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CHITO
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DON’T JUST FUZZ IT, FUSE IT

Project: Fusion (Suhr Riot)

Build description

POWER MOD: 18V mod via the charge pump circuit

RESISTORS: Yageo brand metal film / no resistor value substitution on the project.

CAPACITORS: Panasonic solid polymers, low ESR electros, CDE silver mica caps & one standard 2.2uF e-lytic.

OP AMPS: AION specified ICs

CLIP MODS: AION stock mods

As usual, I installed Small Bear’s light plate.

EQUIPMENTS: Marshall JVM 205H head / Marshall 1960A cab / IBANEZ S5470Q guitar. ESP Korean-made JH-600 model guitar with EMG pickups. Only Fusion is connected.

TEST RESULTS: I haven’t used nor heard a Suhr or Riot distortion yet so I can’t compare this unit to it but I’m very pleased with the overall sound & tonal character of this distortion. The Presence mod via the trimpot clearly & substantially change the highs of the pedal. The circuit is fairly devoid of electronic interference. Lots of Volume to spare too!

AION-designed PCBs are extremely well-thought-of & with simple & clear instructions, making pedal building fun & easy.

Kudos to Kevin & the AION tech staff for an excellent re-design of this pedal based on the classic Suhr / Riot distortion!

Please share your build experience on the Fusion Distortion. Thanks for reading.

Modifications or part substitutions

CDE brand silver mica caps in place of MLCCs

haradamajstor
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Ubertreiber

Project: Andromeda (Nobels ODR-1)
Variant: Stock

Build description

Stock build with bass pot.
Because of ODR-1 comes from Germany I decided to make it visible at first sight. I’m not really sure whether the labels are spelled correctly, but judging by the friends reactions desired effect is achieved. 🙂

I almost forgot to say that this pedal sounds very good.

Modifications or part substitutions

Second clipping diodes are germanium-schottky pairs.

Jay
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The Guv’nor…a terrific pedal in the right context

Project: Equinox (Marshall Guv'nor)

Build description

This pedal has a very distinct tonal character. Don’t let the three band EQ fool you, you can use it to tweak the character but not make it sound fundamentally different. In that regard, I don’t view it as one of those highly versatile pedals that you can put in front of any amp, turn a few knobs, and it sounds decent. The trade off however, is that when you get it in front of the right amp, it’s absolute magic! It loved a fender super reverb, and in front of a marshall jcm-like amp clone it was nothing short of amazing. Seriously, from a crunchy overdrive to all out beast mode, in the right context you’d be hard-pressed to make it sound bad. Highly recommended!

Build Notes:
PCB is very high quality, a really nice product.

However, there are a couple of issues…
1. The drill guide has the volume and gain controls labeled wrong! On the guide they are listed as being in the standard layout with volume on the left, and gain on the right, but this is not how it is setup on the pcb. Because of this, I accidentally labeled mine wrong, which I’m pretty peeved about. So builders take note, in my photos the volume and gain pots are labeled incorrectly. Don’t make the same mistake!

2. Resistor R11 is listed as R13 on the PCB.

Modifications or part substitutions

None needed

Big Swifty
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Centaur

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)

Build description

My first Aion and wow, that PCB is a work of art all on its own!
A tight build but completely manageable, it worked straight up and sounds great.
Gain right down, Output around noonish and the Treble around noon as well, the pedal is completely transparent…and then you can tweak from there. Even works as a straight up treble boost. Never had a drive that could do that.
Anyways, used D9e diodes, and the output pot is log as recommended. Everything else as specified.
Nice work Mr Aion!
Had a go at etching the enclosure, turned out pretty cool i reckon; garish, hideously overstated, all the good things!

DogwoodElectronics
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2

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King of Sweden

Project: Cerulean (Bluesbreaker)
Variant: 2-channel King of Tone clone

Build description

Great transparent overdrive. Built the King of Tone variant with diodes sourced from the Netherlands via ebay. Currently have the right side set to soft clipping and the left side as clean boost.

Modifications or part substitutions

Experimenting with

Hapex001
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My Sonic Stomp is now in the trash.

Project: Lumin (BBE Sonic Maximizer)

Build description

Great build! I made 2 of these, One for myself and one for a bass player friend. Used the suggested parts for the “lower than 50Hz” mod. I lowered my Hi freq a bit too. Outstanding on every level. Both myself and my friend have sold off the BBEs. Both of us use the Rack version. Amazing gear. The stomp box was crap for a 5 string bass. This is the solution. The Mid range control is more of a bonus! Very highly recommended! Used OPA op-amps too. Thank-you for a great design and quality ckt board!

Modifications or part substitutions

Subbed in the recommended caps for lower than 50Hz, and lower than 10Khz. Using pedal on 5 String bass.

dani_gom79
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The Guv’nor!

Project: Equinox (Marshall Guv'nor)
Variant: stock variant

Build description

Build went smoothly as always with the AION PCBs. used correct parts(sourced from Smallbear & Mouser). only Issue I have is the audible ‘Pop’ when the effect is engaged. I tried 1 Meg to 2.2 Meg ohm Resistors for the ‘RPD’ Resistor and the ‘Pop’ has not gone. No biggie, cuz the effect is Great!

dani_boy79
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2

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Big Muff Pi(Halo) Build

Project: Halo (Big Muff Pi)
Variant: 'Red Army' Variant

Build description

another perfect build …once I followed the Documentation, there was no issues. All parts were sourced from Samllbear & Mouser. I had fun with the Graphics & enclosure color, lol.

Modifications or part substitutions

stuck to the Variant listed.

dani_boy79
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OCD Build

Project: Titan (OCD Overdrive)
Variant: 18V option with both Toggle Switch options included.

Build description

Build went smoothly. This is actually the Second(or Third) Aion Project I have worked on. Fantastic Quality PCBs, with great Build documentation also! I was able to source all the parts easily on Smallbear & Mouser.

James Pearson
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5

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Lab Series L5 Preamp

Project: Lab Series L5 Preamp

Build description

This went together well, a faux pas on my part led to some fault finding. Trying to save some cash I ordered the parts in the UK so i ended up with larger resistors (physical size) than i would have liked. having said that there was no problem fitting them just does not look as neat, I have had trouble getting the channel switches to link with the bypass so I ended up sacking it off and having them on during bypass mode. all in all being that this is the most complex project i have undertaken i have learnt a load and the end result is superb.

I am lucky to have a friend who owns a metal fabrication shop who also happens to be into guitars, I made him a Refactor in return for the odd bit of painting and such. so I managed to get the enclosure painted and laser etched using the graphics from the project.

Modifications or part substitutions

The only modification i had to undertake was altering the frequency pot by flipping the wafers.