There is a lot of discussion and lots of failed builds over the first "seven transistor" version of this. The second version, which also comes in 2-3 variations, seems to be more clear. There is a traced schem in fsb and the same version is found in Fuzz dog's "Raw fuzz". Here is my layout for it. :)
Thanks for the layout.
Found a video on a diystompboxes comparing a raw fuzz with an original fuzz war.
It nailed it, but it seemed far more scooped, fizzy and compressed. It reminded me to my superfuzz build where I added a 10k clipping control and changed the diodes to something else. It really opened the mids like the original on the video.
Did you build one with same schematics and parts?
Nice one! I've built several of these and it's probably one of the more original big muff derivates out there. I spotted one error though, 470K resistor between base of Q3 and D2-D3 should be 43K.Just for the record: recent versions has 1N5227B (3,6V) Zener diodes in the clipping stage and the 43K resistor is changed to 12K. Gives a bit more punchy and more aggressive clipping.
I built it with a few mods and a clipping switch. Sounds killer.
It sounds like a vintage Big Muff with a crazy tone control that sounds like a kind of Envelope Filter.
In satured amp sounds like the videos.