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While working on all these boss pedals I put together an sd-1 and began to ponder every decision I've ever made...why the hell did I use the TS over the sd-1 all these years??? I haven't played an sd-1 since the 90s and I wish I could go back and tell past Chris to get rid of the TS.
       The Hawkeye drive started when I asked @storyboardist why he did have a combo Rat/TS board. like millennials do, he memed my ass and after some good lulz we whipped up a custom drill template and the fun began. The builds were simple enough with low parts counts and I used all generic non mojo parts to prove it sounds exactly the same. OP07 opamp, generic 4148 diodes and 5088 transistors. I have TH jfets but am using smd jfets if the board has the footprint for them. Props to David for always making great layouts that are super flexible tone wise. So how's it sound? It rips. Classic tones, all killer no filler.
     I had the idea of doing a Hawkeye theme and having the SD-1 side as Barton and the Rat side being Ronin but thought about it and decided to change the SD-1 to Bishop and reworked my whole design. My buddy Nick said he likes the 60s Bond look of the silhouette and I knew it was a winner if he approved. Matte violet tayda 1590BB2 and UV print. Don't sleep on the SD-1, the Rat or this combo.

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Build Reports / Re: Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 08:50:37 PM »
I can't believe how the character pops in the pictures.  Damn.  I also had to go back and see what Jon was talking about with the footswitch, and it's just crazy flawless.

I like this circuit and honestly maybe I've never played an original but this is a really nice phaser.  Synthy was the word I was looking for when you mentioned it.
Thanks Gordy, flawless is not a word I would use in anything that touches my bench lol. In these builds I'm doing now, I'm taking my time and using everything I've learned and really enjoying myself and the process. And yes. It is a really nice sounding pedal.

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Build Reports / Re: Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 07:13:44 PM »
Absolutely stellar work on this one.  This is one of the tightest builds Ive ever seen.
Thanks Clinton, but I'm just getting warmed up 😂

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Build Reports / Re: Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 06:16:59 PM »
Wow! Don't know how but you get better at this stuff! Super smart, inside and out. The green works fantastic with your artwork.

Had a two knob PH1 in recently for fixin', really enjoyed the sound but then checked out the prices. Glad I looked after I'd worked on it.

Thanks, it's easy to keep learning when I see all the cool things other people do. I had never played a ph-1 prior to this, had a ph-2 before but that is totally different. I was really surprised with this one.

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Build Reports / Re: Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 05:49:12 PM »
Man-thing is great, this build is great, the photos are great
Thanks Will, I always know it's good when you think it's cool.

Man, that thing is spotless! 8)  The joints on the foot switch lugs are next level. 
Thanks John, still trying to do better, but your last build was pretty spotless inside.

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Build Reports / Re: Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 12:20:16 PM »
Awesome showing as usual Chris!

Question: Any reason you favor the larger DC power jack over the smaller form-factor jacks?

Been thinking about switching and wanted your thoughts on the matter.

Thanks. For the jacks, it depends on the build. Some builds will have multiple wires going to ground or the positive lug. The larger holes will make it easier to feed the wires in. Most of the time these days I use the smaller jacks, especially for tight spaces.

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Build Reports / Emerald Phaser
« on: November 30, 2022, 10:52:26 AM »
This week's build reports in my boss collection comes by way of Aion and is the emerald phaser and is a clone of the ph1-r phaser. The ph1-r is in a lot of ways the evolution of the phase 90 4 stage jfet phaser. I have been using ota phasers for years and I revisited the phase 90 earlier this year and built one with many of the features that this circuit features. I like 4 stage phasers. 2 is too subtle for me, more an on/off switch. 6 or more stages is too synthy for my taste, so this one works well for me.
I like having the depth to control the width of the phasing and the resonance knob can add the feedback of the output back into the input and can make it more dramatic or subdued depending on the the mood you want to set. The range of the speed knob is broader than a phase90 but not as extreme as a small stone. A very versatile phaser. One common complaint of the ph1-r like the phase90, is the perceived volume jump caused by the mixing of the dry and wet signals at the output stage This is made more apparent with higher resonance settings, as the higher peaks will drive the output more. This is handled with the volume knob. Full CW is the stock setting and rolling back will attenuate the volume to unity depending on what settings you have.
The build itself was simple and straightforward. I decided to order the matched set of jfets because I did not want to go thru all my smd jfets. Word of advise to anyone who builds this, watch the mounting of jfet adapter boards to the main board as there is a 100n cap under them. I like things neat and clean so I addressed this with headers and angled pins to clear the cap and keep everything lined up. This is also the cleanest wiring I have done on an Aion build and will do it this way from here on out. I went with a lawn green tayda enclosure and UV print. Instead of doing the typical green characters I went down the road less traveled and used Dr. Theodore "Ted" Sallis aka the Man-Thing.
If you're looking for a smooth versatile jfet phaser that has more options and tones than the typical phase90 then this is a great project you should check out.

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Build Reports / Re: Aion Monolith Love Tone Big Cheese
« on: November 25, 2022, 08:12:56 PM »
Trash can knobs and dymo, I'm having byoc flashbacks haha. Inside is tight and clean. Imagine a no film to look like dymo labels

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Build Reports / Re: Effects Layouts Pocket Comb Flanger (Ibanez FL9)
« on: November 24, 2022, 09:52:31 PM »
Another killer build from my flanger Eskimo brother.

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Build Reports / VIIB
« on: November 23, 2022, 09:22:27 AM »
Here is this week's build reports, albeit a few days early in honor of the American holiday of Thanksgiving where we lie to ourselves about the pilgrims and native Americans playing nice in the sandbox after landing on fragle rock . So here is my next entry in the BOSS tribute.
I gotta give props to ppcb for his implementation of the momentary ramp feature. Having built the byoc version, like the original boss pedal, it is not intuitive to have to choose between ramp and normal operation. This is smooth as silk and elevates the pedal to something that can be a mainstay on a pedalboard and not just an occasionally used effect.
The build is simple enough to put together as the boards require no low profile electros or special components, again fantastic design choice. Calibration was easy. I set the clock frequency to 120khz. If using a metal bezel like I did then ream out the plastic led holder to accommodate the common cathode red/green led. I went with a blue tayda enclosure with Daisy Johnson aka quake. I used some tricks I learned from Nick aka SYLV9ST9R for stacking and merging images to make it look like she's walking over the VIIB text. Sounds fantastic and gives a lovey movement to clean playing when used subtly and the ramp is great for faux vibrato bar wiggle. Highly recommended.

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Build Reports / Re: Fruadhacker
« on: November 19, 2022, 10:19:46 AM »
I wanna thank everyone for the kind words. What I've been going through is something all of us go through at one time or another. I have been bipolar my whole life and have struggled with having balance. This time of year can be hard for everyone for various reasons, regardless of whether or not you have mental health issues. If anyone ever needs to vent or needs an open ear don't hesitate to hit me up. We all need someone to talk to who's unbiased and not involved.

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Build Reports / Fruadhacker
« on: November 18, 2022, 06:23:07 PM »
The past couple months have been tough. A death in the family, lots of health problems with family, a personal crisis and work related pain. To battle seasonal, holiday and clinical depression I decided to embark on a side quest and start a new personal build collection.
I'll preface this by saying that long before I fell in love with vintage EHX circuits, I was a BOSS fanboy. Like many of us many of my first pedals were boss pedals because the were cheap, indestructible and everywhere. This collection will contain pedals I've have previously owned, could not find or became too expensive to try. The first up is the fraud hacker
The fraudhacker is a BF-2 flanger. I have a soft spot for this pedal as it's the first flanger I got back in 93. Like an idiot I sold my original early 90s pedal around 2002 when the boutique phase hit and BOSS wasn't cool anymore to the masses (thanks TGP). Sonically I would describe it as the middle ground between the DEM and MXR flanger. A very versatile flanger that can do warm, metallic, chorus and jet plane tones.
The build and biasing itself was very straightforward and simple. I got the nos 3207/3102 from @blackhatboojum in a trade at the beginning of the year and was saving them for the right project. The literal fraud and hacker Mysterio, UV printed on a matte Violette enclosure. Sorry for the long post. TLDR it's a great sounding flanger and if you are in the market to build one you can't go wrong with a BF-2. Thanks for another fantastic project Brian!

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Open Discussion / Re: overdrive pedals low output, non-diy
« on: November 17, 2022, 05:40:14 AM »
Is this something new that recently started or has it always been like that with these pedals? Are these diy builds or commercial pedals? Seems odd that it's just drive pedals. More info would definitely help. As Matt suggested try one at a time isolated with just the pedal between the guitar and amp and go from there.

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Open Discussion / Best forum ever
« on: November 14, 2022, 06:49:44 AM »
Once again, the Madbean forum has proved it has the best people on the net. The most helpful, giving and friendliest group and I'm glad to be a part of it. That is all, carry on.

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