#2
Sure, but then you cant play clean. I'm sure theres a way to isolate it so it can be turned on and off though. It'd be worth it if you are interested.
#3
you can turn it on and off, like controlling the tone and volume
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#4
I think I'll get it
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#5
Isn't that just two diodes wired in parallel in opposite directions? I made something like that for 50p, and it worked pretty well. It wasn't a full on metal distortion, just a little crunch, but it sounded nice. I guess you could buy the diodes and use them, then if you weren't happy you could buy the black ice thing and see if its better.
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Isn't that just two diodes wired in parallel in opposite directions? I made something like that for 50p, and it worked pretty well. It wasn't a full on metal distortion, just a little crunch, but it sounded nice. I guess you could buy the diodes and use them, then if you weren't happy you could buy the black ice thing and see if its better.



can you PM a diagram for that?
#9
yea you can make a pretty good onboard fuzz this way useing some germanium transistors, kills your signal level though...
#10
thats really cool, but then you wouldn't have tone control. . .???
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#11
I'll try the diode thing, hell of a lot cheaper, and to hamish if you have more than one tone control then you can still control it
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#12
where can I get the diodes, and are there certain kinds I need to get?
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#13
you are going to problably want to get
silicon diodes: for a crunchy distortion
germanium diodes: for a more heavy fuzz sound
light emiting diodes (yes LEDs): for a harsher crunch.
or you can mix and match by useing 2 germaniums going one way and one silicon going the other.
you can mix them however you like as long as the voltage lost is equivelent to a matched diode.


edit: use www.smallbear.com for the diodes
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#14
thanks
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#16
Are you sure thats the right site? I don't see anywhere to buy stuff
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#18
NO!
Sempri up there is wrong...you need low voltage Zener diodes.
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#19
Would 2.7V be good for it? And how would this affect the distortion. Would increasing the volume, give a harder crunch or is it not related?
#20
Then where can I get those?
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#22
I live in the US
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#23
small bear apparently sell everything a guitar/pedal modder/builder could ever want, im in the UK too, but small bear elec comes up so many times in this forum i almost feel like ordering from them!
#24
But they don't discribe what type of diodes they are, it says like 'diode 1N5818, what does that mean
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#26
that schematic doesnt call for a zener diode, actually it wants a schottky diode but it shows neither in the schematic, just a regular clipping diode pair...
#27
I got some of each of the ones listed I'll try all of them out and see what I like
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#28
Quote by sempri_fi
that schematic doesnt call for a zener diode, actually it wants a schottky diode but it shows neither in the schematic, just a regular clipping diode pair...


Oops, just typed the wrong thing.

Your suggestions won't work at all.
Different diodes are in fact different you know...
Using an LED or whatever else you suggested will bleed too much signal to ground.
Trust me.
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#30
I don't understand how this thing is supossed to work exactly. It doesn't add boost or anything... it says "This passive circuit will not add gain, but it is a variable distortion circuit that gives you added warmth and smoothness to your tone" does that mean it just accentuates the control pots function and makes it more sensitive or what?
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#31
no it clipps your signal, like an onboard distortion, but it only clips a little and it actually makes your guitar quieter.
#33
so I only need the schottky diodes?
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#34
wait so how much quieter? is it worth doing?
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#35
im not sure exactly how much quieter, you can make up for it with a boost pedal or turning your amp up, and you problably want to use the schottky diodes, i read up on them and they suit the job better because of how they attack the signal and some of their other propertys, look them up in wiki