13 switches, 2 effects, 1 FUZZ. I’m talking about the Death By Fuzz III deluxe. This monster is based on the super limited-edition Death by Audio Super Fuzz War but replacing the internal dip switches for external toggles that enable each individual control.
Death By Fuzz III Deluxe wages total war on the very concept of what a fuzz pedal should be. This behemoth of destruction has a topology that could fit in the description MUFF + Rat (as a dirty boost) but moded excessively to cause a total Death by Fuzz effect (deluxe) on you!
Give me liberty or give me Death By Fuzz 3 Deluxe!
This must be the first time in history when the ‘liberty’ in that sentence doesn’t sound that appealing in comparison. Death By Fuzz 3 Deluxe, just like the previous versions of this face-melting fuzz machine, is not to be taken lightly. The third version is based on a limited edition, but with a twist – all the internal DIP switches were taken outside the box, so you can think outside the box when meticulously shaping your lethal tone. This model also offers an option to call backup in the form of a booster with its own external toggles. Let’s have a near-death experience!
Death By Fuzz 3 Deluxe comes equipped with 4 potentiometers – FUZZ, TONE, LEVEL and BOOST. FUZZ is the control over how many sonic devastations you want to inflict – clockwise brings annihilation, while by turning the knob counter-clockwise, you show some mercy. With TONE, you can shape the character of the fuzz – heavy as a tank, or thin as a blade – your pick. LEVEL and BOOST are the volume controls – LEVEL covers the fuzz section, while BOOST is responsible for the booster loudness. Now for the switches – the 16(!) switches included in this monster cover all the needs that you might have (and even some that you never thought of!). There’re clipping selectors, in case you’d want to spice things up by trying a different clipping diode. There’s an additional EQ section. There’re extra decibels for the boost. You name it, we have it.
With all the options available in this circuit, there is no chance that you won’t find a tone for yourself here. If you ever thought that nothing more can be done with a Muff design, think again, because this machine breaks all the rules!
For further analysis on this circuit take a look at this thread on DIY Stomp Boxes Forum.