2020 - we are a bit backed up on these, about 1-2 weeks to build a custom Sun Face. We ran out of the NKT Red Dot transistors in 2020.
In addition to the QUICK DEAL options sometimes available above in
the OPTIONS area, we have some other Sun Face pedals that are READY TO SHIP.
ORDER CHANGES : We are 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!
** New money-saving QUICK DEAL SUN FACES are sometimes 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. **
- no quick deals at this time =*(
READY TO SHIP Pedals are not special deals, they are just already built and ready to ship out -
NO READY TO SHIP PEDALS RIGHT NOW =(
If you'd like to purchase one of these pedals just order it with the options described and write in the order comments that you'd like the 'READY TO SHIP' pedal =)
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 :
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.
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 medium to high gain. These are very clear sounding like the white dot NKT that we used to have, and get a nice sparkly cleanup.
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 if no CLEAN knob). These are a little noisy (white noise/hiss) and come in Medium-high to high gain. Put a note on your order if you prefer medium-high or high.
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.
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.
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!
RCA: These are back in 2021! The only Germaniums we have found that are not very temperature sensitive. These are pretty bright, and can get very clean. Some noise. They come in low to medium low gain, put a note on your order if you prefer low or medium-low. Still has plenty of fuzz.
RCA/BART Hybrid : We can use an RCA low transistor to avoid temperature instability, and a BART high transistor to make the sound fatter and fuzzier. We have these pairs in Medium high to High, they still clean up well, all along the volume pot range, not too fast. A little brighter than all BART.
SILICON - these can be a bit noisy due to high gain, best to turn the FUZZ knob down a bit.
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.
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:
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.
Power jack is an option on these. If you get it, the Sun Face will still come with a battery and work the same with a battery. If you might use a power supply or TheGigRig Virtual Battery, it's much better to get the power jack than to connect to the battery clip by filing a notch in the bottom plate. Just make sure to use ISOLATED POWER (which is what the Virtual battery does if you have a non-isolated power supply).
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.
We can move the internal white CLEAN trimpot to an external knob. . It works like turning down the volume knob on your guitar, to make the sound more clean and tight/bright.
If you get this option, it will be between the Volume and Fuzz knobs and you must choose TOP JACKS. It is a smaller knob, and the other two knobs will be smaller also. The MXR KNOB rubbers will not fit if you get this option.
If you don't get the Sun Dial, we can do the clean knob as a normal size black knob in the middle of the pedal and you can get top or side jacks.
Below is the current optional CLOCK LOGO, which you can choose instead of the Sun Face.
BART box vs normal box size: