User Guide


Trip Hazard 1 Fuzz

Dangerous Guitar Pedals

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Trip Hazard 1



As a start to this pedal business, we figured a nice fuzz box would do. After all, fuzz is one of the most common trip hazards. Just ask anyone with a cat.

The Trip Hazard 1 features an NTE109 germanium diode paired with a 1N914 silicon diode in the opposing direction. Clipping occurs on the top and the bottom of the waveform but with a slight asymmetry, due to the different diodes. So the sound is rich and full.

The Trip Hazard 1 can be powered by 9v battery or with a standard center pin-negative 9v DC power supply. A red LED will light up when the effect is engaged. The stomp switch is a 3PDT true bypass.


Trip Hazard utilizes a virtual ground rail splitter to achieve precise bipolar voltage. With this arrangement, the negative from the power supply is -4.5v referenced to ground. So if you are using a Trip Hazard pedal on a pedal board with a single power supply to power all your pedals, it must have isolated outputs. If your power supply has a common ground negative, the negative supply inside your Trip Hazard pedal will short to ground, and the result will be that it won't work. And then smoke might come out.


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Trip Hazard pedals are made in the USA by XQP. Nice guys. Yes we are.

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