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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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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 New Article

Finished a JFET Booster

I finished building a simple JFET booster over the weekend. I had to do some extra designing of a JFET amplifier to make it boost since the breadboarded version wasn’t boosting the signal. The design is only slightly more complex than previous efforts. You can check out the dedicated build page here.

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Boost Effect New Article

Building a JFET Booster

The next in line for building is a JFET Booster. I chose a Fetzer Valve circuit. This one is a bit different, I had to go through measuring my JFET components and then go through calculating correct component values. I then breadboarded it in two different versions. It was interesting, something different, check it out.

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Boost Effect Builds New Article

Finished Building AMZ Mosfet Booster

I finished building a simple MOSFET booster today. Simple but effective pedal, clean boost with flat response and great input/output characteristics. Or check out dedicated build page for it.

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Boost Effect New Article

Building a MOSFET Booster this Time

I started building a simple MOSFET booster this time. BJT booster is done, and now something a bit different, but similar enough :). I chose AMZ Mosfet Booster. I’ve done analyzing it and breadboarding it, so have a look.