Build a Guitar Pedal in 10 mins! (Fuzz)


Gday everyone, this is just gonna be another build a guitar effect in 10 minutes video and it’s the
lowest part count fuzz that I can find which is the, if you
wanna look it up to learn a bit more about it, it’s the bazz fuss. And you’re only going to need five components
for this. Firstly you’ve got this black thing here is the transistor it’s an MPSA13. You’ve got the resistor here which is a
10k resistor. You’ve got this green one here which is a film
capacitor at 100nf. You’ve got another capacity here at 2.2 micro farad and you can actually use
either an electrolytic or film for this. The reason
why I’ve gone for electrolytic is because their allot cheaper than a 2.2 micro farad film. but you just have to make sure you orient the electrolytic the right way around
because its polarized so in this case you will have the negative on tis side and the plus on that
side. And then you’ve just got this little diode here which is a 1n4148 or you can use a 1n914 there pretty much the same thing and also watch the orientation of the diode as well the negative which is the band, the side with the band on is connected to the middle leg of the
transistor and the other side is connected to the collector which is this side here. So just little explanation as
to the pin out of the transistor you’ve got the collector on this side
base the middle and the and the emitter is on on this side. And on
the emitter you’ve got ground. This leg of the electrolytic capacitor is
connected to the input this leg of the film capacitor is
connected to the output and this leg of the resistor is
connected to plus nine volts. So you gonna wanna solder that in this exact configuration and then connect your jacks to the outside legs which we will do in a moment. You can either solder them
directly, just exactly how I’ve got them like
this if you’re not familiar with electronics
and you just wanna get something going just make sure you don’t bridge anything amongst these legs and that you
connect them properly and don’t heat them up too much because you might
damage the components. So try and be quick when you do it or you can use vero board or Islet board as well would probably work because theres only sort of these few spots you connect to. So once you’ve soldered it up it should look like this. Exactly how I had it before you’ve
just soldered those two points and just remember to
make sure that you put the orientation of the capacitor and
the diode around the right way otherwise the circuits not going to work properly I forgot to mention actually that you
also need 2 an input and output jack were your guitar
cables go and something to supply the circuit with
power which will be this 9v battery snap. I won’t be putting this into
a enclosure, im trying to make this tutorial as simple as possible
so the simplest way is to use a battery to supply it with
power. So how do you connect all this remaining bits and
pieces together I’ll just give you a quick explanation how this jack works
first. Basically if you look at it side on, you have a connector bit here that connects to the tip
of your guitar signal that’s your input or your output. And and if you just
follow that around you can work out, look at your jack side
on you can see that there’s, its kind of like a sandwich. You can work out
which one of these two 2 lugs here is connected to the
tip and whichever ones left is the shield. So to
finish this off basically you need to connect 4 grounds together. You’ve got one ground that’s the
spare leg of the transistor And you’ve got the ground on your battery snap and
you’ve got the two shields that I just explained how to work and
which one the shield is and which ones the input and output. So you connect those four things
together doesn’t matter how you do it as long as they’re all connected together and then you’ve got plus nine volts which
you’ll connect the plus of the battery and and that’s connected to the 10k
resistor there and you’ve got the input
and output and this electrolytic is the input and the film is the output and
you can just pick either jack that you want to use for your
input/output. And just work out which one, like i was saying before which one these 2 lugs is connected to the tip bit here. So that’s the finished
effect it’s not the most attractive thing your going to see but that’s not the point of the video. It was to make the easiest fuzz that i could possibly think of and this has to be it being a point to
point soldered bazz fuss I just wanted to insert a cautionary note here
actually something up forgot mention. When you first plug in the pedal just make sure that your volume on your guitar amp is down low. And in fact I’d probably just leave it on low because these a lot of volume
that comes out of this pedal and theres no volume control on this particular version so your not going to be able to controller it and its quite loud. So just be careful when you plug it in, that your amp is pretty much on minimum and is slowly
turn up to test it. So threes plenty of information on the bazz fuss out there just do some goggling if you want more information about it, there’s plenty of mods and more advanced versions of it and etc et. If you want more
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