Sweet FA - Boss® FA-1 reproduction

A reproduction of the 80's preamp / booster as famously used by The Edge.

No longer available

Sweet FA pricing 
Sweet FA - sales within Australia 165.00 AUD; inc GST currency conversion
Sweet FA - for sales outside Australia 150.00 AUD; ex GST currency conversion
extra mods ask!  
Sweet FA purchase options:
Sweet FA within Australia (inc. GST) 165.00 AUDSweet FA outside Australia (exc. GST) 150.00 AUD
Extra details / requests
For different modification combinations or any extra information email Mike.
Note - shipping is extra, we'll contact you with information specific to your location.

Sweet FA overview

The Boss® FA-1 is a preamp/EQ pedal produced in the early 80s whose main claim to fame is supposedly as part of The Edge's rig. This, and the relative unavailability of it's active components (the FET and inline opamp) tends to make it one of those pedals that attracts prices far out of proportion to it's worth. However, this also makes the FA-1 a good target for a high-quality, reasonable-cost, no-BS reproduction. Enter the Sweet FA! Firstly - those 'special' active components. As with most production engineering, the choice of parts at that time was for those that were readily available. There's no special mojo here - just a simple and effective FET buffer followed by a switchable high-pass (low-cut) filter, volume control and active two-band tone control. Appropriate, reasonably-priced and readily-available substitutions for the FET and dual-opamp have been selected, and this results in the same functionality, same tone but improved noise levels at a lower price for you. Also important is the addition of a footswitch with LED indicator and external DC jack - the original had none of these, making it a slightly awkward fit into some modern rigs.

  • Volume, Bass, Treble and 6db/Oct filter toggle switch as per orginal FA-1
  • heavy-duty construction utilising the Hammond 1590B
  • heavy-duty 3PDT stompswitch (providing true-bypass with LED indicator)
  • DC powered (requires regulated 9VDC supply with 2.1mm barrel connector, -VE tip)

If you are looking for a clean boost with plenty of gain, a bright and crispy sound and flexible EQ options, you should consider the Sweet FA!