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ChuckHDTV
Score:
7

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First built

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)
Variant: Lovepedal specs

Build description

Here’s my Zendrive, it was smooth for a first built since that board has plenty of space. It’s super quiet but the overdrive is really good

Modifications or part substitutions

I used the Lm 883 opamp

MikeO
Score:
6

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Zendrive clone

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)
Variant: Stock build

Build description

Built this straight up / no mods, took longer to finish then to build. A great sounding pedal!

Kregg
Score:
4

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Zen Circle

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)

Build description

Very nice pedal. Easy circuit to build.

Modifications or part substitutions

Other than using the recommended audio taper for the drive pot, it’s pretty much stock.

l8tr.dude
Score:
2

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Tao Drive

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)
Variant: ZenDrive

Build description

I am mine with top jacks and dual LEDs. Yin Yang was hand drawn with a paint pen and circle template. It is stock but I added a socketed vintage Russian D9 diode. Killer sounding pedal and well laid out PCB. I will be definitely building more.

marcus
Score:
1

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Azimuth – Zen Drive Clone

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)
Variant: n/a

Build description

This was my first build using an Aion PCB. Very impressed. Most of my pedal projects I have built on strip-board, but that may have to change! I’m one of those that can never find just the right overdrive – and this zendrive clone is really close to that sound I am after. You can tweak it to where it is practically neutral and transparent, or you can add drive till it gets pretty raunchy. The voice and tone controls are extremely effective as well.

I haven’t boxed it yet – but even running on my test rig (basically a breadboard with permanent i/o jacks and stomp switch so I can plug circuits in to test before I box) it sounded great and was really quiet. I usually expect noise on the test rig that goes away once shielded inside the aluminum enclosure – but this thing was dead quiet.

Great project all around. Low parts for beginners, but truly a high quality overdrive for any one looking for a low-cost way to experiment.

I tested the circuit with both a strat with singles and a reverend with humbuckers – it performed equally well for both. Very touch sensitive at low gain settings and cleaned up nicely with volume roll-off.

All in all, great stuff. The Blues Breaker is up next..

Modifications or part substitutions

The only substitution was the op-amp, because as the docs say, the original chip is pretty darn near impossible to find. I went with the OPA2134 and I couldn’t be happier with the overall sound.

Pat
Score:
1

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Zen Master

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)

Build description

A straight up, part-for-part build of the Zendrive. A nice one for beginners. I used a larger enclosure in order to accomodate a 9V battery. This is a fantastic way to get in on the action for a fraction of the cost of an actual hand-wired ZD. This is one of the smoothest, most responsive OD’s I’ve ever played. Very nice!

Modifications or part substitutions

No mods. Doesn’t need them.

Devasya Dharma Drive

Project: Azimuth (Zendrive)
Variant: Zendrive Clone

Build description

I used an unfinished Hammond box, sanded it down to 1000 grit, and just drew on the dang thing with some permanent markers. Real classy.

The build was pretty uneventful, although the pots really didn’t line up well with the chassis/PCB and it got a wee dicey in that regard.

All the parts as described with the newer IC chip used by the current manufacturer of ol’ Zen.

One of my electrolytic caps was just too tall and the pedal would crap out when I screwed the box shut. I really pushed it tightening the nuts for the pots, and getting every fraction of a millimeter that I could out of the thing and it all fits in an uneasy truce.

The sound is AMAZING.