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ToneNerd
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Another Klone

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)

Build description

simple build and high quality board. I may use a Hammond 125b next time for a little depth in the enclosure.

Modifications or part substitutions

Used 100nf on C7, 6n9 on C14 and added a DPDT to swap 1.8k/4.7k or 4.7k/1.8k in the R21 and R23 spots

Adam
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KLONE

Project: Refractor (Klon Centaur / KTR)
Variant: Stock

Build description

Third Aion project. I love this pedal. Sounds incredible. So smooth and natural. It’s becoming an “always on” pedal.

Most of the parts I got from the EE shop at my university, and everything else was sourced from Mammoth.

Modifications or part substitutions

I used 1N270 diodes for clipping because they were easy to get a hold of.

Adam
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2

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Comp-Ross-er

Project: Aurora (Ross/Dyna Compressor)
Variant: Ross Comp, attack knob, treble switch

Build description

Fifth Aion build, and it worked perfectly the first time. I got all the parts available from the EE shop at my university, and everything else from Mammoth. It sounds fantastic. I think treble switch up sounds the most natural, and the other two positions seem to add more (maybe a bit too much) treble.

Also, I did some playing with the trim pot. With my Strat in series position (highest output) and trim pot counter clockwise, the compressor seems to have the most effect, but it started to add a bit of natural clipping. I settled on about half way on the trim pot to find the happy medium between not breaking up and giving it as much juice as possible.

Modifications or part substitutions

Used a 250k trim pot. Pretty much all the 1uF caps were ceramic instead of polarized. They sound good anyway.

Adam
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OCD

Project: Titan (Voodoo Lab Overdrive)
Variant: 9V

Build description

First Aion project. Worked perfectly the first time without any issues. Built it a year and a half ago and it’s still one of my favorite pedals. Sounds fantastic. Had an artist friend of mine hand paint the enclosure.

Modifications or part substitutions

None.

CHITO
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CLEAR REFLECTION

Project: Vector (Deep Blue Delay)

Build description

RESISTORS: All 1% metal film – No value substitution

CAPACITORS: A mix of solid polymers, MLCCs & box caps

OpAmp: OPA2134

VARIANT: DEEP BLUE DELAY / NO TRIMMER OPTION

OVERALL, this was an easy build for me & will be an easy build for anybody interested to try.

TEST RESULTS: A touch of warm, clean & water-clear analog delay in a digital format. It’s very easy to dial in your desired types of delay.

What brand of delays do you guys use? Do not delay! Buy, build & play through it yourself. It’s not just any delay. It’s Kevin’s VECTOR DELAY! And when you’re done, please tell us about it. Thanks & Happy HoliDELAY!

Mess
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The Golden God Fuzz

Project: Halo (Big Muff Pi)
Variant: Violet Ram's Head

Build description

This was my first DIY pedal build, and thanks to the clear cut instructions and diagrams that were provided, the build process went extremely smooth. Since this was my first build and I am a newcomer to circuitry, I wanted to make this project as simple as possible, so I bypassed the 4th midrange knob, but now that I’m finished I realize that it wouldn’t have been any harder to populate the board with one more pot… Either way, it sounds great!

Modifications or part substitutions

Straight up Rams’ Head clone

turkey101
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6

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Sonic Stomp Tribute

Project: Lumin (BBE Sonic Maximizer)

Build description

I built this pretty much exactly as per the Lumin specs.

I used the recommended capacitor selections for the High and Low Frequency switches, and the Midrange knob. I also happened to have three Burr Brown OPA2134s handy for the dual op-amps.

I designed the enclosure artwork as a hybrid of all of the BBE versions so it retained a bit of the “look” I was after.

Sound-wise, at the moment I have the Contour at about 2 o’clock, the Process at about 12 o’clock, and the Midrange at 12 o’clock. I’m still trying the different switch selections – they make subtle but noticeable changes depending on pickups and drive settings.

I place it last in my amp’s effects loop after all of the modulation pedals. Compression, drive and boost are floor mounted leading into the amp so the Sonic Stomp affects the entire signal chain.

I like the extra clarity the pedal provides and the punch in the bottom end. These are EQ changes I couldn’t get from my amp’s tone stack. Could an EQ pedal do the same? Maybe. But, there is that “something” about the sound that this pedal produces that I’m liking right now.

Modifications or part substitutions

Centre-detent 50kB Midrange pot to make it easier to select the stock position.

turkey101
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5

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Echoplex Preamp Tribute

Project: Ares (EP-3 Preamp)
Variant: Echoplex Preamp tribute with side mounted Fat switch

Build description

I built this pretty much exactly as per the Ares specs.

I bought a handful of 2N5484 and 2N5485 transistors and tested them using the tagboardeffects “Greatly Improved JFET Matcher”. I found a good pair – IDSS for Q1 (2N5484) was 2.94mA and IDSS for Q2 (2N5485) was 7.51mA.

I wanted it to look more like the Echoplex Preamp pedal so I centred the pot, added a chicken-head knob, and side-mounted the Fat switch. The artwork completed the look.

I’m pretty happy with the result!

Sound-wise, I prefer the bright “early version” EP-3 position on the Fat switch and leave the Volume knob at about 1 o’clock. I place it at the end of my pedal chain, just prior to the amp and use it as a solo boost. It pushes the tubes just enough to provide a bit more drive/compression, whilst the brightness edges it above the mix for solos. Nice!

Note: Be careful of the third position of the Fat switch – it’ll blow your head off! 🙂 I might re-consider the capacitor value for that switch selection.

Modifications or part substitutions

Centre mounted the pot and side-mounted the Fat switch.

CHITO
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MARTIAN FUZZ

Project: Phobos (Tonebender Mk III)
Variant: COLOURSOUND TONE BENDER MARK III

Build description

RESISTORS: All 1% metal film – No value substitution at all.

CAPACITORS: A mix of solid polymers, aluminum electros, MLCCs, CDE silver micas & box caps

GE TRANNIES: Mullard matched set

VARIANT: COLOURSOUND TONE BENDER MARK III

OVERALL, the project was easy except that this was my first build using Germanium trannies. Luckily, the guy who sold those “miniaturized water tanks” walked me through the proper connections for his color-coded matched set. I put labels on the Mullards to make sure that I remember to stick ‘em where they were supposed to be.

TEST RESULTS: I played through a DIY Fuzz Face before but Phobos just sounds different. I can’t compare its sonic qualities to any of my distortions. It just sounds interesting. I have to listen more to this pedal.

What brand of Fuzz pedals do you guys use? Buy & build the Phobos Fuzz. It sounds very interesting to me. It may even sound more interesting to you. Just one request: Please tell us about your build(s) so we will learn from each other’s DIY experiences on the projects. Thanks!

music6000
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14

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Lumin Equalizer

Project: Lumin (BBE Sonic Maximizer)
Variant: Standard

Build description

Hi
Built this Standard as described in the Build.
Sounds Great!
I have the Original & this with the added Mids control & Switches gives you that extra Bling!

Another great PCB, Easy to work with , Clearly labelled.
Cheers music6000

Modifications or part substitutions

125B Enclosure with Battery clip