Cool Article: Five Influential Fuzz Tones

USA boutique store Pro Guitar Shop have a cool article on their blog about 5 influential fuzz tones.

See (and listen) here:

I could argue that there are a few omissions that are worthy of a place in the Fuzz hall of fame though (Mosrite Fuzzrite, Univox Superfuzz etc.)!

Tesla Cannon Fuzz

Exciting news!

I have added a page for another addition to my ‘Standard’ line of pedals that I build; the Tesla Cannon Fuzz!

I have been building this circuit for a while now for my clients, and have tweaked it to the point where I feel it meets all the requirements, and tonal characteristics, I look for in a Muff style pedal. I really love this pedal, and I hope you will too.

More info can be found here:

You can also navigate to the Tesla Cannon product page using the pedals menu above.

I will be uploading more sound demos (and a video) soon.


Night Shift (Maestro Stage Phaser Clone)

Another recent build here.

Maestro Stage Phaser clone built on one of Madbean Pedals PCB’s.

I went for a slightly different look on this one with the black and white graphic which I think came out cool.

It’s sounding great; really nice ‘chewy’ phaser tones, and a nice variant from the usual Small Stone/Phase 90’s etc.

It sounds great on guitar, and also sounds great on keyboards, synths, bass etc.

Night Shift Phaser 1

Night Shift Phaser 2

‘Muck Monkey’ 2in1 Tesla Cannon

This is another custom build that I recently completed.

It’s a 2 in 1 pedal, with two Tesla Cannon circuits running with Master + A/B switching.

The two Tesla Cannon circuits (based on the classic Big Muff) were tuned slightly differently; one slightly ‘hotter’ than the other for higher gain.

I used  BC184 transistors (hand selected for the right gain) for the lower gain rhythm channel, and 2N5088 transistors for the higher gain lead channel (again hand selected).

The higher gain circuit is more suited to lead playing and the lower gain circuit more suited to rhythm etc. work.

Both channels are very flexible though and can be used for a multitude of tasks; the mids knob really helps in this regard.

The pedal was hand painted at the request of the customer. I have not done this for a while (I usually use decals/labels), but I was pretty happy with the end results. I should get the old paint brush out more often!

It sounded great when testing, and the Master + A/B switching that the customer requested was a good idea as it allows you to go from clean, to rhythm to lead very easily.

If you are interested in a build similar to this just send me an email and I will get back to you ASAP.
Hope you like the pics, but no ‘gut-shots’ for this one unfortunately, as I was so eager to ship the pedal I forgot to take any!

Muck Monkey 2 in 1 Pedal.

Muck Monkey 2 in 1. The picture also shows the ‘case candy’ I ship with each pedal. The envelope includes (brand new) SJ Effects Picks, Manual, stickers etc, rubber feet etc.

The Hummer (‘Mayo’ Style Big Muff with Mids knob)

Another day, another Muff  😉

This is a custom Tesla Cannon that I built for a guy who loves his Skreddy Mayo, but wished it had more control over the mids, and a tad more gain on tap.

He is also a massive Smashing Pumpkins fan (as am I for that matter), so the name came from him.

The PCB is my standard ‘Tesla Cannon’ circuit, but with some tweaks to get a tad more saturation and gain going on (larger coupling caps, lower value emitter resistors etc.).

I also used 2N5088 transistors (I usually use BC184C’s or BC550C’s) in this build to bump the gain up even further. The transistors were hand selected and tested as usual with all my Big Muff builds.

This thing is a beast; it produces a huge wall of fuzz, and the sustain control has a lot more usefull range than most Big Muff’s I have used.

It sounded so good I almost wanted to keep it for myself 😉



Dr Gonzo Distortion

Here is another recent build; the Dr Gonzo distortion/overdrive.

It’s called Dr Gonzo for no other reason than my love of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (by the brillian Hunter S.Thompson).

Its an LM386-Power Amp Overdrive/Distortion, and is great for Stoner Rock type tones (think QOTSA, Kyuss, Sleep etc.).

The LM 386 gives a really great, thick, overdrive tone. Along with JFET overdrives (eg. Catalinbread DLS) it is one of my favourite overdrive/distortion circuit topologies.

Hope you like the pics!

Dr Gonzo 1

Dr Gonzo 2

Tonebender Mark II

Another day, another fuzz!

Here be a Tonebender Mark II stuffed with good ol’Mullard OC84’s.

The pedal also has an internal voltage inverter circuit (the PCB attached to the 3PDT), so the PNP (positive ground) pedal can be powered/daisy chained with other standard NPN (negative ground) pedals.

This Tonebender sounds nice and full and ‘growly’. The fuzz is a bit warmer and ‘open’ in comparison to OC75 loaded Mark II’s (to my ears anyway).

Also, something about Tonebender Mark II’s just make me want to play Led Zeppelin (Mr Page used a TB MK II extensively)  Smiley

OC 84 Tonebender Mark II Pic1

OC 84 Tonebender Mark II Pic2

OC84 TB MKII Pic 3