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Open Discussion / HNSHGD - PRS Se, plus a prank.
« on: March 02, 2019, 05:30:26 PM »
Happy New Second Hand Guitar Day to me. 

I've been wanting a PRS since 1991, but there was no way I was going to pay the AUD$5k for one, ever.  I decided that I was over having multiple below/average guitars that I'd hotted up and wanted to get something nice, so I sold the Attention Whore and a stack of pedals to get the cash together.

I went to the local shop to try out an SE, but it was so horribly set up it didn't play in tune.  I asked if they could set it up for me as I was serious about it, but wanted to know that it was able to be made playable before purchase if I'm forking out $800 - and I really wanted to buy local rather than online.  Long story short, they said yes, but we'll have to call you as we're too busy today.  Two weeks later and no call, went in, the guitar is in the same state.  Old string, 7mm action at the 12th fret.

Oh well, they mustn't have wanted my business.  I went online, looked around, and my friend found one for me near him on FB.  He's interstate.  Victoria vs Tasmania...  The bloke wants $600.  I ask him if he'll do $500 as I have to get it sent to me, and I can get it new for $800 set up and delivered.  Bloke says sure, if it's cash.  No probs, deal done.

My friend tries it out, rants about it and takes it to band praco for a drive.  Loves it, I may have to pry it from his cold dead hands (keep in mind he has a V-strat, Tele, and LP Studio to compare it to).  He sources a hardcase for me and sends it over, packing it with foam and whatever within an inch of it's life.

So, of course, what I do is post an FB status that only he, his wife, and my partner can see, that the guitar has arrived busted, complete with google sourced images.  Friend has a heart attack.  I let him off the hook and told him it was fine.

Anyway, the action wasn't any different to the shop one.  Scratching my head a bit, I lowered the saddles and it all came good.

So, impressions:
Indonesian made.  The neck is wider than Hulksnot, and shorter due to the scale length obviously, still coming to grips with that a bit.  The fret edges are fantastic.  There are two dings, one on the back and on on the top edge that can't be seen for the most part unless you're looking for it.

Overall, I this is a quality guitar.  In Australian prices, it's probably an upper mid range priced guitar and I'd say it's easily better than the Player Strats at the same price, and equal to the performers at double the price.  The only things that let it down imo are the cheap looking nut and truss rod cover.  Not a fan of the logo either, but that's even less important.  My opinion might just be because it's new to me or whatever.

You can find my prank at my fb profileas I've made it public for the time being:
https://www.facebook.com/william.phillips.77736310


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How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Amp project question...
« on: February 17, 2019, 05:32:36 AM »
Gudday all,

I'm doing another stupid pedal trick, by putting a TPA3116 D2 power amp into an enclosure with a JC120 pre on vero.

The exact board I have is here: 
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DC-12V-24V-TPA3116-D2-100W-Mono-Channel-Digital-Audio-Power-Amplifier-Board-O9C1/183298033734?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

and there's a review of it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CULehzRVurc

I'm using the JC120 pre layout as attached.

My the JC is working @ 33v, and it's easy enough to get 24v to the power amp, but my question is this:  Do I need to bring the level from the JC up before it goes to the amp? I know I could just suck it and see, but does it need to come up to line level first?

Any ideas, suggestions, or ridiculing is welcome.

Willy.

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Open Discussion / Family Xmas photo.
« on: December 22, 2018, 03:04:02 AM »
I was cleaning up the music room and thought it might be nice to get the family together for a photo.

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Open Discussion / 2018 Build Roundup.
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:17:48 AM »
It's probably a bit early, but with the announcement of the BOTY comp, plus the fact I probably won't finish anything else for the year I thought I would put up my completed builds for 2018.  I have no idea which one is going into the BOTB comp.

In no particular order:

Reactor - Baja's JVM410 on vero, with added eq on the crunch and OD channels.  Couldn't believe that it fired up first time.  I put this down to gluing the layout to the top of the vero.  Four footswitches is fairly tight, but it works.  If I was to build this again, I'd use a global eq as there's some sort of interaction between the two when they get summed to a single output.  Might be able to get around this with some switching hooha, but I'm not revisiting this one ever.

Beastmode - Switches between Zulu99's Mudflap Triple Wreck, and a Superjudge.  The boost on the Mudflap is a modified TS, and is before both drives.  There's also a gate after the Mudflap.  There's also a splitter to power the eyes, and a buffer after that as the Superjudge loves a buffer and the 1 knob gate doesn't work without one.

Genuine Fake - this was a rebox of Razorback that I gifted to a friend.  Long story, but it's inspired by a fake YJM strat I found for that friend.

Lightspeed - Afterlife comp and a Minitaur Klon in a 125b.  Great little box actually, and it sits after my drives as I really like the effect of comp post, as opposed to pre.  Very, very, very messy and tight build.

Tiger Drive - Crunchbox and Mimik in a BB, as a gift to a friend's 10yo son who has been taking to guitar like a duck to water.





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Open Discussion / "Not happy Jan...."
« on: October 06, 2018, 06:33:57 PM »
Had a friend stay over for a few days this week, and we went through every pedal I've got here (~30).  It's not something I'd ever really ever sat down to do as a lot of my pedals get tested, boxed, tested again, and put on the shelf.  While some didn't do it for us as well as the others (Dangerzone, I'm looking at you), and some reminded me of how good they actually are (Boneyard), none of them really came close to my HT-Dual...

This really bugs me as it looks like I'm still going to have to make allowances for an oversized pedal with it's own PS until I get a CIOKS AC10 - I really wanted a straight 9v board.

The thing is, the HT has a massive low end compared to anything else I've got, and I suspect that most of the other pedals will actually play better in a live band situation without having to fight for sonic space with the bass.  The Brown Betty gets somewhat close, but not really.  It's still a completely different beast, and the boost/zen/plexi combination I have in the Leviathan seems to cover 90% of cover music anyway...

Bah.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2akt3P8ltLM</a>

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Build Reports / OCD....
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:34:04 AM »
Gudday all.  A friend of mine, who I've already built a stack of pedals for (Harley's Hammer, Phatboy, Hyperactive Overdrive, et al) saw my Dangerzone and said he wanted an OCD with the same artwork....

I tried his OCD (V4, I believe.  He sold it later on for whatever reason) with my gear a while ago, and I wasn't impressed.  Building this (V3 rev2) hasn't improved my opinion of it.  Might go better on single coils, but it just doesn't have the top end I like and sounds flubby with my gear.

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Build Reports / Naughtyfish!!
« on: August 11, 2018, 01:21:28 AM »
Bog standard naughtyfish. Xvive vactrols. Didn't work originally due to a dodgy IC.

Yeah, I know I didn't use the MB wiring, I forgot to solder the LED and ground wires after getting it to work. I was a bit excited to finally get it in the box properly (that's what she said)....

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Gudday all.

I've got a Naughtyfish populated here, and it all seems to work except for the actual effect.  I can hear plenty of signal and the tonality changes with the switch flips and knob turns, but there's just no mutron going on.  The best I can get is a trebly sort of cocked wah sound.

I'm using a pair of Xvive VTL5C3 that I got off ebay after I got the same results with my LED/LDR home rolled ones earlier.

I've gone around and resoldered what I thought might be dodgy and cleared up some possible bridges a couple of times to no result.

It's a shame because I have a sweet enclosure already made up for it (it's been mounted already, but removed when the new vactrols didn't work).

Voltages are:

Power supply: 9.27v

IC1:
4.9mv
4.9mv
.3mv
-8.56v
4.8mv
14.2mv
2.6mv
8.94v

IC2:
8.65v
3.43v
3.45v
-8.54v
-8.54v
4.06v
3.43v
8.99v

IC3:
2.7mv
1.9mv
0.4mv
-8.56v
0.4mv
2.7mv
14.6mv
8.99v

IC4:
1.2v
4.9v
0.5mv
-3.8v
-8.54v
2.54v
1.4v
9v

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Build Reports / Megatron TMK2601 (3x FV-1 Octagon)
« on: August 05, 2018, 02:03:32 AM »
Gudday all.  Here's Megatron TMK2601.

That's right, 3x FV1, two of those with switches to access the default FV-1 patches, too many knobs, and two thousand, six hundred and one possible combinations of effects.

Thanks to BuGG for all his help and patience with my questions. He soldered the FV-1s and burnt some custom eeproms for me (which he now offers on his site - check it out if you haven't already).

Little wonky with the drilling, but it's all come out fairly good I think.

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Build Reports / Godzilla - RF Drive into Big British Distortion
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:58:49 AM »
Second one boxed up for the night.  A friend is a member of the Watkins amp forum and he designed some PCBs for the RF Drive when they were all after a Robin Ford sound.  From all accounts it's basically a Zendrive.  Anyway, he also put together an OD of his own design using the reliable old J201s and he gave me a couple of those boards.  I've finally gotten around to doing something with them:

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Build Reports / Dangerzone
« on: August 02, 2018, 06:53:59 AM »
While I'm wrestling with my Naughtyfish (passes sound fine, can hear the switches and knobs doing things, there's plenty of signal, just not the proper effected sound), here's Dangerzone.

I don't know that I'm a massive fan of this one yet, but as it says in the build docs, it is a different sound.  Rhythm wise I like it, but not so much for soloing.

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Build Reports / Arcadiator
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:34:13 AM »
Just your standard Arcadiator. It was so nice to build a single pcb effect with board mounted pots... would have been great if I hadn't wired the input to ground initially though.

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Gudday all, here's Brotherhood of Steel. It's BuGG's Brown Betty pcb with a klon buffer to kill the squeal, and dual gain channels using 100k and 1meg pots.

"Hey Willy, what's with the bird's nest under the pcb?" I hear you ask. Well, that's what happens when you add another gain pot and have to shift all the eq controls one to the left and don't bother shortening the wires.

Interesting effect, the amount (and tonality) of distortion is really dependent on the eq controls (as per the thermionic distortion too). Didn't like running this one with the trimmer flat out, unlike the thermionic distortion, as it got a bit blatty going that hard. There was also little variation within the gain pot travel. It took a bit of time to dial it in, but I think I'm happy now.

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Build Reports / Superjudge + (Superjudge, buffer, boost)
« on: July 17, 2018, 07:45:22 AM »
Gudday all, here's Superjudge +.

It features an LPB1 on a tayda pcb, running into a klon buffer, into JuanSolo's great little circuit. I've always found the Superjudge to really shine with a buffer in front, and it takes a boost really well too, so I decided to put all that in one box.

Even running the boost flat out, it never gets over the top and is still really useable. Not massive amounts of metal distortion usable - but just a great rock drive. If you haven't tried one, you really should.

This build fought me the whole way, or rather, I did a lot of stupid things in putting it together, like jacks at the wrong end, pots not in enough from the walls meaning I had to rip off the dust covers, and just a general tight fit. Then I dropped a 3pdt onto it, denting the face clearcoat... anyway,  it came together in the end.

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Open Discussion / Top mounted jacks.... one day, I'll get it right.
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:12:35 AM »
Top mounted jacks are something I struggle with normally.  Too close to the corners, not far enough away from the pots, all the usual things.

This time though, I drilled out the face of the pedal, and flipped it up to drill the jacks, and then realised I'd drilled the wrong end after doing both holes.

I'd like to say that I hadn't put the label on yet, but that isn't an excuse as the template had the graphic on it too.  FB has suggested LEDs in the holes, but I'm leaning towards plugs if I can find them...

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