Figaro Drive - Brian May in-a-box

One of the most instantly recognisable guitar tones in history, and now you can take a step towards it with a little 60 x 110mm box.

Mr May famously uses cranked Vox AC30s with an always-on treble booster pushing them. This circuit combines an AC30 preamp section with a silicon RangeMaster in front.

Hugely responsive to dynamics, you can go from full, glorious crunch with your guitar volume right up, to classic Vox jangle with it wound back. Increadibly versatile and a must to cut through a band set-up.

Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightning.....

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

All credit to JuanSolo and Cleggy for tracing the circuit.

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 enclosure and vertical-mount pots. Please choose appropriate knobs.

Difficulty: Medium

PCB size: 42 x 50mm

Knobs required: 3

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)



Pedal Parts


£39.60 inc. tax

£33.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

3 review(s) posted (write review)
Great Drive Pedal 5 product stars
"Built this as a Christmas present and after testing don't want to give it away! all the controls have a huge usable range and it all sounds fantastic!" Benjamin Storm - 14/11/2017
fantastic pedal, great support 5 product stars
"the pedal sounds fantastic and fuzzdog's support is always faster than light! I've done many fuzzdog kits, all great kits. maybe the led-bezel could be better." giorgio - 22/10/2015
Wow! Figaro Sings! 5 product stars
"I've built and bought a lot of drives, but this one is staying on my board. Lot's of awesome tones out of this guy. Easy build. Fits nicely in a 1590B. I'm sure i'll be building more of these when my friends hear it. Absolutely love it. Much different than my other drives." Chuck Brand - 18/07/2015

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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