Fulltone Guitar Effects
Fulltone 69 mkII Classic 60s Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
Fulltone 69 mkII 60s Classic Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal The Ideal Fuzz Face When it comes to immortal fuzz tones, very few things spring to mind more readily than Jimi Hendrix and one of his various Stratocasters screaming through a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. Those utterly revolutionary, Earth shattering tones which first hit people�s eardrums on Jimi�s first two releases have stayed in the minds of guitarists ever since the �60s. The only trouble is the original Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Faces he would have been playing through from that era are, at this point, unbelievably hard to find, exorbitantly expensive, and incredibly unreliable. This drought for authentic vintage sounding fuzz pedals has caused a number of manufacturers to offer up their idea of the perfect �60s Fuzz Face tone. Fulltone�s offering comes in the form of the 69 mkII and a damn fine offering it is too! Germanium The key to nailing the classic raw tone of the original Fuzz Face pedals that Jimi was howling through in the late �60s is the Germanium transistors at its heart. The type of transistors that fuzz pedals of that vintage relied upon came in a few different flavours but Germanium is the key ingredient to nail the �60s recipe. Fulltone have gone to extraordinary lengths to source the highest quality components they can for the 69 mkII. Each of the Germanium transistors in each of their pedals are hand-picked and tested to ensure they perform with total accuracy and authenticity. Only the best will do. One of the major benefits to Germanium fueled fuzzes is the organic, natural behaviour they exhibit. They can obviously snarl and swing crazily out of control when necessary but they can also straighten up, tread lightly, and deliver some of the most beautiful clean tones that you can think of. They respond really prettily to the volume control on your guitar. Rolling it back and delivering a quieter offering lets the pedal breath and offer up a low powered, crystal clear clean tone with dynamics, harmonics, and precision in abundance. Controls The 69 mkII comes with twice the amount of control knobs than the original Dallas Arbiter FuzzFace which enables you to tailor it far more accurately to the perfect fuzz sound in your head. The volume control sets the master volume of the pedal and the fuzz control sets the amount of gain present. These are the controls one might expect based on the original. Fulltone, however, has added two more to massively increase the 69 mkII�s versatility. The first of the new controls is the �input� control. This knob allows you to control the amount of input bias which can be used to set the amount of �woofiness� in the pedal. Basically, the more you reduce the �woofiness� the tighter it becomes and the more like a traditional overdrive or distortion the pedal will behave. Dial it back up to step back into the thick vibe of the 60�s. The second control is the contour knob which acts as a quasi tone control. It allows you to dial in the midrange, sustain, and harmonics all at once. This further helps to nail the ideal tone and powerfully shape the overall character of the pedal to help it sing no matter what guitar or amp you are playing through. Fuzz Face for the People If you are looking for an accurate original Fuzz Face tone without needing to apply for a small mortgage in order to afford an original, the 69 mkII from Fulltone might just be the answer to your prayers. For super authentic late-�60s fuzz tones, along with a wide range of other flavours of fuzz and even distortion, this is one of the best choices out there. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great Fulltone effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the Fulltone pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
Fulltone 70BC Classic 70s Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal
Fulltone 70BC Classic 70s Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal When a Fuzz Face Frowns The original Fuzz Face has become a thing of legend. It sprung onto the scene in the late �60s and was readily adopted by a number of players, most notably, one Mr. Jimi Hendrix. In the early days, the Fuzz Face came powered by a pair of Germanium transistors. These gave the original units a deep, snarling tone with a considerable amount of warmth and musicality. One of the main issues with them, however, was they were incredibly unreliable. This unreliability was a major driving force behind the decision to tear out the heart of the existing Fuzz Face and replace it with a far more consistent, yet considerably angrier alternative. Enter the Silicon As alluded to earlier, Germanium was the transistor of choice in the early days of the Fuzz Face. It is a beautiful component but it is prone to mood swings and temper tantrums. Things as inconsequential as differing climates and room temperatures were enough to cause them to behave completely differently or not work at all. Understandably, for professional musicians, that is not an ideal situation within which to find oneself. A change was needed. That change came in the form of Silicon. This new fangled material was a marvel. A material which wouldn�t even blink when confronted with any of the scenarios which would cause a Germanium transistor to go into a nosedive. Stability was the primary goal of switching to this new material but it wasn�t the only effect that was achieved. Silicon, it turns out, is much more aggressive and intense of a producer of fuzz. It sputters and spits and bites. The days of smooth, natural, organic fuzz were replaced by a rabid, snarling beastly distant cousin. Predictable Madness Fulltone has gone to extraordinary lengths to capture the maniacal growl of the Fuzz Faces from that later era. One of the 70BC�s main forefathers is none other than Eric Johnson�s original blue Fuzz Face from that era. Mr Fuller (the owner of Fulltone effects) managed to get his hands on that glorious piece of tonal royalty and dissect it to find out its secrets (a good few of which are incorporated into the design of the 70BC). This insider look at an unquestionably gorgeous example of one of the old �70s Fuzz Faces is the icing on top of an already delicious cake. The 70BC uses a pair of intentionally mismatched Silicon transistors which helps the pedal to sputter and spit with the utmost authenticity. Controls The 70BC has three controls through which to wrangle your sound. Volume sets the master output level of the pedal. Fuzz sets the amount of gain or fuzz present in the circuit. Be aware, this pedal is ferocious. There is a lot of fuzz on tap and winding the control up to 10 is an absolute bombardment of unstable, vicious tone. Lastly there is a mid control which serves as a chain link leash around the pedals neck. You can use the mids control to dial in some extra clarity and control that wouldn�t be possible otherwise. Broody Vintage Fuzz This is not a pedal for the faint of heart. Although there is warmth and clarity in the tone, its at its best when turned up way past the point of any sense. This is a pedal to let loose at full pelt. Shoot first, ask questions later. For fans of the softer, earlier Fuzz Face tone, the 69 mkII from Fulltone is definitely worth checking out. But for those of you who want to get a snarlier version of the classic tone, this is the pedal for you. Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great Fulltone effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the Fulltone pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.
Fulltone Full Drive 3 Overdrive with Boost Guitar Effects Pedal
Fulltone Full Drive 3 Overdrive with Boost Guitar Effects Pedal The Tone. Nothing quite compares to the sound of a good valve amp being pushed hard. It�s tonal Nirvana and what most drive pedals and digital amps are trying to simulate. Guitarists looking to achieve singing, full distortion with tonnes of body, soul, and humanity are looking for that sound. Harnessing that sound, however, typically comes with some caveats. Firstly, an amp doesn�t get to that heavenly point of tone without an ear bleeding amount of volume. Secondly, valve amps are very expensive and heavy. Valveless Valves In swoops Fulltone and their Full Drive 3. This is the latest version of their Full Drive series of pedals which is an attempt to recreate the full and responsive tone of pushed valves, in a pedal form, without actual valves. It is scarily uncanny. The Full Drive 3 simulates its valve tone by using what are called JFET�s. JFET�s are a type of semiconductor which is unbelievably responsive and amp-like, much more so than pretty much anything else out there. They create the same, slightly unpolished, reactive response you�d expect from a valve amp. They swell and squeeze and punch just like you�d expect a well pushed valve would. The scariest facet to the design of the Full Drive 3 though is how convincingly it reacts to what it is seeing. It feels alive. The volume control on your guitar will tame the pedal from a screaming beast into a sparkling, sensitive clean tone in a frighteningly realistic manor. It is fluid and dynamic to a degree that could easily convince you to tear it apart with your bare hands in a frenzied, desperate search for the hidden valve amplifier that must be buried within. Alas, all you would find would be Michael Fuller�s genius and a few JFET semiconductors. Controls As mentioned above, the Full Drive is incredibly responsive and dynamic. This ethos is reflected in every facet of the pedal and its controls all work together to provide the broadest yet most authentic canvas possible. The volume control is for the master output level of the pedal and the tone control dictates the tonal flavour of the pedal to help it fit seamlessly into your rig. The overdrive control sets the amount of gain that the pedal is producing. The amount of gain will dictate how pushed the pedal sounds and feels but, as mentioned, the pedal can be controlled so intricately from the guitars volume control or even the amount of pressure from your right hand that the amount of gain the position of the overdrive control is producing isn�t necessarily as cut and dry as it is on other overdrive pedals. You�re setting more of an abstract reference point for the gain, how much power there is to be harnessed should you want to. The Three Styles of Clipping Slap bang in the middle of the Full Drive 3�s control knobs is a three-way selector switch which controls the type of clipping the pedal is producing. They are as follows. Up - 90�s: Symmetrical clipping with a full midrange. Middle - Comp-Cut: Pure opamp overdrive with no diode clipping assistance. In layman�s terms, it�s loud, aggressive and articulate. This is the mode best used if you want to slam the front-end of your amplifier. Down - Wide Asymmetrical: The sweetest of the modes. The highs and lows are more soulful and there are a slew of lovely harmonic overtones which add a nice, even, Class-A style chime. Each of the three styles share an overall character but are audibly distinct enough to be worthwhile exploring. They all offer slightly different emotions. They promote and reward distinct playing styles. They�re lovely additions which make this already bewilderingly responsive pedal that much more versatile. Boost One of the new features on the Full Drive 3 is its dedicated and independent boost section on the right hand side. This is another overdrive altogether which has also been beautifully crafted and works by itself or in conjunction with the main meat and potatoes on the left. It is a high-headroom, extraordinarily transparent, JFET powered circuit which adds a whole other dimension to the Full Drive 3. You have a dedicated switch on the right to turn it on or off whenever you like irrespective of whether the main section on the left is on or off. Also, you have a two way selector switch that allows you to control how they work when they�re both on together. You can either have the overdrive feed into the boost or the boost into the OD, it�s up to you and what you prefer the sound of. Extras The last two things to mention are the buffer and the dynamics control. Firstly, the buffer. The Full Drive 3 now uses a buffered bypass. This is in response to the growing number of players who are running bigger and bigger pedalboards. The need is increasing for buffered pedals to keep the signal alive and full. Fulltone�s buffer is one of the best out there. It has been carefully considered and designed to preserve your tone with the utmost clarity. The buffer has also been designed to limit the Full Drive�s influence on other pedals around it whilst keeping the Full Drive itself isolated from other pedals in one�s chain that may be out to affect its tone. Lastly, the dynamics control is another new addition. This little knob controls a exclusive Germanium diode limiter circuit designed by Fulltone to control the feel of the notes through the pedal and also protect against massive transient spikes that could damage your amp. You can use it to sweep the feel of your playing to create a much fuller, juicier tone with sweeter highs through any amplifier. All-In-One The Full Drive 3 from Fulltone is a really fully-fledged overdrive pedal. Its scary amount of dynamism coupled with its flexible controls and killer tone make it a serious contender for a spot on any board. You can treat it like a valve amplifier in a box which bends and flexes to suit any guitar or playing style. The addition of the independent boost section means that it really is two high-class drives rolled into one. The cherry on top of everything is that the Full Drive 3 is also 20% smaller than its predecessors. This means that not only will it sound great on any board it also stands a good chance of fitting onto any board too! Why Bonners? Here at Bonners Music you have the opportunity to try one of these great Fulltone effects pedals yourself. Just give us a call on 01323 636141 or better still, visit our showroom! If you can't see the Fulltone pedal listed that you are after just call 01323 636141 for availability and the best price.