|The Orpheum Fuzz - Thanks Andrew Carrell whoever you are|
The only addition I added was a 68k resistor in series with the 199nF cap at the input to tame the fuzz for humbuckers and to have some extra control on the pedal which simulates the effect of rolling off the guitar's volume knob a bit. This is a great mod and could be hooked up on an SPST switch to enable both options.
After some years building all kinds of ancient fuzz circuits I can definitely say that this circuit delivers some crazy vintage sounds which you wouldn't get from any other pedal. Very buzzy-zippy-sax-like in your face fuzz. NOT for chords but more for those wacky 60's solos and heavy riffs. Amazing on bass and on guitars on the neck pickup. It's that simple....and that rewarding. Mean, splatty and nasty!
Other garage riffs and solos which can be nailed are those by the Seeds. Mellow playing with your thumb on the lower strings with the neck pickup really brings out the buzziness in a beautiful way.
|The Orpheum Fuzz|
If you wanna build the germanium version you can find the schematic here:
The great layouts by Dragonfly can be found on the aronnelson page here: http://www.aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/DRAGONFLY-LAYOUTS_0/album18/FUZZ+PCB/ORPHEUM+OLD+SCHOOL+LAYOUT.GIF.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1
The no-risk versions from the TagboardFX page:
|Orpheum Silicon fuzz version|
Will soon add a clip to demo this beast.
|The Colors I use for painting all enclosures on this blog.|
I tried to find a different name for it as I couldn't understand why they named it Orpheum. It should have been called something like Morpheum.