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Aristocrat
« on: April 17, 2011, 10:00:52 AM »
Hello all,
first sorry for my english but i will do my best !!!!
just I'd like to share with you my aristo built and few feedbacks ... I've too one question -at the end of the post-.
Pictures of the pedal are attached.
- When I've tried the pedal with my les paul, I've been a bit disappointed. Then I've turned the buttons and change switches in all direction :-), and my conclusion is that we can achieve the best and the worst.  Some configurations give a very good sound, some others are really bad ...
One step after, I've plugged my G&L (single coils). Very good sound (whatever switches position)!
- Activating the switches to increase the overdrive, the pedal generates more and more highs.
If I use the first pedal as boost and light overdrive, C1 = 33nF seems a good value, sound is well balanced. If I want to use the second pedal as an overdrive (even stand alone), I suspect that increasing C12 could be a good thing to kill a bit the highs (not tested)
- Presence trimpots turned in the counterclock wise don't provide a good sound to my ears, but it is good if I increase in the clockwise (but more highs and brighter). Therefore trimpots are at the middle, the best for my ears
- Increasing the R value of the gain potentiometer is quite good to increase the overall gain. I have used a 500K which is perfectly OK
- PCB is really well build and fit perfectly in a BB enclosure. Just take care of C1/C3/C4 and C12/C14/C15 size ...
Now one question: is someone tried to supply the pedal with 12 or 18V ? I guess, seeing components datasheet and circuit that it should be possible .... Is it right ?
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Re: Aristocrat
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011, 02:24:58 PM »
Haven't built one of these yet, be good to hear if you can tweak it

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Re: Aristocrat
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 05:32:45 PM »
Hello,
I've more played guitar with this pedal since my first post. Definitly this pedal is very good as it. Strangelly, I find that the best use is when I push at maximum the overdrive . It means that for the second part of the pedal: all switches activated for the maximum overdrive and 500K gain pot at maximum. The first part of the pedal is roughtly used like a boost (with a slight overdrive).
Activating the boost + overdrive provides a thick overdriven sound really pleasant which can be used typically for a Hard Rock solo. Playing blues rock and hard rock styles is really a pleasure with this pedal ....
 
I recommand this pedal !
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Re: Aristocrat
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2011, 04:42:42 AM »
It's funny...I didn't care for this build much either at first.  It just didn't sound that great when noodling at home.  Then I used it in a band setting and it always sits in the mix really nice.  I never use it with the gain cranked I'm usually at noonish.  I just bought the one channel board (king of klones) so I can save some board space or have it on a second "easy transport" board.  I usually only use one channel anyways with the dips in the middle gain setting.  It is nice to have some options though with the two channel so I'm glad I built it.

Glad your getting along with your great build!

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