Old-school germanium fuzz tone machine from Burns (and don't forget Baldwin!).

This is a positive ground effect, which means much woe if you want to power it on the same daisy chain as your standard polarity pedals. But wait... this new version of the kit has an optional onboard voltage inverter, which means your power supply won't complain.

Very similar to a Tone Bender Mk III. Excellent sustain and very tweakable with the Balance and Timbre controls. This is the heaviest version of a Tone Bender type circuit these ears have come across.

Currently supplied with AC128 transistors, or you can have the kit without cans if you want to source your own.

Designed for vertical mount pots (which have round shafts), but you can wire up 'normal' pots with splined shafts 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 take a battery. Knobs are not included.

Difficulty: Easy

PCB size: 50 x 32mm

Knobs required: 3

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct Connect compatible (4-way)


Here's the older version


Pedal Parts



£36.00 inc. tax

£30.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

2 review(s) posted (write review)
So good it hurts! 5 product stars
"Simple build that went off without a hitch. Bought this on a whim after seeing a youtube demo from another builder (i have 2 buzzarounds already). First play- reckon it blows the other more expensive builds away :). Fantastic pedal with plenty of tones available from thick/muffy to mean/nasty." BrettS - 08/05/2017
A fuzz with a difference 4 product stars
"This pedal is not your average fuzz. Great sounding thick fuzz tones, and controls that somehow seem to work but are not really intuitive. There's no normal volume control but give it a few minutes of tweaking and you'll find what you want. Plenty of fuzz in there, but not compressed like a muff. Not as smooth as a fuzz face, and more bottom than a tone bender. It has its own character and is very usable in a band/gig context. I built mine with the voltage inverter which is simple and works a treat. Great for a fuzz lead tone that's near fuzz face territory but a bit edgier." Tim O - 31/05/2016

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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