Hot Silicon2 is based on the legendary Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. Specifically, the version that was produced by Dallas Music Industries, Inc between 1986 and 1990. DMI, Inc also manufactured Crest Audio power amplifiers and Kelsey Mixing boards. These Fuzz Faces came to be referred to as "Crest Reissues" because they were built in the same factory as the Crest amps. In fall of 1986, a young Dave Fox (founder of Foxrox), while working for DMI, Inc, brought the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face back from extinction. These Fuzz Faces were based on the silicon version from the 1970's but they also had a tone all their own.
FUZZ: Typical setting: All the way up, or backed off a little. You can dial in a massive range of great sounds just by playing around with the GRIT control, the FUZZ control, and your guitar’s volume and tone controls. A 1K reverse-log taper pot is used for spreading the range out evenly.
GRIT: Typical setting: 12:00. Grit allows you to fine-tune the bias of the transistors. Recreate the sound of miss-matched transistors or a dying battery. Tones range from smooth to gated when fully clockwise.
VOLUME: Typical setting: Adjust to match guitar volume or set to maximum for overdriving amp.
POWER: On/off switch for saving battery life when the pedal is not in use. This is a convenience feature for those who use a pedal board and prefer to use a battery. There is no need to unplug the input jack when not in use. The Power On/Off switch shuts off external power as well. Power is automatically disconnected when there is nothing plugged into the input jack.
INPUT PAD: This switch adds some resistance at the input of the fuzz. It's similar to turning your guitar volume knob down a small amount. This decreases the loading at the input, resulting in a clearer sound from the guitar. Input pad can also be useful for interfacing the fuzz circuit with various other pedals.
EXTERNAL POWER: Hot Silicon2 can be daisy chained with other effects, but this may produce noise. Isolated power is recommenced.. Most pedal board power supplies and wall-wart power adaptors have isolated grounds, but check owner's manuals to be sure.
WARRANTY: Foxrox warranties this pedal for 5 years against failure. Parts and labor are covered. Warranty does not cover damage due to improper voltage, extreme abuse, and unauthorized modifications.