i found it! i think? well i found sound clips http://www.moosapotamus.com/squarefuzz/squarefuzz.htm that first clip of moosapotamus's square fuzz is what i've been looking for. now that's the fuzz sound in my head. http://www.moosapotamus.com/brassmaster/brassmaster.htm the high sens clip on that page gets close, and has that nice synthy tone, but its messy also and more edgy. the squarewave fuzz is a lot neater sounding than other pedals like the clips on the chunk brown dog page and the effector 13 truly beautiful disaster page. now i just need to build this baby with two big potential snags, 1. moosapotamus made mods to the original squarewave circuit that he didnt document, and i asked but he never responded so i'll have to use the stock circuit, and 2. no clue whether or not it works with active basses. it'll be a while since it's my first effort into DIY, but the schematic looks relatively simple compared to the others i've looked at so it seems to be a decent place to start off at.