Sunface- which transistor best for Humbucker

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  1. Gin Mill Cowboy

    Gin Mill Cowboy Tele-Meister

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    Analogman has so many germanium transistor options that I am overwhelmed with indecision. I definitely want a low gain option. So I’m narrowed down to RCA or Red Dot.

    Thoughts?


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    I resolve indecision by buying one of each and flipping the looser. I have a sneaky suspicion that they both shine in their own respects.
     
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    Buy both, take 'em to a gig and play alternate sets with them. Then afterwards ask the bartenders which sets sold the most drinks. Also take note of which transistors most people dance to.
    I find Burr-Brown opamps really get those butts shakin'!
     
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    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Have you simply asked Mike at Analogman? I think he'll know...
     
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    Just sent him an email.


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    Have you listened to shootouts between transistor types?
    I'm not sure "low gain" and "best for "HBs" will guarantee you like the actual sound.
     
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    NKT Red Dot low gain on the way!


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    I highly recommend getting the Sundial knob. This adjusts the bias of the Ge transistor. Since Ge components are very sensitive to changing environment (humidity, temp, etc), the bias can be handy to keep the same sound. Or, you can use it almost as an effect, dialing in a variety of sounds.
     
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    I think this is actually an instance when a modified Fuzz Face, that allows you to alter what happens at the input, would probably be way more effective than some specific type of transistor.

    Something like the Fulltone '69 adds input resistance with its Bias control. Joe Gagan's Easy Face has something similar with its Pre-gain control, but then also allows you to tweak how much (or little) bass gets through the input, with its Blend control.

    With these controls, you can adjust a Fuzz Face around the pickups in any guitar. IMO, the Fuzz Face is a bit too crude to try and nail that with just the transistors themselves.
     
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