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Sea Urchin (first build report)
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:38:35 PM »
After having this thing done for months now, I am finally getting around to making a build report. I've been reaping the benefits of this online community for a couple of years now and I think it's about time I contribute something (crude as it may be).






 After reading the thread notes about the 'popping' with the switch, I did the pull down resistor trick, but I also I decided to give the relay bypass trick a go. I went with the AMZ true bypass relay system because it was the first one I found, and I think Jack O is awesome. Major props go out to Brian for the layout! I didn't even think about it until I went to box it up and I realized that everything was already in the right place :) Also, this was my first foray into PCB mounted pots... Win! Kill two birds with one stone, pot wiring is a PITA and board mounting can be tricky. Color is PPP custom "Gloss Black- Aqua Illusion" which turned out to be more green than expected, but sparkly and shiny nonetheless. I tried hand painting the graphics and it turned out alright, but someday I will be able to make cool graphics on the compy like so many of you talented people.

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 12:15:58 AM »
Very nice build.  Those birds are cool.

I too was surprised by how green the box is.  It looks great on that build, though.

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 05:31:32 AM »
Agreed. Nice color on the enclosure, and really nice job with the painting.

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 12:19:24 PM »
Did the AMZ True Bypass board help with the popping?

I installed a 680K resistor on the output and it still pops a little when I first turn it on, but does not pop after that unless I unplug the input cable (to the guitar) and let it sit for a while. Then it pops a little and then stops.

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2012, 12:34:40 PM »
Very nice build.  Those birds are cool.

I too was surprised by how green the box is.  It looks great on that build, though.



What PD said! Great looking build man, nice!!

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2012, 12:57:45 PM »
I dig that Gloss Black- Aqua Illusion color.  Imma have to get me one of those.
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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2012, 05:17:44 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys!
Did the AMZ True Bypass board help with the popping?

I installed a 680K resistor on the output and it still pops a little when I first turn it on, but does not pop after that unless I unplug the input cable (to the guitar) and let it sit for a while. Then it pops a little and then stops.

Jim
I never really got a pop so I guess it works! I used a100k pulldown resistor and it must have done the trick. I probably won't use a relay bypass again as it cost around $20 just for the switching, but it is kind of nice to have the soft touch.

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Re: Sea Urchin (first build report)
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2012, 08:23:25 PM »
Great looking box inside and out.
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