[33] Leo’s Fuzz

Date: July 20th, 2007 | Comments : [4] | Categories: pedals.


Anthony Leo Fuzz

Leo’s Fuzz from Pop Electronics


[31] Germanium transistors

Date: July 17th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: DIY, pedals.

AC128 germanium transistors
Germanium transistors are back!

I found some really nice 2N404A germanium transistors with low leakage and gold leads. Also have some 2N1309 mil-surplus that are high gain and very low leakage as well. All transistors are tested with a Peak Electronic Design Semiconductor Analyzer, and guaranteed to meet minimum gain and leakage specs.

I sorted a batch of AC128 transistors and tossed about 60% of them to get a few that are good enough for fx use… get them while I still have some available. All three types are for sale on the page at:



[17] Compressor placement on your pedalboard

Date: June 2nd, 2007 | Comments : [36] | Categories: pedals.

AMZ S-Comp

Where do you place a compressor in the signal chain? This often asked question is actually an easy one to answer… the compressor goes first!



[15] Fuzz Face mod

Date: May 30th, 2007 | Comments : [2] | Categories: DIY, pedals.

Fuzz mod
Okay, you want to put together a fuzzface type circuit from items in your junk box and you don’t have the 1k pot for the fuzz control. What can you do?

A simple mod is to replace the fuzz control with a fixed 1k resistor – this sets the dc bias properly. Then connect the 22uF to the emitter of Q2 and use a 5k or 10k pot as a variable resistor to control the amount of distortion, as shown here.

The new larger value pot should be a reverse audio taper for best results but a linear will do if that’s all you have in the junk bin.

It is not the classic circuit but this can get you going on short notice when you lack the proper parts.


[12] Rat Distortion Pedal

Date: May 24th, 2007 | Comments : [1] | Categories: pedals.

Proco Rat
Anyone who has been using effects for any length of time knows that the Proco Rat is one of the most respected distortion pedals on the market. Did you know that it has its own web site? Check out the history of the different Rat models:

Proco Rat history

It even has its own Myspace page that is linked from its web site.

The Rat is a heavy-duty fuzzbox that can take a lot of punishment and keep on working. It has a distinctive treble boost distortion that cuts through a cluttered band sound.

Buy one of the Rat pedals and then add some of the mods found in the AMZ eBook to customize it for your rig.


[11] Jfet Buffer on Stripboard

Date: May 23rd, 2007 | Comments : [6] | Categories: DIY, pedals.

Buffer layout
Here is the stripboard (veroboard) layout for the jfet buffer that is shown a few posts below. The board is 10×10 with no strip cuts necessary and only one jumper. If you plan to leave this on all the time, no footswitch is needed and you can put the project in a very tiny box. Link to the complete article is below:

AMZ Jfet Buffer article


[10] GAS Pedals

Date: May 22nd, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: pedals.

Rodenberg Amplification has a series of pedals with some interesting features. The laser engraved stainless steel top plate is a nice touch too.

The 728 (shown here) can be used in a couple of different modes according to the switch settings. Another nice item is the jewel lamp over the indicator, which I have used on pedals before too. One of the rocker switches is used to flip the LED between bright and dim settings, which I’ve not previously seen on a commercial pedal.

The rocker switches also have integral led indicators to show when they are activated. All of these leds require that the pedals use an external power supply instead of a battery.

I don’t know anything about the circuitry but the text seems to indicate that some of the pedals are using a modded TS-808 topology.

There is a shot of the inside of the boost pedal and they seem to be well made.

Rodenberg GAS Pedals


[8] Jfet buffer and cad tutorial

Date: May 19th, 2007 | Comments : [1] | Categories: DIY, pedals.

Buffer pcbI’ve recently posted a tutorial on how to add a ground plane to a pc board layout using Cadsoft’s design software.

Also, a bonus is that I created a pc board to use for an example in the tutorial and ended up fleshing it out into a full project.

If you want to build a simple jfet buffer for use with your guitar effects, this project is up to the task. The article includes schematic, pcb layout and parts placements.

Link to the project is below:

AMZ Jfet Buffer and groundplane tutorial


[5] AMZ Goes Solar

Date: May 15th, 2007 | Comments : [5] | Categories: pedals, power.

Solar battery charger AMZ Goes Solar!

Here is a shot of my new solar battery charger connected to a rechargeable 9v battery. I’m using these special batteries for all of my pedal testing.

The charger came from Harbor Freight and cost $12.

The rechargeable 9v was found on Ebay.


[4] Guestbook Archives

Date: May 15th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: pedals, Uncategorized.

AMZ GuestbookThe old AMZ guestbook is still online for your reference. It contains plenty of useful links and information that may be helpful to an electronics builder.

See it at:




AMZ Home Page

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