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Title: Vibe-Mania! (Incl. Warhead) >>
Post by: Fastocker on September 22, 2012, 06:08:33 PM
I've been on a vibe-a-thon lately . . . just can't get enough of that throb, I suppose.  First up was another Neovibe build, named after the color of powder coat I used.  Enclosure is a Hammond 1550E.  Built from a GGG board -- I put an 18-volt regulator in this one and use a 24VDC wall wart to power it -- running it up to 18 volts gave it some more thump and effect.

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/SCV-001.jpg)

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/SCV-002.jpg)

Next up I wanted to give the Forum-Vibe a try so I ordered a PCB from Classic Amplification.  This one reminds me of the color scheme of my buddy's '87 Mustang GT.  This was my first attempt at a two-tone powder coat (actually three-tone counting the stripe).  Top is dormant burgundy, bottom is black chrome then I added the tomato red stripe and shot clear over the whole thing.  This one took a full afternoon to powder coat but I'm really pleased with the results . . . you can barely even feel the stripe under the clear.  Enclosure is a Bud Industries CU-234:

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/BC-Vibe-004.jpg)

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/BC-Vibe-006.jpg)

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/BC-Vibe-005.jpg)

Last but not least is my latest, the Madbean Warhead.  Got the board from Haberdasher and decided to go with the military theme . . . that's flat army green powder.  Enclosure is a Hammond 1590J:

[imghttp://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/Warhead-001_zps99607b8a.jpg]http://[/img]

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/Warhead-002_zps86273c20.jpg)

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/Warhead-003_zps29e06e44.jpg)

All of them sound really good -- right now the Forum-Vibe wins by a hair but with some tuning on the trimmers you can make them all sound virtually identical.

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Post by: midwayfair on September 22, 2012, 06:20:36 PM
 :o

Outstanding work. Really pro graphics. And square switches!
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Post by: jimmybjj on September 22, 2012, 06:40:26 PM
Fantastic as usual! Are us using the pulsar for the graphics? If so did you clear over the white?
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Post by: nzCdog on September 22, 2012, 06:42:45 PM
Wow!  nice work
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Post by: Fastocker on September 22, 2012, 07:00:19 PM
Fantastic as usual! Are us using the pulsar for the graphics? If so did you clear over the white?

Hey Jim -- yeah, I used the Pulsar kit for all the graphics.  I didn't clear over any of the graphics in the photos -- I found out that the Pulsar stuff is pretty sturdy and durable once you let the adhesive dry for a few days.

Also found out that you really can't clear coat over red with white graphics . . . unless you want pink graphics.  Had to refinish the Sweet Cherry Vibe twice!  First time I used a normal clear and the red bled into the graphics.  Stripped everything down and did it again, this time using low-temp clear (325 degrees) . . . still pink -- oh, I was mad by that point.  Stripped everything down again, did the powder and graphics again but no clear this time.  No chips or scratches yet and I've dropped guitar cords on the box more than once . . . so we'll see how it holds up.  So far so good.

After perusing some of the powdercoating forums I found out that that's pretty common with red powder . . . just doesn't want to cooperate with clear too well if you're using any sort of graphics or two-tone.
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Post by: murdog47 on September 22, 2012, 07:15:40 PM
 Looks great! What is Pulsar?
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Post by: pickdropper on September 22, 2012, 08:01:56 PM
Those builds all look fantastic.  Great job.
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Post by: jimmybjj on September 22, 2012, 08:10:06 PM
Fantastic as usual! Are us using the pulsar for the graphics? If so did you clear over the white?

Hey Jim -- yeah, I used the Pulsar kit for all the graphics.  I didn't clear over any of the graphics in the photos -- I found out that the Pulsar stuff is pretty sturdy and durable once you let the adhesive dry for a few days.



That is pretty much my findings too. Any time in the oven and the white turns pink.

Looks great! What is Pulsar?

http://www.pulsarprofx.com/decalpro/
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Post by: MattOcaster on September 23, 2012, 02:32:56 AM
Those are awesome!!
All look better than pro!!
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Post by: sgmezei on September 23, 2012, 03:13:43 AM
I love the themes! So much vibe. I love it !
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Post by: juansolo on September 23, 2012, 03:34:22 AM
You vibes continue to blow my mind. Amazing builds!  8)
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Post by: Mich P on September 23, 2012, 04:35:25 AM
Gorgeous !!
Mich P.
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Post by: mshuptar on September 23, 2012, 05:59:10 AM
The decal font on the Warhead is extremely cool!
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Post by: LaceSensor on September 23, 2012, 06:03:58 AM
crazy beautiful looking work there
makes mine look amateur. Guts please.
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Post by: Sigesmundninja on September 23, 2012, 06:15:48 AM
Tasty! I rally need to learn to label my build in this fashion!
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Post by: Vallhagen on September 23, 2012, 07:19:20 AM
When it comes to decals, this is about the best i have seen around. Very tasty, very pro!
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Post by: MadPostman on September 23, 2012, 09:01:43 AM
These look amazing. I've always wondered how to achieve white or vibrant decals on dark surfaces...

Very cool!
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Post by: Haberdasher on September 23, 2012, 09:42:50 AM
these are amazing!  Bravo
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Post by: Sigesmundninja on September 23, 2012, 12:21:54 PM
How do you do these amazing decals? white lettering on dark background to be more exact.
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Post by: gtr2 on September 23, 2012, 07:03:32 PM
Outstanding!!!!!!!

Josh
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Post by: fish22 on September 23, 2012, 07:50:34 PM
 :o whoa!
absolutely killer. I love all 3!
I watched the Pulsar video from that link and I don't really understand what the magic is.
It looks like waterslide but I guess it isn't since it can do white graphics.... ???
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Post by: tagwap on September 24, 2012, 07:18:58 AM
Amazingly neat work. I also love vibe pedals though i'm yet to build one myself. (I did just rehouse a chicken salad if that counts!)

I'd love to see some gut shots of these to get an idea of what i'd be getting in to.
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Post by: G.G. on September 24, 2012, 09:04:45 AM
Outstanding work, really nice detailing throughout. How do they compare sound-wise?
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Post by: Fastocker on September 24, 2012, 08:28:26 PM
Hey guys, nothing too trick going on inside of these --- one thing I like to do is to mount the boards to the bottom cover of the enclosure using screws and stand ups.  This gives more room to put the pots and switches wherever I like and allows me to lift the top off and tune the trimmers easily while playing.  I countersink the screw holes on the bottom so the screw heads are flush with the bottom.

But . . . by doing it that way you have to leave a lot of wire to the pots so you can get the box out of the way while you dial in the trimmers.  As such, there's a bit of a rat's nest of wires in these things and not as neat as I usually like.  Here's the board from the Sweet Cherry Vibe -- one trimmer is for the offset, one was simply to fine tune the brightness of the flashing LED . . . and the third one wasn't used as it was for an experiment that didn't really pan out.  I made the light box out of copper sheet and soldered the corners shut.

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/SCV-004.jpg)

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/SCB-Bottom.jpg)


Gut shot of the Black Cherry Vibe (Forum-Vibe board) -- light cover is a 3/4" copper cap:

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/BC-Vibe-Guts.jpg)


Gut shot of the Warhead Vibe (board by Keefe):

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Vibe%20Pedals/Warhead-004.jpg)
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Post by: Fastocker on September 24, 2012, 08:40:23 PM
:o whoa!
absolutely killer. I love all 3!
I watched the Pulsar video from that link and I don't really understand what the magic is.
It looks like waterslide but I guess it isn't since it can do white graphics.... ???

The decals are dry transfer film -- I'd do a tutorial but the Pulsar site has pretty good info already there.  Two things you need are a laser printer and a laminator . . . a decent paper cutter also helps tremendously.

The final decal is ultra thin -- much thinner than a waterslide decal and you can barely feel the graphics on these.  The film is opaque so you can put white or gold or silver (or any color) on dark backgrounds and the colors really pop.  Plus they're proving to be very durable once the glue dries for a day or two . . . no chips on any of my pedals yet with no clear coat on top.

Here's a Joyo Ultimate Drive I redid (after doing the infamous Alpha mods) . . . the Red Dragon OD uses Pulsar red over satin black:

(http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc18/Fastocker/Red-Dragon-001.jpg)



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Post by: hoodoo on September 24, 2012, 09:12:53 PM
Fanbloodytastic mate. Some pedals you come across are truly inspirational pieces of art, and these are definitely in that class. Attention to detail "plus", even powdercoated the copper box, love 'em all,
All the best, Matt.
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Post by: jkokura on September 24, 2012, 09:20:17 PM
I've never been able to get my ForumVibe working...

Jacob
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Post by: whitebread47 on September 24, 2012, 11:28:43 PM
 :o  This is seriously the most blown-away I have been by a build report! 
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Post by: juansolo on September 25, 2012, 02:08:09 AM
Yep, consider me humbled by the awesomeness inside and out of these builds. *bows*
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Post by: raulduke on September 25, 2012, 02:21:39 AM
Yep these are executed to perfection dude  :o

The powder coat finishes combined with the graphics make these builds a notch above.

I don my hat to you sir  ;D!
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Post by: eldanko on September 25, 2012, 09:41:36 AM
Which version of the Forum Vibe did you end up going with?  I have been toying with the idea of tackling one of those...
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Post by: Fastocker on September 25, 2012, 02:41:01 PM
Which version of the Forum Vibe did you end up going with?  I have been toying with the idea of tackling one of those...

This is the latest version V3 of the Forum-Vibe.  Keefe (Haberdasher) etched the regulator board for me . . . it's tucked up on one side of the enclosure using adhesive stand offs.
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Post by: geekmacdaddy on September 25, 2012, 08:20:52 PM
Beautiful work.
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Post by: eldanko on September 25, 2012, 08:25:25 PM
Which version of the Forum Vibe did you end up going with?  I have been toying with the idea of tackling one of those...

This is the latest version V3 of the Forum-Vibe.  Keefe (Haberdasher) etched the regulator board for me . . . it's tucked up on one side of the enclosure using adhesive stand offs.

Right on, right on.  Did you do the Mods, Vintage, or Red House version?
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Post by: Fastocker on September 25, 2012, 08:46:41 PM
Which version of the Forum Vibe did you end up going with?  I have been toying with the idea of tackling one of those...

This is the latest version V3 of the Forum-Vibe.  Keefe (Haberdasher) etched the regulator board for me . . . it's tucked up on one side of the enclosure using adhesive stand offs.

Right on, right on.  Did you do the Mods, Vintage, or Red House version?

I built the Mods version.

Now I'm itching to maybe try to build a replica of an original after seeing Sinner's files here:

http://www.turretboard.org/?p=2213 (http://www.turretboard.org/?p=2213)

If I can figure out where to get a transformer and then find someone to etch a nice board on old brown phenolic material, well then . . . hmmm . . . might be fun . . .
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Post by: eldanko on September 26, 2012, 08:32:59 AM
Now I'm itching to maybe try to build a replica of an original after seeing Sinner's files here:

http://www.turretboard.org/?p=2213 (http://www.turretboard.org/?p=2213)

If I can figure out where to get a transformer and then find someone to etch a nice board on old brown phenolic material when then . . . hmmm . . . might be fun . . .


I love Turretboard.org... not only for the layouts, but for the included commentary..  :D
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Post by: TNblueshawk on September 27, 2012, 09:28:00 AM
Which version of the Forum Vibe did you end up going with?  I have been toying with the idea of tackling one of those...

This is the latest version V3 of the Forum-Vibe.  Keefe (Haberdasher) etched the regulator board for me . . . it's tucked up on one side of the enclosure using adhesive stand offs.

Right on, right on.  Did you do the Mods, Vintage, or Red House version?

Someone's been reading the Forum Vibe website...I know because I have been all week. I've been working on researching and sorucing the parts. I have an original board so it's a pain to sort it all out.

And outstanding work as everyone else has said.
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Post by: bigmufffuzzwizz on January 26, 2013, 10:10:41 PM
Those are all so clean inside and out! Hot damn you are good!
I gotta get some of this vibe going in my life  :)
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Post by: Cortexturizer on January 28, 2013, 04:50:47 AM
fantastic work man!
I can see that you really enjoy pedal making. I do too, but I could never scrap the paint multiple times, or do something eleven times just to perfect it, I would more likely to be like "hm, it doesn't matter this is sloppy it's DIY, if you want something generic buy a Boss pedal" but I know it's only a way to make me feel better :P
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Post by: Stomptown on February 18, 2013, 01:00:31 AM
I'm not sure how I mussed these but your work is stellar!