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Old 20th February 2003, 09:25 PM   #1
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Question looking to make simple distortion pedal

I am looking for a schematic for a solid state pedal. I want to refrain from using any IC's if possible. Preferably something with a heavy metal type tone. i looked into tubes and am not crazy about a 300 volt power supply and the high cost of tubes. I really only want a minimalist schematic. any help will be greatly appreciated. Please remember I am a beginner here.
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Old 20th February 2003, 09:45 PM   #2
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There are sooo many out there...use a search engine.

If you are beginner with perserverance enough to hunt down rarer components, build a Fuzz Face clone with germanium transistors. Not a trivial task, but worth it.
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Old 20th February 2003, 09:48 PM   #3
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http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/index2.html

this is a great site

http://www.geofex.com/

and this one

more in a minute... i need to do some looking, there's one site
i found long a go when i made my first distortion pedal... super
simple, great way to get started...

but check out the links above
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I've experiemented with distortion effect a year and a half ago and found a few interesting things.

For the simplest I recommend the tube screamers(wich have nothing to do with tube but anyways thats is name)

Diod clamp does not really yield a good sound.

Fuzz clone with silicon trans are not very good but i'Ve not tried alot of them. But still very harsh and unpleasent.
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Old 21st February 2003, 12:06 AM   #5
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The best homemade pedal (soundwise) i've built was a Big Muff. Big, thick, chunky fuzz, you just gotta love it!
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i like my Fuxx Face

(my neighbors don't!)

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