BSIAB2 - Brown Sound in a Box

Ed Guidry's high-gain distortion designed to recreate Eddie Van Halen's famous Brown Sound.

Despite the name this thing is actually much more versatile, offering rich high-gain tone that is perfect for hard-rock styles. Doubly versatile now the board includes the optional Contour control.

Multimeter required to set the biasing voltage, though its easy enough to tweak it by ear.

Designed for vertical mount pots (which have round shafts - you'll need knobs with set-screw fitting), but you can wire up normal pots if you prefer.

Partial kit: PCB, all board-mounted components, pots.

Full kit: As above, plus footswitch and appropriate daughterboard/components for your selected bypass type (see Downloads section for details of those), jack sockets, DC socket, battery snap, hook-up wire, LED.

Enclosure (pre-drilled) is only available with full kits, and will not take a battery. Knobs are not included.

Builds are only available with full kits including enclosures. Please choose appropriate knobs.

Difficulty: Medium

PCB size: 50 x 37mm

Knobs required: 3-4

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)


Here's the original version


Pedal Parts



£32.40 inc. tax

£27.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

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Not just for Eddie fans 5 product stars
"The name of this thing is actually a bit misleading. I couldn't care less about Eddie Van Halen and his mysterious 'brown sound', but this is an incredible sounding pedal. The build is a little more tricky than some as there's a bit of biasing required, but nothing to be scared of. The sound is a masive, fat, rich overdrive which isn't actually quite as 'high gain' as the hype would have you believe. It will go pretty fruity if you turn it up, but this thing loves Aerosmith, G'n'R and AC/DC. This is basically my go-to 'lead' sound now, with the Mucky Hush on 'rhythm'. Boost it with a Box of Rock 50 for metal insanity!" John Roberts - 03/11/2013

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Full kits DO NOT include enclosures unless you select them in the 'Kit Type' drop-down menu.

Don't forget to download the appropriate daughterboard build document for your kit:
Standard 3PDT