Just finished an ESV Fuzz - my first pedal build. I understand tube circuits reasonably well but don't know much about solid state devices.
When I had the pedal squared away, I started experimenting with my Strat. Cool & very familiar sound
Then I switched over to my Heritage 535 equipped with Seymour Duncan Antiquity humbuckers. Yee hah! THAT'S a whole lot of fun. So my question is, what could I switch in the circuit to get that same totally saturated fuzz with single coils?
I've looked here and elsewhere for mods, but there are sooo many! This looks like a pretty cool collection, but I don't know if any of them address my question about a single coil/humbucker switch: http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/Fuz ... ods_V2.gif
I've noticed another odd difference between the Strat and the 535. When I turn the volume down just a touch off 10 on the 535, there's a abrupt drop in volume with the Fuzz engaged. Effect is smooth with the Strat.
Also, I'm confused about the Fuzz and how it interacts with my Strat. I've got a series/parallel switch. Normally, parallel is lower volume and sweeter - typical Strat tone (don't know why they call it "quack" but whatever) - and heavier, more humbucker-like when 2 or 3 coils are in series. With the Fuzz engaged, the parallel setting is louder and more raw. Series seems a bit muffled and definitely lower output. What the heck is up with that?
Regarding the build itself, I forgot a couple of fundamental rules I learned long ago while building and fixing amps:
1) Plan to be wrong about something!
2) If something can move while you're soldering it, it will
move and you'll get a bad solder joint
3) While debugging, only try to fix one thing at a time. Otherwise you won't know what fixed the problem and/or created a new one.
4) Just because it's a "simple" circuit inside a little box doesn't mean that you can rush through it