Zelus Distortion/Sustainer - Musket Fuzz

Zelus - Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz Guitar Pedal PCB



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Project overview

The Zelus Distortion/Sustainer is adapted from the Blackout Effectors Musket Fuzz version 2, a Big Muff-based circuit with a few modifications.

First, an input boost has been added to the front of the circuit. This boost is adapted from the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 and allows you to drive the input harder than the initial gain stage in a stock Big Muff.

Second, a “Focus” control has been added to blend in a higher capacitor value and allow more bass through before the clipping stages. With this feature, the Musket is great for bass guitar.

Third, a “Midrange” control has been added to the treble side of the rotation allowing another capacitor to be gradually blended in parallel with the stock tone capacitor, changing the frequency of that side. Note that if the tone control is turned all the way to the bass side (counter-clockwise), the Midrange control will have almost no effect.

With these enhancements, the Musket is a unique and modern take on the Big Muff while retaining the character of the vintage circuit.