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My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:31:37 AM »
Here are a couple of my builds from this week. First up is the GuitarPCB Stage 3 Boost. My first 1590A!! My last 1590A!! Yikes. I don't know how you guys do it. This seemed like a relatively simple build, but getting it all crammed in there seems ridiculous. I'm not really hearing a difference between the 2 switch positions. I'll have to play around with my Gibsons to see if humbuckers make a difference. I do like how it sounds, though. A little sparkly with a huge, very clean boost. It definitely goes to 11. I don't have any desire to build another 1590A, but I have to admit that I am intrigued by this tiny pedal thing.

Next is the EM Drive from a Tagboard FX layout. I had 5 minutes, so I practiced some vero skills. Worked right away on the test rig. I played around with a bunch of transistors and found the 2n5088 sounded crappy, the 2n3904 was a little better and the 2n2222 sounded the best to my ears. No mojo here, but it has a really warm, amp-like overdrive. And plenty of volume! I thought a rubber stamp of an atom would look really cool on the enclosure, but I was feeling impatient. Got to use that little asterisk stamp, though!
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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 08:04:53 AM »
That's very clean for a first 1590a.  Both are great looking builds.
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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 08:43:42 AM »
Nice job, and congrats on the accomplishment! 1590A builds are difficult no matter how you look at it. ;)

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 08:50:45 AM »
Very nice! What stamps and paint are you using?
It finally looks like a labeling scheme i might have the patience for.

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 08:54:02 AM »
cool builds. The 1590a is great for a first go. I was the same though; once was enough... for now ;)

The EM drive, LOL, I always get amused when I see how little there is to that shitty circuit.
Great if it sounds good for you but I cant beleive how much they charge for them, considering
I think the only reason they use mojo parts in production models is to cover up how little there is going on.

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2014, 09:18:32 AM »
Thanks, everyone! I'm still amazed I fit the toggle in there.

LaceSensor - I completely agree. It seems criminal to charge so much. It does have a sweet spot with my telecaster and strat. I'm still new at pedal building, so I'm sure I'll find something much better that does the light OD really well. For such a low part count, I couldn't help it.

Very nice! What stamps and paint are you using?
It finally looks like a labeling scheme i might have the patience for.

The stamps are from Michael's. I use Stazon ink. I've found it at Michael's, but it's cheaper on Amazon. More colors, too. Type "Stazon" in the search field...there are other builders who do a better job with stamps than me.
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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 02:38:31 AM »
That EM-Drive looks really nice! Love the green color and the stamped letters..

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 06:44:57 AM »
Nicely done.  Glad to hear that the Em Drive layout works out OK.  I'm about to put that together for my first vero build

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 10:26:53 AM »
Nice builds and I think you did a great job with those stamps. Getting those things to line up is definitely a skill I don't seem to have yet.

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2014, 06:18:15 PM »
Great job Kris. I love the color choices and your stamps look great. I would love to find some larger letter and number stamps like you have. The Joann's Fabrics here only had smaller letter stamps.

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Re: My first 1590a and an EM Drive!
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 09:22:31 PM »
Thanks for the kind words! The enclosure was supposed to be for a woolly mammoth and the knobs were another misfit set. It all went together real smooth after I picked up the white Stazon ink and that alphabet stamp set  I try to hold the stamps together when I stamp words out. It works as long as there aren't any repeat letters.

Cody - I'll check what brand the alphabet set is when I get home. Maybe Amazon has it.
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