- Published: 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Hello, Effects Fans!
The holiday parties are over. The confetti is swept up. Now it's time to get back to work in what should undoubtedly be a better year than the last one. But that doesn't mean the fun is over! What could be more fun than building effects? Playing them! And that's just what you'll want to do.
Today we announce another new configuration of our Woodstock module, the Woodstock 109. Seems like it should be similar to our Woodstock 108, right? Well, sort of. As you may know, our Woodstock module compares to the venerable Fuzz Face, one of the classic pedals of all time. There are many variants of the Fuzz Face, roughly divided into the categories of "germanium" or "silicon", depending on their transistor technology. The Woodstock 109 uses BC109C transistors, which are silicon transistors, making it generally comparable to our other silicon Woodstock configurations and the numerous silicon Fuzz Face derivatives that are available. The BC109C is a great fuzz transistor, and we use it in other configurations, too. However, the Woodstock 109 is most directly comparable to the Skreddy BC109 Fuzz. In addition to the normal Fuzz and Volume controls, there are Voice, Bias, and HB/SC controls.
The overall character is a raw ripper of a fuzz, but with the tone shifted down a bit to give that silicon sound a little germanium darkness and smooth off the edges a bit. One unique feature is that instead of having two transistors like a normal Fuzz Face circuit, it has four. There is a pair of stacked transistors in place of each of the two single transistors in the circuit. The difference isn't huge, but it's there. The noise generated by each of the transistors in the pairs sort of cancels each other out a bit, leaving you less noise in a high-gain silicon fuzz. Perhaps just a small hint of extra girth or smoothness, too. There's enough volume on tap to clear the tables near the stage in a club or get the neighbors to call the police again. Like most Fuzz Face circuits, you'll probably keep the Fuzz maxed, or maybe backed-off just a bit, yet there is a range of less fuzzy options to explore. It will get pretty clean if you back off your guitar volume, but it may thin out a bit as you lower your guitar volume. The Bias lets you adjust the character of the fuzz. It can go from rude and fuzzy, to ripping and aggressive, to rude and raw - but never tame. The Voice provides a simple Tone control that gives you a range from dark and smooth to brighter and edgier. And finally, that HB/SC switch - what's that about? It refers to "humbuckers" vs "single coil". When switched to the "HB" setting, the input level is trimmed down a bit, as are the lows. That helps prevent the stronger and often darker pickups from getting a little mud on your tone, unless you like it dirty... yeah, you know you do. A couple of extra internal components trim off some of the usual high-gain fuzz noise. No fuzz is noise-free, but this one manages it better than most. Just as Skreddy fuzz pedals are among the very best available, the Woodstock 109 is among our best for capturing that silicon Fuzz Face sound, with enough controls to give you a nice range of useful fuzz.
You can see the details about our Woodstock module at: Woodstock. Or look for it in the Fuzz Modules section under Products -> Modules -> Modules By Type.
Have a warm and fuzzy 2021!