According to the Effects Database:I thought they were all variants of a big muff.
And were not the afore-mentioned germanium transistors replaced at least in part because they were susceptible to picking up local AM broadcasts?What kills me is that I had one of those rare Big Muffs when I was a kid. Took it apart and was floored that such a big pedal could house so few parts. A couple of years later I dismantled it for parts and threw most of the rest of it in the trash.
This was decades before the "It's worth $1000" vintage pedal craze.
Yeah especially the consistency.As I recall, germanium was abandoned in transistors with the advent of silicon because SI transistors provided more gain and were more consistent.
In order to pick up a radio signal you just need a rectifier (detector) and something to act as an antenna which is why a crystal radio works.
It can actually be more difficult to not pick up radio signals. That's why I perform in a faraday cage suit:
Probably due to my early years handling mil spec components, I have Motorola TO-18 cans indelibly etched in my memory:I love me GE fuzz. Look at those germanium beauties: