BBE Windowpane Fuzz Pedal, USED

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Like new in box pedal! Great deal here!

BBE Windowpane Tech Focus: Germanium vs. Silicon

It all started with those early Fuzzface pedals, very simple devices which used two germanium transistors wired sequentially, the first feeding the second. Some people will tell you that germanium transistors are secret to ultimate fuzz tone. If the early fuzz pedals used them, and they’re vintage cool, that must be true, right? The reality is that germanium transistors are noisy, leaky, and very sensitive to temperature. You could have a Fuzzface that sounds amazing in the studio, but in the heat of a gig its tone falls apart as the temperature plays havoc on the transistors, shifting all the parameters and bias points. Just ask an experienced tour tech about a germanium fuzz and you’ll get nightmare stories. Even on a good day, a germanium transistor fired up to massive fuzz levels will occasionally reach the point where it will leak current and change its bias points, causing a “choking” or “farting” sound. If germanium transistors are so troublesome, why did they use them in the first place? Well, it's because that's what was available at the time.

Enter the silicon transistor. Later Fuzzface pedals and reliable fuzz pedals on the market today use silicon transistors. Some people will tell you that silicon transistors sound harsh, and indeed, they can if all you do is swap germanium transistors for silicon without carefully biasing the transistors and post-EQ. A proper circuit is engineered for a desired outcome, and parts swapping does not equate to engineering.

You’ve got to love a good working old fuzz, as it’s a cool piece of history and that means a lot to many of us. For real-world gigging, however, it’s best to leave that old fuzz at home and use a tool that sounds better, anywhere, anytime, every time. That’s Windowpane.

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