#1
Okay, I only use one effect. That is distortion. All I have is a first act pedal (relax, I got it for 3 bucks. They sell for 30) Is there anything I can do (besides throw it out a window and never see it again) for it? I wanna make it sound distorted but not as harsh. I mean simple mods like changing a capacitor (did I spell that right?) or something. Maybe re wiring a few parts. It has three knobs; Level, tone, and drive.


Also, would it be possible to turn a distortion pedal into an overdrive pedal?
#3
Its not that great. First act makes everything guitar related. Amps, mini amps, effects, cables, guitars,picks. All kinds of stuff. Really low quality though.
#4
First Act makes picks? I can see that working out something like this...

*strum**snap* OH GOD, MY EYE!
Will says:
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER!
- SmarterChild - says:
I don't know if I can help it.

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#5
why not build a whole new pedal in there? if your prepared to change a few components, why not go the whole shibang?
#6
Quote by Will_Minus
First Act makes picks? I can see that working out something like this...

*strum**snap* OH GOD, MY EYE!

#7
I figured I could use the stuff in there.

btw: I've never used the picks but I imagine that you're about right.
#8
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for the record, it was the pick that snapped, not the string
Will says:
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER!
- SmarterChild - says:
I don't know if I can help it.

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#9
you can do if your happy with the sound, but your not going to be able to change the sound completely otherwise (though you can change it dramatically)
#10
Well, I would have to know if the distortion is based on a IC Chip/OP Amp, Diodes, or Transistors to tell you how to get it into an overdrive. Msybe you can open it and take a picture that is visable so I can help.
#11
I just want to clean up the distortion a little bit (wow, never thought I'd use those two words in one sentence). The adjustment pots arent doing much, its either unaudibly distorted or it has no power.
#12
i dont think mods will help you much... it is a cheap pedal

why dont you buy a new one for cheap?
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#13
Quote by call1800ksmyazz
Well, I would have to know if the distortion is based on a IC Chip/OP Amp, Diodes, or Transistors to tell you how to get it into an overdrive. Msybe you can open it and take a picture that is visable so I can help.


^--LOOK. Get me pictures so I can see what kind of distortion it is. Then I can help you.
#14
#15
Ok. This is mostly distorted based on the IC Chips. Theres also diodes helping it. So heres an idea...

You can do a few things.

1. You see those 2 chips there that say 4558. Well you can do something called IC Stacking. This changes the sound a bit. Heres how: http://www.barberelectronics.com/parallelopamps.htm . You just solder another of the same chip ontop of the original one (make sure its facing the same way). Heres the chips you need: http://www.barberelectronics.com/parallelopamps.htm . Thats a pack of 3 so you can just put one on each of the 2 chips.

2. Tell me what the diodes on the board say on them. The diodes are those clearish orange and black parts. http://www.bealecorner.com/trv900/bnotes/close/diode.jpg . Thats a diode. Tell me what the writing on them say (They all may be different). Some things they may say are 1N914, 1N4148, 1N34, etc.
#16
hmmmn, i think the problem may be the chips, but look at changing some of the diodes, a schem may help some of the more guru-ish people on here, whats the pedals full name?

EDIT: Damn, beat me to it
Last edited by thesumoftwo at Aug 30, 2006,
#21
I dont see any writing on them. It looks like a wire wraped in clear orange plastic with black strips. Exactly the same as the link. I didnt see a # on that one either.
#22
Hmm. Cant help you there, but do the IC stacking I told you about. Also, tell me what those transistors say on them. The transistors are 2 black things in the top left corner that have a flat side and a round side.
#25
it says K30a on the transistors? hmm cant help you with those.

but order those ICs and stack them. that will change the sound. i actually tried this on my BluesBreaker yesterday and the sound changed dramatically.