Inside the latest VG
Published monthly since 1986
169

Frantone Peachfuzz

One Furry Lead Tone
 
One Furry Lead Tone

The Frantone Peachfuzz bears a strong physical and functional resemblance to the Frantone “The Sweet” pedal we tested in the December ’01 issue.

Like the Sweet, the Peachfuzz is housed in a 41/2″ x 31/2″ x 11/2″ cast-aluminum case, with high-quality chassis-mounted Switchcraft jacks, Alpha pots, a vintage-style stomp switch (with true bypass), and all hand-wiring. Cosmetically, it offers funk in the form of a ’60s-flavored blue-on-orange (well, “peach”colored) epoxy enamel finish.

The blue bakelite control knobs dial in “Fuzz” (which controls the amount of overdrive), tone, and volume and there’s an in/out LED. The unit runs on a 9-volt battery, which is accessed via the back panel and its four screws (this is one “vintage” element we could live without).

Run through an all-tube combo amp, we were able to get a wide range of good, usable sounds, from overdrive to Hendrix-like fuzz. The fuzz tone has that high-end sparkle, like a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, which worked well for soloing. The tone control was voiced very well with a sweet sound that isn’t harsh or irritating.

All in all, the Peachfuzz is one of the most usable fuzz pedals we’ve tried in a long time.



Frantone Peachfuzz
Type of Effect: Fuzz tone.
Features: U.S.-made, full signal bypass and status light, true-bypass switching, steel LED bezel, hard-mounted PCB, Switchcraft jacks, teflon hookup wire, external power jack.
Price: $195.
Contact: Frantone Electronics, 85 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, ph.718-599-4639, www.frantone.com.



This article originally appeared in VG‘s Aug. ’02 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

This entry was posted in Gear. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.