and even with the right one, that Jimi sound is hard to achieve.Some of these shortcomings could be forgiven in a cheaper effects unit, or one with a lesser reputation. True, however this is the Fuzz Face you just spent $100.00 dollars on! For the simplicity of the circuit and lack of attention to detail, this pedal should be priced much lower.It has been proven that the Fuzz Face can sound great. I just don't think Dunlop has taken the time or care to make the best pedal they can. Most people will be more suited to a boutique fuzz face clone or an Electro Harmonix fuzz.

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