Boners that shoot darts out of them.

Oh heavens me.  How have I never written about the awesome funk fizzle that is the Mosrite Fuzzrite?  No clue, but here it goes.  This one was done on request for Chris Ryan (The Energy, Black Congress, Secret Prostitutes), and then I also made a sister unit for myself just to have in the shelves.   This is a clone of the OG unit, which used germanium transistors.  Apparently only like 250 of that era were ever made, so theyre rare birds, and pricey ones at that.  Oh well…clone it up.

The Fuzzrite is *odd* in topology when compared next to a lot of the other classic circuits like a fuzz face or a tone bender.  Theres a pretty standard volume control but the “fuzz” control (called “depth” on the original units) adjusts the spittle and fizz at the same time that it adjusts tone, and also kinda plays like a blend control as well.  “What the shit does all that mean, jackass?”  Well it means that fully clocked it is sharp and treble-y and fuzzy in a brittle 60’s garage kinda way.  When you back off on the control is where it gets interesting.  The tone becomes more bass-y, less fuzzy, and sounds like you’re blending into the dry signal from your guitar.  That means that the circuit plays really well with your existing distortion (amp distortion or a dirt box) and allows you to color your distortion with a bit of fuzz, but you can still hear both.  For the same reason this one sounds cool with bass as well, where you usually want less fuzz than a guitar so you dont get lost in the mix.  I built one of these for Todd Martin (Fletcher C. Johnson, The Ex-Humans) who uses it for bass and it’s always a head-turner when he clicks it on.

Good lord, thats a lot of description for 2 knobs.  Both are bright-ass orange.

"Me Mates Crisps" for $1000, Alex.

Roight, then.  I’ve built many a booster in my time, based around a few different circuits.  Usually they go away as quick as I build them, so this was an attempt to build all of them and have one of each at my disposal.  Four different boosters in a variety of autumnal colors.  How divine.

Left to Right they are: an AMZ Mosfet Boost,  AMZ Mini Boost, Balls Boost, and a ZVEX Super Hard-On.  The AMZ Mosfet is a pretty standard mosfet boost, which behaves like cranking a tube amp.  It provides volume and a little dirt, increasing toward the far end of the dial.  The Mini Boost is configured differently and provides a not-so-clean boost.  Its basically cranked and then the volume is attenuated at the pedal output so it always gets a *little* overdriven transistor tone.  The Balls Boost (formerly blogged as the “Orange Droolius”) is a modified version of the AMZ Mosfet which behaves similarly but adds a touch more filth and some extra bass.  The ZVEX SHO is stock.