This fuzz box uses low-cost discrete components rather than op
amps. It’s designed for use only with amplified guitar signals.
While it may appear to be a conventional differential op amp
amplifier configuration with Q5 as the long tail for the two input transistors
(Q1 & Q2), it actually uses positive rather than negative feedback. It clips
symmetrically and the loading of the following amplifier or mixer has no effect
on its clipping symmetry.
Q4 is connected as a grounded base stage with base bias
provided by three diodes: D2, D3 & D4. Q3 drives the emitter of Q4 and the
positive feedback signal to the base of Q2 comes via the 4.7kÙ
resistor from the collector of Q4. The three diodes also set the bias for Q5
which sets the operating current for the input pair. Trimpots VR1 & VR2 are
used to set symmetry and to zero the DC output voltage.
Craig Kendrick Sellen,
Philadelphia, USA. ($45)