"Probably the most famous (or is that infamous?) fuzz of all times"
The Woodstock fuzz rack effect module compares to many of the past and present variants of the Fuzz Face. Whether you prefer a silicon Fuzz Face tone or a germanium Fuzz Face tone, we offer configs and options that should cover your Fuzz Face needs. Pick your exact config without spending a ton for rare vintage pedals with unpredictable tones.
The Fuzz Face is undisputedly one of the more famous effects pedals of all times. It seems to have been used by nearly every guitarist at some point, with many of them using it as a cornerstone of their tone. The only thing that rivals its popularity is the variety of opinions players hold on how it can best be used, which versions, clones, or copies are best, which magical components give it "that sound", and the many other facts and fables that have sprung up and added to the mystique of a relatively simple effect circuit. We won't address all of those issues, many are matters of opinion and have no right or wrong answer. There are a few facts that we will provide here to perhaps help guide you through the configurations and options we offer in our Woodstock module.
The earliest Fuzz Faces used germanium transistors. Germanium transistors were of notoriously poor quality and had a very wide range of "acceptable" specs. These specs also varied widely with temperature. These facts alone account for a large part of the reason why different "identical" germanium Fuzz Faces sound different. It also turns out to be the case that transistors in each position in the circuit require specs within certain value ranges to sound best. Early manufacturers didn't test individual transistors for each position. They just picked random transistors out of the transistors they had and soldered them in. This also accounts for large variations in tone among the early germanium units.
These problems with germanium transistors were very annoying to many players. As a result, silicon transistors were also used in Fuzz Faces after a while. The silicon transistors give a slightly different tone, but they are more consistent and don't vary with temperature. They were still picked randomly, again leading to variation in tone. A variety of different germanium and silicon transistors have been used in Fuzz Faces and Fuzz Face clones and copies for many years. Each different transistor has its own sound in the circuit, although the variation between different germanium transistors and the variation between different silicon transistors tend to be smaller than the difference between silicon and germanium transistors.
It didn't take long for tweaked Fuzz Face circuits to appear, providing slightly different tones and more control over the tone. Of course many stories abound about exactly what tweaks were used by what players, and in some cases it is probably too late to be 100% certain.
The Woodstock is offered in several base configurations, with options for further customization. The table below shows some information about the various configurations and their default controls and transistors, two of the main differentiators between configurations.
|Configuration||Woodstock Ge||Woodstock Jimi||Woodstock TSF Ge||Woodstock TSF Si||Woodstock MJM||Woodstock GT Ge||Woodstock Ge 69|
|Compares To||original Fuzz Face, Analogman Sunface, Dunlop germanium Fuzz Faces, many others||original germanium Fuzz Face with Jimi Hendrix mods||Cesar Diaz Texas Square Face with germanium transistors||Cesar Diaz Texas Square Face with silicon transistors||MJM London Fuzz Face (germanium transistors)||GT modded version of original germanium Fuzz Face||Fulltone '69|
|Controls||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz, Input Level, Bias, Mids, Volts, Bass Cut, Noise Cut||Volume, Fuzz, Input Level, Mids|
|Configuration||Woodstock Si||Woodstock Si 70||Woodstock Si/Ge||Woodstock GT Si||Woodstock JH-F1||Woodstock 108||Woodstock 109|
|Compares To||original silicon Fuzz Face||Fulltone '70||Joe Gagan Easy Face||GT modded version of original silicon Fuzz Face||
Dunlop JH-F1 Fuzz Face
Analogman Sunface BC108
Skreddy BC109 Fuzz
|Controls||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz, Mids||Volume, Fuzz, Input Level, Blend||Volume, Fuzz, Input Level, Bias, Mids, Gain, Bass Cut, Noise Cut||Volume, Fuzz||Volume, Fuzz, Bias||Volume, Fuzz, Bias, Voice, HB/SC switch|
- Custom Transistors - Choose different transistors from the default for the configuration.
- Input Level Control - Gives you a control to dump some input signal to ground.
- Bass Cut Switch - Gives you a switch that allows you to select between the standard input capacitor and another input capacitor, usually to reduce bass.
- Blend Control - Like the Bass Cut Switch, but a potentiometer that blends between the two capacitors instead of just selecting one.
- Bias Control - Gives you a control to adjust the bias. Recommended on any configuration that uses germanium transistors.
- Mids Control - Gives you a control to adjust the mids.
- Volts Control - Gives you a control to decrease the voltage from the standard level to "dying battery" levels and below.
- Noise Capacitors - Adds some small capacitors in both stages to cut very high frequencies and noise.
- Noise Capacitors Switch - Puts the Noise Capacitor option on a switch to turn on/off.
- Impedance - Vintage Fuzz Faces didn't have pull down resistors to set their impedance properly. As a result, much of the signal is lost. This tone-sucking cuts the highs more than the lows and gives the circuit its famous wooly sound. More modern Fuzz Face circuits include a large pull down resistor to set the impedance properly so the highs are not lost. This makes the tone brighter, but you gain control over it by getting rid of the unintended high cut tone-sucking. Use this option to specify the impedance you want - "none" or "high" are the usual choices.
- Impedance Switch - Allows you to put a pull down resistor (or two) on a switch, along with a setting for no pull down resistor.
- Gain Control - This allows you to reduce the signal between the first and second stages. This is intended only for silicon configurations where higher gain silicon transistors can end up with too much gain.
- Carbon Comp Resistors - For those who like carbon comp flavor in their fuzz.
- Custom Components - We use metal film resistors and a selection of capacitors that provide good tone and low noise.
- (optional) Input Level control
- (optional) Bass Cut Switch
- (optional) Blend control
- (optional) Noise switch
- (optional) Mids control
- (optional) Bias control
- (optional) Gain control
- (optional) Volts control
- (optional) Voice control
- (optional) HB/SC switch
- Audio In
- Audio Out
- On/Off Footswitch
- On/Off Override
- DC Power
- DC Power LED
- 1.5" standard
- 2" or 3" with options
- 2" left wing module and 1.5" right wing modules are available for 2-4 control configurations
Power Consumption (aprox)
7 - 55mA
|Part #||Description||List Price|
|MOD-WSTOCK-GE||Woodstock Ge module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-JIMI||Woodstock Jimi module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-SFGE||Woodstock TSF Ge module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-SFSI||Woodstock TSF Si module||$179|
|MOD-WSTOCK-MJM||Woodstock MJM module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-GTGE||Woodstock GT Ge module||$219|
|MOD-WSTOCK-GE69||Woodstock Ge 69 module||$209|
|MOD-WSTOCK-SI||Woodstock Si module||$169|
|MOD-WSTOCK-SI70||Woodstock Si 70 module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-SIGE||Woodstock Si/Ge module||$199|
|MOD-WSTOCK-GTSI||Woodstock GT Si module||$209|
|MOD-WSTOCK-JHF1||Woodstock JHF1 module||$189|
|MOD-WSTOCK-108||Woodstock 108 module||$169|
|MOD-WSTOCK-109||Woodstock 109 module||$189|
|Part #||Description||List Price|
|MOPT-WSTOCK-TRANS||Custom Transistors||$0 - TBD|
|MOPT-WSTOCK-INLEV||Input Level Control||$19|
|MOPT-WSTOCK-CUT||Bass Cut Switch||$19|
|MOPT-WSTOCK-SWNOISE||Noise Capacitors Switch||$19|
|MOPT-WSTOCK-CCOMP||Carbon Comp Resistors||$5|
|Part #||Description||List Price|
|MPT-WSTOCK-CA||Replacement pot, switch, jack, LED cable assembly||$19|
|MPT-WSTOCK-KNB||Replacement control knob||$2|
|MPT-WSTOCK-PB||Replacement power board||$29|
|MPT-WSTOCK-SB||Replacement switching board||$29|