The Love Drops fuzz effect pedal inspired by one of the Most influential Fuzz users and one of the best Guitar Player in the world, the one and only jimi hendrix and his Gibson Psychedelic Flying V Guitar, called “Love Drops” that has a Hand Made paint on it. “Hendrix modiﬁed the nut and strap button and painted the instrument himself using nail polish. When Hendrix gave the guitar to Mick Cox of the Irish band Eire Apparent in 1969, Cox reﬁnished it in black and removed the original design. In the 1990s, session musician Dave Brewis acquired the instrument and restored Hendrix’s original paint job.”
The is something nobody thought about, or built… why? Because all of the pedal manufacturers want to make the same pedal that other companies make, using the same transistors, over and over again. I asked myself the question: Which fuzz pedal would Jimi Hendrix use today if he was still alive? I watched hundreds of videos of Jimi playing in different venues, e.g. Isle of Wight and Stockholm, and his fuzz was having trouble working together with his wah-wah. The fuzz had that noise that drove him nuts. So, I utilized all of my knowledge in Fuzz Faces and decided to put low noise Silicon transistors with low to medium gain to make them sound more like a Germanium fuzz because Jimi liked the Germanium fuzz warmth but he didn’t like how they responded when the weather wasn’t favorable for that type of transistor.
Unfortunately, the Fuzz Face’s germanium transistors were extremely unreliable when exposed to hot
stage lights or the sun during outdoor gigs. Jimi collected several Fuzz Face pedals, and he would try
several during sound check to choose the one he thought sounded best that particular day. Eventually, he got tired of the unreliable transistors in his Fuzz Face pedals, so he had them modified by Roger Mayer.
The Silicon Transistors I chose for this Fuzz are the Matsushita 2sC828A-Q. This transistors are not
common 2sC828 like the ones used in the Uni-Vibe, these has a hFE class gain from 130hfe to 260hfe. (in my opinion) Perfect match for Silicon transistors.
The has a few features that makes this Fuzz pedal Unique on the market SABBADIUS
today, it has a knob called “WAH WAH TRICK” that allows you to make this Fuzz a “Wah Wah friendly”, this
means that you can use this fuzz pedal with a wah wah without have that annoying coupler-like noise that makes fuzz pedals not compatible with wah wah pedals and you won’t be able to make your wah wah sound or module like it should. You can place the before or after wah a wah pedal and SABBADIUS
use this knob “WAH WAH TRICK” to set the correct position so that noise disappears. Another thing to keep in mind when using is that if you don’t want to use a wah wah with the fuzz, SABBADIUS
you can use the “WAH WAH TRICK” as a “Fuzz cleaner”, this means that can clean up a bit of the “fizziness” from the fuzz and will convert the Fuzz in a kind of Overdrive pedal. You can place the FUZZ, OUTPUT, WAH WAH TRICK knobs all the way up and lower the volume of your guitar to clean your tone like the fuzz effect is OFF.
The fuzz knob is a CUSTOM MADE potentiometer made for SABBADIUS Electronics with a special curve to have the best control on a fuzz pedal from 0 to 9, giving you the ability to use the full potential of the
knob range thus giving more control of the FUZZ.
The pedal has 4 named controls:OUTPUT, FUZZ, BIAS AND WAH WAH TRICK.
OUTPUT: The OUTPUT knob controls the volume of the fuzz.
FUZZ: The FUZZ knob controls the amount of FUZZ that is added to the sound. This control can also
be manipulated by the guitar’s volume control.
BIAS: A BIAS control in a Silicon Fuzz? YES!, why?
I decided to add this control outside the PCB so people can get more custom tones and sounds playing with the voltage that controls the Q2.
WAH WAH TRICK: The WAH WAH TRICK knob lets you use a Wah-Wah pedal effect with the fuzz. In several Fuzz models with the wah wah pedal cannot be used because it makes a nasty noise when
the sweep of the same is used or the Wah Wah effect does not appear thus losing the modulation effect.
With this control it is possible to change the fuzz sound before or after the wah wah, thus producing an
original wah-wah sound and fuzz together and modulate to perfection. This function can be activated or
disabled to control and generate “fizziness” in the FUZZ effect or to use it as a booster