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(non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« on: September 02, 2013, 02:20:55 PM »
Back when I was total noob, I bought a Brass Master kit and built it up shoddily using solid core wire. It never really sounded great, so like many things, it got thrown in a drawer. Fast forward to today, and seeing as I'm playing bass again (and I'm too broke to build anything new...) I decided to rebuild it into a new enclosure. It really was poorly built, so I reflowed most of the solder on the board and redid all the wiring so it's at least vaguely presentable.
One thing I found was that the site who sells the kit provides 5 or 6 pages of wiring diagrams for this one pedal. WTF? It made my head spin even now, so I ended up working from the schematic.




This pedal now sounds really good, a squelchy, synthy, fuzzy mess of boom-shaka-laka. I might continue to trawl through the ol' drawer o' fail and see what else is in there :)

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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 05:28:34 PM »
A Brass Master is most definitely on my eventual build list.  I have a feeling that I know what Bootsy would do...  8)

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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 05:57:54 PM »
I'd love to hear a demo without searching on youtube.. ::)
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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 09:57:51 AM »
Not sure how I missed this--I like it! Where were you able to find the kit you used?

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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 10:08:46 AM »
Not sure how I missed this--I like it! Where were you able to find the kit you used?
GGG is the place t get them I believe.
http://generalguitargadgets.com/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=166&category_id=34
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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 10:15:37 AM »
Where did you find that awesome ribbon wire?  I just got a kit from GGG that I'm hoping to start soon.


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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 10:45:12 AM »
Not sure how I missed this--I like it! Where were you able to find the kit you used?
GGG is the place t get them I believe.
http://generalguitargadgets.com/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=166&category_id=34

Yup, that's where I got mine. The full kit comes with a 125BB deep enclosure, which I thought was stupidly small. This is built into a 1590XX.

Where did you find that awesome ribbon wire?

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I got it from eBay, it is "Spectra Strip (135.2406.313) 13 CORE 24AWG" according to the seller. Expensive and fiddly to use, I'm in two minds about buying any more. Can't deny that it's quality stuff though.

I'd love to hear a demo without searching on youtube.. ::)

I want to record some demos for a few recent builds, so I'll try and do this one too. As with most pedals, it sounds a hell of a lot better than most of the crappy youtube demos!

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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 12:46:55 PM »
Thanks everyone for letting me know where this comes from!

Is this circuit primarily intended for bass? Even if so, how does it sound on guitar? I found a YouTube clip, but as you all indicated that can be less than illuminating, shall we say. I remember reading the Standard Fuzz sounds better on bass as well, but I love mine with my Mustang.

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Re: (non Madbean) Brass Master clone
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 12:54:29 PM »
Is this circuit primarily intended for bass? Even if so, how does it sound on guitar? I found a YouTube clip, but as you all indicated that can be less than illuminating, shall we say. I remember reading the Standard Fuzz sounds better on bass as well, but I love mine with my Mustang.

The brassmaster has an envelope filter-esque squelch that doesn't work for me on guitar, but you might love it. I imagine it could be awesome for freak out solos, fuzz is a very personal thing after all.