I say Germanium. I think thats what the original Fuzz Faces used, and theyre rougher i think. Silicon ones are smoother i think.
If you want old school then germanium. There are alot of plans on the net for many different versions of fuzz. The higher gain silicon stuff tends to be harsher than the old germanium stuff. But there are low gain silicons that can be used and the silicon stuff tends to need less tweaking than germanium. Also FETs can be used they tend to have a more tubey sound. I built one of the tube sound fuzz units using an IC chip that has FETs inside. Pretty easy to build.
^^^^MOS--FET. There are several different kinds of FETs. But all similar in how they work.
It all depends on what kind of sound you want.
Most DIY fuzz pedals are very low cost in building.
Some use Germanium, others silicon.
http://wwww:/home-wrecker.com has several sound clips for various fuzz boxes. Start there.

Myself, I like the Jordan Bosstone, Mosrite Fuzzrite, and Craig Anderton's Comparator fuzz (the Bosstone is at the top of that list for me.

Try not to get hung up on the whole germanium vs silicon thing. In the end the only thing that really matters is YOUR EARS.
Last edited by CodeMonk at Oct 4, 2008,
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