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Solaris Fuzz Face
This was a pretty easy build with a lot of potential. I sourced a couple of NOS germanium transistors from Barry at guitarpcb.com, then opted to follow the stock build with all of the knobs. I had hoped to use top mounting jacks in a 125B case, but the power inverter IC got in the way of those hopes. The artwork didn’t turn out quite the way I planned either; waterslide decals with any color other than black makes the graphic translucent. But the worn look fits the vintage pedal. Sound wise, this thing really rocks. The additional tonal options from the input, body, and contour really allow you to tweak your sound.
The Red Fuzz
Variant: Bone Stock
Straight up build of the Solaris Fuzz Face using a pair of OC76s from Small Bear. Had planned to do a real spiffy decal for the front but my printer ran out of ink so I added the temporary painters tape labels and put it on the board to see how it sounds – it has been there for 6 months! Of all the Fuzz Face variants I have this is by far the most versatile – except maybe the nearly full-Beavis modded version – but that one is in a bigger box.
You’ll notice Pic 3 below doesn’t look much like the others – I can’t select the Deimos in the Aion Project list to post a build report on that one. It’s in a different league from the Solaris but very cool just the same.
Modifications or part substitutions
Followed the instructions – hey, for me that is a modification!