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Title: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: cooder on January 23, 2015, 02:01:26 AM
Haven't been boxing up much lately, lots of finished pcbs though and more half way sitting in a pile waiting for attention.
Finally got some time to get some done and was keen to give the new THCustom 'Ueberswitch' some action.

I admire and enjoy all your guys clever photoshopping, awesome laser engraving, etching of course, envirotex and all that. Super.

Yet for my stuff I go different just because I like it for myself like this, in fact my whole pedalboard looks like somewhat of an explosion of jelly bean vomit http://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=18908.0 (http://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php?topic=18908.0)

And labels I only do when I get a bit soft on me... like for the Doppelgaenger or the Snowy White autowah, odd controls which are indeed a bit hard to remember amongst it all. For the rest there's a 'secret' system in the chaos and I take a slightly twisted satisfaction out of the bedrazzled looks and lost faces I get when I plonk my my board on a stage somewhere.
(I guess I should see a shrink about that... but I ain't too bothered by it... ;)).

So welcome to the family, here we have from left to right
Box of Rock (without SHO boost section) with added input cap selector for more/less bass content
Juan's and Cleggy's SuperJudge, fab Marshall in a can, addictive
demo tape fuzz, faaaawnnnky and versatile unique sounding circuit, great fun
Skreddy Moonlander, super versatile Fuzz and great sounding on lower gain settings in distortion/OD settings too! Wicked, dig it. So much in there, just scratched the surface only yet. Fun fun fun.

(http://i.imgur.com/eVyOW0v.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nIHY2S7.jpg)

guts in a row: THcustom Ueberswitch in action, super stuff! Great work Thomas! First impressions and experience: top notch!
All pcb designed by me, mainly because I like to have the board mounted pots so that I can top mounted jacks (no discussion about that, has to be for me) and because I like the challenge and well it's fun and so forth.

(http://i.imgur.com/C3RAWex.jpg)

Moon Lander close up:

(http://i.imgur.com/sHK54I3.jpg)

Super Judge has the clipping LEDs showing, nice light show while the window panes get blasted out of the frames

(http://i.imgur.com/FzcnoqN.jpg)

Box of Rock (without boost, which I think is the same as Zvex Distortron...?) In any case, nice cranked Marshall crunch, I called it JTM 45 and it does that noicely.

(http://i.imgur.com/Dlqtwnv.jpg)
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: SmoothAction on January 23, 2015, 02:48:04 AM
LOVE these! Awesome art.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: selfdestroyer on January 23, 2015, 03:09:46 AM
truly works of art!

Cody
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: TGP39 on January 23, 2015, 03:41:13 AM
truly works of art!

Cody

+1.  These are beautiful builds. Did you bake those enclosures after the applied paint? Some envirotex would make this beautiful art really pop IMO.  I've been dying to build this Skreddy pedal. I was going to take a stab at the tagboard route.  Just really inspiring work.

Steve.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Hexjibber on January 23, 2015, 04:42:12 AM
That Moonlander is awesome, looks like the topography of a gnarled alien world, love it! :)
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: jubal81 on January 23, 2015, 05:41:41 AM
That's simply brilliant. Wow. Damn impressive, sir.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Jabulani Jonny on January 23, 2015, 06:24:58 AM
Oh man, those are gorgeous.  That moon lander is, well...out of this world good.  So i'm guessing paint then wash with some water, rinse and repeat?
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: bcalla on January 23, 2015, 06:48:56 AM
Stunning!  I would do that if I thought I could.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: dropanchor812 on January 23, 2015, 07:18:21 AM
The job on that moonlander is definitely my favorite.  Reminds me of a sinus infection, but in a really gorgeous way. 
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Tremster on January 23, 2015, 07:23:45 AM
Some day Cooder might post something and everybody will think: this is not good.
But today is not that day.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Cortexturizer on January 23, 2015, 07:47:53 AM
crazy good. I am not normally into swirly paint but those look SO GOOD. bravo sir, perfect pcb designs as well.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: midwayfair on January 23, 2015, 07:48:31 AM
Great work, Cooder!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: chuckbuick on January 23, 2015, 07:56:35 AM
Those are all beauties, man.  Well done.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Luke51411 on January 23, 2015, 08:10:31 AM
I don't know if Jelly Bean vomit has ever looked so good!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: rullywowr on January 23, 2015, 10:12:43 AM
They all look so tasty!  Great job, Cooder.  Spiffy layouts you have there for your top mounted jacks!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Leevibe on January 23, 2015, 10:23:09 AM
Really good work here Cooder! +1 for the moonlander
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: billstein on January 23, 2015, 11:08:53 AM
Beautiful.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: cooder on January 23, 2015, 01:03:27 PM
Thanks guys for the kind words, I'm somewhat surprised because I guess and know that swirl paint jobs are really not everyone's cuppa, in fact a bit more of a niche and minority fashion, so thanks for appreciating it. :)
Also I know that my tack on this, always the same knobs, just every paint outrageous different, could be seen as somewhat boring or so, it just works in the bigger context of the board together for me. I guess if I would go with way different knobs each time it would loose some coherence in the chaos.

Some day Cooder might post something and everybody will think: this is not good.
But today is not that day.
Well as said I wouldn't blame anyone for not liking this approach.... there's so many great different ways of skinning a cat here and as said I do think all that etching, laser engraving etc on here is just out of this world; kudos to you guys!
truly works of art!

Cody

+1.  These are beautiful builds. Did you bake those enclosures after the applied paint? Some envirotex would make this beautiful art really pop IMO.  I've been dying to build this Skreddy pedal. I was going to take a stab at the tagboard route.  Just really inspiring work.

Steve.
The Skreddy pedals are awesome; Jacob / JMK pedals has a pcb for the Moonlander by the way. Had some more playtime last night with it and it's super. I used three Telefunken BC109C I scored from Smallbear for this.
Yes high gloss envirotex would make them pop even more I'm sure. I haven't tried envirotex on those but I have done some high gloss finish paint on it and that made it pop more but I also find that dust, grime, fingerprints etc show more on high gloss.
So practically lets me choose satin finish polyurethane as top coats to protect paint job.
And I'm kinda stuck with that as I like the coherent chaos look of the whole board this way and find it long term a reasonable look to maintain (just wipe dust off every now and then basically; the look is more forgiving than high gloss).
Cheers :)
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: GrindCustoms on January 23, 2015, 01:57:37 PM
Woah!  :o

So much love for swirls! I do undersand your no-need for labelling, i have a very similar approach to it.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: studiodunn on January 23, 2015, 04:16:08 PM
Those look fantastic.....in and out! Very nice work.
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: alanp on January 23, 2015, 04:38:04 PM
I maintain that there is a need for labelling beyond a certain point. Ever seen a semi-modular synthesizer with thirty odd knobs, forty jacks, and NO LABELING whatsoever?

Love your paintwork though!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: davent on January 23, 2015, 05:03:02 PM
Ho-hum... only spectacular... swirls but very much your own twist on them, unique jelly bean art ready for reconsuming!

Would that be Mictester's relay switching scheme that you're using?

Always great to see what you've been up to!
dave
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: Hogharry on January 23, 2015, 05:50:13 PM
Just stellar work! I'm all for sticking with styles/techniques/layouts that work for you. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I can be a bit "that worked, what shall I try next" sometimes, which can lead to pretty random results...
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: cooder on January 23, 2015, 10:06:22 PM
Thanks again guys!
Woah!  :o

So much love for swirls! I do undersand your no-need for labelling, i have a very similar approach to it.
Thanks Rej, and yes, labels would somewhat be out of place on your fab distressed looks as well I guess. As long as I can get away with it and where it works I like to go naked with the paint showing all over.
I maintain that there is a need for labelling beyond a certain point. Ever seen a semi-modular synthesizer with thirty odd knobs, forty jacks, and NO LABELING whatsoever?

Love your paintwork though!
Thanks Alan, and yes you're right too, imagine the Reverb-O-Sonic (34 knobs) without labels. No go.
Your synth stuff though doesn't make sense to me at all even with the best labelling, just over my head... ;)
I also always faceplate/label my amps as I like it there for sure. Just the pedalboard looks different for me and as long as I can steer the beast as it is it's fine for me.
Ho-hum... only spectacular... swirls but very much your own twist on them, unique jelly bean art ready for reconsuming!

Would that be Mictester's relay switching scheme that you're using?

Always great to see what you've been up to!
dave
Thanks Dave! The relay switching is completlt THcustom / Thomas fab new 'Ueberswitch' project, very excellent and big shout out to him, yay! http://diy.thcustom.com/shop/uber-switch-relay-true-bypass-with-mute-kit/ (http://diy.thcustom.com/shop/uber-switch-relay-true-bypass-with-mute-kit/)
Works super so far and is well thought through I feel.

I also have used and will use Josh "finish line" relay board, also excellent http://1776effects.com/store/ (http://1776effects.com/store/)

Just the ol' blue 3PDT is mainly dead for me and I'm not sorry about that...

There will be a few applications where I still might use it as the switching needs it, but in general soft touch momentary switch with relay is a hands down win!
I probably should have been clearer: all the actual circuit pcbs are my design, but the relay switching on these are the THcustom "Ueberswitch" boards, programmed chips etc all by Thomas! Great clever dude!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: lincolnic on January 23, 2015, 10:40:25 PM
Thanks for including the close-up shots of the swirls - it's really fun to see the detail in these!
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: blearyeyes on March 17, 2015, 09:14:04 PM
What flavor Jelly Beans do you normally use?

OMG! I had a closer look at the moon lander pic and I thought I saw some brain matter in there... Are you sure you're using Jelly Beans?
Title: Re: Dirt dirt dirt, some gnarly fuzz and a heap of jellybean vomit
Post by: nzCdog on March 17, 2015, 10:04:41 PM
What flavor Jelly Beans do you normally use?

OMG! I had a closer look at the moon lander pic and I thought I saw some brain matter in there... Are you sure you're using Jelly Beans?

lol!  Great looking builds, as usual 8)