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Open Discussion / "Warmest" sounding compressor?
« on: May 31, 2014, 07:12:40 PM »
What comp would best warm up the sound of a solid state amp? Bonus for working on bass and guitar.

I know very little about tube amps, so I'm sure that some of you can help me out here!

I have a '93 Fender Blues deluxe which is a fine amp with some well documented, though not unsurmountable issues. I went in two days ago and resoldered some cracked soldering around the tube sockets. That solved a noise issue, but now something else is on the fritz--dirty channel goes on and off when you have it on. The problem is really that the amp is a bunch of brittle pcb garbage on the inside. I'm fine to keep fixing it, but it's just going to keep breaking.

Here's my question: What would I need to do to just replace the PCB part? Could I essentially keep the cab/speaker/transformer etc. and just get some kind of point to point amp to "pop in" instead of the brittle PCB stuff?

I have no idea what is involved with this and even if it would be a good idea when time/expense is taken into account.

Any guidance/advice would be appreciated.

Open Discussion / "always on" pedal wiring diagram?
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:02:26 AM »
Does anyone have a diagram for wiring a pedal as "always on"? I'm making a THC headphone amp and just want it to be on when I plug the cables/power in. No need for a switch. I wouldn't mind hooking up an LED, too, though.

Open Discussion / Rub-a-dub + Cave dweller or BYOC classic delay?
« on: May 08, 2014, 02:35:52 PM »
I have a rub-a-dub and want to add a delay to make it a 2 in 1. I have a BYOC classic delay but have the opportunity to get a cheap Cave Dweller. Any suggestions on what would make a better 2 in 1? What should the order be? Thanks!

Open Discussion / Mouser is driving me nuts!
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:32:58 AM »
Just had to say it. I know that there is a learning curve, but oh man.

Open Discussion / TH headphone amp? Other options?
« on: March 14, 2014, 12:49:41 PM »
I'd like to have a quiet home/late night rig. Has anyone built the TH headphone amp? Any other suggestions?

Open Discussion / multimeter?
« on: March 08, 2014, 11:30:46 PM »
I have a super cheap multimeter that isn't getting the job done. Any suggestions on a basic, solid multimeter that won't break the bank?

General Questions / Kingslayer for bass?
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:02:39 PM »
Anyone using one on bass? What mods did you do?

Talked to Grindcustoms and he had a few suggestions to change the input cap, the low frequency cut off cap, and tone stack frequency response. Has anyone else built one just for bass?

Would it basically be redundant to have a bloviator and a 6 shooter EQ in the same box? Isn't the bloviator basically a 2 band eq?

General Questions / "best" DIY bass compressor?
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:52:41 PM »
I'm getting back into pedal building and would like to make myself a bass compressor. I've been reading around a bit on this and other forums and like anything, everyone has a different opinion. The one piece of advice I keep picking up on, though, is to have an idea of what "kind" of compressor sound would be best for you.

So here, goes: I'm looking for more of a tone machine kind of compressor that tightens up the sound and makes me a little bit more pronounced in the mix while giving me some sustain. I've had the EBS multicomp and I feel like it gives me that tight sound that stands out in the mix, but doesn't quite have the sustain. I have a Ross for guitar which has a very nice sustain to it, but doesn't keep the low end frequencies.

Any advice based on that? I've found some Diamond clone schematics, but I would have to build that on vero and overall that looks like too ambitious of a project. So, def looking for something a little less complicated.

What do you think?

Open Discussion / Kraken vs. Nautilus
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:59:37 AM »
Obviously, the Nautilus has a lot more shaping options, but what are the differences in the main "wah" sound. I'd like to build a Nautilus with less options and it seems like the Kraken is the way to go-- but there aren't a lot of samples online. Thoughts?

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