In 2017, this is now in the smaller box, with a new INPUT PAD toggle switch to switch to a cleaner setting easily. This works like the CLEAN trimpot on our Sun Face pedals.
Features: (From Dave Fox)
Volume - Set the volume you like, compensate for level changes when adjusting the Grit control.
Fuzz - Controls the amount of gain in the circuit. Typical setting is all the way up, or backed off a little.
Grit - controls the bias to the transistors. This lets you go from smooth to choppy and everything in between.
Input pad toggle - There's a resistor inside for backing the input level down a little, just like having your guitar volume turned down.
Toggle enables or disables the Input pad.
CC Hybrid is a
stand-alone pedal that contains the same Silicon/Germanium fuzz face
circuit as the original Captain Coconut and Captain Coconut2. Since
2000, I've had people asking for custom pedals made with this circuit
and now it's finally available as a standard Foxrox product.
Why Si/Ge hybrid? Back
in 2000 when i was designing the original Captain Coconut
(Octavia/Univibe/Fuzzface in one pedal), I had to make a choice - make
the fuzz face circuit the NPN Silicon version, or the PNP Germanium
version. I couldn't make up my mind - both have their strong and weak
points, and to be honest, I'm not 100% pleased with either one. The PNP
Ge version doesn't have the amount of gain that I like but it does have
a warm tone that cleans up well with the volume knob on my guitar. But
still a little too dark and almost wimpy for my liking. The NPN Si
version has a bright, high gain sound that sings, but it's a little too
sharp-toned for my liking and a little brittle sounding when trying to
get the guitar volume knob clean up sound. The logical choice would be
to use the Silicon NPN version because that's what Jimi used mostly
(as far as I know) when he was using a Uni-vibe. But even though Captain
Coconut has been called "Jimi in a box" and I named it after a Jimi
song (It's really MLK, but I thought Captain Coconut sounded cool), the
pedal was really fine tuned around what I want to hear - not what Jimi
used. That would be like shooting at a moving target because he was
changing things around a lot, different recordings had different sounds,
etc.. So I experimented and tried building a Fuzz Face with one
Silicon transistor and one Germanium transistor. It required some
experimenting with different transistors, with different amounts of
gain, tweaking various bias resistor values, and other things, but I
basically stayed with the same Fuzz Face circuit. The result was a fuzz
I fell in love with. A fuzz with the gain that I like, the right
balance of brightness and warmth, and the ability to clean up nicely
with the guitar volume knob. The best of both worlds, with the worst of
neither, at least in my opinion. So the original CC got the new Hybrid
circuit. But you know how it is with Fuzz faces - you want the one that
feels most comfortable. When I designed Captain Coconut 2 I decided to
offered some options. (keep reading)
When I introduced Captain Coconut 2, I
decided to come up with "Fuzzcards". This way people could have the
fuzz they want in their pedal. The default FuzzCard was the Si/Ge
Hybrid card. Most people stuck with that circuit, but the ones with
strong preferences had the option of swapping it out with either the
"Vintage Germanium PNP" or the "Hot Silicon NPN". I still stock those
FuzzCards for CC2 owners who want to experiment. Back to CC Hybrid -
CC2 was a big success for Foxrox but it wasn't for everyone. I started
getting a lot of requests for the individual effects - people wanted a
stand-alone vibe pedal, or a stand alone Octave pedal, or a stand alone
fuzz. Over the years I did some custom jobs but they're too time
consuming, so I decided to design some pedals to satisfy the demand. At
this time I offer the Octron (and Octron2), which does a great Octave
up effect (and octave down). I also make the Aquavibe, which is a rich
sounding, versatile vibe pedal. And in addition to that I've been
making the Hot Silicon Fuzz which harkens back to my days at Crest Audio
/ Dallas Music Industries in the mid/late 1980's, when I headed up the
Fuzz Face reissue.
Then there's the CC Hybrid... I
was getting requests for a stand alone Hybrid pedal and I built a bunch
of them into little Hammond enclosures. I don't really like drilling
metal and using those enclosures, so I decided to have my metalwork
fabricator make up a batch of black Foxrox-style boxes. I've had those
boxes in stock for about 4-5 years now, but I got so busy with other
things that I never got around to introducing the pedals. Not until
now.. So if this is something you want, I have a bunch built up and in
stock. If you're into Fuzz Faces but haven't settled on one you love,
this just might be it. It's the one I always come back to. Since I made
the Hybrid circuit in the original Captain Coconuts, a number of other
builders have ran with the idea, but this is the original. I don't
know of anyone who made a Fuzz Face variation like this before me.
POWERING THE PEDAL: CC
Hybrid is a PNP fuzz. This means that it has a positive ground. If you
use a battery, there is no voltage issue at all. If you use a wall wart
or a pedal board power supply with isolated grounds there is no
special wiring required. The power connector is wired just like most
guitar pedals - 2.1mm, center negative. The only time you'll run into a
power problem is if you try to daisy chain the power from other pedals.
Most pedals are negative ground and will cause a voltage short the
second you try to patch them together. (See the fuzzface page on Analogman.com for more info on this issue).