Arbiter - Fuzz Face (The first one ?)

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Arbiter - Fuzz Face (The first one ?)

Postby analogguru » 06 Dec 2007, 14:55

Ok, here we go:
http://i20.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/c9/c8/0ebd_1.JPG
http://i9.ebayimg.com/08/i/000/c9/c8/0df4_1_b.JPG

As you can see it seems to be an original case....
a very old one because you can read "Arbiter - England"....
one poti (and knob) is missing, the other one seems to be original.....
The red color is not original, it seems to be an artwork of a "youngster".....

Now lets have a look inside:
http://i7.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/c9/c8/0e5d_1.JPG
http://i8.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/c9/c8/0f2c_1.JPG

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Hey, what´s that ? .... no pcb ? PTP-wiring in a Fuzz-Face ?

somebody knows, if there ever have been Fuzz-Face-prototypes or PTP-wired Fuzz-Faces around?
Any info welcome....

If you like to bid on it, here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Arbiter-Fuz ... dZViewItem

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Postby frank.clarke » 06 Dec 2007, 17:32

It has a replacement toggle switch, so who knows what it is. The resistor colour codes don't look like Fuzz Face values.
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Postby soulsonic » 06 Dec 2007, 22:40

I wouldn't pay more than $25 for it. I believe that the original Fuzz Face circuit was removed long ago and replaced with someone's personal little weekend garage project. Who knows what that circuit is... probably some kind of fuzz, but I sincerely doubt it's any sort of Fuzz Face. It's not worth $100, that's for sure.... in my opinion, its potential collector's value is ruined.
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Postby MrHuge » 08 Dec 2007, 21:32

That Fuzz Face looks totally gacked to me...
None of the parts (except maybe the pot under the circuit board) are original to a Fuzz Face...
Here are some picks and sound of Fuzz Faces....

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/album106/

and

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/FuzzFace

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Postby Bernardduur » 08 Dec 2007, 21:50

MrHuge wrote:That Fuzz Face looks totally gacked to me...
None of the parts (except maybe the pot under the circuit board) are original to a Fuzz Face...
Here are some picks and sound of Fuzz Faces....

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/album106/

and

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/FuzzFace

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Postby Kaos » 10 Dec 2007, 20:11

MrHuge wrote:That Fuzz Face looks totally gacked to me...
None of the parts (except maybe the pot under the circuit board) are original to a Fuzz Face...
Here are some picks and sound of Fuzz Faces....

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/album106/

and

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/v/MrHuge/FuzzFace

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Postby axiss » 12 Dec 2007, 01:28

Does anyone happen to have Rangemaster gut shots somewhere? Wasn't it built quite like that? Well, thing thing has got one pot wired as a variable resistor, so it's not the regular Rangemaster control, but the rest looks like it... And this looks like a positive ground circuit (check the red wire from the battery connector, it joins a yellow one that seems to go directly to the input jack), so probably one or two PNP devices under that black hood (I'd say just one, seems to be a small circuit).
The DPDT switch looks kinda new, but the circuit itself looks horribly old... :roll:
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Postby analogguru » 12 Dec 2007, 02:41

Ok, another try.... here is another chance:
This should be a (recapped) Fuzz Face from 1966 and 2N 527 Ge-transistors for only $ 1200,--
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-1966-Arbite ... dZViewItem

amazing what people buy....

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Postby soulsonic » 12 Dec 2007, 02:42

Rangemaster used a terminal strip and a large wirewound pot... this pedal has neither.
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