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What type of Fuzz Face did Jimi use at Woodstock?

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  1. Nate

    Nate Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi all, Wondering what type of fuzz face jimi used at woodstock.. Germanium or silicone? And what pedal would be closest to the one he used....
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    Nate
     
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  2. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Didn't he use the original Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face? The early ones had a germanium chip. You can find schematics for one online, buy a DIY kit or buy a reproduction. Dunlop have several models.
     
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  3. DeMelo

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    Probably one with germanium indeed.
     
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    Pretty sure he was still using the Germanium one but keep in mind his Fuzz Face was tweaked by Roger Mayer so it was not a stock one. If you want to get close get the red Fuzz Face or the Fulltone 69 fuzz.
     
  5. Stratoholic

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    No. From March 67 or so, Roger Mayer was putting his own circuits into Hendrix's Fuzz Faces, and by late 67, he was using only silicon transistors in his circuits.

    As for what the circuit actually was, who knows. We do know he used it a lot, it's easy to spot in photos, it's red with white knobs. There's a lot of speculation about that pedal, Dunlop (Jorge Tripps) believes it was a heavily modified Octavio, so that's exactly what the Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face is.
     
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  6. Namelyguitar

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    Basic Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Rig Setup
    • A: 1968 Fender Stratocaster.
    • B: Coiled Cable.
    • C: VOX wah pedal.
    • D: Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face.
    • E: Uni-Vibe with expression pedal.
    • F: Marshall 100w Superlead Plexi heads with 4×12 stacks.
     
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  7. Nate

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    In woodstock I found out it was silicon ... Might try Dunlops mini silicon styled ones.. Are the mini's the same as the full sized one's only smaller?
     
  8. rafasounds

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    A silicon FF will do the job. Could be germanium, but with that much volume, and after taking some lsd, I don't think it would really matter that much.

    But it's a valid question, I've thought about myself. My guess is that in '69 he was using silicon fuzz faces.
     
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    I'm glad I found my way out of the rabbit hole the OP appears to be entering :whistling:
     
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    You can build a D-Arb Fuzz face or JHS makes a great clone, But it is $399. However, Both JHS and Wampler make amazing fuzz pedals (both make more than one model each.) that will very much get you where you want to go.
    If those are a bit too rich, there are a LOT of pedals based on the D-Arb circuit.

    a cool relevant video.

     
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    fuzz rabbit hole? What rabbit hole??
     
  12. Class A Knob

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    Really? It's a race between Hendrix and Gilmour for "selling" pedals. There are literally millions of threads chasing their tone, yet oddly their talent goes unrivaled. :thumbd:
     
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    The fuzz rabbit hole is the best. I love em and have gone through dozens.
     
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  14. Namelyguitar

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    :eek: The old and winding rabbit hole?
     
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    At the end of the day, fuzzes are just plain fun be it a RAT, Muff variant, germanium or silicon, etc.
     
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    White coily cable of doom for any gearmandude fans.
     
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    I don’t disagree about gilmour’s talent but I think one of the reasons he’s so popular is that his playing sounds accessible. I think most of us hear gilmour and don’t say wow, I could never do that. Maybe we think I can’t do that as well, but most of us think hey, with some practice, I could do that.
     
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  18. Class A Knob

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    I agree. I find it funny that people think a strat and a handful of pedals give you Hendrix's tone (or Claptons, or Gilmours, etc.). Similar but never duplicated.

    Pedal makers are putting their kids through college from people chasing an artists tone...especially super specific ones (not just Jimi, but Jimi at Woodstock or Machine Gun Jimi or Isle of Wight Jimi, etc.).
     
  19. Namelyguitar

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    Quite! My coiled- type cable was noisy as all get out, and I enjoyed giving it away.
     
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    I had the blue one but sold it fast. Didn't like it at all.
     
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