Super great sounding 1960s germanium 'face' fuzz circuit, built with rare NPN germanium transistors for modern, pedalboard friendly power polarity
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The Reuss 'Octaviaze' germanium Octavia have been calling out for a companion for a while, for those Jimi sounds, and here it is: A pure and simple 1960s two-transistor 'face' fuzz pedal handmade with carefully matched vintage new old stock 1960s US made OC140 NPN germanium transistors.
The tone of the Reuss Purple Faze is everything you'd desire from a FF type of fuzz. Warm, responsive, beautifully textured, cleans up when rolling back your volume knob. The pedal works both for full-on fuzz tones and as a relatively mild drive at modest settings. It's a super useful tool.
The big advantage of the NPN transistors is that these allows the original, un-modified circuit to be built with modern power polarity (negative ground), for flawless integration with a modern pedalboard power supply. A huge advance over vintage pedals (and modern clones) which are usually made with PNP transistors and features reverse power polarity - which can cause all sorts of issues.
Please note: Being a vintage circuit, the fuzz wants to see a high impedance input signal to sound correct. Any low impedance signal from a buffered bypass pedal (like a Boss or Ibanez or similar type) will make the fuzz sound wrong. It will loose punch and fullness and sound thin and fizzy. Not as intended. Always put a vintage fuzz-circuit (tone benders, fuzzfaces etc.) first in your chain.
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