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Analog Man Sun Face Fuzz pedal
Sun Face Pedal
Sun Face


 
Our Price: $185.00


Availability - time to dispatch:: Build time is a couple of weeks
Product Code: AM-SUN-FACE

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Jack Location and options*:
Side Jacks
Side jacks with on/off fuzz pot $15 [Add $15.00]
Top Jacks
Top jacks with on/off mini toggle $25 [Add $25.00]
BA RT only - top jacks with on/off fuzz pot $15 [Add $15.00]

Add a Patch Cord:
12" switchcraft soldered pancake type patch cord $18 [Add $18.00]

Add a Patch Cord:
6" switchcraft soldered pancake type patch cord $15 [Add $15.00]

Transistor Options:
BART Germanium trans, larger box, any options ok, only SUN graphics! $10 [Add $10.00]These are large Russian transistors, they sound HUGE too. Easy to use, cut well, nice and fuzzy with cleanup all the way on the guitar pot. Add a note if you want lower or higher gains, most are medium.
Hybrid Germanium LOW GAIN RCA/NKT $75 [Add $75.00]Same as Hybrid RCA/NKT but lower gain so cleaner, and not as much fuzz. The NKT's are Red Dot.
Hybrid RCA/BA RT germanium, large box, temperature stable. $45 [Add $45.00]- This combination gives the big BART fuzz (just a touch brighter) with the temperature stability of the RCA. They are Medium to medium high gain.
Low Gain vintage germaniums, cleans up great $0These will clean up very well when you back your volume down, like the NKT275 that we used to sell. They still get a good amount of fuzz and are low noise.
RCA germanium Higher Gain $30 [Add $30.00]These are the same RCA transistors, but higher gain, a bit brighter and fuzzier.
RCA germanium SUPER HIGH (like silicon) Gain $30 [Add $30.00]Temperature stable and fuzzy like silicon, but warm and clean up quite well.
Red Dot NKT brand transistors, low gain $45 [Add $45.00]These are the same red dot NKT, but they tested out at lower gain.
Silicon BC109A $0A is the lowest gain of the Silicon transistors, but still higher than most germaniums (about 200 HFE). B is about 300 and C is about 400.
Standard Germanium 2N USA made, nice cut, medium high gain, $10 [Add $10.00]
Standard Germanium 2SB171 low gain Japanese - super smooth, good cleanup $10 [Add $10.00]
Standard Germanium 2SB175 medium-high gain Japanese - super smooth $10 [Add $10.00]
Unmarked 2N type Germaniums
High Gain Germanium Transistors $10 [Add $10.00]- These are new old stock early 1970s germanium transistors from Baldwin Organs, with nice high gain.
Silicon TFK BC-108C transistors, $0- these are the silver small metal can transistors.
Silicon TFK BC-109B transistors, $0These are NOS Telefunken brand BC109B transistors. B is not as high gain as C, otherwise the same parts.
Silicon TFK BC-109C transistors, $0NOS Telefunken brand BC109C transistors. Higher gain than 109B
Silicon BC-183 transistors, $0- These are the black plastic transistors, we have some really cool old ones in 2012!
Silicon BC-108B transistors- These are '80s transistors, not Telefunken brand. Nice if you want the BC108 sound but without as high gain.
Guitar cables

Add a CBI Ultimate 15 foot Guitar Cable $25 [Add $25.00]Add a great sounding 15 foot long guitar cable, black with straight metal soldered Neutrik ends.
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Add LED:
No LED - $0
Green $15 [Add $15.00]
Red $15 [Add $15.00]
Yellow $15 [Add $15.00]

Graphics Options:
Clock graphics

Power Options:
Power Jack $15 [Add $15.00]Click on (?) next to Power Options

Sunface Options:
Sundial knob $25 [Add $25.00]
Guitar cables

Add a guitar cable:
Add a CBI Ultimate 10 foot Guitar Cable $23 [Add $23.00]
Customize

Add a knob cover:
Add an MXR style knob cover $2.00 [Add $2.00]- This knob cover fits on the larger of the two versions of MXR style knobs we use on our AM pedals. They make it easy to turn the knob with your foot. If you want more than one, you can add them to your shopping cart from the Accessories - Pedal Parts menu.
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Description
 
Analog Man Sun Face pedals cover all of the Fuzz Face versions plus more, handmade to your specs with more options than any other fuzz pedal.
Red Dot NKT with our ARDX20 into AC-30 (starts at 41:00)
Emerson Swinford (Rod Stewart band) shows the BART Sun Face!
Features

2020 - we are a bit backed up on these, about 2-3 weeks to build a custom Sun Face.

ORDER CHANGES : I am spending too many hours every day changing orders and it's VERY difficult, and once we start the pedal it can be impossible. So please add any options you might want, BEFORE checking out. Thank you!
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** New money-saving QUICK DEAL standard models sometimes available! They are listed as a transistor option when available. These come at a discount as we can build them up when we have free time, and keep them in stock for FAST shipping, and pass the savings to you!!! PLEASE do not choose any other PEDAL OPTIONS (power jack, led, etc) if you want to get these special deals. **

**QUICK DEALS:
- sorry no quick deals available right now!
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In addition to the QUICK DEAL options sometimes available above in the OPTIONS area, we have some other Sun Face pedals ready to ship. All are side jacks in the smaller box with SUN logo unless otherwise specified:

READY TO SHIP Pedals (not special deals, just order normally):

- sorry! no ready to ship pedals right now

If you want one of these, choose these options and put a note in the order COMMENTS that you want one of the "ready-to-ship" pedals and we will get it right out.
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The Sunface has many transistor options, there is no BEST, they are all very similar but have some differences that could make some better than others for your needs.

Here is a short summary, much more info is on the Sunface page on analogman.com :

UNMARKED 2N TYPE GERMANIUM: We got these in 2020 and they are awesome in both Sun Face and Beano Boost. They have normal germanium sounds with great cleanup, and are available in medium low, medium high, or high gain ranges. The higher the gain, the brighter and fuzzier they are and the less they clean up. Put a note in the order comments if you want a specific gain.

BART (Big ass Russian transistors) : these are available in 2020, BIG fuzz sounds but excellent cleanup throughout the volume pot range on your guitar. Cuts through great, some edge and crunch to the sounds. Run the FUZZ knob down a bit and the BIAS up a bit for cleaner sounds like the white dot NKT275. These will use the slightly larger case as they are too big for the small case. This case allows any options (top jacks, on/off pot, top power jack). These are a little noisy (white noise/hiss).

RCA germanium transistors : We got these in mid 2018 and the specs and sound are excellent. We have low, medium, and high available. Similar to standard germanium, a bit brighter and harder, with more cut than the old white dot NKT275. Quite a bit brighter than the red dot NKT, and also have excellent cleanup. The LOW GAIN RCA really cleans up well, and is not as bright, but still had a good amount of fuzz when you hit it hard. These (or RCA hybrids) are probably the best germanium choice for playing in different temperatures, as they are very stable and sound good even when warm. They tend to have a little more white noise, like the BARTs.

2SB Japanese transistors : usually Toshiba brand, about 30 years old. Medium gain, not too finicky, nice warm tone, not very bright. Good cleanup. We have these in 2SB171 which is lower gain (better cleanup) and 2SB175 which is higher gain.

2N USA transistors : black or silver larger metal cans, similar to the 2SB transistors but maybe a little brighter and a bit more edge to cut through better. Usually made by General Electric (GE). Same type used in the Low Gain Germanium option.

High Gain Germanium : These transistors were used in Baldwin Organs about 40 years ago. They are quite consistent, sound similar but fuzzier than the other germaniums but the higher gain does not allow them to clean up quite as well.

Low Gain Germanium : we choose from our Standard Germanium transistors with low gain, for a transistor that sounds and cleans up like the NKT275. Still gets fuzz when cranked up. Not very bright sounding.

White Dot NKT-275 - no longer available, only for Sun Face repairs or vintage restorations. Pretty low gain, not much fuzz but can get totally, sparkly clean. Very consistent, fairly bright, not too temperamental.

Red Dot NKT : We got these in 2017. These are definitely made at the Newmarket factory. They look and sound like the old red dot NKT275 we used to have, but have a different part number on them after the "NKT", probably a house number for a specific customer. They are mostly low gain. We also have some higher gain pairs but not many so they are more expensive. See below for a video comparing the low gain to a medium high gain.

HYBRID RCA/NKT : In 2019, a good customer asked if we could make a germanium SunFace with one RCA and one NKT red dot. It sounded like a good idea so we made it, and it came out great. It has the useful temperature range of the RCA, with some of the RCA brightness and cut, with smoothness and warmth from the NKT.

HYBRID RCA/BART : These sound close to the BART but a bit brighter, but work fine at higher temperatures.

SILICON

BC108C : most normally found in 1970 era Fuzzfaces, small metal can. Can be very high gain, can cause radio or other noise. Best to back the FUZZ KNOB down a bit. We are now using some TFK (Telefunken) marked transistors like the old ones from 1970.

BC183 : We have some really cool old BC183 with paint stripes, they came individually bagged. Medium high gain. I like these a lot for a silicon fuzz. Almost all the silicon transistors sound about the same if you use transistors with the same gain ranges. But these BC183 are all in the right gain range so it's easier to make a more consistent and excellent sounding fuzz. These are really smooth, almost like a germanium sound, smoothest of the Silicons. Not as bright as the BC108 or BC109.

BC182 : Similar to BC183, it's also easy to match these up with a BC183 to make a perfect matched pair. But I like the old BC183 that we got better so we don't offer these at this time.

BC109 is similar to BC108 but a bit edgier, cuts well.
TFK BC109C : NOS original Telefunken brand BC109C, high gain, cuts good but not as much bright edge as the BC109B.Be careful cranking the FUZZ knob.

TFK BC109B : same as above but B is a little lower gain, great cut and high end, also less of that high gain silicon noise and fussiness when the fuzz knob is cranked. Pretty low noise floor too. Very nice!

We also have a small amount of BC109A, which are low gain compared to silicon, nice cleanup. Just put a note in the order COMMENTS if you wan these instead of 109B or C.

For more info about the Analog Man Sunface & options link here:

http://www.analogman.com/fuzzface.htm

Check out the BATT-O-METER for how you can test the battery level and LIFE without opening your pedal! It's in our ACCESSORIES area.

BATTERY DISCONNECT OPTIONS

We can add a power off switch on the FUZZ pot, when you turn it down all the way it clicks and disconnects the battery. This will only fit on the side jacks model. We can install a mini toggle switch to kill the battery on the top jacks model. If you can unplug the cable from the input jack, it will do the same thing. But for people with the pedal in the middle of their pedalboard, one of these options will make it easier if you want to use a battery. If you use a power supply (requires the power jack option) then these battery disconnect options are not needed.

Below is the current optional CLOCK LOGO, which you can choose instead of the Sun Face.


BART box vs normal box size:



Below is a demonstration of the different gain of the red dot NKT transistors. Itís not a tone demonstration, itís just showing gain differences. On the right is a medium high gain on the left is a low gain. You can see the LED change on the switch box from left to right. The first video is with the Fuzz knob about halfway up, the second video it is full up. The low gain versions are cheaper just because we have more of them, not for any other reason:

https://www.facebook.com/analogmike/videos/2339742...

https://www.facebook.com/analogmike/videos/2339742...


Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 58 Write a review.

  2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 White Dot NKT275 Sunface Fuzz March 7, 2020
Reviewer: Rakesh Rai from Singapore  
I'm a huge fan of this little "Goldbox."  Mine has NKT275 germanium transistors (likely to be the newer higher gain version) What sets my pedal apart is its unique voice. I find it darker than most Germanium Fuzz Face clones that I have placed my foot on, and the gain of the transistors creates a smoother Fuzz Face with less over-the-top fuzz. My Sunface Fuzz has the amazing ability to clean up completely just by turning my Strat's volume knob down to 7. An excellent interesting Fuzz box for surfabilly, rockabilly, Black Sabbath's Iron Man tone. Whether you're playing thru cool/hot single coils or humbuckers, you could nail other fuzzboxes to their coffins. Solidly built, handwired. I always use Dry Cell 9v for NKT. Believe it or Not, it's the best-priced Fuzz-thing you should itch about to have your foot on. I have the BC183 too, and would love to collect the rest of the Goldbox brotherhood here.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 This is THE ONE!!! February 9, 2020
Reviewer: Scott Erwin from California, MD United States  
I was introduced to the world of fuzz through another germanium fuzz from a different, but very well known manufacturer.  I struggled and struggled to get to the sound in my head with that pedal but could never seem to get there.  

I researched alternatives and found Analogman (thank goodness!).  After much reading and deliberation over transistor choices as well as discussions with Mike and his gang, I opted for a Sunface with "higher gain" RCA transistors hoping it would span the range all the way from "glassy strat clean up" to gnarly FUZZ!  

The RCA Sunface ABSOLUTELY gets me there!  I was tempted to go with BC109B silicon to make sure I would get the dirty side I wanted but was afraid I'd lose the clean-up.  In the end I feel like I now have the best of all worlds!  

This one simply does it all!  THANK YOU ANALOGMAN!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 Down the rabbit hole. December 2, 2019
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
This pedal's entire range is brilliant and revealing—and that’s before I stacked it with the Beano Boost. Still deciding whether I prefer one before or after the other, but bottom line, it's all very, very good.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
 
5 of 5 Sun face with high gain RCA transistors November 21, 2019
Reviewer: Scott from Arizona  
Just got it, but what a cool pedal. A variety of great usable fuzz tones in a single box.  Mine has the RCA Germanium high gain transistors, and I get the smoothness of germanium with the additional gain.   Makes me excited about fuzz again.

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5 of 5 New appreciation of the fuzz face October 13, 2019
Reviewer: Mike Sarafinas from Boston  
I've never gotten along with the germanium fuzz face, though wanted to give it one last shot. I asked mike for some guidance on transistor types. He recommended two RCA trannies to help cut and reduce flub. He was dead on. This is unlike any fuzz face I've ever played and I've played a lot. I also own fuzz faces from some of the famous & expensive builders in the UK, and I have to say, this beats them all.

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