If you have been constantly playing guitar, you would have probably noticed by now that no matter how hard you rock out, the sound just does not seem right. Well, there is a big chance that you are missing ‘fuzz.’
So yes, you need to build a guitar fuzz pedal before all those serious rocking out. If you do not have one, well, it is a good thing that you can easily make one. No worries because it is so much easier than it sounds. Just follow these steps to know how to make a fuzz pedal:
- Get the required tools
You will need a drill, drill bits that measure 9/32 inches, 1/8 inches, ½ inches and 3/8 inches and a ¼ inch screwdriver. For a list of the parts, you can search it on the internet.
- Mark the top surfaces of the project box
From one of the shorter edges, measure in one inch on the top surface of your box. Create two marks which are 1/3 and 2/3 on the way in the middle of the shorter distance. They are intended for potentiometers. Then, measure in 1 inch from the other side of the front of the case. Make another mark that is halfway between the two edges as this is meant for the stomp switch.
Then, on the side of the case, make two marks for the audio jacks. You have to make sure that they will not affect any of the other parts that will be installed. After that, make the final mark for a toggle power switch.
- Drill the holes
With a 9/32 inch drill bit, drill the two holes for the potentiometers. Then, drill a 1/8 inch pilot hole, which is dedicated for the stomp switch, After that, widen it to ½ inches. Next, drill two 3/8 inch holes for the audio jack. Lastly, drill a ¼ inch hole for the power switch.
- Solder the components
Build the circuits as you follow what is specified in the schematic. The audio jack, potentiometers, power switch and stomp switch to the circuit will be wired in after they have all been installed in the case.
- Attach the potentiometer wires
Attach a black wire to the 5K potentiometer’s center pin while a red wire to the pin found on the right. After that, attach another black wire to the 100K potentiometer’s left pin and another red wire to the two other pins.
- Attach the audio wires
Attach the red wires to the signal lugs found on each of the jacks. The black wire then goes to the ground lug on each of the audio jacks.
- Install the stomp switch and audio jacks
- Wire the switch
Choose one of the center lugs on the DPDT switch and solder each of the red audio wires to it. Then, solder together one set of outer pins.
- Attach the potentiometers
Later on, one of the potentiometer wires will be attached to the DPDT switch.
- Cut the brackets out
Cut them out by using the template file. Both of them must be cut out of non-conductive material. You can cut out the bigger base bracket out of a thin cork mat while the smaller potentiometer bracket can be cut out of a 1/8 inch rubber.
- Place the potentiometers
In the case, line up the rubber bracket with the holes. After that, install the potentiometers.
- Additional wiring
For the remaining potentiometer wire, connect it in line with the audio-out jack’s wire on the DPDT switch. Then, wire from the remaining DPDT terminal lug to the audio-in point on the circuit board.
- Connect the power switch
Link the red wire from the 9-volt battery connector to the middle terminal of the power switch. Another red wire should also be connected to either of the outer terminals of the switch.
- Install the power switch
Attach the black wire from the 9-volt clip to ground on the circuit board. Free the red wire after from the switch to +9-volt on the circuit board.
- Plug in the 9-volt battery
- Close the case
Install the big insulator panel between the bottom plate of the casing and the circuit board. Screw the case shut.
- Connect the knobs to the potentiometers
- Plug and play!
Finally, plug your guitar to audio-in while the amplifier goes to the audio-out.