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Open Discussion / Alpha 9mm pots discontinued?
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:43:44 AM »
Does anyone know if Alpha is discontinuing these regular 9mm pots?

Some of the usual shops here in Europe (Musikding and UK Electronic) haven't had them for months.
I just saw that there will be a lot of new 1590A projects, so I should stock up.

General Questions / Runoffgroove Ginger - how to get more gain?
« on: July 13, 2019, 06:44:44 AM »
The Runoffgroove Ginger is intended to be an Ampeg in a Box, primarily for Bass, but this pedal has been on my board for years, I love it, it's perfect for guitar! Thick yet open, dynamic, super effective Tone control.
The one thing though: it could have a bit more gain. I always have to hit it with a booster.

Mine is built on a TH custom board, but you can get them from Fuzzdog, OSH Park, and other places.
The TH Custom doc says: "The original circuit features 1N5818 diodes for D6/D7. I have fun listening to it with the same red LEDs in this place."
Mine does, indeed, have 1N5818 in D6/D7. Does this affect gain much?

Question: What could I do to squeeze a bit more drive out of that pedal without it changing its character at all?


(I wanted to post this in Tech Help, but since it doesn't concern any Madbean projects I'm posting it here. I hope that's ok)

I hadn't built any pedal in about two years but recently the bug bit me again and I built some fuzzes. And unlike before they all work.

I have a weird issue with these two, though. Clones of the Analogman Astrotone and the KMA Fuzzly Bear, both built on Fuzzdog PCBs:
BOMs are on these sites.

When I crank the gain they both sound weird, the sound cuts out, farts and splutters. Roll back the gain just a tad and they both sound fine. It's just that last millimetre on the gain pot.

The power capacitor on both these pedals is 47uF. I upped it to 100 on both but with no effect.
I checked all the values I used and they are correct. I reflowed all solder joints.
What else could I do? Any ideas of what this could be?

(That KMA Fuzzly Bear is one amazing Fuzz btw)

Thank you!

I'm shopping for a small bodied acoustic guitar (Parlor, 00, 000) in the range of up to 500 /$ (used is totally fine, too), but can't seem to find the right one.

Ideally, it should have the longer 25.4" scale, 1 11/16 (43mm) nut width, and satin finish. Simple understated classic looks with no flashy glossy bling is nice, too.

But it absolutely must have a bigger/fatter (not: wider) than average neck, and that's the problem. "Modern C" necks are always marketed as comfortable, but that's exactly what they're not, for me personally. Too thin. I'm so used to my Telecaster Baseball Bat that I don't want anything else anymore.

Been looking into models from many brands, and the following fill most of the criteria (maybe not 100% looks-wise); Sigma and Recording King even fill all of them, including looks - except neck size:

all of the Godin brands (Art & Lutherie Roadhouse, Norman B20/ST40 Folk, Seagull Grand / S6 Original Slim Concert Hall, some by Simon & Patrick)
Cort (L450C - ugly Abalone rosette)
Guild (M-240)
Hfner (HA-CS7/8/28)
Ibanez (AVN9/11)
Kremona (M15)
Recording King (many models)
Sigma/AMI (many models)
Stanford (Dj vu Little Sister)
Tanglewood (TW133 ASM)
The Loar (LH-204 Brownstone)

Some of these are rather obscure and I can't test them at the shop.

Or maybe does "Low profile neck", "modern C shape" etc. deceive me on paper and some of these models do, in fact, have a proper neck? I haven't played them all.
Does anyone of you have one of the above?
Any more ideas about affordable acoustics with large necks?

Open Discussion / Ikea Plate Reverb
« on: November 22, 2018, 03:24:44 AM »
Want to build a Plate Reverb unit from an Ikea table?
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Open Discussion / PSA: GFS 20% Sale / Shared shipping to Europe?
« on: October 07, 2018, 03:43:30 AM »
Just saw that GFS is having a big sale:

I'd like to get one of their bodies. So I'd pay 35 $ for the body and 70 $ for shipping to Germany.
Would anyone in Germany or Europe on here be interested in getting something, too, and we share the shipping cost?

Build Reports / Wobble
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:01:06 AM »
A simple 2-in-1 of the Runoffgroove Tri-Vibe on a TH Custom PCB and the Yorkshire Pulse Tremolo, which is Juansolo's and Cleggy/Marauder's version of the Shoot The Moon. Switching is done using Jon's Millenium Bypass boards.

Build Reports / The Double Yorkshire
« on: April 06, 2017, 02:44:07 AM »
Recently, Juansolo and Cleggy/Marauder helped me a great deal in debugging my non-working projects. Without them I guess I could have just thrown those projects away, so thank you once again.
I'm not really building much anymore as the error rate really is too high, and I have everything I want, so I will take a longer timeout soon when the last remaining projects are done. I guess I'll make the occasional exception if a project is released that I desperately need, but other than that I'm done for now.

The two gentlemen from Yorkshire also generously gave me some of their own PCBs: their version of the Timmy and their Big Omar boost.

I'm really torn on this one. Not sound wise but with the result of my work.
I made a mistake in aligning the drill holes and the jack holes, so some caps on the Timmy and the jack touched each other when installed, derp. I rotated the PCB by 90 degrees. Not pretty, but it works now.
Also, the Big Omar knob is too close to the footswitch now. It does work, but it's not pretty or practical. Maybe I'll put a smaller knob on there.
Also, the two LEDs aren't aligned right.
Should have been more accurate and less hasty in planning and executing. Also, not my best wiring because of all the crammage in there.

But other than that, I'm happy. I managed to put two circuits and an order switch in a 125B with top mounted jacks.
I only played it for a few minutes last night, but they sound gloriously!
You know what a Timmy sounds like. I don't have my Catch 22 anymore, but from memory I'd say that this one has a tad more gain, if I'm not mistaken. And the tone knobs work the right way around, which is nice.
And the Big Omar, man! This one alone was worth the effort. What a great boost, lots of character.

Thanks, Yorkshiremen.

Open Discussion / Matchstick guitar
« on: June 08, 2016, 01:33:26 AM »
Just saw this. This guy made a working Strat from thousands of matches.

Reminded me of the cardboard Strat:

Open Discussion / Floppy Disk Delay
« on: April 26, 2016, 02:15:31 AM »
Just saw this, you might find it interesting:
These guys ( made a delay pedal that uses a real 3.5" floppy disk. VERY pricey.

Open Discussion / L-Pad attenuator question
« on: March 16, 2016, 07:58:46 AM »
I want to build a simple L-Pad attenuator for my 5 Watt Blackheart Little Giant Head.
More Info here:
The amp has 5 watts and a 16 ohm speaker. So I guess I'll need a 15 Watt 16 Ohm L-Pad. Right?
But where to find such a thing? Especially in Europe? Musikding has the 8 Ohm version:

Parts Express has the 50 and 100 Watt versions.
50 Watt is out of stock, and I don't necessarily want to ship one little part around the globe?

Can I not just use the 8 ohm version? I think that's what the expensive Bitmo kit uses, but do I need some resistors to compensate?

Thank you!

Build Reports / Box of Clean
« on: February 18, 2016, 12:55:42 PM »
I had these circuits on my board in various other forms as single pedals, now put them in one box to save space, using Jon's Millenium Bypass.
Madbean Fatpants jr.
Aion Lumin aka BBE Sonic Stomp
Demeter Compulator

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