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Open Discussion / Tayda doing drilling along with the UV printing....
« on: October 23, 2021, 08:04:13 PM »
Dunno if anyone has seen or used it yet, but Tayda are doing custom drilling now....

Open Discussion / NGD - Player Strat.
« on: October 20, 2021, 10:29:13 PM »
After wanting a proper Fender since I started playing guitar in 1987, I finally decided that the Player Strats was the go.

I was really surprised how good it was - I'd read all the reviews and posts - but it exceeded my expectations.  I'd actually prepurchased a lot of the mods I had planned, but once I used it at praco, I was kinda on the fence about it.  The pickups are great, the tuners kept tune, but I still hated the grub screws sticking out of the bent steel saddles.  Apparently you can get shorter screws but the future is now, old man....  Bent steel.... bloody hell Fender, get out of your 1950's nostalgic boomer attitude.

ANYWAY.  I purchased this (pleked and set up by the shop before sending it out) and started modding...

Gotoh solid steel saddles, Fender locking tuners, Lace Sensors (Red Dually, Silver, Blue), Dimarzio lock strap...

The stupid thing is Fender released the Player Plus series about 2 days after I paid for this.  If they'd done those in straight black I'd be miffed as they have a better fitout imo (locking tuners as stock, 10-14inch compound neck), but also would have cost another $600.

This thing was good, but it's a beast now...

Open Discussion / NGD - Player strat.
« on: September 17, 2021, 07:11:41 AM »
Decided to stop mucking around with cheap second hand guitars and get a quality workhorse. Sold a stack of pedals, pickups, a guitar, and here we are…. Fender Player Strat, plek’d and all….

I'll mod it of course, but it doesn't need that much.  I have a set of Lace Sensors (Red dually, silver, blue), I'll probably get some locking tuners, and I'm definitely going to replace the saddles with solid somethings as I hate the height screws in the bent steel digging into my hand.  The volume knobs on the normal strat is in a stupid place, so I'll do something with that too (I also have a pickguard with no control holes on the way from alibaba)...

But yeah, great guitars.

Build Reports / 2020 build roundup
« on: December 06, 2020, 05:31:07 AM »
2020 was a relatively quiet year for me, and I've taken a break from building pedals to concentrate on my playing and building plastic models, but I got a fair bit done I guess.

In no particular order:

Storyboardist Exemplar.  I won this in last year's BOTY comp (or maybe even the year before), and had no inspiration for artwork.  It's transparent sticker stuff on a tayda powdercoat that I got in trade.  Blues Breaker clone.

Powerbrick:  Just a power brick that does any voltage over 12vACDC and converts to a 12v and 4x9v outlets with a passthrough for the original voltage.  Don't use it.  Another black primer over yellow box.

Nuka Cola: Storyboardist Barracana:  Another pcb I won in the BOTY comp, this time a Pantheon clone.  Datapol sticker over etching primer on yet another yellow box.

Wolverine:  Pedalpcb BE-OD.  Predrilled, prepainted, and UV printed by Tayda.

Godzilla:  Madbean's proto take on the BE-OD.  Another predrilled, prepainted, and UV print by Tayda

Open Discussion / N80sTPAD
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:27:29 AM »
That's right guys.  It's a New 80's Tube PreAmp Day.

I saw an ADA MP1 on a trestle table at a garage (yard sale) sale for $20AUD, and I believe the whole street heard me yell "Oh my god" as I threw the cash at the bloke.

I took it to the local and tried it with a step down transformer and it powered up.  I purchased the step down.

I took it home and plugged it all in.  Finally worked out how to edit the preset and got some sound.  No other presets worked, so I did a preset reload and I had sound.  I believe the internal battery is flat as it returns to a "All zero" state in all the patches until the patch is edited or all the presets are reloaded, so I will replace that and we should be golden.

I don't know that it will be part of my rig, but I had to have it, working or not.  I will do a tone capture for my Mooer Preamp Live though...


Open Discussion / Good luck America.
« on: November 02, 2020, 10:53:06 PM »
Don't normally post political stuff, but good luck with the election guys. 

Build Reports / Arduino midi CC# to PC converter
« on: August 16, 2020, 03:19:37 AM »
So, I was planning a purchase of a Mooer Pro Live to pair with my MS-3, against a Neuron (no xlr) or Iridium (no app, no xlr, $$$).  It has midi, but only accepts PC commands for changing patches, whereas the other 2 both support CC# for changing parameters within a patch.  The Mooer won out, basically because it has a balanced XLR output and can replace Endgame on my board.

But the PC only thing was bugging me.  The MS-3 has assigns within a patch, but they can only send CC# - the MS-3 has to change a patch to send a PC message.  This didn't seem to be making the most of what the MS-3 can do.  So, I figured I could live with changing a patch on the MPL for higher or lower gain if I could convert the CC to PC.  Turns out there are devices that will do this, but you can also do it with Arduino... and found a thread here at DIYstompboxes:

I uploaded the program to a cheap chinese nano, converted the layout to vero, and drilled out a cheap plastic box.  Turns out I swapped pins 4 and 5 on both the midi in and out jacks, but once that was sorted it worked perfectly.  Gutshot and current board.

Open Discussion / My descent away from DIY continues...
« on: August 14, 2020, 07:20:39 AM »
After putting an MS-3 on my board to take care of general effects (and the drives are pretty good too) , I just picked up a Mooer Preamp Live, much to the partner's annoyance.  This will take care of my drives now, and result in removing Endgame from this board (it will probably go on a grab and go tapdancing board with Lightspeed, Leviathan and Space Station)... 

Not a bad unit, enabling the power amp sim really makes it shine with headphones at least, so I suspect the same will be translated direct to PA.  Not sure it can do "edge of breakup" yet, but I haven't fully messed with it yet.

Open Discussion / Traded a few pedals for a NGD
« on: August 02, 2020, 04:14:23 AM »
So, I saw a guy on FB marketplace wanting $AUD400 or a pedal trade for an LTD MH-100QM.  I was interested, but the stickers were putting me off and I wasn't interested in handing out cash because I don't *need* another guitar, so I decided to see if he was interested in anything I had that I didn't love a lot.

After going around to his place and putting everything through his DSL100 and Laney Lionheart w/4x12, he settled on the Godzilla Pedalpcb BE-OD clone.  I'd already offered Black Gate and The Boost as part of a possible deal with the BE-OD.

He would have been happy with just the BE-OD, but I didn't want to feel like I'd ripped him off (and I wanted him to get value for the trade too) especially when I found out that it has a SuperDistortion and an Air Norton in it that he'd purchased and had installed for a cost of around $500 (yeah, too much)...

So.... for an hour and a half of trying all my other pedals out (Ultra Fett, Reactor, modded DS-1, Big Godzilla, Little Godzilla, Airwolf), half an hour of cleaning stickers off, and 3 pedals I don't use, I scored a fairly decent shred machine with Dimarzios AND the original ESP pickups....

Worst case scenario, I can put the old pickups back in, flog off the guitar and Dimarzios separately, and be well ahead.

Build Reports / Ultra Fett
« on: July 16, 2020, 12:17:02 AM »
Gudday all.  This Ultra Fett, a dual channel Fetto with an LPB1 booster and all the dip switches on the outside.

Might change the knobs one day, and might go back and tidy it up sometime, but for now I'm going to take a break from building and I don't see myself fixing it up any time soon.  I still have plenty of PCBs that need boxing (an STM800 for starters), but as you can see from the artwork I have precious little inspiration for artwork currently.

This thing is great as a dual channel drive, and the boost is ok.  I built a treble booster (and had tested it with one previously), but it wasn't really making unity gain so I dropped a Crackle Not Ok in and that was just squeal and noise... so I banged out an LPB1 and it's workable.

The external switches are ok, but the only ones that make a real difference are Gain 1 and 2, and the Mid Cut, so maybe I'll revisit a simpler version with dual channels and just Gain1/2 external with everything else set to open.

Build Reports / Refinish and rehouse - MiG
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:37:25 AM »
Gudday all.  Continuing on with the re-finishing, my mate who I'd build the double looper for told me that the finish had gone strange and could I put something else in it as he never used it anyway.  I blame the Rustoloeum auto crystal clear, that stuff is just terrible.  The finish had cracked and raised up in strange wave type things.

Anyway, I sanded the thing back and filled the extra holes with Gorilla Weld initially, and then JB Weld on top of that.  I had a GuitarPCB Screaming Ultra lying around that I wasn't ever going to box, so I shoved that in and wired it up for dual channels with a 500k on Gain1 and 1meg on Gain2.  Clipping options are red LEDs and 4148s.  My friend has a number of builds I've done for him, and this one will go with his DangerZone OCD clone (not that he knows it yet because I haven't told him what I've done).

So it's a bit tight and I kept the leads a bit longer so I had something to work with.  Dual channeling a pedal always adds a bit of mess.  Am I happy with the knobs?  Not overly, but I prefer to use the relevant colour for the channel LED where possible.

So, I built this for a friend 4 years ago, back when I was starting out, really.  While he's happy with it, it's been gigged fairly hard and the original method of photopaper glued and clearcoated on the enclosure wasn't wearing that well (I used that because I couldn't get datapol or similar where I was living at the time).

Original thread:

So anyway, he said he didn't use the BMTB so much, and the finish was a bit ragged, so could I please fix it up?  Yeah, no worries.

Not wanting to work any harder than I usually do, I didn't drill any more holes and built a Rustdriver to replace the TB.  I filled the original LED hole with Gorilla Weld and decided to make my way to the drillpress to put in two more LED holes.

The weather here has not been conductive to spraying and I had to sand it back once or twice.  I lost count as I was doing a few other builds that needed the same treatment.  I changed the artwork to reflect what's in the thing and promptly put the sticker on crooked, which meant a quick top sand and recoat of primer.  With my only sticker left, I got it good enough but not really.  It's probably more off than the first effort.  Clearcoat and done.

I kept some of the original wiring because I'm lazy, and changed the jacks for lumbergs so I could fit everything in.  I didn't bother with the tone switch on the Rustdriver because it's interactive with the volume and I think it's dark enough stock anyway.

The Crackle Not Ok works really well with the Rustdriver.  It seems to add a bit of clarity and give it more raunch.

Build Reports / My first 1590a builds.... FS-7 workalikes..
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:08:27 AM »
Did my first 1590a builds today.  Just another pair of FS-7 workalikes.  The hardest thing about them was getting the enclosures sorted as the weather has been crap for spraying.  Had to sand back once or twice.

Build Reports / Airwolf - dual channel X88r with treble booster...
« on: June 20, 2020, 02:38:13 AM »
Gudday all, here's Airwolf.  It's based on Sensei Tim's X88r layout at the tagboard forums, but as usual I couldn't leave well enough alone so I added dual channel switching and a preboost in the form of Tayda's boost pcb wired up for a standard treble boost.

Original thread:

I had previously stacked it with my Superjudge+ in testing because it didn't seem to have enough dirt and really liked that combo, so I made a clean boost Superjudge with a bandpass (400-3k) and volume only.  For some reason, this combo squealed when in the box, so I tried it with Leviathan's treble booster and loved that.  I knocked up a Brian May Treble Booster and found that it added way too much noise, so I waited out for Tayda to get some stock in and build a BMTB from one of their pcbs.  Given the amount of noise this added, I figured I must have used the standard TB that can be build from that PCB, so made of of those....  It's still not as quiet as the one in Leviathan, so work that out.

Anyway, the boost is probably a bit of a waste, but it does tighten up the bottom end while adding saturation (and dropping a pinch of volume, surprisingly).  Probably best used as "alway on" if you want that sound.  It's ok.  It does that "Youth gone wild" rhythm thing pretty well.

First time I've done 3 footswitches in an NS sized box.  Haven't played it enough yet to see if I'll stick with DDs for that.  Knobs are from Wish.


Build Reports / Bimmy - Dual channel Timmy with switchable bass mods
« on: June 12, 2020, 07:43:09 AM »
Gudday all.  Meet Bimmy, a dual channel Timmy with clean blend and input cap selection.

So, this is a commission build.  The character artwork, who I believe is called "Dropkick", was supplied by the client, and he wanted silver knobs.  Not sure that I'm a fan of the silver knobs as they're a bit hard to read but anyway.  The other artwork was done by me.

So, the blend is supplied by Paulinthelabs' buffered Y-splitter, and I added a tone control to the clean blend via 10n to ground and a 100k pot acting as the resistor in that lowpass filter.  Works a lot better on a guitar than on bass afaict.

The bass/guitar switch switches between 1uf and the stock 47n.

I had some massive issues wiring this up.  As with the Crunchbox, to switch out gain pots you need to switch out pins 2 and 3 rather than just pin 1.  When I finally got that working, the lead to vol 3 broke off the vero and I spent ages trying to fix and clean that up, just to find that the output (which is the master output) from pin 2 on the blend pot had come off.

It's a little wonky on the drilling, so I'll probably discount the balance owing (I always get 50% up front from internet randoms for custom builds). Still to tidy up a little inside with zip ties, but it's not bad.


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