The Bazz Fuss “chocolate noisette” - a super-minimalist overdrive/distortion/fuzz effect circuit.
I saw DIY Guitar Pedals build and demo the Bazz Fuss on youtube and had to try myself .. just to see how good it really is for about the simplest effect circuit I’ve ever seen.
Although not the true origin, the main source of information about the Bazz Fuss circuit appears to be at home-wrecker.com.
I tried the first, most basic, circuit (v1) on a breadboard and was pretty impressed by the sound.
I’m using an S9013 (chosen because I know it is a little dirty), and I ended up placing two in a Darlington configuration, though it only contributes a little to the waveform.
Here’s a comparison of a single S9013 and an S9013 pair.
- CH1 (yellow) - 1kHz 2Vp-p sinusoid
- CH2 (blue) - output, with output pot full on
First a single S9013:
And then with an S9013 Darlington pair. Only a minor difference, but you can see that it retains more of the original peak shape when clipping. I think this adds a little more warmth to the sound.
Lovely warm distortion (chocolatey?). It does pick up quite a bit of RF noise (the wiring and non-shielded box I used in the final build don’t help).
Here’s what it does to a 1kHz 2Vp-p signal in the final build:
Testing on a breadboard:
Construction complete … the internals: