I have been building Selmer Buzz Tones for a few groupies n fans recently.
Featuring rare 2N2613 transistors on choc brown paxoline board, on eyelets just like the original.
One small mod is the cap tuck away under the board, to give it some juice.
Cheapo build for a friend:
Another build.. featuring the Palenque astronaut..
Expensive nos carbon comp build for a groupie:
They all sound 👍🏿.
Syd Barrett’s hairy boost.. VERY WARM AND THICK. Perfect counterpart to Syd’s favourite amp settings, basically treble at 10.
Perfunctory build on eyelet board, with external vero for transistor testing, using 2N2613 as per original.
Very surprised by the final tone, i really like it.. Sounds very nice.
I broke out the wem copicat to have a better idea if it nails syd’s tone.
Check it out clicking here
I also made a quick little excuse for a tune to test it further.. sorry for the hurried and far from great mix:
Melanie Wright-a Buzz-Tone tryout
RCA 2N408 germanium transistors RCA 2N2613 transistors: low leakage and good hfe range
dates about 1966-67
Well.. At last i can say it: my clone (see back pages/older posts) sounds GREAT. Against this original (2N2614 transistors), with little or no attack pot excursion, aka max it or it wont fuzz, my clone is a pot full of sweet spots. Maxed, it is plain evil. Compressed.
Comparison, original vs my clone:
Still, the original has got so much mojo.. Magic. I will not mod it to bias the transistors better. As the Poets said, THAT’S THE WAY IT’S GOT TO BE.
On eyelet bakelite board.. Those transistor were just a temporary arrangement and off they went once i scored some RCA 2N2613 and 2N408 (as per original pedal).
Here’s the video of the final build.
The sound of garage rock!