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Open Discussion / Bird in my beard
« on: January 05, 2014, 01:02:11 PM »
So, last night was fun:

Build Reports / Nuevo Jefe Aquaboy Deluxe
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:09:26 PM »
This is a repost of my submission for the best of 2013 contest, but there aren't a ton of ABDLX build reports out there so here it is again:

 "Nuevo Jefe"

Aquaboy Deluxe with mods

-Legit MN3005's from funkward-tech on ebay
-modulation Depth Pot changed to 500k
-R50 and R51 switched to 5k1
-Slam switch added to feedback pot
-JMK Panner effects loop on the output
-Wedge cut 1590BB Tall enclosure with top mount jacks
-Mini-Chickenheads from smallbear, love these knobs to death.
-1776effects Opto-tron bypass

I can easily say this is the best delay I have ever built, but by far the most difficult.  I tried the effects loop between the PCB mix pad 3 and mix pot lug 3 as I have done on some Multiplexes now, but for whatever reason this brought in an unacceptable amount of clock noise, and wasn't totally stable for me.  I ended up putting it on the delay output. You can adjust the wet mix of the loop and the dry delayed signal; therefore, the effect is very similar to having the loop before the mix pot, just that the first things you play before repeat are run through the Panner too.  Very subtle difference unless you have the mix and loop both full wet.  The changes to the bigger pot on the modulation depth and R50 and R51 make the modulation less wacky and extreme at maximum depth and give a better lower boundary on the minimum setting. 

Clip below shows it effects loop dry and with a Cardinal Tremolo/Rub-a-Dub 2-in-1 in wah shell in the effects loop.

Open Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2013, 09:19:43 AM »
Merry Christmas (Eve) guys!

Build Reports / "Fatso Fuzz" - a sort of Pudgii
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:31:39 AM »

I had a request for a Fat Fuzz Factory clone and ended up using the cap arrangement from the Pudgii build doc on a GuitarPCB Industrial Fuzz PCB.  Usually I don't care for their PCB's, but this one was laid out by someone else (Bruce R. IIRC) and it was really nice to work with.  I unded up using 100nf, 330nf, and 2u2 on a DPDT On/Off/On switch with the 100n bridged across the middle lugs so you get 100n, 430n, and 2u3.  The guy I built it for didn't want the traditional Z.Vex layout so I put it in a wedged 125B.  It has a bypassable Klon Buffer on the output.  I usually find most fuzzes to be fun, but kind of one core tone per pedal, maybe some versatility by rolling back guitar volume, but this thing is incredible how different it can get depending on settings.  I have two etched PCB's selfdestroyer made for me from the Pudgii build doc and I am going to build a 2-in-1 for my board using them.

Open Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:01:17 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys!  Have a great day!

Open Discussion / Help Paul Rhoney Guitars get a business grant
« on: November 08, 2013, 05:59:13 PM »
Hey, Paul Rhoney a guitar builder here in CA is trying to get a grant for his business considered and he is and all around good guy and fantastic guitar builder.  If you have a second click here and you can vote for him to be considered for the grant through facebook:
His facebook page:

Also he is currently selling this baritone prototype for (comparatively) cheap right now:

I think it can be had in the $1000-$1200 range, about half the price of his other guitars I have seen. 

Build Reports / FZ-1a on Vero with -1.5vdc power supply
« on: September 10, 2013, 09:42:49 AM »

I started on this build at the beginning of the summer and it has been a long haul.  The enclosure is from and it didn't ever ship, after a month of waiting I emailed and got it about 2 weeks later.  No big deal, but maybe some foreshadowing of things to come.  After that I started trying to do the power supply and circuit on the same bit of vero using some pretty standard charge pump arrangements and regulators before or after the polarity conversion as well as voltage divider networks etc. to get the voltage down to -1.5v but everything had hum, oscillations, ripple and other problems that way.  So I went to the breadboard, just trying to get the supply right and after studying the datasheets and then seeing how some other charge pumped PNP projects are laid out and how that corresponded to the example schematics in the datasheets I got to a much more stable design.  I'm going to try and learn Eagle so I can contribute this info to the member's projects section of the forum soon, all my work is on graph paper right now.  The FZ-1a circuit itself is not complicated, but I chose to audit a bunch of transistors on the breadboard to get it to work right with the stock schematic instead of biasing things to accommodate individual transistors.  Over the course of the summer I had been setting aside leaky transistors for this and in the end the best set was a leaky Amperex 2N2430 in Q1, a not-very-leaky-at-all Texas Instruments 2N404 with highish gain in Q2, and a super leaky Mullard OC75 in Q3.  Sounds cool.  Bunch of bunk attempts:

The winner on the breadboard:

Open Discussion / For those who pray: finding a job, maybe missions. Whoa.
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:45:20 PM »
So I am starting to look around for a job and also thinking about going into missions. 

Let me back up a bit.  My wife has been teaching high school for 5 years, before that I was painting houses to put her through college and pay the bills.  I kept on with painting the first year she taught until she got pregnant with our oldest and then selling the family farm she had inherited and buying a house in town became a full time job for a few months.  After that I stayed home with the baby and went back to school to pursue a math degree.  The goal was that I would sub after getting my degree and a sub credential, then do the credential program after all our kids are in school (we've got 3 now), then start teaching full-time.  I am about halfway done with my Bachelors', taking one class per semester and a few every summer, in Calculus II this semester and ready to transfer to CSU Fresno next fall.

My wife and I have come to terms with the stay-at-home-dad stigma and felt justified that what we were doing was right, and by far better than her teaching and me painting while our kids were in daycare being raised by someone else. 

I'll back up a little more and get into the God side of this whole deal.  We both were raised in church going homes and walked away as teenagers for various reasons.  When we met I was bartending, and she was drinking and for over a year of being together we never talked about faith or God.  Then one day we did, and God called us back to him and we started going to church together and reading the word together daily and have grown very much since then to the point we are at today where we try to live everyday serving Jesus.  It has been a long and awesome journey.  Our attempts to get past ourselves and serve him is not always successful, but in our hearts we are striving towards that goal.  We have viewed her school, one that serves a large population of often gang affiliated, low income, and socially repressed students, as our missions field and ministry for the past few years.  We have tried to go above and beyond to help the kids there reach their goals and go on to live successful lives, and to escape the many snares of the neighborhood.  Time and time again we have seen good things come from the work, and that has been a real blessing.  But both of us feel a change in our hearts this year.  I feel a stronger conviction than ever to work outside of the home, or to put it more directly, we both know without a doubt she is the right person to be home with the kids in this point of their development.  Because we both dealt with the worldly side of the stay-at-home dad thing when we had our oldest we feel this is coming as a conviction from God and not societal pressures etc.

She's making about $50k a year with 80% benefits, I add a little to that with the things I build, maybe selling 4-6 pedals per month, but that is just a drop in the bucket compared to her earnings.  I do have the ability to save us money by maintaining the house, cars, and building things for the place, kids etc. by myself, as well as doing all the shopping and cooking, taking care of the bills and budget and other little things.  All of this means we make it every month, but things are tight on one steady income and we always have to be diligent and thrifty, but God does provide what we need.   

We have missionary hearts, and would go wherever God calls us to if it is his will for us to be missionaries.  I also have been given a large skill set, from mechanics, and electronics, to the ability to do quality control work, construction, some engineering and difficult math, all of which could be applied to many different fields of work and also be very useful in the missions field.  My wife has said more than once now that she believes in my pedals and amps and that we could pursue me doing that full time, but we both agree working for an established company while continuing to build my own brand on the side is probably a better idea than striking out on my own.

If you pray, I'd ask for prayer in these areas:

1. That God would make our path clear.
2. That we will lean only on our faith in Him in making decisions, and not be swayed by fear, comfort, etc.
3. That he would provide an opportunity to serve him day-to-day however things end up.

I know some of you guys have done missions work, any commentary you could offer would be greatly appreciated.  Also any leads on jobs would be very handy.  Above all else I'd appreciate your prayers wholeheartedly. 

Build Reports / "The Legend" Weener Wah II
« on: August 16, 2013, 08:41:03 AM »
Weener wah II using my mojo parts, including 2n2924's in Q1 and Q2.  Cap selector has three additional caps wired between lugs 4,5,6 to lug 3, for 6 positions total.  Sounds great!  Artwork, "Her Face", is by Mehran Heard same artist that did the Cok Fite drawing on the double Fuzzface I built a little while back.  Check out his website at

*edit*  I almost forgot to mention this has Joe Gagan's 12 tooth pot in it!  I used a razor sharp chisel to slightly deepen the mounting slot for the pot so the rack didn't run off the pot in full heel down position.

Audio/Video Demos / Weener Wah II
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:01:49 PM »
The new Weener Wah II, I used six positions on my rotary adding caps onto the #3 lug with each step past position #3.  Shown with a long brick rub a dub and hipster with OC139 in Q1 and AC187k in Q2:

Build Reports / FuzzMite gone all FuzzRite
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:53:17 AM »
After checking out the Fuzzrite schematics out there vs the Fuzzmite from raulduke I decided to go the route of a "Ventures Model" FuzzRite clone.  Modded schematic at the bottom.  My only change was 2N1711 transistors which sound great in this circuit.  Pics:

Open Discussion / Madbean Dads
« on: June 16, 2013, 08:14:50 AM »
Happy Father's Day!

Mr. Bug Monster, Mr. Happy Robot, and Ms. Tensile-Strength-of-Hair-Tester are mine, the rest are their awesome cousins!

Build Reports / Gretsch 5222 rebuilt as Supro Comet
« on: May 26, 2013, 12:40:28 AM »
I sold the guts for this a little while ago to treeslayer and rebuilt it with a late 50's Supro Comet circuit point to point.  My revised schematic generated from various originals and with OT/PT info:



I made some changes from the gutshot above to reflect a 1946 schematic I found and also rerouted some wires for lower noise.  It is now built to updated schematic above.


Went to order some parts from Mammoth and saw this:

Build Reports / Another FuzzMite "Binary Fuzz"
« on: April 26, 2013, 06:40:04 PM »
I did this one a little different than the build doc, Q1 is OC139 with red dot as collector, Q2 is BC109b, C3 is 150nf, C4 is 4.7nf.  Dig it:

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