Build Your Own With These Cool Fuzz Pedal Kits

Are you a guitar player that also likes to dabble in electronics? Maybe you have always wanted to try building your own fuzz pedal. Luckily, there are actually kits out there that give you everything you need. All the parts are just ready to solder together and create your very own fuzz. Take a look at these kits to get you started:

1. Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a geek, which is why the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit caught my eye. For those who don’t know, Mammoth have made a bit of a name for themselves in the effects pedal kit industry over the years, and the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit is a fine example of their range.

From the outset it feels like a solid piece of engineering. For a start, the pedal box is chunky brushed aluminium, which won’t appeal to everyone’s sense of aesthetics, but if you like your hardware solid, then it fits the bill.

The kit includes all the components that you need, and if you want to specify colors for the switches and knobs, then Mammoth can, within reason, accommodate your wishes via a simple email or order comment.

The instructions for building the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit are clear, bearing in mind that (like all geeks) I know how to handle a soldering iron! It’s best to have one with a variable heat setting because there are big parts (that take a while to heat up) and delicate electronics to solder.

The effort, though, is worthwhile, as the resulting sound is a versatile fuzz distortion from murky to bright. Considering the price of most pedals, these kits give musicians a way to get decent effects at a reasonable price, and at a high level of build quality.

Plus, if you take the time to build effects units like the Mothman Fuzz Pedal Kit, you will gain an understanding of how they work, as well as having the satisfaction of being able to stomp on the box thinking ‘I made this’.

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2. Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit

Made by Mammoth Electronics, once assembled the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit boasts a professional yet stylish die cast aluminum enclosure as well as quality plastic knobs. And speaking of assembly, reviews I read indicate theses kits are relatively easy to build and include everything you need to build the completed circuit.

The fuzz pedal apparently preceded the more commonly known booster pedal and serves the purpose of cranking up the tone of the guitar sound in order to mimic a slightly overdriven tube amp. Some say the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit was designed to sound like the reedy, raspy sound of the saxophone.

Unique to the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit is a feature on the pedal that allows you to toggle between blending the fuzz either one or two octaves down, potentially leading to a very intense gated fuzz affect, meaning the sound slowly tapers off or dies out which, basically, sounds cool. The Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit also has a right boost knob which allows a volume boost, which one user described as resulting in a brighter, gnarlier sound.

Current research prices the Deviator Octave Fuzz Pedal Kit at $66.00, a very reasonable price for such a reliable and easy-to-use enhancement for any guitar.

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3. 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz Guitar Pedal Kit

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY Kit offers huge, smooth, classic fuzz sounds. I had been contemplating on trying it out for a long time and it is only a few days ago that I got the chance to do so. Therefore, I saw it fit to do a review of this pedal kit. Here are some of its features and benefits.

As mentioned earlier, the Blender MK II produces an all-time classic fuzz. With its analog circuitry, this pedal is able to create smooth fuzz effects that do not compromise the quality of your dry tone. With the guitar’s volume knocked back, you are able to achieve great chord work and super-saturated lead tones.

This pedal comes with either AC176 (PNP) or AC128 (NPN) germanium transistors. You can mix the AC176 transistor with other negative ground circuits on your power daisy chain when setting up the kit without having to worry about the circuit being damaged. What makes this pedal really impressive is the fact that you can add other components to transform it into a more powerful fuzz pedal. For instance, by swapping a couple of components, you can build yourself a fuzz pedal with a much deeper and bassier tone.

The circuit board of this pedal has extra pots mounted on it that can be used for simple enclosure mounting and minimal wiring.

It is best when you get the Bender MK II Fuzz pedal that you use it in conjunction with a charge-pumped daughterboard or a Power Pump. Use the charge-pumped daughterboard if you are using PNP transistors.

The 3pdt Bender MK II Fuzz guitar pedal DIY kit offers great performance and can be customized to a fuzz pedal you desire. Therefore, I would highly recommend it.

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2 Comments
  1. george

    Hi but it’ll very nice to see the schematic of pedals mentioned. TNX

    1. guitargu

      I’ll see what I can find for each of these and update the page. Thanks!

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