Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz

Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz – Everything You Need to Know

Hartman Electronics owned by Theo Hartman who did thorough research in discovering the classic components for the perfect tones. Theo Hartman specialized in acoustic engineering environments and is able to distinguish which atmosphere creates the best acoustic projections and how it is done. He only started making pedals in 2005, prior to that, he worked more in the field of electronic circuitry.

Hartman Electronics recently released two new fuzz pedals originally based on the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, this is the Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz. The original Fuzz Face was used by the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music, Jimi Hendrix, who has been mounted on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These small electronic devices were also used by the famous Eric Clapton listed as one of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone’s magazine. These fuzz pedals have been used by many other well-known musicians around the world.

The process follows a set of transistors that are selected from a variety of vintage-standard Germanium. These transistors are hand constructed and practically tested before being incorporated into any electronic device. The testing focuses on the level of clarity, its texture and existing harmony with an actual guitar to maintain that perfect matching output sounds.

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The original Fuzz Face did not have the option of the bias control in comparison to the Germanium Fuzz. These two fuzz pedal models are identical, except for the transistors chosen to build them. There are two types of transistors used:
• One features an AC128 PNP Germanium Transistor
o Material: Ge
o The highest limit of the power dissipation collector (Pc): 1W
o The highest limit of the voltage collector base (Vcb): 32V
o The highest limit of the collection of the voltage (Vce): 16V
o The highest limit of the voltage emitter-base (Veb): 10V
o The highest limit of current collection (Ic:) 1A
o The highest limit of temperature junction operation (Tj): 100C
o The frequency of transition (ft): 1 MHz
o The capacity collection (Cc): 200 pF
o The transfer ratio of forwarding current (hFE), MIN: 45
• Another features a Newmarket NKT275 PNP Germanium Transistor, which was the original transistors used in the 60s
o Material: Ge
o The highest limit of the power dissipation collector (Pc): 0.2W
o The highest limit of the voltage collector base (Vcb): 15V
o The highest limit of the collection of the voltage (Vce): 15V
o The highest limit of the voltage emitter-base (Veb): 5V
o The highest limit of current collection (Ic): 0.25A
o The highest limit of temperature junction operation (Tj): 90C
o The frequency of transition (ft): 0.5 MHz
o The capacity collection (Cc): 60 pF
o The transfer ratio of forwarding current (hFE), MIN: 30

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Both the Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz models feature 100% hand-wired and bench-tested connections, transistors pre-adjusted for optimum leakage, gain, and reaction. It has a true bypass, heavy-duty aluminum enclosure, on/off LED and 9V input, which can be implemented with a battery too. The pedal selections are also customizable if you desire additional modules, whether to change or keep the LED and 9V input jack or not. The LED gives the Fuzz its characteristic, making it stand out amongst others.

There are 3 easy controllable knobs for volume, level, and fuzz. The Volume is for controlling the output of the signal from the amp which can be adjusted for the projection of smooth and vibrant sounds. The Level is for controlling the input of the signal from a guitar for sound modification depending on the type pickup formation is used. This means that by turning the Level knob to the very back for a regular functioning pedal, then it prevents the signal from becoming dull.

The most riveting control is the Fuzz gives a selection of a wide range of tonal options between murmured sounds to eardrum-striking sounds. The main objective of the Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz is to provide that specific blurry yet clear sound which is what a lot of guitarists need in the music industry. Subsequently, by turning the knob to the furthest clockwise spot, it will discard the effects of the control, which gives the option of just remaining the Volume and Level effects,

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Features

• 3 x control knobs (Volume, Level, Fuzz)
• PCB construction
• Heavy-duty true-bypass footswitch
• Carbon film resistors
• Gain-selected NOS PP Germanium transistors
• Level control for attenuating input
• Coated with copper or metal powder heavy-duty true bypass switching
• 5% carbon composition resistors

Specifications:

• Power of <20mA @ 9VDC (positive ground)
• Copper finish
• RF Shielded
• 9VDC power jack
• Carbon-zinc 9V battery
• LED indicator
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.9” x 4” x 2.1”

The Hartman Vintage Germanium Fuzz is no different from the original. It has almost the exact same components as the original Fuzz Face, which makes it slightly different. It has no price added to its name. It may be a clone, but with the detailed mechanisms and circuitry boards within the casing that it features, it will have a reasonable price worthy of its discerning characteristics. This vintage device can be added to any vintage collection for that spectacular display.

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