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Build Reports / Flintlock, Easy Peazy, and The Beast
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:59:51 PM »
Wife has been out of town all week so I've had a chance to get a few projects wrapped up:

This is the Flintlock Flanger.  Little bit of troubleshooting (thanks Scruffie), and took advice to pickup a DMM with a frequency counter.  Made the setup very painless.  Total rip-off of the original graphics.

Here's The Beast.  The thought of stripping 18 little wires gives me a rash, but makes for a nice clean build.  This is a great overdrive.

You can see I've backed off of powder-coating and painting lately.  This next one is the Easy Peazy and figured as long as I was using the mojo caps I'd copy the graphics.  Obviously this one stays in my possession as I don't think it's ethical to clone enclosures but wanted to get as close as I could  ::)

Build Reports / Sparklehorn and Mood Ring
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:38:59 PM »
Just a heads up that both these boards kill.  I haven't had a chance to work them at big volume yet but am really impressed with both.  The Sparklehorn is a different distortion from most I've built.  Similar to the Timmy but a bit more constrained to my ears (I mean that it a good way).  Lots of drive on tap but never gets too nutty (I suspect it has to have reins to keep it from pushing the snot out of the echo circuit).  Has sort of a studio feel to it.

The Mood Ring is a great sounding reverb and the delay-verb is a very nice touch.  I used the short brick on this one and am looking forward to putting it to use on my board.  I tend to use reverb as an effect as opposed to having it on all the time (I HATE spring reverb).

Sorry if this sounds a little gushy/kiss-ass but finished these boards back to back and am obviously impressed with them both.  Highly recommended and will try to post a few clips asap.

Build Reports / Never lost with a big knob
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:18:11 PM »
OK, cheesy subject line but I got these knobs from BLMS and was going to use them as the two outside freq pots so I could tune them with my foot.  Looked pretty stupid with normal Davies in all other positions so I swapped them all out and voila.  Still not convinced it's worth the extra 10 lbs of knobs but it's an interesting look.  The decal is dead stock Juansolo 1590BB portrait with added boxes (thanks Juan), and the board is GPCB Dual Voice Filter.  Crafty (if heavy handed - no complaints) cocked wah circuit that's capable of a ton of whacko or not-so-whacko sounds.  Sort of a ChopShop/Harmonic Energizer on steroids. Note all the fried pads as I replaced wires to the offboard stuff.  This was one of those projects that everything went wrong.  Real happy with results though, and the jury is still out on the knobs...

Oh, did I mention that I mis-drilled a 125B enclosure?

Build Reports / Rub-aDub Dlx in SB case
« on: June 10, 2014, 06:51:17 PM »
This marks the first time I've used one of Steve's SmallBear enclosures.  It's also my first (well at least my first successful) powder coat.  I used the cheap power coat rig from Harbor Freight and their white powder.

Figured I'd outfit it with one of Josh's 3PDT boards as well just to keep the symetry.  Steve's case has a battery door but I don't use batteries.  I can see it being easy to lose so I should just throw it in the garbage now to ease the suspense.

Open Discussion / iStomp love
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:53:20 PM »
I know this goes against the grain but for anyone that needs a do-anything pedal the iStomp is pretty cool.  It doesn't do anything spot on but comes damn close on a whole bunch of pedal models.  So for the one time in a blue moon that I need a ring mod or a clean 5th and 2 octaves up...done.  Plug in the iPhone, upload the model (the iPhone 5 connector was such a fiasco that all but one of the models is free to repay whats left of the loyal fanbase) and boom...a realistic Electric Mistress, or Gonkulator, or whatever.

Just sayin...

Won't slow down my building but gets a permanent spot on my board for the fact that it does damn near anything.  Tomorrow is Easter services and it gets to be a Lexicon reverb.

Open Discussion / Cheap decals
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:59:47 AM »
Jimi, I thought of you when you'd posted a while back that you have some cheap eBay Chinese decal stock that wasn't working.  Me too and I finally have a solution and ironically has turned it into my "best" decal stock.  The problem was that I was using the Testors decal spray that works really well on Testors paper but not on the eBay stuff.  They had a tendancy to stick to the backing too much and would stretch as you tried to place them. I picked up a can of Rust-oleum Painter's Touch 2X ultra cover gloss clear from Home Depot.  It goes on real thick and takes longer to dry but the results are amazing.  This is a shot of my Nautilus.  The photo makes the sand and nautilus graphic look more like a pidgeon but you get the idea.  Also excuse the fact that I'm waiting for more knobs to arrive...

Open Discussion / The GreaseGun
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:11:26 PM »
For anyone that hasn't built up their GreaseGun board...don't think that because this was "charity" stuff the board doesn't rip.  It does.  No surprise.  I love this thing.  It's very true to Bean's demo (although I think he used a fairly bright sounding guitar and amp setup).  This is one of those "sleeper" builds that can be used in a ton of different ways.  For me, I tend to use my Afterlife into a Vox Night Train set relatively clean but with the volume 2/3 of the way up (goes for a gutsy AC15/30 clean sound) to where the Afterlife doesn't wreck my volume settings on any guitar but keeps a nice tab on levels.  The GreaseGun takes those polite settings and gets a bit nasty without introducing too much low end grunt or spikey highs.  I'm using it at about wide open volume with the gain set to about 3/4 and tone at anywhere from 2/3rds up to wide open.  This will be one of your "secret weapons".  I don't think I can do better than Bean at a demo but will do a few ">clean" and ">overdrive" examples to stir it up a bit.

Open Discussion / Click track and echo
« on: October 01, 2013, 06:40:44 PM »
This is probably really obvious to most people but it's been a revelation to me.  I've been very fortunate to have been given a TC Nova Delay a while back and the tap tempo (or even cooler the "strum" tempo) is pretty slick.  Programming and switching between presets is less than intuitive but the delay sounds so killer it's worth the effort.  I play in a praise band on Sundays that's quite progressive and we use off-stage cabinets, an isolated drum cage, and a wireless in-ear monitor system.  To make up for the lack of "feel" from stage volume we've been using a click track (which is a process in itself to get used to) and from time to time we lock to loops as well.  So all was well and I'd fiddle with tempos with my feet and was pretty good at getting dotted "Edge"-type rhythms (which has been massively over-used by most contemporary Christian stuff).  I went on vacation and a buddy of mine stepped in for the week and changed over my display from milliseconds to BPM.  At first I was pissed because it took me a while to figure out how to get it back, but it dawned on me that if you already know the BPM of the click...just set it on the pedal.  This has proven to be a cool enough feature that I'm surprised more pedals don't have it.

Tech Help - Projects Page / Bacon Bits gain
« on: November 23, 2012, 07:17:03 PM »
I'm too lazy/stupid to do the math to calc gain on the Bacon Bits, but what kind of boost should I expect on this thing?  Seems to be working just fine...full counter clockwise appears to be about unity but cranked is probably about (I'm guessing here) about a 10 or 12dB boost?  I was thinking this thing would be just roaring, given the amount of headroom on 18v.

Build Reports / Collosalus Build
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:59:54 PM »
Here's a few pix of my completed Collosalus.  Great flanger and I figured: "if it has to be may as well have landing lights..."

Lighted pots and clear knobs, water-slide decal over white powdercoat, all from SmallBear.

Open Discussion / Afterlife Kudos
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:47:53 PM »
Don't know if a lot of you've tried the Afterlife but it's been on my board for a few days now and it's pretty cool.  Most compressors I've used sound great in my room but in a live situation get thin and pump too much.  The AL is in the category of "ummm, is this thing on?" effects but in a live rig adds a nice bit of sustain and fatness.  Plus a good bit of boost if needed.  It's kinda similar to the compressor circuit in my old Lab Series amp (although the Lab compresses at the power amp).

I'm really liking the Baby Boards.  This one sits in front of my Smoothie.

Tech Help - Projects Page / Collosallus chips
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:18:09 PM »
Sounds like a new Frito-Lay product.  Anyway I've built up the Collosallus and I can hear a distinct short delay but no modulation.  My voltages on IC4 and beyond are pretty messed up and all controls don't really appear to do anything.  Board and parts are triple checked so I suspect a chip or trans. Could the 4013 be creating the havoc? I'm getting delay so suspect the MN4007 is good (although voltages are off).  I've swapped out multiple 4049s.  I'm banking on the fact that I haven't torched the 4007...

I can post numbers if needed but before I order more 4013s (only have one on hand) I thought I'd see if anyone else ran into this.

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