Guitar Fuzz Effect

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Fuzz is one of the classic guitar effects, and this simple circuit generates it quite well. The circuit is so compact that it can be built into guitars or amps that do not have built in fuzz to add that capability to the instrument. The circuit does not use much battery power, so a standard alkaline battery will last many years even with daily use.


This is the schematic of the Voltage Inverter


Total Qty.
R1, R22100K 1/4W Resistor
R311K 1/4W Resistor
R411M 1/4W Resistor
C11100uF 16V Electrolytic Capacitor
C2, C320.47uF Ceramic Disc Capcitor
D1, D221N4148 Diode
U11741 Op Amp
MISC1Socket for U1, Jacks for Input/Output, Wire, Board, 9V Battery Snap, Case


  1. You can use any input/output jacks you want, but the standard for musical instruments such as guitars is a mono 1/4" headphone plug and jack.

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Guitar Fuzz Effect - diode replacement
Friday, April 03, 2015 4:00:04 AM
This is a great circuit - thanks for sharing. Replaced the diodes with 1N4001 silicones and tried it out with a Telecaster-Bogner -setup. Now we're at the roots of rock. Thank you.
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Saturday, January 12, 2013 6:42:37 AM
The frequency range is basically controled by the signal capacitors C2 and C3. If a trebley sound is wanted their capacitance should be reduced, p.e. 10nF to 20 nF on both positions will make an electric guitar better suited to solo work. The Treble Boosters use even lower values for C2, like 6.8 - 3.3 - 2.2 nF. For bass guitars IŽll probably add a small value capacitor (1 - 2.2 nF) between pin 6 of the opamp to ground or between pin 2 to ground. Another way to make the effect bassier is adding a small value capacitor on the negative feedback loop, i.e. on parallel with R4.
To control the amount of fuzz effect
Sunday, June 10, 2012 11:50:07 PM
Replace R4 FOR 1M POT and you will be able to control the amount fuzz effect!
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Thursday, April 05, 2012 9:17:35 AM
it sounds too smaller and quiter ? shall i take a OP circuit?
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Saturday, December 18, 2010 7:49:04 AM
Hello, I build the circuit but it doesn't work... Everything looks good (tensions, ...) but I don't have sound. Is someone can help me ? Thanks
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Monday, November 08, 2010 5:21:37 PM
I was able to build the Fuzz Effect circuit by connecting the output (pin 6) to the input (pin 2) of an LM386. I built a basic LM386 circuit (as noted on the datasheet), nothing fancy. I didn't have the correct values for Aaron's circuit (specifically diodes), but the sound is fair. I plan to build in a box. An all in one fuzzy guitar amp.
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Monday, November 08, 2010 1:18:25 PM
Any chance I could use a 1N4742A zener instead? Thanks!
Annoying David
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:46:39 AM
I'm fresh whit op-amps why does 9v go straight to ground by passing R1,R2 resistors?
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:28:02 PM
Hi, I'm building my own bass and I want to have a built-in fuzz effect. Would this circuit be any good for a bass or would i need to replace a few components with different values to get a more bass-suited sound?
Guitar Fuzz Effect
Friday, July 17, 2009 10:02:22 AM
PFFF, is not work ! I've make this circuit... maybe is my fault. Is need an amplifier for electric guitar ? I have made this circuit and then e've connect the circuit to my guitar and to battery ( 9V) . Can anyone give me a schema with the connections to this circuit ? (maybe this is the problem)
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