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Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« on: May 20, 2012, 08:32:19 PM »
Straight ahead  Germanium Fuzz Face on vero with a couple of mods. Bias trimmer, added a pre-gain pot and a power switch. I hate having to unplug my battery operated fuzz pedals  ;D

Transistors are GT308's from Musikding in Germany. They sell lots of different types of GE trans all sorted by gain. Very reasonable prices. I got a variety of types to experiment with. These two are 70-80 and 80-90. Has a surprising amount of gain and it's freakin loud! Lots of great, great tones and range especially with the pre-gain. Cleans up very well and plays well with my other pedals too.

I socketed the output cap and tried several different types with the same rating. They all sounded different to my ears. For this pair I settled on a Wima box cap. Somewhat more harmonics and sustain.

Used an axial cap (I forgot to order a radial) and had to tip it to shut the bottom.

The enclosure is etched using PNP for the mask. The knobs are vintage. Sanded the blue led to diffuse it.

This is my favorite Fuzz so far!


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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2012, 08:35:00 PM »
Wow this is awesome.  Those knobs look pretty sweet.

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2012, 09:53:18 PM »
Dude that's a sweet build. I love the etched enclosure! Did you use a particular layout or just make one?

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2012, 10:19:30 PM »
Just Awesome  :o

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 10:24:33 PM »
that kicks ass, i like everything about it.
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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 10:54:32 PM »
Cool knobs and awesome wiring = win!

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2012, 11:01:13 PM »
Wow, what a great looking pedal.
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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2012, 03:39:56 AM »
Full of win.

I love those knobs and the top etch too.

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2012, 04:41:19 AM »
It's a work of art!  ;D

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 05:58:57 AM »
Thanks everyone for the the good words on this build.  :D

Dude that's a sweet build. I love the etched enclosure! Did you use a particular layout or just make one?

I design the enclosures using photoshop. I love vintage knobs and buy them off Ebay. The designs often develop around the knobs I've selected. The swirl pattern on this pedal is stock vector art from depositphotos.com. The type face is "Rat Fink" a free font off the web. I usually start with the basic layout for the hardware then the labels and name of the pedal. Then I see what kind of pattern works to unify the overall look. I looked at 10 -12 patterns before selecting this one. The background pattern has been heavily modified in photoshop. Takes me longer to design the enclosure than to build the pedal!!!!!!!! :o

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2012, 08:44:34 AM »
I love the knobs, they look like the communicators from star trek.

also sanding the lens of the LED to defuse the light is a good tip.

cool build!

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2012, 08:56:02 AM »
Its a corker mate.

Really, really, nice etching and overall look/design.

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2012, 10:09:02 AM »
Even your photos of the box are overthetopquality. Im impressed. And ohhhh i want those knobs too!

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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2012, 12:23:17 PM »
Really nice, especially the wiring. Great job!!
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Re: Meet the "Psycho Fuzz"
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2012, 01:56:06 PM »
Dude! This is sick!! I love the look of those knobs and the enclosure finish...it works great! And the insides look really cool too. Great job!

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