It’s been a long, exhausting, but ultimately satisfying day, after running the BuildBrighton guitar stompbox workshop today. There was a sell-out crowd (plus a couple of last-minute attendees, squeezed in on the day) and we had a fantastic success rate – of 12 boxes, 10 were (eventually) working by the end of the workshop!
The boxes were based on the Dallas Fuzz Factory schematic, with a couple of tweaks. Firstly, as only two pots were to be exposed on the box (drive and volume) the others used were trimmer pots (compression and gate) so each person could create their own unique sound and capture it inside the box!
As well as making the circuits on stripboard, everyone had a go at drilling their alloy enclosures in the BuildBrighton “dirty workshop” as well as fitting all the hardware and wiring everything up.
Jamie Matthews was the first successful candidate to rock out with his fuzz pedal
Note how you hear the tone/flavour of the pedal changing as Tom tweaks the compression and gate trimmer pots. These pots allowed us to tailor each pedal without having to swap out lots of different components
It didn’t take long for others to follow:
Though not everyone was successful on their first attempt. Jon (in this video) actually managed not only to make a crackly pedal, but a direct short across the drive pot terminals in this pedal actually caused it to smoke (shortly after this video ended). When a tiny flame appeared, it was decided to replace his pot and capacitor, just to be sure!
Not so much smoke on the water as “smoke in the pedal”
Here’s the documentation that everyone was following. Use it to create your own fuzz-factory clone!