This original BJFe design dates back to 2000, when Björn Juhl first assembled the hand-made version in an attempt to capture a specific sound that was in his head but which he could not pinpoint to a specific amp. “It was the distorted guitar sound that I assumed the first Fender amp I ever saw would produce – though it turns out I was mistaken,” says Juhl of the inspiration.
Baby Blue OD straddles the line between overdrive and fuzz. The gain is heavy enough to handle hard rock, but it can also create overdriven amp sounds with Drive control dialed back. “I think of the sound as more that of an overdriven amplifier versus that of a device designed to overdrive amplifiers,” says Juhl.
A circuit that has seen several renditions over the years, Juhl considers the One Control version of Baby Blue his best yet. “It incorporates the best of all the various things I have tried over the 18 year history of the circuit. Also, we have ensured it can exist well into the future by using components that are readily available today.”