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The DIY pedal that you still own and maybe use

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by hopdybob, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Frontier9

    Frontier9 Friend of Leo's

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    Mimosa Jr, a BYOC mini Orange Squeezer type compressor kit. Just the right amount of compression, with a bit of something extra - the blend knob is a wonderful addition. Always on.
     
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  2. RottenTheCat

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    Original Blues Breaker clone. Silver Pony II. Both great
     
  3. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Fuzz. Fuzz is good. Fuzz is simple. Fuzz is life. The only one still in regular rotation is an op-amp based kit fuzz, which offers a different fuzz to my others. There are many Vero examples littering my clutterbox. The boards themselves are simple, but it's the chassis I struggle with.
    A 12Awhatever7 based overdrive. This has a voltage kicker circuit to raise the voltage above starved plate into the 'It'll tickle if you touch it' region. It plays well when boosted itself, or can be a fairly clean boost, or can sound quite gnarly if needed. It's like having an additional gain stage ( duh ). Gain, tone and output level plus you can bias each triode individually if you so wish. 12AX7 for gnarl, 12AU7 for cream.
     
  4. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    My main board presently has two DIY pedals, the Stratoblaster and Triangle Muff in the upper right corner.
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    I also regularly use my paisley Rat clone, seen here on a previous incarnation of my board.
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    I've built several other pedals that I've sold off, but keep around DIY versions of a FuzzRite and a Catalinbread SFT.
     
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  5. hopdybob

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    nice build staged, like stairs, board
     
  6. hopdybob

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    you have been creative!
    could all be used in old spaceship movies.
    my lase printer is not capable to work with the special waterslide paper so i have to get creative to and hope it will be just as much fun to make and play
     
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  7. beninma

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    I have a prototyping setup on a breadboard. It's got a silicon Fuzz Face on it at the moment that I am going to put on a Vero board and in an enclosure at some point, I may try and make some more modifications to it before then. Maybe an EQ or something or a bias pot.

    Not sure what if else I would make myself. I'm pretty happy with the pedals I have. Maybe I could fiddle around with my own OD. It'd be fun to make my own Klone with the midhump moved to suit my Orange amp. The Klon circuit sounds pretty crappy on my Orange. A Tube screamer with the midhump moved could be nice too.
     
  8. tubelectron

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    Thank you Guys ! ;)

    Some quick samples :

    Tone of the FL Moseley (the green one) :



    Tone of the Melodium Fuzz (the white one, mono-pot) :



    -tbln
     
  9. tubelectron

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    Continuation :

    Tone of the Smoby wah-drive (the FoXX casing one) :



    Tone of the IBM OVD (the trapeze white casing one) :



    Enjoy... o_O;)

    -tbln
     
  10. aging_rocker

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    I built a CGG Guvnor pedal some years ago, I bought the circuit board from them and sourced my own bits and pieces into a 1590BB box.

    https://store.generalguitargadgets.com/guv-rts-pcb.html

    It's pretty tasty, but nothing special to look at - just the usual grey box with sharpie lettering...

    I also ran it at 12v rather than 9, for reasons that escape me now.

    I haven't used it for a while, but it's still around the place somewhere. I must dig it out and run it into my Katana ;)
     
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  11. AAT65

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    Well those really are inspirational. Thank you!
     
  12. Iago

    Iago Friend of Leo's

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    I started building in late 2012 and over 70 different pedals built. Some of my earliest builds are still my favorites. Over half of the pedals I have on my board were built by me.
     
  13. stax

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    I gave up building drive pedals after the Gain Changer which along with my Pro Reverb and a Boss RE-20 is just perfect for my rockabilly gigs.
    I must have at least a dozen of the usual suspects in a drawer but the GC is the best.
     
  14. zippofan

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    More than half of my pedals are DIY, from Vero, stripboard and PCB's from various vendors. I use them as much as I use the "store-bought" pedals, though I'm only an at home guitar player, drums have been my gig for over 35 years.

    Some of the DIY boards are the same as the professionally made pedals such as Madbean/VFE. Pretty much all of them are clones of some popular effect, mostly discontinued. My main issue with my DIY pedals is that the decals will never live up to a life on the road but since they never leave the house it's good enough. :D

    A small selection:
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  15. 11 Gauge

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    If it sounds good, aesthetics are 99% irrelevant, IMO.

    Actually, it's like a small tragedy to have a pretty pedal with catchy graphics, that barely makes tepid sonics.

    I think I actually prefer guitar gear that has evidence that the aesthetic parts were actually attempted by human hands, because it's evidence that the builder didn't just wash their hands of any process beyond the design itself.
     
  16. jddub440

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    I've built a lot of novice and beginner type schematics that I've found from the internet for myself and my bandmates....the only things that have really stuck around are my LPB-1 booster. It's the turret board schematic style circuit. I also goof around quite a bit with my analog octave up, it's a clone of the EQD Tenticle.
     
  17. willholt92

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    I've built a couple now which remain on my board.

    One being a Fetoplex from GMR spares on Ebay, Echoplex EP-3 pre amp.

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    The other a bluesbreaker mk1 from fuzzdog.
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    I like messing around with different graphics being from a design background.

    May the tone be with you haha
     
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    I've built a lot, and prefer to use them as opposed to commercial stuff. I guess I like that I made them even if they aren't the greatest.

    I've got a Big Muff, a Timmy, and a Multiplex Echo Machine (that I bought from another builder) that pretty much don't leave the board. Particularly the Multiplex is a great DIY pedal, there is no commercial version and it is just a brilliant pedal.

    The stuff from Parasit studios is also great for weird glitches and octave effects. The Escobedo circuit snippets, and everything from Run Off Groove are great as well.
     
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  19. J-bass&Tele

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    I have built some that are on my boards. Clones, but slightly tweaked for my taste. Some are on perf/vero but most are on pcb’s from fuzzdog/musikding.
    My favorite, the whole dirt section on my small board:
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    I’ve done a couple of small shows with just that and a delay that I built.

    I don’t put much effort in looks, if it works well and sounds good, I’m happy.
     
  20. hopdybob

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    well its looking good i say ;-)
     
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