Analog Man Sun Lion Fuzz Booster Pedal
We are now making Sun Lion pedals again, in cases with hand-stamped graphics. See buyanalogman.com NEW SUN LION page for more info. It's basically the same as the pedal below but the color labels we used did not hold up well so we don't use them anymore.
We stopped making these for the first half of 2006 but made them again in June 2006 and made more up until February 2007. We stopped for a while while the builder was away but last made the original versions from July, 2007 to March 2008.
A little history
The Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster pedal was made in the UK in the 1960s. Analog Mans Beano Boost pedal is an awesome, improved recreation of that pedal. The Dallas Arbiter Fuzzface was one of the first Fuzz pedals, made in the mid/late 1960s. They became extremely popular due to Jimi Hendrix and other great players of the 60s and 70s. We have been modifying fuzzfaces to these early GERMANIUM specs for a long time, and started selling our own SUN FACE to keep the cost down and quality high for people seeking the ultimate early fuzzface sound.
In early 2005 we combined these two pedals, the BEANO BOOST and SUNFACE into a new pedal the SUNLION! The result of this combination turned out to be much more than the sum of it's parts- an amazing sounding Tri-Germanium fuzz! We have made several three-transistor Tonebender MK-II pedals but they are not possible to make as consistently perfect sounding as our Sunface or Beano Boost so we stopped making them. We find the Sunlion an excellent alternative as it can get the same sounds with both sides on, plus MANY MORE sounds and so much more flexible.
This one has side jacks but we normally build them with top jacks as above.
The order of the two pedals is SUNFACE -> BEANO BOOST. We chose this order because it is quieter this way (less noise), and it's a less subtle, more cutting sound. The other order (Beano -> Sunface) is more a classic rock tone, while SUNFACE -> BEANO BOOST can get more extreme sounds. You can use the volume controls on each pedal to change the sounds, for example crank the sunface up really loud into the Beano Boost and turn the Beano down so the output is not too loud for your amp, and you can get an even more extreme fuzz.
We can also make a Sun Lion with 4 jacks, in case you want to use a switching system or insert pedals between the two effects. This is the 2012 hand-stamped graphics version.
Left side is the BEANO BOOST:
Right side is the SUN FACE:
We made up four of these for Billy Gibbons in 2006,
after he had already bought several of our NKT Sunfaces.
His tech emailed me back:
Hi, the Sun Lions made it in yesterday, Mr. Gibbons Loves them, we tried yours against some of the newer rangemaster clones and the Sun Lion was a far superior effect, great job. Thank you very much.
J Mascis got one in 2007 and used it on his late 2007 tours with Dinosaur Jr. In very late 2008 he got another one, with the Beano Boost side tuned for HI, HIGHER, and HIGHEST range! ("Live, it's all about treble"). Marc Ford uses different pedals all the time but the Sun Lion has been his most steady pedal. He has used one since he joined the Black Crowes for their reunion, and continues to use them with his solo bands. Other players using the SunLion include John Wesley (solo and Porcupine Tree), Mark Karan (upgraded from a Sunface he used for years), Jason Isbell, Chuck Garvey from moe. and Paul Tobias (GnR).
For easy ordering, check out our new website buyanalogman.com . The new website uses a shopping cart for everything so it's very easy to buy multiple items or add in options. It allows using paypal in addition to several other payment methods including credit cards. It also keeps track of status, tracking numbers, etc and allow editing orders after they are placed so it's best to use our new website.
I found out about this pedal in 2009, very interesting! Goya Panther.
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