Sunday, 3 February 2013

DOD FX52 - Classic Fuzz

The FX52 Classic Fuzz duplicates the sound of the early 60s distortion boxes, such as the Fuzz Face and the Fuzz Tone. A must for musicians looking for a more nostalgic sound.





8 comments:

  1. What a big board for such an old-school effect!
    I had one of these, a little bit Big Muff, a little bit Fuzz Face, but not as good as either!

    Loved the Metal Flake orange, though!

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  2. Well, curiosity drove to build this and I'm not sure this warrants 2 ICs but it works anyway,giving a little bit of hair around an otherwise cleanish sound. ie, not as fuzzed out as I would of hoped. Used a 5532 instead of a 1458, however. Would this have anything to do with this? Cheers, Miro, keep 'em coming.

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    1. I think that's the exact reason. The 5532 has JFET inputs, and it needs to be biased with care - Not the case with 1458. But then again, that IC is used just for in/out buffers, so i'm thinking you may also have something else going on in there..
      +m

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    2. So, essentially, it's the first part of the LF353 and the clipping diodes that should be creating more dirt, is this the area I should be looking at?

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    3. You should get the fuzzed signal at LF353 pin 7..
      +m

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    4. Well, just received a 1458 in the post from Bitsbox and, amazingly, even though this used for input/output buffers, it does give it a lift; more distortion, more sustain. So consider this verified.
      Don't believe the hype though, this not a replacement for a Big Muff (IMO). Smashing Pumpkins?.......no, crushing grapes?.......yes. Billy Corgan?.....no, Billy Piper?........maybe!

      Mark :-)

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    5. Marketing spiel does lead you to a forest with no light in sight :)
      It is pretty close to other DOD circuits. But still i think this is fun little project.

      Thanks for verifying Mark! You've been on a roll for a while!
      +m

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  3. Yeah, I agree, I've enjoyed every build I've done so far from this site. Even the problematic ones keep me enthralled; beats sudoko any day of the week! Now......piss off, enjoy your respite, and give us mortals a chance to catch up with the back log :-J

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