Guitar Gear That Sparkles!

Recording Techniques, People Skills, Gear, Recording Spaces, Computers, and DIY

Moderators: drumsound, tomb

User avatar
mechanicalmastering
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:39 pm
Contact:

Guitar Gear That Sparkles!

Post by mechanicalmastering » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:44 pm

Pedals, pick-ups, amps, FX, mic/preamp-combinations, techniques whatever! Looking add some serious sparkle to various fuzz and overdrive tones in a way that is incredibly clean & musical.

What I've found so far,,

Running dirty pedals into sparkly preamps
Tech 21 xxl - Sparkle dirt
Deltalab Effectron II- Overloading it, works as an awesome limiter too!
Maybe the Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive MOD pedal, whatever that thing does.

kslight
moves faders with mind
Posts: 2693
Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:40 pm

Post by kslight » Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:54 am

Nothing a tube of glitter and puffy paint won't help!

Jim Williams
tinnitus
Posts: 1135
Joined: Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:19 am
Location: beautiful Carlsbad, CA
Contact:

Post by Jim Williams » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:41 am

These are easy to build yourself. I have a collection of home made vintage fuzz pedals. I used $6 colored 1592BB boxes from CE Distribution, 3PDT bypass footswitches, Switchcraft 11 and 12 series jacks and CTS pots. They are indestructable.

I have a Fuzz Face with a .22 uf input cap mod, a Colorsound Tonebender using AC128 germanium transistors, a Foxx Tone machine with that great octave split and a Roger Mayer Octavia. I also have a custom made job using a BB OPA1641 opamp, a J305 jfet and a 3 way switch to select silicon, germanium and asymetrical clipping germanium diodes.

You can get schematics for the classics from Fuzz Central's site. I got the germanium transistors from MCM electronics and the rare 1N270 germanium diodes from Jameco electronics. I used original transistor types for the Octavia and Foxx pedals from either Digi-Key or MCM. A piece of breadboard, a couple of aluminum 1/2" long spacers to mount and it's all easy to make.

Each sound completely different. The Colorsound is very smooth for a germanium fuzz, very 1960's. It's tone control is very wide and effective. The Foxx is that classic Hendrix octave split sound. The custom job does several things well, it's my go to box for live playing.
Jim Williams
Audio Upgrades

mysteriousmammal
gettin' sounds
Posts: 149
Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2003 10:15 am
Location: LA
Contact:

Post by mysteriousmammal » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:08 am

BAX or Clarifonic EQ? That would be what I'd go for. Air and smooth presence for days.

KennyLusk
dead but not forgotten
Posts: 2037
Joined: Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:22 am
Location: Ramah, New Mexico

Post by KennyLusk » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:37 pm

Bill Lawrence pickups
Mullard 12AX7's
Electro Harmonix POG
Mogami gold series instrument cable (for the studio)
Heavier gauge strings - 10+

Dropped a Duncan Little '59 in the bridge of my tele once and loved it.
"The mushroom states its own position very clearly. It says, "I require the nervous system of a mammal. Do you have one handy?" Terrence McKenna

User avatar
mechanicalmastering
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:39 pm
Contact:

Post by mechanicalmastering » Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:29 pm

Awesome guys, but I mean, like, reeeeeally sparkley. Like, almost in a cheesy kind of way, and very musical, but real,,, glossy, only, completely fuzzed-out, in a clean way. Like, the prettiest fuzz ever. Queen of the prom, only fuzzzzzzzz the f*k out. You can almost hear it, can't you?

cgarges
zen recordist
Posts: 10865
Joined: Mon Jun 16, 2003 1:26 am
Location: Charlotte, NC
Contact:

Post by cgarges » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:19 pm

Chuck Collins Interfax Harmonic Percolator, especially at subtler settings.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC

User avatar
mechanicalmastering
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:39 pm
Contact:

Post by mechanicalmastering » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:38 pm

Chuck Collins Interfax Harmonic Percolator
That thing sounds awwwwwesome Chris.

cgarges
zen recordist
Posts: 10865
Joined: Mon Jun 16, 2003 1:26 am
Location: Charlotte, NC
Contact:

Post by cgarges » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:54 pm

It's a pretty amazing box on a number of levels.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC

User avatar
JGriffin
zen recordist
Posts: 6739
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:44 pm
Location: criticizing globally, offending locally
Contact:

Post by JGriffin » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:54 pm

mechanicalmastering wrote:Awesome guys, but I mean, like, reeeeeally sparkley.
Image
"Jeweller, you've failed. Jeweller."

"Lots of people are nostalgic for analog. I suspect they're people who never had to work with it." ? Brian Eno

All the DWLB music is at http://dwlb.bandcamp.com/

User avatar
mechanicalmastering
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:39 pm
Contact:

Post by mechanicalmastering » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:20 am

Image
Exactly.

User avatar
Rufer
pushin' record
Posts: 251
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:53 pm
Location: Washington DC

Post by Rufer » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:30 am

An MXR Micro Amp after my Super Fuzz sparkles it up quite a bit.

User avatar
Snarl 12/8
ghost haunting audio students
Posts: 3404
Joined: Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:01 pm
Location: Right Cheer
Contact:

Post by Snarl 12/8 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:14 am

cgarges wrote:Chuck Collins Interfax Harmonic Percolator, especially at subtler settings.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
Albini likes it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzNXKrMynW4
Carl Keil

Almost forgot: Please steal my drum tracks. and more.

User avatar
blungo2
re-cappin' neve
Posts: 736
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:08 pm
Location: so close to hell you can see sparks
Contact:

Post by blungo2 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:24 pm

fuzz factory. If you get the right one and the room temp is right, with just the right settings, it'll def do that. Good luck ff is the most tempermental pedal i know of...

User avatar
mechanicalmastering
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 173
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:39 pm
Contact:

Post by mechanicalmastering » Wed Dec 14, 2011 7:17 pm

fuzz factory. If you get the right one and the room temp is right, with just the right settings, it'll def do that. Good luck ff is the most tempermental pedal i know of...
That's the only thing keepin' me from buyin' it! Talk-about "capturing the moment".

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 27 guests