The Silktone Fuzz followed a design concept used a lot by Silktone: Simplified versatility.
At it’s heart are two germanium transistors in the classic FF/TB1.5 topology, tweaked to get a huge array of tones. We wanted to nail the awesome tones you get when these transistors are biased to their sweet spot… and also when they’re not.
No tone left behind. We started out testing and tweaking bias points all day just to come back to a cold shop the next morning with the transistors all out of whack from the temperature shift. Out came the big digital multi-meter to adjust things back where they belonged and a thought struck me – what if I could get this into a pedal?
This would make dialing in your favorite fuzz tone easier than ever without being plagued by the inconsistent bias shifting these temperature sensitive germanium pedals are known for. This led to the creation of our Active Bias Monitor (patent pending) – you want fat sticky fuzz? Dial it past 8.00. Prefer that oh, so sweet sweet sweet spot? Dial it to ~4.50.
Want spitty gated fuzz? Cool, me too – dial it to ~1.10. Combine this with an input debuffer to place this fuzz anywhere in your chain without the normal issues (thanks Orman) and a cleanup knob to get you into crunch/clean boost territory with beautifully musical germanium color and you have one of the most useable, versatile fuzzes to date.
Tested and matched NOS Germanium transistors (soviet)
Active Bias Monitor (patent pending)
Input debuffer for placement anywhere in the signal chain
True Bypass switching
9V power jack (center negative)