707 Fuzz

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707 Fuzz

In short, this is my favorite fuzz circuit. My Flagship pedal. Based on the nigh-unobtainable Elka Dizzy Tone (a close cousin to the Burns Buzzaround, and more distantly related to the MkIII Txnebenders), but using a more aggressive transistor set and a few tweaks of my own.

It roars, it snarls, it crumbles, it breathes; the texture is deep and complex, yet pliable and never stiff or opaque. The natural gate snaps the whole world back into context, reminding you how fearfully loud the pedal actually is, in spite of the low noise floor. The controls are interactive, and it's made where every setting sounds good. Also works excellently for bass. This fuzz into a hiwatt will change your life. I could go on and on and on...

This edition has two NOS Japanese transistors cascading into a high gain Matsushita 2SB176, stopping by an old stock 1n270 germanium diode along the way. Each set was carefully selected for tonal characteristics and audited by ear before assembly. I also used NOS capacitors in the tone section for a little razzle-dazzle. THIS EDITION 12/2021 IS THE FINAL 2SB176 RUN. I won't be getting any more of these particular transistors anytime soon, so I've decided to hoard my last small handful after this run. There are, eh, probably about thirty 707's with this set in existence. I didn't start keeping count until January of 21, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

-Controls are, from left to right: SUSTAIN, BALANCE, and ATTACK.
Sustain controls the amount of saturation to the third gain stage, fully clockwise can get you into saggy-bottom Neil Young territory. Balance is the closest thing you have to “volume” however in the strictest sense it does not work the same way. It may more accurately be named “Intensity”. Attack is somewhat analogous to “tone”, but also does not work the same way. Counter-clockwise is “thinner” and clockwise is “fatter” - it could also be renamed “focus”.
-All three controls are interactive: you may not hear a huge difference in sustain or attack with higher balance settings; you may hear a volume drop with thinner attack settings, and can compensate with higher balance; you may like a lower sustain setting if you have gain stages before the pedal. My favorite setting is all three knobs at 2:00.

All my pedals come with a calculable, yet arbitrarily-long-time warranty. Basically, I want my pedals working whether you bought it from me or not, whether you broke it on purpose or not, etc. If something isn't right, I'll make it right. (However, this excludes any kind of tone-chasing, alterations or mods. That journey is your own.)