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Breadboarding Distortion

MXR Distortion Plus on Breadboard

MXR Distortion + pedal has been around since 70’s and featured in many 70’s and 80’s rock and metal recordings (and many more modern ones). A true icon, used by likes of Dave Murray, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Tom Morello and many many others. Iconic, sounding great, yet simple, great for DIY effort 😆. Let’s build […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics Fuzz

Silicon Fuzz Face – PNP Version

I did a post on how to modify circuit from using NPN to using PNP transistors, and as a bonus I added a quick note on how to do this for Fuzz Face. Now it’s time to actually do it. I’ll breadboard a Fuzz Face clone, and then I’ll swap NPN transistors with PNP transistors. […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics Tone Control

Adding Tone Control

After spending my sweet time going through a few boosters – it’s time to make them better. Adding some sort of tone control to a guitar pedal is a great way to make it better. In this post I’ll explore some of the ways to get a useful tone stack for your build. I’ll be […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics

NPN to PNP Transistor

A question recently popped up – how to go about if I wanted to use PNP in place of a NPN transistor. In theory – it should be a simple enough task. After all, the circuits should be near equivalent. “Near”, just before “equivalent” is the key term in that sentence. How do we go […]

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Builds Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Assembly

After the introduction and analysis, then breadboarding and experimentation, I’ll complete the pedal. I’ll do the final schematic and bill of material, then do the soldering layout for a protoboard. I’ll plan out the enclosure, and finalize the enclosure. I’ll finally assemble it and do test and demo. Final Schematic Trying out different things last […]

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Breadboarding Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Experimenting

After the introduction and breadboarding it, let’s see if we can get a bit different sound. Fuzz Face had lots of different versions throughout time, a testament just how tweakable the design is. I’ll explain some possible experimentation that can be done with the effect first and I’ll just jump straight into trying various options […]

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Breadboarding Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Breadboarding

After the introduction let’s see what’s the sound of the clone is. I’ll breadboard it and try it out to make sure everything works as expected. I’ll do a breadboarding diagram, bill of material and then do the actual breadboarding. Finally I’ll test the effect. Breadboard Diagram Here’s the Fuzz Face diagram once more: It […]

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Analysis Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Intro & Analysis

In the next couple of posts, I’ll build a guitar fuzz pedal. More specifically – a Fuzz Face clone. It is a simple, yet, iconic pedal. It’s been out there since ’60s. Used most famously by Jimi Hendrix, but essentially used by many others like Gilmour, SRV etc. Even more specifically 🙂, I’ll be doing […]

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Boost Effect

Why Boosters and What Next?

After finishing four different DIY boosters, natural question is – what’s the fascination with them? After all, they just boost guitar signal, not much more. Come to think of it, maybe I should’ve asked myself this question before I started building them, but here we are and better late then never. There are several reasons […]

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Boost Effect Builds My Designs

Building a Simple Op Amp Booster – Assembly

After the introduction, analysis and breadboarding of two op-amp based guitar boosters, I’ll complete the pedal. I’ll do the final schematic and bill of material, then do the soldering layout for a protoboard. I’ll plan out the enclosure, do some artwork and finalize the enclosure. I’ll finally assemble it and do test and demo. Final […]