#1
I decided to build a fuzz that I found on another UG'ers post a few days back. I have bought all of the components but now I am a little skeptical to build it. Does any one else think it is worth the time or is there another with a better schematic that use the same component values?

http://smallbox.zeonhost.com/projects/fface/
#2
Its a fuzz face, knock your heart out at ****ing with component values and other things

http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/fuzzface/fffram.htm
http://fuzzcentral.tripod.com/fuzzface.html (and the other *face* pedals listed there)
http://runoffgroove.com/tantalus.html
http://runoffgroove.com/multiface.html
http://runoffgroove.com/sili-face2.html
http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=76 (this is a pretty good one as far as being simple and working with different parts goes )
Last edited by seljer at Jul 15, 2006,
#3
That fuzz face is a simple circuit. I could build that with my eyes closed...

*Tries* ... *Gets electricuted when plugs soldering iron into socket* ... "Gets burned on soldering iron* ... *Gives up* ... *Cries*
#4
And herein lies the end of a very promising career as a successful pedal builder, and quite a decent guitarist. Dammit.
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#6
Like I said before, the next great analog pedal builder. When your pedals hit it big don't become a douche like Keeley.
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#7
Quote by seljer
Its a fuzz face, knock your heart out at ****ing with component values and other things

http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/fuzzface/fffram.htm
http://fuzzcentral.tripod.com/fuzzface.html (and the other *face* pedals listed there)
http://runoffgroove.com/tantalus.html
http://runoffgroove.com/multiface.html
http://runoffgroove.com/sili-face2.html
http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=44&Itemid=76 (this is a pretty good one as far as being simple and working with different parts goes )


which one of those is the best fuzz?
or which one produces a better "fuzz face" quality?
#8
Hey Call100ksmyazz how many pedals have you built? looks like you've made two, Seems like your pretty good at this.
#9
Alot of people have built pedals
I personaly hate the one at the smallbox website because you cant tell whats happening.
The main thing determining sound on a fuzz is the transistors. There are "golden ones" that pwn. Good luck testing for one...
#10
Quote by Gnod
Alot of people have built pedals
I personaly hate the one at the smallbox website because you cant tell whats happening.
The main thing determining sound on a fuzz is the transistors. There are "golden ones" that pwn. Good luck testing for one...



Yeah thats why I made this post because of the weird diagram, and was just wondering if anybody new of a better one, but now theres a list of some sites
so I'm good now.
#11
Question-
do you solder the ground wires to the bottom of one of the pots or to the inside of the box or what?
Im hoping to build the same fuzz soon...trying to make sure i dont fvck up
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#12
Just make sure all your grounds lead to a common point (typically alot of people use the bottom of one of the pots, since it's a easy/large area to solder onto). No need to solder a ground lead directly to your chassis. Though you can if you really wanted, i'd suggest just getting a spade terminal and screwing it on, it'd be alot easier (cleaner too... I think).

The point is, as long as all the grounds are somehow connected together, you should be fine.
#13
Quote by LesPaul567
Hey Call100ksmyazz how many pedals have you built? looks like you've made two, Seems like your pretty good at this.


Thanks. Actually I have only built two, but the two I built werent exactly beginner projects. But now I am being asked by a few people to build pedals for them. I have learned a lot though about electronics from here, and building so im pretty good with this now and can probably crank out a few small pedals a week if I want to when my parts get here. I love doing it, its fun to me and the more I learn from doing it, the closer I get to designing my own pedal! .
#15
In the pic of the first one its the white one by the top side of the board
#17
Hey, in this wave of summer pedal builds i've jumped on the band wagon aswell... I've bought 4 trannys, two NKT 257s and two AC128s... How do they differ (if at all) in tone..?

Could it be a cool idea to have all four in the circuit and a switch to change between the two sets? So switch one way and the two NKTs are in use, and switch the other and the AC128s are used.... Or would the differnt between the two trannys be minimal...


Cheers for the help...

#18
germanium transistors have huge variations in their qualities, mainly because the manufacturing process wasn't all that good at the time. Both of the ones you listed have been used in the classic fuzzfaces.

Read up on this article mainly http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/fuzzface/fffram.htm to figure out how to set it up for optimum sound (or just use a 10k trimpot in place of the 8.2k resistor so you can put anything in there and adjust the bias for it accordingly), Germanium transistors are also very senstive to heat (hotter = less gain) so you might want to do some seasonal (summer winter) adjustments to them too
#19
Cheers.. interesting.. seems from that the safer bet are the NKTs... and a switching thing would prob be pointless then? (and very hard... ish)


#21
Quote by seljer
just use sockets and mess around till you find what you like, there probably wouldn't be a huge difference in it anyway (however you could do something like http://runoffgroove.com/multiface.html for some larger differences)


Yea you can check out my 4uzz (link in sig), which is that Multiface pedal, but with 4 of the boards, 2 set boards, and 2 with sockets.