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Analog Man Astro Tone Fuzz
Analog Man Astro Tone Fuzz
Analog Man ASTRO TONE fuzz


 

Also available in black with gold lettering, like the original pedals, due to requests on TheGearPage.
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The Analog Man ASTRO TONE fuzz is somewhere between a fuzz and distortion, it acts differently into different amps. But it sounds great into almost anything! I always had trouble using Fuzzfaces live, this one is MUCH easier to use and you can hear it well with a band.
Features

ASTRO TONE Fuzz

Analog Man's first new pedal of 2010 is the ASTRO TONE fuzz. This pedal is based on the 1960's SAM ASH FUZZZ BOXX and ASTROTONE FUZZ made in New York City in 1966-68 by the Astro Amp company. It was one of the best fuzz pedals. Analog Mike had a NOS Astro Tone fuzz back in the 90s, here is a copy of the manual that he saved from it.

Here is the old ASTROTONE, a dark grey pedal.

Here is a link to this old ASTROTONE FUZZ pedal that Mike repaired for a customer, showing the insides of the pedals.


Here is the ASTROTONE next to the more common SAM ASH.


There were two versions of the Sam Ash case, the boards were the same in both.



This was the first pedal that Analogmike cloned, way back in about 1994. Mine was really a clone, down to the artwork on the board and the board mounted pots. Still works very well! I met Gene Cornish from The Rascals at at the Long Island, NY Classic American Guitar show in the mid 90's where I brought this prototype pedal. Gene told me that he was using one in the 60s and Leslie West saw him use it. The next time they met, he saw that Leslie was using TWO of them in line! Ira Stone, who played with and knew Leslie back then (and came to my shop to check out some pedals recently) confirmed this, saying "Leslie used two Sam Ash fuzz tones in line many times with the Vagrants".


Analogmike finally got an engineer, John Foege, from Georgia Tech, to help with some of the time-consuming design work (board layout, testing, etc) so this was a great first project. He used some nice software to design the board, and it came out great.

The picture at the left is computer generated simulation, not a real picture of our board.


Here is the actual inside of the pedal.


The Analog Man ASTRO TONE is not quite the same as the old pedals. I took our first prototype, made to 100% original specs, to play with my power trio. At the shop we compared it to an original and the sound was exactly the same. But I did not like it, I could not hear it well with the band, it was not thick enough. The problem with the original design was that there was very little low end, the sound was quite thin. You REALLY had to crank up the volume on it to get a good sound. But this would make the ON sound too much louder than the OFF sound for live use. And the tone knob was really limited in the useful range. So we took the circuit and with some modern software analyzed it and found out how we could retain the low end, and make the tone control somewhat more useful. But we made sure that we could still get the EXACT sounds of the original pedal if that was desired. By turning the tone knob up higher, you can still get the original sounds which are good into a large, cranked amp. But we made it so that it now sounds awesome even into a little amp like a Fender Deluxe Reverb, at near unity gain on the pedal.

I found several hundred original Astrotone transistors about ten years ago, and have been saving them. Many even have the same 1966 date codes on them as my original pedals! You can see "641" in the picture which means the 41st week of 1966. They are little plastic, flat, pill shaped Fairchild transistors. They have gold plated leads - they were made back in the days when gold was cheap and transistors were expensive! These transistors are pretty consistent, and usually well behaved, but we have do discard some that are too noisy for a fuzz pedal. We should be able to make hundreds of these pedals with these original, excellent transistors. When we run out, we will no longer make a pedal called the ASTRO TONE. We used up the 1966 transistors, but found some slightly later ones. These were still made by Fairchild but in the '70s in their Singapore plant, they look and sound identical. 748 date code on these should be 48th week of 1978.


Many people have problems using a Fuzz Face type pedal, like our Sunface, live with a band. I had the same problem which is one reason we are making these pedals, itís something I need to get the sounds I want. I play Fender amps with a Les Paul, which is not too favorable to fuzz face pedals. But this pedal works great with that setup.

The sound is not as compressed as a Fuzz Face, not SUPER thick and saturated, something between a fuzz and distortion. Itís fuzzier into a smaller amp (Fender Deluxe), and more of a BOOSTER into a large distorted amp (Marshall 1970s Super Lead). It can also be stacked with other pedals, for example running a fuzz face into it can get a sound like Spirit in the Sky, which buzzes and cuts out. Or run the Astro Tone into an OD pedal like a TS808 or KoT to make it fatter.

Features:

  1. True Bypass switching
  2. Super Bright LED for lower power use, buffed so as not to blind you!
  3. Uses less than 1 mA of power when off, only 3 when on, so an Alkaline bat tery will last a few hundred hours of normal playing time.
  4. Three simple knobs - Volume, Fuzz, and Tone.
  5. High quality, hand wired REíAN input and output jacks.
  6. In and Out jacks on top for best pedalboard real estate management
  7. Normal Boss style power jack, on the right side, negative ground so no polarity problems
  8. original 1966 Fairchild Silicon transistors, not affected by heat like a Germanium fuzz.
  9. Sound is not as compressed as a fuzzface, not SUPER thick and saturated, something between a fuzz and distortion but closer to a fuzz.
  10. SIZE : 2 5/16" x 4 5/16", MXR size 1290 or 1590B enclosure.

Black version!

Some people on The Gear Page wanted a black version with gold graphics like the original, so we made a batch in late summer 2011. We have the black/gold available as an option.



Sound Clips

Elton's Saturday Night AnalogMike's 59 reissue Les Paul into Astrotone into ARDX20 delay into a Deluxe Reverb reissue. Fuzz is up about 3:00 and tone about 12:00.

Cinnamon Girl AnalogMike's 58 reissue Les Paul into Astrotone into ARDX20 delay into a Deluxe Reverb reissue. Fuzz is up about 4:00 and tone about 1:00.

AnalogMan Astro Tone Fuzz from Doppler Demos on Vimeo.

Here are the above video clips in a longer audio format from Doug Doppler which will be on his GET KILLER TONE dvd series. First is a Les Paul into our ASTRO TONE into our Boss DD3 mod, into a 1963 Fender Vibrasonic. The first one shows the cleanup of the pedal with your volume knob, Hendrix-esque Neck Position : Astroman.

Here is another one, same setup, Classic Rock Bridge Position... Astrorock.

Analog Man Astro Tone fuzz demo by Scott Metzger from mike piera on Vimeo.

Analog Man Astro Tone fuzz demo #2 by Scott Metzger from mike piera on Vimeo.

Here is a Premier Guitar magazine review

 

Gearmanndude!

 

My old friend Bobby D!

I brought one to Luther Dickinson when The Black Crowes were back in CT in fall 2010. He didn't seem too interested but when he plugged it in his eyes lit up and his tech put it right on his board. He used it on the first song for an awesome solo and it sounded amazing through his loud Fuchs amp. His smile and thumbs up made me very proud. After using it for a few weeks, Luther wrote :
The Astro Tone is the best, most usable Fuzz I have ever used and caused me to take the Sunface off my pedal board!
The KoT is still onboard for cleaner boosts, of course.
You are the best!
When I met up with him in 2017 he said he was still enjoying it on his board.

In June, 2012 I finally got to hear Gary Clark Jr when he came to Connecticut. Gary has been using our ARDX20 for quite some time, and our Astro Tone and KOT pedals also. Gary is a FUZZ MEISTER and one of the hottest guitarists to come out in years!!! He used the Astro Tone for his basic fuzz sound, often in combination with the KOT, and sounded AMAZING. Here's his simple yet effective pedalboard:

Electronic Break-in

This pedal seems to need some time to really sound best. Many people have reported that their pedal was a bit weak when they got it, but after using it for a while it got stronger with better tone. So feel free to leave it hooked up to a 9V power supply overnight to form the capacitors and blow the cobwebs out of the 40 year old silicon in the transistors.

Tone Quest Report Magazine article

Here is an article on the Astro Tone Fuzz from Tone Quest Report.
Page1 and Page2.

Review: Analogman Astro Tone Fuzz www.delicious-audio.com

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
 
Astrotone, a fuzz with a soul May 23, 2016
Reviewer: Giorgio Tricarico from Helsinki, Uusimaa Finland  
Playing for more than 30 years, I must tell that this Astrotone is the best pedal l have ever had.
I felt it immediately, purely delivering beautiful tones in all its fuzz-range. Amazing.
The international reputation of the quality of analogman pedals is absolutely deserved.
This pedal has a soul, and it interacted immediately with mine.

I am grateful to you, guys.


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Search is Over February 20, 2015
Reviewer: Ernie R from London, ON Canada  
I'm not much for giving reviews but this Astrotone and Mike deserve full credit..

I use SSS American Standard/deluxe Strats and teles, 68' Princeton Reverb/64' Jensen C10NS and a 68' Custom Princeton Reverb/Eminence 10" Copperhead.

I've been chasing a Fuzz to compliment classic rock and blues..The last few months, I've tested every Fuzz pedal I could get my hands on .. 3 Fuzz faces,  4 muffs, EH Satisfaction, Mooer Grey Faze..

NOTHING come close to cutting through the mix of full band.. No note separation, sad muddy tone.. honestly felt ashamed to blanket my tone with this garbage..

I read about Analogman Mike and the  Astrotone.. had to try one..

Impressive tone and looks.. Dial the fuzz back for gorgeous overdrive, crank fuzz and string definition and clarity with ample fuzz, put a huge smile on my face.. I adjusted pickup and pole piece heights to taste and this pedal Far exceeded expectations..

Don't hesitate or look any further than the Astrotone..

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Excellent Pedal! February 6, 2015
Reviewer: Ryan from Oceanside, CA United States  
I am really happy with my decision to go with the astrotone. This pedal has an amazing sound. As I suspected it's much better suited for my ac15 than my '69. The harmonic overtones are rich and tasty. The tone knob makes it very versatile and I love the way it fattens up as I dial it back. So far I've been liking the tone at about 2-3 o'clock, fuzz almost dimed, and using guitar volume to control the gain. Cleans up just as nicely as the 69, but I think I like the sound of this better.  A lot of people are calling this an 'overdrive' which I think is really selling it short. It is definitely a fuzz - a versatile and great sounding one at that. Just the right amount of gain for me, and the crunchy, chewy texture just make me want to play for hours. While it can be thin with the tone knob dimed, it gets positively ballsy as I roll it back some, reminds me of the 69, yet so much more versatile, so many more shades to work with. I could see this replacing the 69 for me...

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Lovin me some Astro Tone December 31, 2014
Reviewer: Doug C from Evergreeen, CO United States  
Of all the pedals I own, this pedal immediately became one of my 2 go-to must haves.  The 2 guitars I play the most are a Les Paul and a Gretsch 6122 Hollowbody running into a 80's Fender Super Champ or a Vox AC15hw1. Fuzz can be tricky with those guitar/amp combos, especially playing live.  This pedal sounds really unique and different depending on what guitar/amp you're using but I've found some of the best tones I've heard using this pedal, and it works better than most fuzzes if you've already got a little heat on your base tone.  The other day I plugged a Tele into this into the Fender, and it was awesome in a whole different way.  The Tele was a little cleaner and I ran it into a Timmy(my other go to) to give it a little more heat and the sound that was coming out of my amp was like angels singing.  Super frickin' awesome pedal!

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Astro Man out of this Universe! March 30, 2014
Reviewer: Jovy from Vienna, VA United States  
I've been trying to find a silicon transistor to compliment my Sun Face NKT-275. I've tried different clones, name brand, and boutique pedals. (Read Peppermint Fuzz Review) This is really an AMAZING Fuzz. It's perfect. It cut very well to live, and studio sessions. And it really does compliment other pedals and make them better! It is not a "balls to the wall fuzz, "but it is a distorted fuzz that is not too crazy or to soft. I hope that Analogman Astro Tone Fuzz does not go away either. This is such a great fuzz to own, and will be part of my rig for a very long time.

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