Wiring diagram showing soft clipping using an operational amplifier and diodes.

What’s The Difference Between Overdrive, Distortion, And Fuzz?

July 9, 2024

Whether you’re just getting started with guitar effects pedals or already have a collection (whether you’re building them or buying them), you’ve probably heard of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. Maye you’ve heard these terms used interchangeably or heard they’re similar, but you don’t really know the difference. Gear heads could probably go on and on […]





Stripboard layout for the NPN version of a Vox Tonebender guitar pedal.

Vox Tone Bender On Stripboard

June 28, 2024

Here’s the Vox Tone Bender, a great early fuzz pedal that’s sure to please. The build I’ve done here is the NPN version of the pedal, so it’s slightly different from the original, which used PNP transistors. The big difference here is that this NPN layout allows for negative ground, putting inline with the what’s […]





Strip board layout of the Harmonic Jerculator

Escobedo Harmonic Jerculator On Stripboard

May 28, 2024

The Escobedo Harmonic Jerculator is a wonderful little fuzz circuit that packs plenty of punch. This pedal is based on the classic fuzz pedal from Interfax called the Harmonic Percolator. The Harmonic Percolator isn’t made any more, and the geranium transistors used for it are hard to find these days, so the Harmonic Jerculator was […]