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Analog Man Sun Face Fuzz pedal
Sun Face Pedal
Sun Face


 
Our Price: $185.00


Availability - time to dispatch:: Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Weeks
Product Code: AM-SUN-FACE

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Sunface Jack Location*:


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:
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 1960s USA transistors $0Nice old germaniums, a bit brighter with more cut than NKT, with excellent cleanup.
RCA germanium Higher Gain $10 [Add $10.00]These are the same RCA transistors, but higher gain, a bit brighter and fuzzier.
RCA germanium LOW GAIN transistors $0- Low Gain RCA are a bit less bright and clean up better.
RCA germanium, "patina" blem case $10 off [Subtract -$10.00]When we made up these cases, we tried a different clear coat method that left a "halo" around the graphics, sort of a cool patina look. Image is at http://www.analogman.com/graphics/SunfaceRCApatina.jpg
Red Dot NKT brand transistors $45 [Add $45.00]These are definitely made at the Newmarket factory. They look and sound identical to 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.
Red Dot NKT brand transistors, higher gain $95 [Add $95.00]These are the same red dot NKT, but with higher gain. Nice sound, not quite as dark, and still gets clean. Price is high because we don't have many of these, less than 5% test as high gain.
Red Dot NKT brand transistors, low gain $35 [Add $35.00]These are the same red dot NKT, but they tested out at lower gain.
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]
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 original NOS Telefunken brand BC109B transistors. B is not as high gain as C, otherwise the same parts.
Silicon TFK BC-109C transistors, $10 [Add $10.00]These are limited in number, original NOS Telefunken brand BC109C transistors.
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  See picture

On/Off Fuzz Pot:
On/Off Fuzz Pot $15 [Add $15.00]- This disconnects the battery when you turn it all the way down so you don't need to unplug the input jack.

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

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

Add a knob cover:
Add an MXR style knob cover $1.99 [Add $1.99]- 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.
Add SWAG

Add a shirt:

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Add a Barefoot Button:
Solid Brass $10 (or gold anodized, put a note in the comments) [Add $10.00]This is a large metal button you screw onto the on/off switch. See our accessories area for more info on these.

 
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.
Features

Mid 2018 - we are a bit backed up on these, about 2 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!

SOLD OUT OF QUICK DEAL PEDALS SORRY!
** 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. **

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):

#1: NKT red dot, top jacks (larger case), on.off fuzz pot, dc jack on right, sundial
#2: NJT red dot lower gain, side jacks, green LED, dc jack (can add sundial)

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.

This 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 :

RCA germanium transistors : We got these in mid 2018 and the specs and sound are excellent. These are fairly low gain in general, but we have low, medium, and high available. Similar to standard germanium, a bit brighter 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 are probably the best germanium choice for playing in different temperatures, as they are very stable and sound good even when warm.

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). Also 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 very close to 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-275 - no longer available. Usually pretty low gain but we had some in medium and higher gain. Cool smoky, dark tones. Pretty good cleanup. A bit finicky, they don't sound good at extreme cold or hot. We put a bias trimpot inside even if you get a sundial so you can keep it in range (started this in late 2011). You should order the Sun Dial option with these as the sound will change at different temperatures.

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 almost all medium gain. We also have some nice high and low gain pairs but not many high gain ones so they are more expensive.

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 or clean trimpot down a bit. We are now using some TFK (Telefunken) marked transistors just 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.

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!

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.

We need to use the larger case on the left for top jacks and on/off option.




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Sun Face BC109C November 7, 2018
Reviewer: Tomasz Litra from Warszawa, Poland  
It's so amazing. Played a lot of fuzz pedals, but this one has to be the best! Mike simply know everything about fuzzes. A happy customer and my journey with his stuff just started.

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BC183 with Sun Dial & On/Off Volume Pot September 19, 2018
Reviewer: Matt from Coral Gables, FL United States  
After reading many reviews and hearing several demos, I wanted to try a Sun Face out and hear for myself what all the fuss was about.

After receiving my BC183 Sun Face in the mail, I replaced my usual fuzz with the Sun Face in my signal chain.  The pedal was already in the "on" position when I clicked the amp off standby and I strummed an open "G" chord (fuzz was at 12:00).  I was immediately struck by how "full" the Sun Face sounded in comparison to my usual silicone fuzz.  Wow.  Just a full, warm, musical sound that made me want to keep playing and playing.  After a few minutes of riffing, I picked my jaw up off the floor and decided to crank the fuzz up a bit more (just a few hairs short of full-clockwise rotation).  Note definition remained tight and clear and an amazingly smooth buzzsaw roar rung out over open chords.  The Sun Dial knob also enabled me to get a very sputtery, EJ-like tone.  Amazing pedal!


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Another winner August 26, 2018
Reviewer: Howard Wade from Oak Grove, OR United States  
The Sunface red dot NKT is my fourth Analogman pedal and once again Mike and company have knocked it out of the park. It’s all the things a great fuzz face can be, responsive, smooth, but with plenty of grit. I especially like the input trim potfor dialing in just the right amount of fuzz.

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RCA Trannies July 26, 2018
Reviewer: Ben Spinks from Maentwrog, Gwynedd United Kingdom  
Best fuzz I’ve ever owned.  The RCA transistors are the perfect combination of growl and definition.  Couldn’t be happier.

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NKT Red Dot May 24, 2018
Reviewer: Ben Lord from Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom  
I've been playing for around 30 years and never owned a fuzz until now. I got a red dot NTK with everything apart from a DC jack

I'm really impressed with this thing, it's almost like a living organism :D The response to the volume control is remarkable, and has prompted me to grab a linear taper vol pot for my Strat for more control near the top of the range.

I can get anything from sparkly verge-of breakup type tones all the way to huge fat verge-of-destruction type tones :)

The next pedal in my chain is a Boss GE-7 and with a little scoop on the EQ I can conjure seething fizzy Muff type tones too.

The LED was needed for me to see what's on and what's not at a glance, but even though batteries last 4x longer without one, they're so cheap I figured it was worth having. I guess I can always wire in a little series switch in the case if I want to take it out of the equation.

Mike, thanks buddy, this is another "pry it from my cold dead hands" type pedal like my Cali76TX.

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