The AnalogMan Sunface has always been a favourite among boutique Fuzz Face enthusiasts. It is well built, sounds amazing and, relative to the cost of an original vintage example, quite a bargain. There are numerous forum threads popping up on the topic of transistor choice lately (among other options) and it’s only heating up. With the return of the Red Dot NKT’s availability, the choice has become harder than ever…
AnalogMike (Mike Piera) and Marc Ahlfs are both well know in today’s large circle of fuzz builders but it wasn’t long ago when that circle was a lot smaller, and these two circuit hounds were the go-tos for vintage styled effects. Little has changed since then in that regard, but the needs and wants of players certainly have. Or have they? Do gear hounds still seek out simple two knob fuzz boxes, or do they prefer the options afforded by more up to date circuits? Vintage fuzz is being used by many modern players… Can both be valid in today’s market of strong opinions of what a fuzz “should” be?
For all of the clones and copies on the market of the venerable fuzz face circuit, a less often seen product is the Fuzz Face kit. Considering the sparse amount of parts account in a Fuzz Face compared to modern distortion devices this makes quite a bit of sense. If you have the bare essential components [enclosure, foot switch, input and output jacks and potentiometers] the real important parts can suitably be ordered. You just have to make sure they are the “right” parts.
But who knows what the right parts actually are? It looks like Pigeon FX do. Continue reading “Pigeon FX Fuzz Face Kit Review”