Mad Mule - Neil Young's Weld and Rust tones in a box

Hot! Mad Mule - Neil Young's Weld and Rust tones in a box

Also available in a standard vertical box format.

Boutique pedal designed to capture Neil Young's live tone in a small metal box. Ok, you'll also need a lot of tube amp wattage, and big stage and some fat riffs, but this pedal will take you a step in the right direction.

This ingenious circuit combines both fuzz and overdrive to offer up a whole stack of different tone. The voltage starve control mixes things up a whole lot more. Hours of experimentation fun.

Board-mounted pots for minimal wiring and easy enclosure mounting.

Pot spacing is 21mm - please take that into consideration when choosing knobs.

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. Please choose appropriate knobs.

Difficulty: Medium

PCB size: 100 x 22mm

Knobs required: 5

Enclosure: 1590B



Pedal Parts



£32.40 inc. tax

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

Customer Reviews

6 review(s) posted (write review)
Rocking in the Free World 5 product stars
"2nd Pedal kit (after modding a few old Boss's) I've put together and got it up and running in a couple of hours. Great sounding pedal, you can go from a more sensible drive a la 'Cowgirl in the Sand' up to fuzzed up voltage sag madness a la Neil with Devo in the late 70s. Love it. It is tight in there, took me a bit of shuffling around and testing but once you've got it in the right place and tightenend up it's good to go. Keep up the good work FuzzDog" Adam Gorman - 15/03/2018
Excellent pedal 5 product stars
"Made this kit a few months back, and very impressed. Fuzz and overdrive in one box with the ability to have various amounts of each until you find the sound you want.Have made several kits from Fuzzdog and this is a keeper." Mick - 08/10/2017
Loves it 5 product stars
"Was really good fun building this kit, has taken nearly two weeks(and I still need to paint the casing) but had the perfect mix of frustration(mostly caused by myself) in the process. The board itself took about three hours to build but this involved my six year old son trying to help and me trying to explain how the soldering iron worked and him helping break my desoldering pump(great bonding time!!). I was going to write about the issues I had and how I solved them after putting the parts together but I think that would detract from the fun of building this kit. I will, however, say that the battery test sounded awful, really noisy, like an unearthed guitar noise. DO NOT be put off by this, you will hear that your kit works. The casing in itself will cancel alot of noise(and radio interference!!). All in all a great project and the pedak sounds amazing, really dark(not sure if the tone control actually does anything) and the power starve can get the thing sounding properly broken. This is the first pedal kit I've built and it sounds great. With great next day delivery to the North East of Scotland and no issues with parts so far I couldn't be happier. Fuzz Dog pedals have made me very happy and I will be ordering again very soon(going for delay next time)." Davd - 13/06/2017
The perfect mix of overdrive and fuzz 5 product stars
"Built this from a kit. Must be one of the best pcb's on the site. The layout is very practical and well designed. Easy to build and sounds amazing. Everything from a nice full overdrive through classic fuzz to a nasty squelching meltdown in one box. I experimented a bit with different op-amps and ended up using a Texas Instruments 4558 instead of the one included with the kit. This one stays on the board for a while." Kristian Nordeide - 10/11/2014
Nice Pedal 5 product stars
"This Pedal works as advertised and sounds great. After trying all the others I now buy my kits and PCBs from FUZZ dog. They arrive in Australia at my door in about a week, sound great with useful instructions. The mad mule didn't sound too good when I tested it with a Battery, it must have been flat however cause when I hooked it up with a Power supply it sounds fantastic, lots of saturated fuzz/ drive sounds within. Thanks Poodle!" Jules - 22/10/2014
Zuma to ZZ Top 5 product stars
"Does everything from fuzzy Zuma sounds to scratchy Rust and saturated Weld. Works well with single coils as well as humbuckers. You can even capture that early Billy Gibbons filth tone. Seriously impressive! Thank you Mr Poodle!" Andy M - 09/08/2013

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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