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Open Discussion / New Pedal Day...Sorta
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:23:05 PM »
I built JMk 's Hamlet delay and had a guy approach me about building him one.  This was when JMK's store indicated he was on vacation so I sold him my unit thinking I'd just build another one.  Well got busy and never built a replacement.  Fast forward to today.  Saw it on CL at a ridiculous price.  Turns out he's raising money for a wedding and leaving the music scene.  I gladly bought it back.  Such an awesome circuit.  Thanks Jon and Jacob.
Guy said it was his favorite pedal on his board and the most musical delay he's owned.

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Open Discussion / Where to find these knobs
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:20:12 AM »
Have a friend that 'loves' these knobs and wants them on a pedal.  Looks like they have a rounded top.  Anybody seen these around?  I've looked at SB, BLMS and pedal parts.

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Open Discussion / +9 to -9 Volts - how to do the ground plane?
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:51:54 PM »
I'm working on a Fuzz Face and want to add a power inverter (I realize the Mangler exists but I'm trying to understand the circuit and EAGLE as well). 
So you feed the IC +9v and it converts it to -9v. What do you make the ground plane in Eagle?  I would assume you have to make the ground plane the ground from the dc jack(black).  So what do you ground the components to in the positive ground Fuzz Face Circuit?

Thanks guys.

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General Questions / Zygote for Bass - any considerations?
« on: December 28, 2014, 04:18:16 PM »
Planning on building up a Fuzz Face for bass.  Do I need to alter the input cap?  Are there any other considerations?



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Open Discussion / How do YOU secure a battery holder?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:08:51 PM »
I've never put a battery in a pedal (1.5 years of building).  I have a few metal battery holders.  What's your favorite way to secure the clip to the enclosure?

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Open Discussion / Recommend me a Xmas Project/Gift
« on: December 22, 2014, 04:27:00 PM »
My wife wants to buy me the parts for a project for Christmas.  I want to build a project with a tube preamp (something clean- but feels like a tube with warmth) that I can build with something like TH Customs line driver to go straight to PA or recording interface.

Need some recommendations.  Basically,  something at the end of my pedal board that will go straight to PA with the feel of a Fender amp as an alternative to my heavy amp every time I play out:)

Does it make sense to do a Azabache before  a tube preamp that runs off 12v or 9V?

PS if possible, I'd like it to massage my feet as well!

Blackface Bassman is my preferred 'sound'

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Open Discussion / 'Song for my Brother' - Follow up post
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:17:51 PM »
Again, thanks to the folks on this forum for all the support:

I decided to write some music as a thank you for the guitar.  I played it a few hours and decided that the neck pickup sounds really great for finger picking (really balanced sound across all six strings through my amp).  I used that idea as a building block for the rest of the song.  The bridge pickup sounds like a tele so I incorporated some country style double stop melody for the second guitar part.  He had included a slide in the case so I felt obliged to put some slide at the end of the song (I really can't play slide but felt it was the 'right' thing to do).

As a meager thank you to you all here on the forum, I am sharing it as well.

Thanks again,

Build Reports / MB Grapevine (DLS)
« on: December 14, 2014, 10:20:21 PM »
Run of the mill DLS no mods.  Sounds killer.  Etched board, Grindcustoms 3pdt board.

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Open Discussion / NGD (BE WARNED touchy feely post)
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:45:41 PM »
Had a friend of mine invite me out to his car to show me a guitar today.  It was a really sweet looking partscaster.  He flipped it over to reveal my name and a message written in permanent marker so I couldn't refuse the gift.  It was very humbling to say the least.  I don't do well at receiving gifts...never have.  I am so grateful to have people in my life that love me and can see past my faults.  God has done a great work in me and continues to change me through relationships with others.  This is a big deal because I used to keep most everyone at a distance.  Since I've started letting people in things are changing...
He doesn't remember the details of the build (he had someone build the body and assemble everything). He said it had 'high end' pickups and hardware.  I played it all night tonight and the neck feels incredible.  The bridge pickup sounds like a tele for sure but not quite as bright as my other tele.  I don't know if it's the pickup and/or the wood...but I like it.

Please respond below with gifts you may have received in the past and how you felt accepting such a gift.

Also, if you recognize what wood the guitar and neck might be made of please comment as well.

Build Reports / Fat Pants Boost
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:22:07 AM »
My first reverse etch.  Didn't get it quite deep enough.  Overall happy for the first attempt.  The only primer I had was white and you can see I sanded thought the metallic blue inside the skull in places.  BTW, do you guys use primer withb Rustoleum Metallic spray?
Stupid mistake on this one - wired the soft toggle to the switch spot on the PCB!
Just a stock MB Fatpants:)

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Open Discussion / Ernie Ball VP Jr.
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:44:12 PM »
If I drop a buffer splitter in my Ernie Ball VP jr do I need to change the value of the pot?

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General Questions / Grapevine Cap Questions
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:59:12 PM »
I just etched a v2 grapevine board.  Thought I had all the parts but realized that instead of 50n I have 47n.  Instead of 3n, I have 3n3.  Is this an issue?  Will there be a audible difference?  Or is it a matter of parts used in the original circuit?

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Tech Help - Projects Page / Vox Wah V847 Mod gone bad
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:09:08 AM »
Had a guy ask me to make his Vox wah true bypass and add a power jack.  No problem I told him. (I've done several TB mods on Crybabies and the circuits are very close).  I found a good resource for the wiring and proceeded.  I chose to wire the switch using Madbeans Standard Wiring Diagram because it is what I'm used to rather than the one in other diagram.  I assumed that is where I made the mistake but after reviewing it multiple times I'm just not seeing it.
Basically, true bypass works and when I engage it, it squeals like a pig!!  I'm including photos and video.  Would appreciate a second/third... Pair of eyes. 
(Instead of the 'Brown' wire I used white-all I had on hand).

Pictured below is the Madbean version of the switching diagram (I put my dashes the wrong direction;)

Here is the diagram for the mod itself.  I have not messed with any of the power wiring yet.

Also, beneath the squeal, it sounds like I can hear a faint guitar signal.  Can't be for sure though because it's so loud!

Dog finds it intersting:

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Open Discussion / NBD
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:28:48 PM »
New Bass Day!  I had my eye on one in the store and the owner had agreed to take my banjo off my hands plus a little cash on my part for a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass.  I was talking with my buddy about it and he asked me to consider trading with him (he wanted the banjo).  So, I got this bass instead.
It is a Classic Vibe 50's P Bass body with a MIM Precision Bass neck with upgraded tuners.  He even went as far as to buy a new neck plate.  The neck feels nice.  The pickup sounds good to my ears (a little noisy but I was sitting directly in front of the computer monitor). 
I'm not a bass player but I love to listen to talented bass players.  I now have no reason not to learn!!  I looked up a lesson on the following website and built an audio demo around the lesson.  I have a long way to go;)

Open Discussion / All in one Bass Pedal
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:04:53 PM »
I put a used Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass on hold and will pick it up on Monday.
I will be playing it in a small room with a small PA.  I would prefer not to buy an amp.  It would be very convenient to build a pedal with a direct out to plug into the PA.
What projects/effects would you recommend?
((I am not a bass player, but someone needs to play;)  I have limited knowledge on how to get the best time, no tip is too simple))

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