Once you have your guitar and learned how to play in time with a metronome, the only thing left to do is rock out. However, as you might have noticed, no matter how hard you rock, it just does not sound right. That is because you are missing something. As many guitarists will tell you, the secret to rocking out is actually fuzz. Before you can do any serious rocking out, you are going to need to build a fuzz pedal. Fortunately, making your own fuzz pedal is a lot easier than it may sound.
Step 1: Go get stuff
- (x2) 2N3904 NPN Small Signal Transistor (Model: 2N3904 | Catalog #: 276-2016)
- (x2) 100K Ohm 1/4-Watt Carbon Film Resistor (Model: 271-1347 | Catalog #: 271-1347)
- (x2) 10K Ohm 1/4-Watt Carbon Film Resistor (Model: 271-1335 | Catalog #: 271-1335)
- 22 uF Electrolytic Capacitor (Model: 272-1026 | Catalog #: 272-1026)
- 0.1µF 50V Hi-Q Ceramic Disc Capacitor (Model: 272-135 | Catalog #: 272-135)
- 0.01µF 50V 20% Hi-Q Ceramic Disc Capacitor (Model: 272-131 | Catalog #: 272-131)
- 10K-Ohm Horizontal-Style Trimmer (Model: 271-282 | Catalog #: 271-282)
- 5K-Ohm Linear Taper Potentiometers (Model: 271-1714 | Catalog #: 271-1714)
- 100K-Ohm Audio-Taper Potentiometer (Model: 271-1722 | Catalog #: 271-1722)
- Multipurpose PC Board with 417 Holes (Model: 276-150 | Catalog #: 276-150)
- SPST Flatted Metal Lever Toggle Switch (Model: 275-634 | Catalog #: 275-634)
- 1/4" Mono Panel-Mount Audio Jack (Model: 274-255 | Catalog #: 274-255)
- Hexagonal Control Knob (Model: 274-407 | Catalog #: 274-407)
- Fully Insulated 9V Battery Snap Connectors (Model: 270-325 | Catalog #: 270-325)
- Enercell® Alkaline 9 Volt Battery (Model: 23-853 | Catalog #: 23-853)
- DPDT specialty stomp switch
- Sturdy metal project box
Step 2: Mark
Measure in one inch from the opposite side of the front of the case. Make another mark that is 1/2 way between the two edges. This hole is for the stomp switch.
On the side of the case make two marks for audio jacks where you would like, so long as they won't interfere with any of the other parts that will be installed.
Following the same logic as the audio jack marks, make one last mark for a toggle power switch.
Step 3: Drill
Drill a 1/8" pilot hole for the stomp switch and then widen it to 1/2".
Drill two 3/8" holes for the audio jack.
Finally, drill a 1/4" hole for the power switch.
Step 4: Solder
For now, don't worry about attaching the potentiometers, stomp switch, audio jack or power switch to the circuit. These will be wired in later, after they have been installed in the case.
Step 5: Wires
Attach a black wire to the left pin on the 100K potentiometer and red wires to the two other pins.
Step 6: Audio wires
Step 8: Wire
While you're at it, solder together one set of outer pins.
Step 9: Attach
Step 10: Cut brackets
I cut out the larger base bracket out of a thin cork mat and the smaller potentiometer bracket out of 1/8" rubber.
Step 11: Put in the pots
Step 12: More wiring
Connect a wire from the remaining DPDT terminal lug to the audio-in point on the circuit board.
Step 13: Power switch
Step 14: Switch
Wire the black wire from the 9V clip to ground on the circuit board and the free red wire from the switch to +9V on the circuit board.
Step 16: Case closed
Screw the case shut.