Sold in sets of 5.
The MPF4393 is an N-channel JFET, most notable within the DIY community for being the primary JFET used in Catalinbread® pedals from 2013 onward. When the 2N5457 was discontinued, they redesigned all of their active products around this JFET, which was still available in large quantities at that time. Since the MPF4393 has different specifications, each of the circuits needed to be re-voiced accordingly.
While the MPF4393 is categorized by the manufacturer as a switching JFET due to its low “on” resistance (Rdson), it’s perfectly suited for audio, and its Vgs(off) specification is right in the sweet spot for JFET-based overdrives.
The MPF4393 is discontinued in through-hole format, but we sourced a large quantity for use in our projects based on Catalinbread circuits:
- Triton Mk. III – Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret Mk. 3
- Asteria Mk. III – Catalinbread Formula 55
- Gaia Mk. II – Catalinbread Galileo
- Ceres – Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra
- Artemis Mk. II – Catalinbread SFT V2 (coming soon)
Each of these circuits uses five MPF4393 JFETs, so only one set is needed for any of them.
The MPF4393 is also called the PN4393 by some manufacturers. The MMBF4393 is the SMD variant and has identical specifications.