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Mods / Not Madbean - Danelectro
« on: May 17, 2012, 04:00:06 PM »
I've been playing around with a Fish n' Chips EQ that a friend let me borrow, and I really enjoy it, it's a great effect for the price, and I'm seriously considering getting one for myself.

However, there is one glaring drawback of the Danelectro pedal line: THEIR SWITCHES. Honestly, the thing sort of decides when and for how long it wants to work, and I've heard that unresponsive switches are a fairly common problem with this brand.

Naturally, I opened it up to find a very strange array in which the actually mechanical footswitch is used to push a rubber nipple that in turn activated a SPST sub-micro switch. I was wondering if all of this nonsense could simply be replaced by a higher quality switch soldered in place of the existing one? I know this is sort of simple idea, but I wanted to double and triple check just to make sure I don't screw anything up, because I don't want to piss off my friend. Thanks all!

Tech Help - Projects Page / Pork Barrel - A bit loud
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:57:02 AM »
Hey, I don't know if this is a common problem or if this is just how this pedal is supposed to sound or anything, but when I engage this bad boy it is noticeably louder than my clean tone. There is also a change in the tone that I would characterize as 'warm' and 'slightly overdriven', but I assumed this was due to my choice to build the MN3007 model.

At first I assumed that the volume change was just the effect of removing R1, the pull down resistor, as suggested in the project, but even after adding this component back into the circuit I still experience a substantial increase in the noise, which is always appreciated, but is a bit unruly in this case.

Any suggestions?

Build Reports / First Presentable Build - Slow Loris!
« on: March 11, 2012, 02:18:31 PM »
A friend heard that I was getting into pedal building and requested a RAT from me, so I obliged him:

This is my first really successful build - didn't have too many major screw ups and the guts dont look like a WWI era battle field. I just want to thank everyone one this site and these forums, I have learned so much, and I expect this is just the beginning...  :)

How Do I? Beginner's Paradise. / Types of Resistors/Caps
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:32:47 AM »
Me and a friend of mine are about to embark on some of our first projects from madbean, but we were a little apprehensive when ordering the parts.

1. When looking at the resistors I was unsure when/why I should prefer metal film or carbon film. I understand that they offer different tolerance levels, but I couldn't figure out why different parts of a circuit would need this. Is there any indication on the schematic or something that specifies when a certain tolerance is necessary?

2. When I looked at smallbear I was overwhelmed by the number of different types and brands of capacitors. What types are best for certain values? (for instance I know that electrolytic are best for values larger than 1uF.)

Thank you  ;D

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