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Calliope Vintage Fuzz

Based On
Catalinbread® Karma Suture (Ge/Si)
Effect Type
Fuzz / Overdrive
Build Difficulty
Project Summary
An adaptation of the Interfax Harmonic Percolator, with additional controls for diode clipping and pre-gain bass. Silicon and germanium versions are both supported.
Calliope Vintage Fuzz printed circuit board

Printed Circuit Board

What's included?
PCB only. Build instructions and parts list can be viewed or downloaded from this page.


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Project overview

The Calliope Vintage Fuzz is an adaptation of the Catalinbread Karma Suture (germanium and silicon versions), originally traced by Aion FX in 2021.

The original Karma Suture was released in 2014. It was based on the Interfax Harmonic Percolator, but with several circuit changes to make it into its own effect rather than a straight clone. Most of the values have been changed from the original, and the “Density” and “Diodes” controls have been added.

The silicon version followed in 2016, again with several part changes from the germanium version. While the framework of the schematic is nearly identical, the silicon version sounds completely different and they really are two different pedals.

The Calliope PCB supports both the germanium and silicon versions. The default parts list is for the germanium version, while alternate values are provided for the silicon version. Other than the inclusion of additional transistor footprints on the PCB, there are no other modifications or changes to the circuit. See documentation for more information on transistor selection.

The Harmonic Percolator is also available from Aion FX as the Particle Vintage Fuzz.