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Open Discussion / What's your guitar, effect, amp recipe?
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:06:46 AM »
I have been an effects minimalist for a long time.  I'd like to say that I have a more refined sense of tone then your average effects junky, but the truth is I've always had a hard time figuring out how to make effects sound like I know they should.  I do know that some pedals sound better with certain types of amps, and some sound better with single coils others with humbuckers.

I know the ts9 is old hat and frowned upon by all boutique tone snobs errrr gurus errrrr ok snobs.  However, I dusted off my old ts9 today and plugged into a 5e3 deluxe and it was a smoking combination with my Tele on both the neck and bridge, just a great combination of guitar, effect and amp.

So I'm curious.  Which combination of guitar, effect, amp, really does it for you all, and why?  I had a really good experience today with my Tele, into the ts9, into a Voodoo lab analog chorus, into a pink Ibanez analog delay.  All combinations of these pedals sounded fabulous into the tweed Fender.  On the other hand, I have an AC15 and 18 watt Marshall that don't like the ts9 much at all.  Also, I never play my humbucker or p90 equipped guitars through the ts9 at all; mid HUMP all the way, and not a good combination. 

So what's your secret recipe?

Open Discussion / Re: pre-bonded wire?
« on: May 25, 2010, 11:46:37 PM »
Don't have much experience with pre-bonded in pedals, but I really like it for amp building.  It routes neatly, holds a bend, and solders like a dream.  Some folks in amp building circles won't use it because it has a slightly different capacitance then solid wire and they swear solid sounds better. I don't hear the difference, and did I mention it solders like a dream? 

Open Discussion / Re: Builder <===> Player; where do you fall?
« on: May 24, 2010, 09:12:37 AM »
When at home I plug into a Blues Junior (w/Jensen) and it is so easy to get something I'm happy with...(same pedals into amp)  Any suggestions?


I agree with Rich_S whole heartedly and would add this.  Become Allies with the sound man.  Let him or her know that you are trying to make your contribution be as good as it can be.  Most sound reinforcement folks in church have little or no experience playing electric guitar so they tend to be suspect of the only instrument (other then the grand piano) that can't be plugged directily into the board without a microphone.  Educate yourself on the issues the sound person has to deal with and do what you can to not contribute to those problems.  If your room is very live and you have echo problems, get a plexi glass or foam shield for your amp, and or point it backwards off stage, or even locate it in a back room of the church.  I've put mine in a closet in the hallway before and run a mic cable to it.  That wasn't ideal but it allowed me to crank my AC30 in a relatively small church. 

In other words, don't compromise (too much) on bringing the best tone that you can to the game, but at the same time be the guy that will bend over backwards to make the whole thing work.  That's what is important anyway.  It's infectious too.  It's a cool experience when the individual musicians get over the "how do I sound" phase and start to see the much bigger picture.  In my experience, you can't get there without the sound man and the rest of the band as your allies. 

The last suggestion I have is get a good attenuator especially if you like amp overdrive.  Even an 18 watt Marshall or AC15 is REALLY LOUD cranked.  I run both of these amps dimed and control the amount of Overdrive with my guitar volume.  There is no way I could do this in my current venue without an attenuator.  I use the Weber Mini Mass, but a THD Hotplate is a good option, and there are some other spendy options out there as well like the Ultimate Attenuator.

Rock on.....

Open Discussion / Re: How many overdrives do you have?
« on: May 15, 2010, 02:28:31 PM »
I've had a number of people recommend various Barber pedals in the past couple of weeks.  I think I'll start looking at them ;)

Open Discussion / Re: Builder <===> Player; where do you fall?
« on: May 15, 2010, 11:09:29 AM »

I have a steady gig in my church (I gave up bars/clubs a few years ago).

Me too.  We recently moved, and I've started helping out at our new church.  I've started helping the other guitar players out with amp issues and talking to them about their rigs.  The church I left was progressive music wise.  In other words, totally retro in tone and arrangement.  We had non m/v Marshall half stacks, 18watts, AC15's, etc on stage, and there was very little digital equipment.  Many of our arrangements were reminiscent of AC/DC, Allman Bros. even old school country western with a rock bent, think Johnny Cash meets the Black Crowes. 

In our new church the other guitar players are playing POD x3 lives into solid state amps or straight into FOH.  I'm having to tread lightly, but man those things sound like S%&t to my ears.  I've talked one of the FOH guys into trying one of my tube amps and I've offered to build him some pedals.  So, I never really intended to build for other people, but in this case it's got to be done.  I'm just amazed at the power of marketing.  It even over-rides a persons ability to hear how their gear sounds.  I'm sorry if I've offended any POD users.  This is just my personal opinion, for what it is worth.

Open Discussion / Re: How many overdrives do you have?
« on: May 15, 2010, 10:41:45 AM »
One of the things I was wondering is how many OD or distortion pedals do folks use on their board at the same time?  Not necessarily engaged at the same time but on the board and potentially in the path.  The other thing I'm interested in is how many of those do use regularly (not just occasionally like you step on it once in a gig for like a 10 second part).  Maybe a better way to ask would be which OD's or distortions are your "go to" pedals, the ones you just couldn't live without?

Build Reports / Re: Serendipity
« on: May 13, 2010, 08:52:58 AM »
Hey Dhendo,

How does this thing sound?  I've never played a ZD but they were all the rage for a while.  Now it seems the Eternity has taken over that spotlight.  Anywho, just curious about what you think of your new serendipity.  Is it worth a build?


General Questions / Re: Stomping on a Pig Butt
« on: May 13, 2010, 08:47:45 AM »
I don't know what it will be exactly. It's changed from the original idea of a Big Muff variant. Any suggestions on a type of distortion box you are looking for?

I'd vote for a Butler Tube Driver.  It's not a distortion, it's an OD but it still would be really cool ;D

Open Discussion / How many overdrives do you have?
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:49:00 PM »
Just curious, how many overdrive pedals have people built, and/or own?  The next question, is how many do you actually use?  I'm coming off a period where I've used only amp overdrive.  I haven't used an OD pedal in about 4 years, though sometimes I use a Dallas Rangemaster clone with my AC15.  I'm now needing to use more effects and my amps are all old school non master volume, no effects loop, type amps.  So, I'm backing off the amp volume to clean the amps up so they will sound good with delay, modulation, reverb etc.  I'm needing some OD pedals for the first time in years. 

So, how many does a guy need?  Kind of a dumb question because the answer is usually "just one more".........

Open Discussion / Re: Builder <===> Player; where do you fall?
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:37:25 PM »
Hey Rich,

Fun topic.  There is nothing like a bit of introspection to make yourself feel uncomfortable :-\

Up until about 8 months ago, I went through a stretch (about 4 years long) where I was playing out almost every weekend, and practicing with the band once a week on top of it.  That ended and I went through a period of about 8 months where I didn't play at all.  Now I'm back to playing out about once or twice a month.  Somewhere in there before our band broke up, I started wanting some tones I couldn't get from my 18 watt or my AC15 so I started building amps.  I built a 5e3 Deluxe, a 5e5a Pro, a Trainwreck Rocket clone and modded my Deluxe Reverb. 

Just in the past few weeks I've come to the conclusion, that I can't afford to build any more amps for a while.  I also came to the conclusion, that much of the time I used to spend practicing the guitar, is now spent on building amps ::)  Anyway, I love to build things, so I figured I'd try to build some pedals since they're a lot cheaper then amps, and they look like they should go together in a few hours instead of days.

Anywho, back to the question.  In all honesty, I think of myself as a player, and I still do play, but an honest assessment brings me to the conclusion that building has made serious in-roads on my playing and practicing time.  My reason for buiding amps and pedals is to obtain gear I couldn't otherwise afford, and also because I love to learn new things.  Bottom line: I find the buiding to be as enjoyable as the playing. 

Build Reports / Re: Darkside
« on: May 12, 2010, 08:26:30 AM »
Hey Gmr1,

How has this turned out for you?  This pedal is one of the primary reasons I want to build pedals.  I was wondering if you got the issues sorted out, and what you did to resolve the clarity or presence issue.

Also, if you don't mind me asking, where did you find those knobs?  Those are cool in a sort of understated way.  I haven't seen any like them before.

General Questions / What to build first?
« on: May 10, 2010, 10:34:14 PM »
Hey all,

This will be my first DIY effects pedal.  I've built a few tube amps, so I know which end of a soldering iron gets hot.  However, I've never soldered a PCB and i've never put anything together that is as closely packed as a pedal circuit.  So my first consideration is to start relatively simple (I need a good overdrive and a good distortion so I thought i'd start with one of each).

Second consideration, I am going to be building several pedals for use on my own gigging pedal board, and I would like effects that work and sound good with both single coils and humbuckers. 

So, I'm thinking of building a Serendipity and a Neutrino.  After that I'm thinking of trying a Darkside and/or a Mudbunny.

Anybody have any thoughts on these circuits.  I haven't played any of the commercial versions of these circuits, so I am hoping someone might chime in on them or with other suggestions.  I really want to try the combination of the G2 errr Darkside with the Serndiptiy or Neutrino because I'm after a good Gilmourish tone but I won't actually know until I try.

General Questions / Re: Sourcing Parts
« on: April 18, 2010, 11:05:14 PM »

Your advice is kind of what I suspected.  I started doing that with the amp builds so I have most of the "inexpensive"  parts in duplicate or triplicate (not transformers though$$$$$$$)

I looked at Smallbear, but they were missing some diodes, and the IC.  I want to start with what appears to be a pretty simple design, the Zendrive clone.  You may already know this, but Digikey stocks the AD712 for the Serendipity. I also want to try the Pete Cornish drive/distortion, but I'll try the "Serendipity" first.  I was going to get a OPA 2604 and a JRC 4558 as well, and try them all to see which one sounds best to me. 

Thanks again.  This is cool site by the way. 

General Questions / Sourcing Parts
« on: April 18, 2010, 08:34:32 PM »
Hey all,

This is my first post here.  Pedal building is a new thing for me, so I have a few (very noobish stupid questions).  I stumbled into this site because I am looking at re-vamping my pedal board, and can't bring myself to pay the absolutely stupid prices that great marketing and the Gear Page have created.  Anyway, I digress.  I've never built a pedal before.  I've built three amps, a tweed deluxe clone, a tweaked 5e5a pro, and a clone of a Trainwreck Rocket.  I've sourced parts from Mouser, Newark, Digikey and a few others for my amp builds.  My experience is that no single source ever has everything you need, so you end paying shipping to about three different sources for each project.  While this is costly, it still makes sense on an amp which is worth $800 to $1,500 when you're done. 

I am having the same issue sourcing parts for some of the simplest pedals, the boards of which are offered here.  If I end up paying $40 to $60 in shipping for parts, I'm going to have to build a number of pedals to defray that cost.  Not that this would be a bad thing.  I want to build several pedals, but I'm wondering if anyone has some wisdom on how to start. 

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