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Ryan
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Tone Bender Mk II

Project: Deimos (Tonebender Mk II)

Build description

I built this with a set of Texas Instruments 2G303 (PNP) transistors from Small Bear (http://www.smallbear-electronics.mybigcommerce.com) and used a 7760S charge pump to provide positive-ground. Biased properly, this circuit is the platonic ideal of fuzz.

MakerDP
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Lumin

Project: Lumin (BBE Sonic Maximizer)
Variant: none

Build description

This is a very cool pedal. The description of “lifting a blanket off the cabinet” is a very accurate description. This could be that “secret weapon” you’ve been looking for!

I bought a couple of these PCBs to use one as a pedal as a test for the EQ section of a hybrid solid-state/tube amp build. I like to repurpose non-functioning mass-production tube amps like the Fender Superchamp XD and X2 into something useful when the non-replaceable DSP board goes bad.

I really like the pedal a lot! It does great things to the highs especially but I think I like the Prism PCB better for the hybrid amp purposes. I am going to leave this one in pedal form as the last pedal in my chain and build the second PCB into pedal form and maybe give it to either my harp player or other guitarist in my band. I think it might sound pleasing on harp, giving his tone some clarity and “cut” on stage.

No eye-candy here… it looks like a pedal with no paint and sharpie labels with mismatched knobs picked from whatever I had left over from other pedal and amp projects… you know… the “I threw this together on my kitchen table one evening” DIY look 😉

MakerDP
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Prism

Project: Prism (Boss FA-1 FET Amp)
Variant: none

Build description

I bought two of these PCBs… one to build as a pedal to test it and one to include as the first gain-stage in a hybrid solid-state/tube amp build. I like to buy non-functioning Fender Superchamp XD’s and X2’s and repurpose the chassis, transformers and cabinets.

After building this as the pedal I am really impressed! This thing has a LOT of gain on-tap and sounds great. The EQ is very useful and I really like the low-cut feature. The 2nd PCB will definitely find its way into my next repurposing as the first gain-stage and EQ section of the amp.

The pedal version I built will go on my pedalboard as a boost for my lower-output tele partscaster to bring it up to the same volume level as my dual humbucker guitar.

I’m not going to bother with any photos. It looks like an aluminum box with knobs, a switch and a stomp switch. Red sharpie labels complete the look… I don’t go crazy with my pedal builds – I kinda like the “I threw this together on my kitchen table over the course of an evening” DIY look. So there’s no “eye candy” here…. lol.

Bernd P.
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Klon Centaur Clone

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)

Build description

Resistors: Dale CMF-55 & Vishay Metal Film Resistors
Capacitors: Panasonic SMF / ELNA Silmic II / Nichicon FM
Diodes: Russian D9E 0,35V (matched)
Sockets: IC1, IC2, IC3 / D9E Diodes / C14 / Ceramic Cap’s

Modifications or part substitutions

C14 = 6n8 (instead 3n9)
Volume pot 10K-A (instead 10K-B)

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All Modes Are Beast Modes

Project: L5 Preamp

Build description

This was one of the cleanest, most well thought out “big” projects I’ve ever built, and I come from the synth DIY world so I’ve seen some properly big ones! Kudos, Kevin. Fantastic work.

Everything worked perfectly at the first power-up aside from the bypass LED, which stayed lit no matter what state the bypass switch was in. 2 minutes of web searching yielded the answer – don’t connect the two switch boards together with the wire as shown in the diagram, just run one from the mode switch PCB to its own ground on the main board. (Maybe that’s in the docs?)

I’m a modular synthesizer manufacturer, not a guitarist, so I could only test it on the Eurorack, but I’m happy to report that it sounds just as fantastic on synths as it does on guitar. Time to build the second one, which I’m absolutely keeping for myself. =)

Modifications or part substitutions

None. I like faithful recreations to be as faithful as possible. I had almost all of the parts in stock but the few that needed to be ordered were available straight out of the BOM.

pifo
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KLON CENTAUR

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)
Variant: KLON CENTAUR

Build description

Perfect board,awsome sound!Thanks a lot!

Regards,
from Bulgaria!

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Tungsram OA1160

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Super Tuber

Project: Stratus (Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer)
Variant: Stock TS-9 and other diodes TBD

Build description

Really fun build. I couldn’t decide which mods to add, so I went ahead and crammed all three mods into the standard 1590b enclosure. Followed the stock directions, and came out with an incredible pedal. Once I decide the clipping I want on the second set of pads, I will have a very versatile pedal. Love the drive of the TS-9 and will probably go with something a little more mild to have a second pedal in the same enclosure. I highly recommend socketing the second set of pads so you can actually hear the difference various diodes will produce. I was so excited about the versatility of this PCB that I made a video with sound clips from several diode combinations. The video is a bit long, but goes through several diode combinations. If you’re wondering what clipping you want for your second set of pads, it might help you out. Great documentation Kevin! Your knowledge of sound a circuits helped me produce a pedal I am very proud of.

Modifications or part substitutions

I put all three mods into this pedal (Flat Mids is soldered to the board and the Fat and Bright mods are wired to off-board SPDT switches). Went stock TS9 (1N914) on the first set of clipping pads, and I’ll probably put FETs or LEDs on the other side (or combination of both).

Tom Sveitis
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Blueshift

Project: Blueshift (BOSS® DC-2 Dimension C)
Variant: Standard

Build description

I stayed true to the build document and chose the standard bypass. This pedal sounds great! Exactly what I was hoping for.

florian
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Golden Indian Boost

Project: Ares (EP-3 Preamp)

Build description

Here’s my first pedal ever. Was fun building it and will be fun in my setup as a clean boost at the end of the chain.
Thanks to musikding.de for the kit and to aion for the effect.

Looking forward to building my next aion project!

Cheers,
florian

lwatford
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Fuzz Face

Project: Solaris (Fuzz Face)

Build description

Fuzz Face with Small Bear Danish Treat GE transistors. Thought it turned out really great, defiantly in the lighter fuzz/drive range.