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Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe Mods?

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by HenryAdams, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. HenryAdams

    HenryAdams Banned

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    Feb 6, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    Hey Everyone:

    Well, I just got a used Micro Vibe, and it's a funny pedal. I really like its sound, though it took a bit of tweaking of the internal pot to get it there. Its got its own EQ, which is quite dark.

    Anyway, the thing I do not like is that there is a significant volume drop when I kick it on.

    I've found a site, Griffin Effects, which sells a mod kit which claims to take care of the volume drop, as well as add fullness (and provide a switch to turn it into a trem...not sure I need that), but I'm wondering if you all know any tricks or tips. Besides, of course, sell the pedal and by a Soul Vibe.
     
  2. ZenDog

    ZenDog Banned

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    Aug 3, 2010
    east coast
    Strange, mine doesn't have a volume drop.

    But then I've NEVER touched a thing inside.
    Voodoo Labs makes it clear that the doo-hickey inside
    should NOT be adjusted. They are set where they need to
    be before they leave the factory.
     
  3. Radspin

    Radspin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 7, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    Mine doesn't have a volume drop either.
     
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  5. HenryAdams

    HenryAdams Banned

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    Ithaca, NY
    Hmmmm...I've been reading around the net, and some people say their boxes drop, some say they boost, some say it's just fine. I've heard stories of folks going to a shop and sorting through micro vibe units for the good ones, but these are all stories, and I'm not sure how true they are.

    I didn't know you weren't supposed to adjust the trimpot...on the Voodoo Labs forum they actually tell you to adjust it to find the tone you like.

    I'll try the mods and report back.
     
  6. ZenDog

    ZenDog Banned

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    Aug 3, 2010
    east coast
    What a bunch of goofballs. The info sheet that came with mine when
    said to leave it alone.

    I have a strong suspicion that many, if not all
    of those Griffin mods are highjacked from somewhere else.

    If I developed and sold my own mods, I'd be giving them a careful look....
     
  7. HenryAdams

    HenryAdams Banned

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    Feb 6, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    Yeah, I'm a little leery about the Griffin Mods, for some reason. But it looks like they post over on TGP.... The increased speed mod seems to be pretty much out in the public domain...but I haven;t seen any discussion of a volume boost mod. Maybe I should just get rid of the pedal and check out the soul vibe....But this pedal is almost awesome....
     
  8. freqdaddy

    freqdaddy TDPRI Member

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    May 16, 2009
    canada
    I used to have a Microvibe. It had a pretty convincing vibe sound that I enjoyed but every time I stomped it off I was surprised at how much tone suckage it had. The clean signal was always richer,sweeter and better than the effect!
     
  9. HenryAdams

    HenryAdams Banned

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    Feb 6, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    Well, the upshot is that the Griffin Mods didn;t really do the trick. Yes, they added some speed (which is a good thing). No, it did not address the volume drop. No, it did not add fullness. I ended getting rid of the MicroVibe, and now I'm thinking about a phase 90....
     
  10. ChipOnly

    ChipOnly Tele-Holic

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    Jul 7, 2009
    Champaign, IL
    Could it have been the problem with the switch that is common with voodoo labs pedals...?
     
  11. HenryAdams

    HenryAdams Banned

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    Feb 6, 2009
    Ithaca, NY
    Hmmmm....I didn;t know there was a switch problem. It turned on and off perfectly fine. It was more an issue of tone, but maybe that is switch related.
     
  12. clapointe

    clapointe Tele-Meister

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    Feb 7, 2009
    Indiana
    Who has tried these mods ?
     
  13. SarahThustra

    SarahThustra TDPRI Member

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    Aug 30, 2011
    NY
    Henry Adams did, and didn't like them.
     
  14. guitarnorm

    guitarnorm TDPRI Member

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    Oct 10, 2010
    Detroit
    Hate to resurrect an old thread...I tried the mircrovibe in the store, no volume drop. They gave me a new one in the box: that microvibe dropped volume. I couldn't find the receipt to take it back so I emailed Voo Doo Labs to see if that was normal, the emailed me back right away, and were great. They said it shouldn't do that, and gave me an RA number to send it back. Still waiting to get it back so jury's out on vol. drop but they get an A+ for customer service from me!
     
  15. jeygifford

    jeygifford TDPRI Member

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    Jun 14, 2012
    Southern California
    Since it's already resurrected... :)

    Wampler has three mods in his book. They are:

    Replace 3.3k in R2 with Jumper to add fullness and increase speed potential
    Replace 47k in R8 with 39k to increase volume
    Replace 47k in R15 with 33k to give tremolo instead of rotating speaker
     
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