JP's Gear Review v2.0 - Ep. 1 - AionFX Phobos Germanium Fuzz
As I mentioned in a previous post, I purchased an AionFX Phobos kit. I received it earlier this week, but I was still waiting on some extra parts. Since the Telefunken AC116 transistors I ordered are most likely coming in from Germany by crossing the Atlantic on a dinghy, I went ahead and used the transistors included in the kit.
|The parts came neatly packaged in different bags.|
- the Tone Bender circuit itself with a breakaway part for the 3PDT switch
- a small board to host the DC jack and input/output jacks
- The spacing between resistors leads is just a hair too small for most resistors. They don't lie completely flat since one lead needs to slightly curve inward to fit in.
- The space around the 3PDT footswitch is too tight. Unless you use a small form factor 3PDT footswitch, which are not that readily available, you might have some difficulty fitting the board to the footswitch since the 4-strands wire assembly might be in the way.
- Q1: 52.5
- Q2: 53.9
- Q3: 80.5
|The PCBs are snug and everything fits nicely.|
The All-Important Rating™
Build quality: 15/10 (Well, I guess it depends on your skills as a builder, but the parts are really good.)
Kit quality: 9/10 (Docked one point because the resistor spacing is a hair too small and for not including transistor sockets.)
Effect quality: 10/10
Ease of use: 10/10 (It's a standard 3-knobs fuzz, not a 5-knobs Fuzz Factory)
Retro-cool elegance: 10/10