’69 Fuzz Face


A couple of years ago I got donation in form of a hand-picked set of 3 Ge transistors chosen to work well in fuzz face type of circuit. I’ve never thought much about fuzz pedals because most of players I like don’t use it, but at one point I bit the bullet and started a build based on Fulltone ’69 fuzz.


I used Boutique Late ’60s Fuzz Face schematic from GGG with no modifications.


I used a BB sized enclosure painted in “purple starlight” and vintage amp-style eyelet board construction for added mojo 🙂
Click here to download board layout drawn in my DIYLC.


Click on an image to see more details.


Quick clip recorded with my RG2550 into 69 fuzz.


11 Responses to “’69 Fuzz Face”
  1. Marco says:

    Hi Bancika.

    I’m not a fan of Vero board wiring so i always use tagboards.

    But.. everything i do when i’m trying to turn your layout into a tagboard layout it doens’t work. Maybe i’m not seeing it ?

    here are 2 images.. one layout sketch and a photo of the wiring (only with resistors and transistors yet)

    can you please help me out?

    Layout sketch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8n1nzynkyfzkasu/20210215_201320.jpg?dl=0

    Photo: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2und0yl6goa62s8/20210215_201340.jpg?dl=0

    Thank you!

  2. Ógner says:

    Hey, man!! Nice work! Thx!! But i think in the trannies the “e” and “c” are twisted?!? The GGG lay out the “e” is on the ground

  3. Seb says:

    Hello 😊

    What is the polarity of the 2.2 uF capacitor?
    Thank you


  4. Derek says:

    Man this thing sounds great!

  5. vlad says:

    Hi, I’d like to build this pedal, but I can’t find anywhere Q1 or Q2. Is there anything else I can replace them with? or any other parts that might work? Also nice job.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Bancika says:

      Sure thing, there’s a wide variety of PNP transistors that will work well in fuzz face. Both silicon and germanium. You really need to get as many as possible and try them out. Sound varies significantly, even between two (seemingly) identical transistors. Check out my second fuzz build, I used some russian Ge transistors and some silicon ones. http://diy-fever.com/effects/fuzz-face-revisited/


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