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Build Reports / DEADPOOL - fuzz mutantes
« on: March 21, 2011, 07:58:09 PM »

I got this like two days before I left for tour so I finally got back and was really excited to build it and hear this thing. It is a really cool fuzz, it definitely sounds unique to anything else I have built.

I really like the sound with fat knob cranked and the body switch on.   It is INSANELY loud and high gain start out with the LOUD control all the way down because unity is about 10'oclock and it gets ridiculously loud after that.

The tone is really fat and I can hear the faint octave down effect going on which is awesome. It handles complex jazz chords surprisingly well for an Si fuzz and it cleans up a bit with the volume knob not like a fuzz face but it goes into a cool garagey distorted tone and then cranked it is just full out huge fuzz.

Its a really fun project and you can really spent alot of time tweaking the controls and finding new sounds. 

Build Reports / ROAD RAGE
« on: February 22, 2011, 07:40:12 AM »

I built this up to take care of my EGO and my range master. I actually haven't built up the rangemaster yet but the one I have currently I built without a power adapter and I keep running the batteries down forgetting to unplug the input jack, so I am going to do a new build and add a power jack for it.

Build Reports / wolfshirt - with ultimate octave mod
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:17:05 PM »

Wolfshirt Octave fuzz with ultimate octave mods.
The fulltone ultimate octave pedal pretty much is a foxx tone machine with the octave switch on a stomp, and the Fat/Bright mod is really simple. Just pull c10 (3n) and wire it to a dpdt and switch between 10n and 1n.

I have never really liked the octave on a footswitch because the tone setting for good fuzz isn't the same as the tone setting for good octave fuzz but it's still a cool mod especially if you switch the octave on and off alot. 

The thick/bright mod is really drastic, especially in bright mode. it sounds really cool for leads or if you want a really junky metallic lo-fi fuzz sound.

There used to be a houston band back in the 00's called defend the ghetto and the guitar player used an original foxx tone machine through an orange and it sounded seriously awesome. I have been really into the tone machine since then.. I think houston has an above average number of foxx tone users just because of that band. I think he also uses a mutron biphase in spots.
really heavy stuff.

Open Discussion / What should I include in a mobile repair bag?
« on: February 08, 2011, 02:40:15 PM »
I'm putting together a mobile repair bag to keep in my gig bag.. it will be a small tool bag about 10"x4x4

so far this is what I have:
triplett pocket autoraning dmm
9v batteries
9v battery snap (most of my repairs have always involved broken 9v snaps)
bag with scraps of wire
2 4" pieces of heat shrink
dispenser tube of solder
desoldering braid
wire cutters
grab bag of electrolytic caps 10-220uf for blown power caps
a few leds
4 1n914 diodes
2 1n4001 diodes
1 switchcraft mono
1 switchcraft stereo
3pdt stomp switch
1 spdt toggle
25w soldering iron
little iron stand
jeweler screwdriver
phillips screwdriver
adjustable wrench

I have no idea what kind of resistors I should bring, or nF/pF caps. I can always pick stuff like that up at radio shack. no idea if I should bring pots too? I figure if I bring a 1M and 100k I can always lower the value with resistors. I did think I should bring some 24mm 500k's for guitars.

I am also debating bringing a wire stripper.. which I probably should do, I just don't have an extra one and I was trying to put this together with scraps.

I should probably bring some 1/4" jacks too to repair cables.

Build Reports / BOOMSTICK 2.0
« on: February 04, 2011, 03:08:53 PM »

I just finished up the boomstick 2.0 with the fabbed board. the mods are AWESOME. although I would probably leave them on all the time. This is easily the most natural sounding distortion pedal I have heard. it behaves extremely amp like it's kind of uncanny. Tons of harmonics and the perfect tube crunch. I'm in love.

artwork and pedal name after the damned song NEAT NEAT NEAT. this pedal sounds like the damned to me. I can't find any info on what kind of amps they used but this nails the sound.

the paint is rustoleum painters touch GRAPE gloss. really good spraypaint. it comes out very thick and sets up into a NICE thick gloss.

Open Discussion / robust pre-amp pedal?
« on: February 04, 2011, 10:52:24 AM »
I have a friend who is looking for a deluxe preamp pedal with a 3 band eq and a presence not unlike the dr. boogie but not as high gain as the dr. boogie. he's using an old fender p.a. and it doesn't have a whole lot of tone shaping. does anybody know any diy projects out there that do this kind of thing.

Open Discussion / 4 channel 1/4" snake
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:31:20 AM »
I am trying to make a 4 channel switcher for my friends tremoverb and I am  having trouble finding a 4 channel 1/4" mono snake. It doesn't have to be sheilded or anything it's just going to be used for shorting tip to sleeve to switch the relays in the amp.

Open Discussion / When Mods Go Bad
« on: January 30, 2011, 07:12:41 PM »

this kept me laughing for a good 10 minutes.

Build Reports / fabbed wolfshirt
« on: January 26, 2011, 05:39:52 PM »

I love the new fabbed board layout for this pedal. It is alot shorter vertically than the previous layout and leaves tons of room for the toggle switch and jacks. I used a 125b but i'm sure you could fit it in a 1590b with a battery no problem. I used NOS fairchild 2n3565 from smallbear, I recommend testing them or socketing because I did get one bad one so far. Check the pinout too the flat side is the emitter.
I got my 1n34a diodes from ebay.

the decals are waterslide decals and I used a font called impact label to make it look like the old style labels.

Tech Help - Projects Page / lm308n vs lm308an
« on: January 05, 2011, 04:46:57 PM »
I built up a slow loris and it wasn't passing a signal at all.. the sound probe only made it to pin3 voltage seemed to be really low on the pins so I built a second one up and I had the same problem. Then I realized I had some lm308an chips instead of the lm308n chips. I swapped the chips and the problem went away.

I ordered these chips from pedal parts plus. in the picture it shows LM308's but the description says LM308AN. i'm kind of bummed because they were $4 a chip... is there any tweaks to get the AN chips to work?

Open Discussion / NGD- new bass day
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:22:50 PM »
I wanted to get a bass for keeping around the house and testing stuff and I was going to just pick up a squier or something cheap but I saw this used pbass and it ended up coming home with me.

It is a 2003 Fender USA highway 1 pbass. It has a really sweet thin satin lacquer finish and it plays well. I don't know a whole lot about the bass but I think I am going to replace the caps and the tone cap because they are a little scratchy, but I am really happy with the sound.

I always really like jazz basses because to me the necks felt better and it is what I am used to but the neck feels really comfortable to me. or maybe it's just the sunburst talking.

Open Discussion / pedal parts plus 10% off sale
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:41:10 PM »

I was placing an order and remembered to check their forum because sometimes they post sale codes or promotional offers. glad I checked. 10% off end of year sale.

Build Reports / silverfox
« on: December 25, 2010, 01:23:06 PM »

I put this together for another poster here on the board who was having problems with his other project, but he had already ordered all the parts for the silverfox.

He wanted me to to do a footswitchable dual gain mod so I ommited r3 from the board and put the 10k resistors from lugs 2 to 3 on each of the gain knobs. Then I wired up 1 and 3 from the board to a 3dpt footswitch. I used the 3rd pole to switch on the LED for GAIN B.

Sound wise I am REALLY impressed. I was expecting the same old tubescreamer sound but it is really refined. All the controls have a really nice feel to them, the trim pots are nice but subtle, and the tone pot sounds great through the whole sweep.

The gain is HUGE on this pedal with the 1M gain pots and surprisingly not that noisy at all.

Build Reports / Double Flush tremolo
« on: December 13, 2010, 01:56:02 AM »

Double Flush Tremolo!

Thanks to madbean for the PCB and the help debugging. I ended up having 2 solder bridges but once I cleaned those up it works great. Sounds really good. I really like how all the controls are usable. I have a ehx stereo pulsar tremolo and it has so much range on the speed and depth that is "fun" but not usuable in a musical setting.

This sounds really close to the fender vibrochamp trem just with more control over the sounds. I really like the balance knob because you can have an intense trem shimmer with clean sound mixed in.

I built this pedal on my birthday so I called it born on the bayou after the CCR song that is probably the first thing I think of when I hear tremolo.

Build Reports / glitterratti
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:30:36 AM »

Here is my Glitterati. I couldn't follow madbean on the GGLLIITTEERRATTII spelling it just drove me nuts. especially because I kept searching for the pdf on my computer and I kept loosing it because I didn't realize he spelled Glitterati differently. lol.

Artwork is kind of obscured (on purpose) but it's britney spears famous crotch shot photo with the stomp switch over her crotch.

This is a sweet OD. the bass and treble knobs are EXTREMELY smooth. it feels like your pulling the draw bars on an organ. Pretty much a tubescreamer with a baxandall which I didn't realize until I was putting the build together and grabbing all the same parts that a tubescreamer uses (especially when I got to the 1uf box caps).

I recommend anybody building this pedal to go over to and read the threads on the BB preamp, the AC booster, and the RC booster. It would be really easy to build all three pedals in one with a 3 way clipping switch because they are basically the same pedal just with different clipping options.

I have always complained about the tone knobs on overdrives for feeling really blanket over the amp and I usually run pedals with the tone dimed unless they are just too noisy so this build is really good because you can get a really decent shape to the tone unlike most ts9 derivatives. 

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