March 9, 2020 at 8:16 pm #11529
Hey guys, long time no post – I just finished the Sriracha and it sounds amazing and functions perfectly – except for when I volume back to 0 on my guitar the pedal hisses at me. Was curious if this was a standard feature/side effect of the fuzz build or maybe I have something wrong? Did it on 2 guitars.
I’m guessing it’s just the nature of the beast.
PatMarch 9, 2020 at 8:47 pm #11532
Pat it is not a feature. You have a build issue.
The Sriracha Fuzz has been around forever since it was originally the Hot Chillicon and also the Fuzz portion of the Super Drive 70’s and I would never allow something like that as a feature.
I suggest you follow the normal debugging steps.March 9, 2020 at 9:35 pm #11535
Interesting – let me double check my values and see if I sub’d anything – shouldn’t have anything too off as I was going for a clean cut build on it and really kept the parts selection tight
Ill get back asap!March 9, 2020 at 10:07 pm #11536
Soldering, wiring ok. Parts all ok – I do have a 2.7k instead of 2.2k for R11 but Idk if that would affect it.
The real issue isn’t as much a howl as it is a hiss – just gets worse as I have the volume on 0 and goes away as I increase to 1+.
I’ll get some build pics and a video of the noise for reference.March 10, 2020 at 1:22 am #11537
Voltages and Pics would be most helpful.
What transistors did you use specifically as well and exact type.March 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm #11547
Let me get some voltages etc, pics for you today –
all 2n5088s, same batch order I use on all of my other pedals with no issues. But of course I am skeptical of any substitutes. Should I try with 5089s as called for?
Will grab some pics asap – no rush on this one currently as it is purely a ‘for fun’ project for me
Thanks for quick help as usual, Barry!March 10, 2020 at 4:03 pm #11551
Patrick – typically, 2N5088 and 2N5089 are interchangeable. On the datasheet for those you can see the gain is just bit higher for the 2N5089s. The 2N5088 trannies should be fine.March 10, 2020 at 4:10 pm #11552
Pictures and voltages should be much more revealing.March 10, 2020 at 4:17 pm #11553
Patrick – Considering that rolling off the guitar’s volume to ZERO takes the signal input to ground, It should not be an issue.
I suspect a bad ground. With the guitar volume at zero, if there’s a bad ground, it (the ungrounded guitar) can act like an antenna.March 11, 2020 at 7:31 pm #11562
Looks like 5089 may have solved the issue! I’ll do some testing vs the 5088s and see what it does. Already seems to be functioning better and operating with better volume roll off as well as less hiss.
That’s what I get for subbing! lolMarch 11, 2020 at 7:57 pm #11563
Patrick – looking forward to seeing if the 2N5088 trannies were the issue. I’ve never built a Sriracha fuzz, still I’m interested in the comparison.March 11, 2020 at 7:59 pm #11564
Me too! I have tons of 5088s so it’s unfortunate that it may be the cause of the issue, but if it needs 5089 to run properly then so be it! I’ll do some more testing and verify the change. I definitely felt the volume roll off was much better this time – which is a big feature of the classic tonebender.March 17, 2020 at 2:20 am #11681
Wow this thing is killer – I added a toggle to C7 – .01uf or .0039uf for extra bright setting – really opens the tone knob up big time.
Played through about half of Nirvana’s Bleach on it haha must build moreMarch 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm #11685wilkie1Moderator
From your understated comments, I gather that you really like your pedal now? 🙂
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