I have been building Selmer Buzz Tones for a few groupies n fans recently.
Featuring original, near-impossible to source transistors, 2N2613 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 (otherwise it wont buzz!).
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
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!
The first fuzz box.. The Satisfaction horns sound, the star of so many fuzztonic records. I had to make myself the perfect clone! Yes i built a couple of these before, but i wanted to build it properly.. This is what i came up with:
Finding 2N270 transistors to buy was HELL. Impossible, hard to find, someone who sells them. Rca’s here in Europe, NONE. Forget it. Until…
I did find them! A small stash of them actually! And i didnt have to sell my body to get them. Not RCA’s, but NOS 2N270: leaky, gainy, nasty 2N270s!
Next, i set up this testing board with a nice ZIF socket!
First good set-listen:
Q1 hfe 79 lkge 0.12mA
Q2 hfe 168 lkge 0.53 mA
Q3 hfe 131 lkge 0.70 mA
I tried inverting Q3 and Q2 but the distortion was oscillating..