Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “How to Build Your Own Guitar Fuzz Pedal in Two Minutes

  • The Fuzz Face (which I'm guessing this is, from the components used) is a wonderfully simple effect, but getting one to sound good involves quite a bit more than this – with so few components, getting the gains just right on the transistors, the capacitors used, etc, all play a huge role in the final sound; much more so that a more complex fuzz like a Big Muff, which cascades a lot of gain stages together to mask any deficiencies in tone from the components.

    Fuzz is like fine wine – many, many subtle factors combine to create a multitude of tones and behaviours. Fuzz aficionados obsess about the details (and we like it that way).

    There's a great documentary on the fuzz pedal, with lots of interviews from musicians and designers, here:
    http://www.fuzzthemovie.com

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