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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:52 pm    Post subject: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

OK, I kow it's not prob'ly cool here, but damn, I thinlk they are, and pretty, too:

Bass Board for noise:


Bass board for home:


Gtr board 1:


Gtr board for noise:


Bass board 1:


Bass board extension (loop pedal not shown):

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

awesome! yr a fiend triple V - I don't even know what 1/2 those do
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

Laughing

I do, of course, tho' I confess that many are basically variations on a theme. There are, for example, a number of overdrives, just as there are a number of filter pedals, and delays, etc.

I have a few more that are not shown, too. For example, over the years I bought cheap Dano pedals to do 1 thing on one song, which they did, but they are not really board-worthy. Then there are the wah pedals. I also have some pedals from the late 80's that are reverse ground with odd jacks, etc. And I have a couple 120v. and 18v. pedals ...

But I find 'em inspirational and fun, and I try to only buy under US$100, or 40% list, and often much cheaper.

And yet, thinking aloud here, there's 50 some pedals shown, at US$50 a piece - I must be fucking nuts. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

yes ! I've trying more pedals as aux blend dirt tracks on mixes lately .. they are very inspiring tbh i don't have many and would really like more (who wouldn't !?!?!?! - only someone seriously not fun)

here is my big pedal accomplishment I can share

http://agatha-christie-fanclub.tumblr.com/post/158628839676

http://agatha-christie-fanclub.tumblr.com/post/158628888129

a couple of vids of a Boss DS-1 I modified for sound and gave a cosmetic makeover
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

You sure did!

I've never mod'ed a pedal, (other than repairs or to change the power jacks or battery clips) just bought another, but nice job there; I often read how the DS1 is not considered very good, stock.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

ya it wasn't too hot sounding

now it's great

i did the mods on it that are out there on the web and it's much nicer now
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

Got on a pedal modding kick a few weeks ago
Added a silicone/ none/ germanium diode switch and "resistor mod" switch to my Rat. Very useful. It's been my main pedal for 20 years and i've fallen in love all over again. Guitar, bass, drum room, etc.
Did the cap swap and germanium upgrade on a Joyo Voodoo fuzz and it actually became useful. Needs a better tone control, but that cheap pcb is a pita to work on.
Added a cap to a BBW Optostomp that gets rid of the annoying clicky hash. Meh, still sucks.
Tuned my mxr 117 flanger for reduced clock noise and swapped out the mains cord for an 18v jack that quietens things up.
Added a 100% wet switch to my carbon copy.

Just got a Robotalk pedal to experiment on, i'd like to have a way to switch from the noise transistor to my Univox drum machine in arpegiattor mode.
Also have plans for the crybaby.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

I used a 3 way toggle in my custom fuzz. One is silicon, one is germanium, the third is asysmetrical germanium, 3 diodes.

The opamp pedels use either a OPA1642 for quality or a TL072 for grit (used in the fuzzer).

Most of my home mades are built with Dale CMF resistors and Wima film caps. I don't like hiss.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

My rat has the lm308, which seems to be the traditional rat choice. Do you think it would be worth possibly damaging it during removal to install a socket for experimentation? Liking the dirty drive I get from the no diode position.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Pedal geeking Reply with quote

Install a machined IC socket and play. The 071 will generate more upper harmonics. For a smoother sound, try an old RCA CA3040 opamp. It's all fets inside, no bipolar transistors.

Funny, the opamps I mostly remove from recording consoles (the 072 series) generate the best distortion harmonics in a fuzz tone. That doesn't say much for their console usage.
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