LikeYourFace

LikeYourFace is a classic 2 germanium transistors fuzzbox.
Even more musical… Fuzz effect easily adjustable.
And more reliable than the antique models !
A “boutique” stompbox at a reasonable price !

LikeYourface - French Handmade Fuzz - Fuzz Face type - 2 NOS germanium transistors

LikeYourface - French Handmade Fuzz - Fuzz Face type - 2 NOS germanium transistors

LikeYourFace, *** version — 2015.


The Fuzz Face® marked the history of electric guitar by its rich and fluid compression. Then, the succes of diode distorsions made it less fashionable. In the 90s, the vintage fashion made it a cult object despite its technical defects. Reissues and cloners multiplied.

The problem is you are never sure to get a satisfying fuzz when you blindly clone the original schematic. The reason is the original circuit is not orthodox, and very simplified. Ordinary defauts of the transistors can prevent it from correct working. I spent months experiencing the role of each component,  looking for ways of optimization.
Now I can proudly say that each LikeYourFace works perfectly, and gives that mellow fuzzy sound which gave soul to the old two transistors fuzzboxes.


General features

LikeYourFace’s axis is the classic circuit from 1966-67, made reliable by devices formerly omitted by excess saving.
High-impedance input let place it anywhere in the chain.
• The bias is adjustable from outside.
The two NOS germanium transistors are first technically sorted and then sonically matched.
8 models are available.
• 4 of them feature a Tone control and presets.

LikeYourFace is compatible with all standard DC power supplies, 7 to 12V, negative ground (center of the 2.1mm coaxial plug).

As with every germanium device, one should let it on for 5 to 10 minutes before playing and getting its best : the necessary delay to let inner currents and temperature diffuse inside the germanium cristal !


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2 versions × 4 options = 8 models

LikeYourface - French Handmade Fuzz - Fuzz Face type - 2 NOS germanium transistors

basic                                                                                    ***

2 versions…

LikeYourFace basic  :
Tradition-bound, with the two classic settings : Fuzz and Volume.
Now reliable, temperature-stable, and with a more progressive variation of gain.
LikeYourFace ***  :
Widens the sonic potential of classic fuzzboxes.
Features two presets (Fat, Light), and a one knob Tone Control

4 tone options in each version…

Classic smooth :
Audio Germanium transistors, AC128 type. Rather creamy texture. Dynamic and fluid fuzz .
Classic bright :
Audio Germanium transistors, AC125 type. 
More sharp and bright, but never strident.
Square tone :
Switching Germanium transistors, 2N404 type. Homogeneous texture. Strong, not harsh.
Silicon :
Audio Silicium transistors, BC559 type. Intense modern fuzz, steady and without qualms.

Buffered or Truebypassed…

Any of the eight LikeYourFace models proposed above are normally buffered, but can be wired to the ancient, I mean without buffer and with a True Bypass switching.
Just choose when ordering.
Same price.


LikeYourface - French Handmade Fuzz - Fuzz Face type - 2 NOS germanium transistors

Examples of transistors used in the Classic smooth option : AC128, GC301C.

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To order

1. Choose the version…
2. Specify a tone option.
3. Specify buffer or True bypass option.
4. Specify the shipping zone.
5. Click ‹add to cart›
6. Click ‘Cart’ on main menu, or keep on visiting.

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LikeYourFace BasicLikeYourFace
basic version
Price down : 109 €

This is the two transistor classic fuzz, both traditional and optimized…
• 2 classic controls : Fuzz ; Volume.
• Like its ancestors, it has neither presets, nor tone control.
LikeYourFace, basic




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LikeYourFace ***LikeYourFace
*** version
139 €

This version adds two tone devices to the basic version :
• Classic controls : Fuzz ; Volume.
• Two presets selector : Light / Fat .
• One Knob Tone Control.
LikeYourFace, *** 




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Recall : available tone options

Classic smooth :
Audio Germanium transistors, AC128 type. Rather creamy texture. Dynamic and fluid fuzz .
Classic bright :
Audio Germanium transistors, AC125 type. 
More sharp and bright, but never strident.
Square tone :
Switching Germanium transistors, 2N404 type. Homogeneous texture. Strong, not harsh.
Silicon :
Audio Silicium transistors, BC559 type. Intense modern fuzz, steady and without qualms.

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Special Orders

Prestigious NOS Transistors, or particular quality models may be available occasionally : AC128 red dot, OC75, OC76, OC79 (Black Glas, or aluminum), AC188 Siemens, SFTnnn from Europe, MPnn GTnnn and specially sorted russian transistors …
Contact us for special information

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To know more…

Links :

Technical sheet (downloadable pdf)

Germanium transistors : Sonic properties (article)
Germanium transistors : Black Glas models (article)
Germanium transistors : TO1 models (article)
Biasing a fuzzbox (article)

Contact Guitar Poppa

Sounds :

1. Sixties Fuzz.
Strato-like guitar, refitted with Rio Grande® pickups. Neck pickup, then Bridge…
LikeYourFace *** version, classic smooth option is set as a typical vintage fuzz :
Fat preset ; Fuzz @ 15:00 (enough gain, with reserve)  ; Tone @ 12:00 (neutral).

2. Inagadda etc.
Archtop Guild F160, bridge pickup, bridge + neck at the end.
LikeYourFace***, Classic bright is nominaly adjusted :
Fat Preset ; Fuzz @ 15:00 to get texture; Tone @ 12:30 to get a little bit more treble.

3. Light Strato Blue
Strato-like guitar, refitted with Rio Grande® pickups. Neck + Center position.
LikeYourFace *** version, classic smooth is set to clear easily and amplify harmonics.
Fat preset ; Fuzz @ 10:00 to clear ; Tone @ 13:00 to brighten…

Gears
Vintage 10W tube amp from 1967, restored by me. Clean input, Baxandall neutral.
Speaker : Weber 10″ F10-150T, bass reflex boxed. Mike : Shure SM57.

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