Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Third Man Records Bumble Buzz

From the Source:

The Bumble Buzz Pedal, HAND MADE by Chris Young of Union Tube & Transistor (who built the pedal used for Jack White's guitar sounds on "Sixteen Saltines" and the vocals on "I'm Shakin'" off of 2012's Blunderbuss), is ready for buzzing around and stinging sounds. Designed by Third Man Creative Hive.

Input impedance: Zin @ 1KHz 30K / Output impedance: Zout @ 1KHz: 33K.

Essentially it's just a modified Kay F1 Fuzztone, which itself was just a simplified Univox Super Fuzz.





29 comments:

  1. Nice one ! It was on my to-build list for a while now. I guess I have no reason not to try it now !! Thanks !

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  2. I made one a while back using the layout link below. It’s a one trick pony, but It’s damn fine at that. https://vero-p2p.blogspot.com/2020/07/union-valve-transistor-bumble-buzz.html?m=1

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  3. Are you sure about the 330K on the Output. It looks that it has to go to ground.

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    1. good catch. i forgot to resave the layout after moving stuff around. should be correct one now.

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    2. Now the Output is on the wrong side of the 1nf Cap?!

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    3. ...and the 330k is on the wrong side too.

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    4. check it again. it shows up right for me

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    5. Looks good to me. Thx Zach.

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    6. Shouldn't the negative end of the 10u input cap go toward the Base of Q1 rather than the 22k resistor? Or is it just acting as a regular cap and the polarity doesn't matter?

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    7. I build it like this and it works.

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  4. Hey, Zach. Doesnt this have any knobs at all? Like the EQD Tentacle?

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  5. It might be cool to combine them into a pedal with two footswitches and no knobs haha. I would do it but I've already built myself a Tentacle clone

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    1. sorry I meant to reply to Edweirdo's comment oops

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  6. I built a version of this a few months ago. It works so well as an on/off octave fuzz that I pulled the tentacle from my Hoof Reaper and replaced it with this.

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  8. What common diodes could be substituted on this? I dont seem to have 4007s.
    I have most of the usuals.

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    1. any 1n400x will do.

      they only differ in peak inverse voltage. when it comes to clipping they should sound identical

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  9. You can call this one verified! Sound great with PN2222s. I may add a volume pot but its n absolute fuzz monster.

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    1. I build it today. What kind of Pickups do you you use? I use 8k to 16k Humbuckers straight in the pedals and get fuzzy sounds only when playing chords - singlenote lines came out almost clean. The octave is there but not heavy(like on a superfuzz). I checked my build multiple times but the gain is to low for some reason( i use metalcan 2n2222as).

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    2. I build it too, no fuzz at all. Checked it a million times, all parts are there, all soldering is o.k. Do I need a groundwire from my jack in/output to row N ? What other problems can I look at? I use 2n2222a . Tried both metalcan/pnp. Nothing happens.

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    3. I play a J Mascis Squire Jazzmaster. I believe the pick ups are a p90 variant. Jacks and foot switch should both have ground connections. What I ended up with sounded exactly like the demos.

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    4. One step further, now I only hear motorboating. I think I will change all the capacitors. perhaps that might help?

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    5. Mine works now. I had a connection between two rows which doesnt belong there.

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  10. Also, I used 1N4001s in place of the the 1N4007s. It does sound exactly like the demo. Another plus is that when not playing it is dead quiet.

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  11. what is the use of the cut under the 100k resistor next to D2 (right) ?

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    1. nothing it's left over from moving parts around

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