I’ve been talking about silicon and Germanium transistors on fuzzes for a bit. I’m feeling a little obsessed on the subject lately, and today, I’m still talking about it. Today though, I’m bringing up the Keeley Fuzz Head pedal. This little pedal is pretty sweet since you can switch between the silicon or Germanium transistors! This pedal only has two knobs (Fuzz and Head) which makes it nice and simple, which I’m always a fan of.
Here is the official description:
The Fuzz Head from Keeley is a unique lead boost that combines the best of fuzz and overdrive effects. Transparent, dynamic, and fully tweakable, with an NPN Germanium transistor at its heart but much more up its sleeve.
With external Fuzz and Head controls, you can easily call up a number of dynamic fuzz and overdrive effects. The unique Si/Ge switch allows you to control a secondary clipping stage by adding a pair of diodes (one Germanium, one silicon) into the circuit for smoother clipping, more saturation, and loads of sustain.
Pedal tweakers will love the internal gain control, which sets the overall range of the external Fuzz control, and the internal tone control or sharpening high-end or cutting it back. A small, flathead screwdriver is all that’s needed to fine tune your tone. Three swappable capacitors are also included with the Fuzz Head, so that if you must change the low-end response of the pedal, you can.
Of course, I found another great video by gearmandude on this pedal!
You can pick up the Keeley Fuzz Head for $209.00 at Musician’s Friend. Hold up! Looks like it’s also on sale (currently) at Fat Tone Guitars!
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