The Monsterpiece PNP Fuzz was the second Monsterpiece to come along. It has undergone several transformations over the years, and I believe that the current version is the definitive version. This is a 2 transistor hybrid fuzz utilizing mixed silicon/Germanium transistor set. The circuit is based on the classic fuzz face circuit, but is by no means a straight up clone. Like the Monsterpiece NPN, the PNP is an extremely musical, dynamic, and responsive fuzz. A world of fuzz tones lurk within.
There are currently 2 versions of the Monsterpiece PNP – the standard 4 knob Monsterpiece PNP which has the “voice” mini toggle switch to switch between a fuzz tone with more or less bottom end. Then there is the 5 knob Monsterpiece PNP dlx which has a tone control circuit that you can bypass.
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The controls are all external – Volume, Fuzz, Input Bias, Transistor Bias. There is also a mini-toggle “Voice” control that switches between a fuzz tone that has more or less bottom end. The controls are all very interactive – so experimentation is key.
On the PNP dlx version the “Voice” mini toggle is replaced by a tone control bypass for the switchable tone circuit in place of 2 fixed “voices” like on the standard 4 knob PNP Fuzz.
The Monsterpiece PNP can be powered by 9 volt battery, or by 9 to 9.6 volt dc adapter that has a center negative barrel plug. There is also a battery on/off mini-toggle switch standard. Because the circuit is positive ground, you cannot daisy chain power with an adapter.