Rhythm & Detonation


The Ampeg Scrambler is a nasty octave fuzz that originally came out in 1969. It became a highly desired effect, and at one point the original units were selling for more than $1000 on eBay. I built this clone using the layout found over at TONEPAD. Some of the components found in the original units can be hard to find, but I was able to purchase the 2n5306 transistors, and the new old-stock 1n456 GI general instrument diodes from Small Bear Electrical.

The controls are for TEXTURE, which controls the amount of upper octave content in the fuzz; and BALANCE, which mixes clean signal in with the fuzz.

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