Stinky Cheese Fuzz

Far from cheesy, this box is bursting with full-on fuzzy madness. Super high gain tones to pound your sensibilities.

Incredibly versatile thanks to the famous four-way tone section rotary switch, giving:

  • Tone Bypass
  • Mid Scoop
  • Mid Boost
  • Gated (very, very silly but mucho fun)

Includes a modified output stage for extra volume, as the original was a little lacking. Many thanks to Plesur for the details of that mod in the Feta Complis build doc.

And all this in a vertical 1590B you say? Damn straight. AND it's great on bass.

Pots and rotary switch are pcb-mounted (though you're welcome to wire your pots if that's your thing), making this the quickest, easiest, neatest version of this circuit you'll find. Direct-connect daughterboard compatible too, so you can get the whole thing built and boxed up with only a 4-way ribbon cable and 6 connecting wires for jacks and DC. POW!

Note: if you select vertical-mount pots these have a round shaft, so take that into consideration when buying knobs - you'll need some that fit with a set-screw. They'll also need to be 15mm or under in diameter. The rotary switch requires a knob with set screw, and will need to be cut to length. Build requires a teeny, tiny hack - not enough of a problem to justify redoing the PCBs before this batch runs out.

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 60mm

Knobs required: 3 small ones, 1 of any size

Enclosure: 1590B

Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)



Pedal Parts


£38.40 inc. tax

£32.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

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Mr. Woohoo Fuzz 5 product stars
"Surely all need for fuzz mayhem dissipates with maturity- NOPE! Being a fuzz fiend I pushed up the fuzz and floated away on my own personal fuzz cloud and it's dense enough to carry the weight - powerful bottom end & fighty mids. Calming down, I pulled back the fuzz and played around with the tone & vol controls and what fun! I had rich, creamy sounds & articulate chord definition & some very old fuzz sounds too before descending into ultra heavy mayhem. Even at its lowest fuzz setting there's a lot of fuzz, but if you roll back the tone & vol you'll find some other very usable sounds & they change dramatically. So many different sounds from one little box as the rotary lets you find a sound for your amp. It's a fun build and the instructions are good & all parts are of good quality. It's not a pedal anxious to behave itself for long (with me behind it anyway), but if full-bodied fuzz with character(s) is your thing it's great. Using humbuckers the tone is fat but it doesn't lose itself over to the bass end of my guitar as a germanium fuzz can. It'll stay on my pedal board (tea tray) as this pedal has big personality. The Stinky Cheese won't disappoint a fuzz-brain seeking a pedal with many fuzz tones. It's not stinky anyway & the box ain't big! I've been banished to headphones for the foreseeable future due to the 'racket' - oops!'s LOUD & even makes me sound ok!" Guy - 17/05/2017

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