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Dallas Arbiter / Fuzz Face / 1968 / Red / Effect For Sale

Though not the first fuzz pedal, that accolade goes to to Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz Tone of Satisfaction fame, the Fuzz Face tone has become a bench mark sound for players and builders since its introduction in 1966. A handful of components and a distinctive housing (according to legend chosen by Ivor Arbiter as it was the same shape as a mic stand base) is all it needed to change the sonic landscape, especially when combined with a Marshall, Stratocaster and the fingers of a certain James Marshall Hendrix. 

Externally the pedal seems to have had a little bit of a hard life. The paint has chipped extensively and a hole has been drilled through the rubber to fit a new screw for the base plate.The decals have almost all gone. The original knobs are still present as is the rubber. The decal in the smile is still present. The case is structurally sound.

Inside there have been a couple of changes. We sent the pedal over to Dan Coggins of Lovetone and Dinosaural fame as it wasn’t working. He replaced the input capacitor and a few resistors with NOS parts as well as the battery clip that had disintegrated. Thankfully the original NKT 275 transistors were not damaged..

Ok, so how does it sound? Simple answer, killer. Nothing beats a Germanium fuzz face on a good day and this is definitely a good one. Chewy and full, cleaning up so wonderfully when you back off the volume.

To many, this is where it all began. A few components and a pair of transistors could be your road to sonic nirvana. Grab this one before it gets away… 

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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