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Guv’nor, innit?

Project: Equinox (Marshall Guv'nor)

Build description

My very first pedal build! Simple enough for a newbie, and it sounds really cool on my Marshall 6100.

The enclosure is acid etched with a custom design. Took many attempts to get the etching mask to stick properly to the aluminum with the acetone+alcohol technique… after etching I painted the enclosure in red and black!

I didn’t double check the pcb and ended up swapping the gain and level labels on the etching mask, so I might redo the enclosure some day… I’ll also have to check the components because there is a sweet spot that really works but the tone shaping seems a little off.

All in all, a very usable pedal and definitely recommended for beginners and advanced builders!

donleoarsenault
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2

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The Guv’nr

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

Build description

Build went well, except for a wiring mistake (Always double-check!) It has some awesome Marshall tones, and sounds amazing!!! Going to use it tonight at band practice!

I’d recommend this to everyone!!!

Still waiting for the snow to pass, before I start painting my boxes!

Modifications or part substitutions

R11 is R13 on the soldermask.(At least on this version of the board I have)

CHITO
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2

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THE “WALL OF CRUNCH” PEDAL

Project: Equinox (Marshall Guv'nor)
Variant: The 5mm red LED clippers

Build description

RESISTORS: Yageo 1% metal film – NO value substitution

CAPACITORS: Solid polymers, CDE dipped silver mica caps & a variety of 5% box caps.

IC: TL072

DIODES: 5mm Red LEDs for the clippers & Qznium brand LED as effect ON indicator

AESTHETICS: Small Bear’s light plate. Vvivid brand car wraps & Brother label printer / tapes

EQUIPMENTS: Marshall JVM 205H head / Marshall 1960A cab / Line 6 Flextone II HD amp. IBANEZ S5470Q guitar, ESP JH-600 with EMGs. Only Equinox OD is connected.

TEST RESULTS: This is the first time I heard a pedal effect that can mimic the “Wall of Crunch” of Marshall amps. The Treble, Mid & Bass controls effectively shape the sound of the Equinox.

Thanks to Kevin & the AION staff for an excellent re-design of the Marshall Guv’nor / Drivemaster clone.

Never a Guv’nor user yet? Build the Equinox OD and experience the “Wall of Crunch” of a Marshall rig. A project that’s easy, fun & rewarding. Tell us about your build experience when you’re ready! Thanks.

dani_gom79
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1

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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!

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