True bypass and strong enough for punk rock!
The Pinhead is a one of a kind punk rock/garage band worthy fuzz. True bypass switching. This is raw and raunchy and will drive a Class A tube amp into a wonderful frenzy. This thing is a time machine!
Let's be very clear about one thing though. This is not a "nice" fuzz pedal. It's outrageously loud. It's not smooth, dainty or reasonable. It roars, oscillates, and causes general mayhem. It's like getting your face slowly cut off with a rusty dull chainsaw. And no, it won't clean up nicely with your guitar volume knob.
Battery or standard center negative 2.1 mm Boss style DC jack. Good parts in this one, Alpha pot, Neutrik jacks, Electroharmonix 3PDT footswitch. Built on veroboard, all point to point wired. The bulletproof aluminum enclosure is strong enough to park a truck on. Even your crazy bass player jumping around can't destroy the Pinhead!
Youtube demo here:
Baldwin Burns Buzzaround Clone
Master Volume knob plus DC jack friendly!!
For your consideration, a clone of the famous, obsolete and amazingly rare Baldwin Burns Buzzaround fuzz pedal.
Note: This is a new version which is more pedalboard friendly. It can utilize either a 9v battery or a Standard Boss-style 2.1mm adaptor (not included). You can daisy chain this fuzz with the rest of your pedalboard with no issues. Utilizes an on-board charge pump to allow it to use a standard negative ground adaptor. Plus, I've added what most people would agree is the most valuable Buzzaround mod of them all, a Master Volume knob. The controls on a Buzzaround are very interactive and a lot of great tones exist where all the knobs are at or near max. However, this is a very loud pedal when all the controls are near max and with the original there is no way to reduce volume and keep those amazing tones. That's where the master volume (knob on the edge) comes in. Makes this pedal much more usable for stage and recording situations.
The originals have sold recently for as much as $3000 on ebay! If you think that's crazy, you won't get any arguement from me. Those prices are for collectors, not regular guitar players. But the fact remains that this is an absolutely amazing pedal. The only thing keeping this from being more popular than the Fuzz Face or Tone Bender is that no one really famous used one "back in the day"
My build uses vintage NOS PNP germanium transistors, 1% metal film resistors and mylar capacitors and is in a rock solid, bulletproof build. This will stand up to many years of hard use.
Here is a comment from a recent buyer:
"amazing pedal and unbelievable tone. without a doubt, FRIPP IN A BOX!!!!"
I got the Buzzaround today. It sounds incredible! Great work! Thanks for the prompt turnaround. I will have to get used to the controls. I think this will be my #1 fuzz on my board. I think this surpasses everything I have used in the last 25 years. Evolution in order: Rat, AceTone Fuzzmaster FM-2, SolaSound Fuzz Wah, EH Big Muff Deluxe, EH Hot Tubes, Ronsound Stone Machine, and Swollen Pickle which I think the Buzzaround will be replacing".
Here is bit of history about the original pedal:
"Between 1965 and 1968 the merged UK subsidiary of Baldwin Piano & Organ Company and Burns London, called Baldwin Burns Ltd, produced a small number of guitar effects pedals. One of these was a fuzz pedal called the Buzzaround. Gary Hurst reportedly designed this pedal around 1966/67 (unconfirmed and probably hearsay) and the circuit is extremely close to the 3-Knob Tone-Bender circuit. Those with a flair for the conspiracy theory suggest that, with very good reason, the Sola Sound Tone-Bender MKIII is basically the Buzzaround circuit with the addition of a tone control. The pedal contains three knobs, being:
- Sustain. Self-explanatory.
- Balance. This is basically a bias control for Q3.
- Timbre. This is a volume/tone control, which is never fully off."
Ultra-rare Baldwin-Burns fuzz box as used by Robert Fripp on the Bowie track 'Heroes'
This is definitely one of the rarest and hardest to track down items in Fuzz box history
It's the stuff that legends are made of, Google it and see for yourself.
The DenTone Rocket boost is a pedalboard friendly germanium boost, with the ability to use either a 9V battery or a standard polarity Boss style 2.1mm DC adaptor.
Want to drive your valve amplifier into natural overdrive? Create valve overload at low volume settings? Need a treble booster, a bass booster, and a multi purpose full frequency old school flavoured solo booster? The Mini Rocket does all of the above and then some. Works wonders in zinging up muddy sounding fuzz boxes and will make weak or low output guitar pick-ups warmer, more dynamic and fuller bodied. ...
Works equally well with single coils, P-90, humbuckers, filtertrons, you name it.
Sounds great in front of either tube or solid state amps.
Controls are Volume/Gain and Range (with a wide linear sweep from treble to mid to bass boost and all flavors in between).
-Diecast flat blue aluminum box, as bulletproof as you can get.
-1/4 inch Neutrik audio jacks
-ElectroHarmonix 3PDT blue footswitch
-Water blue status LED in chrome bezel
-Alpha 16mm potentiometers
-Super heavy duty mini chickenhead knobs
-Hard plastic 9V battery snap
-High grade tubular metalized polymer capacitors
-1% metal film resistors for ultra low noise
-Vintage NPN NOS Tesla Germanium transistor
-Solid core pvc insulated wires point to point construction
-Assembled in the USA on veroboard in a one man custom shop/signed and dated by the builder (me).
Two differently voice Alien Hate Fuzzes in one box!
Two very differently voiced Alien Hate Fuzz circuits in this pedal. The first, with the blue LED is the more traditionally voiced silicon version. The second, with red LED is a much deeper voiced germanium version.
Use either fuzz separately or both circuits can be activated at the same time and the result is absolute armaggedon. I'll let the youtube demo speak for itself.
This pedal can run on either a 9V battery or a standard Boss style 2.1mm DC adaptor. Highest quality parts throughout, Neutrik jacks, Alpha pots and Electroharmonix blue 3PDT footswitches. True bypass switching.
Here is some more information about the Alien Hate Fuzz for anyone not already familiar with this cult classic.
Have the Aliens been reading your thoughts? Have you been wearing your tin foil hat 24/7? Do you have tin foil stuffed into all the cracks around your doors and windows? Man, it's one thing when the aliens are listening to your thoughts. It another thing altogether when they start putting thoughts in your head! This pedal is proof of that.
Who knew that they were fans of 60's rock and buzzsaw one knob fuzz pedals. Who knew that sustain and raunchy fuzz was the reason that there were so many UFO sightings during that era. Who knew that they would design their own fuzz and beam the plans for it into the builders brain. I'm just the guy holding the soldering iron. You can blame the aliens for the rest.
The Alien Hate Fuzz is equally at home with guitar or bass. Here is a demo clip I found on the web of a bass player who owns the AHF. I didn't record it, but I think it does a nice job showing what the pedal is capable of with bass. Thanks to David "The BurgerMeister" Castagner for the sample
Here is a youtube demo of the Alien Hate Fuzz with guitar. Different enclosure style, same circuit.
Here is another demo with bass from an Alien Hate Fuzz owner (band is The Modern Hymn http://www.facebook.com/themodernhymn):
Here's what some earthlings had to say about the Alien Hate Fuzz:
"thanks dude, the alien hate fuzz is everything a fuzz pedal should be...smooth, simple, fun to play and totally listenable. also, after removing all the screws to install a 9v battery, you somewhat restored my faith in essential human decency by including one w the unit! i am going to recommend to all my friends. "
"I Fuzzin' LOVE this hatred. ALIEN HATE FUZZ is what I've been looking for. HUGE!"
Incredible smooth fuzz with a ton of sustain. One knob (labeled Hatred) controls fuzz and volume. The sound of this pedal is absolutely huge!!! Put a little echo behind it and it sounds like God himself is playing your axe. Very raw, yet with synthy overtones. Pick harmonics really sing with this thing maxed. Sounds great with either guitar or bass.
Ramones in a Box!