#1
Ok, I have a big muff NYC, a DS-1, and a Bad Monkey that I'm not totally happy with. Heres what i want to fix:

1. My big muff constantly starts feedback loops. I can't really get a good fuzz sound out of it; just really high gain single notes and crunched together power chords. It makes an annoying pop when turned on or off. I would also like to make it true bypass.

2. My DS-1 has a ridiculous amount of white noise. Aside from that its fine. I'm probably going to end up doing the All Seeing Eye mod on it after.

3. The only thing that i find lacking in the BM is the tone. What are some good mods to expand its capabilities?

How would I do these?
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Last edited by mrbagrat at Jan 30, 2008,
#2
bump
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#3
i did the keeley mods to my ds-1, both the all seeing eye and the ultra. i prefer the all seeing eye and if i did another would just do that one. it has lost that fizzy white noise that annoys you. if you google keeley ds-1 mods there is a site called overdrive spider or something similar. thats where i got my info from. its free and step by step.

in fact... here you go

http://www.geocities.com/overdrivespider/DS1/dsmods.htm google is your friend

if you are uk based and require the work done for you. ill do it for a small charge...
Thank you please.
Last edited by deadlydunc at Jan 30, 2008,
#5
Yeah, thats what I was looking at. Seems easy enough.
and sorry, I'm in California. but thanks anyway


I've been looking for the parts I need for the ASE mod. Heres what I have:

3x LED
1x SPDT Switch
1x 1.5k, 1x 2.4k
1x 20k
47pf Cap x1
220pf Cap x1

However I'm a little unsure as to which capacitors I'd need. Its the first time I'd be buying individual parts. I'd need:

# 0.1uF Capacitor x 5
# 1uF Capacitor x 4 (or two 0.47uF caps in parallel, it should give the same results)
# 0.047uF Capacitor x 1

Thats what the site says. Which should I get?
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Last edited by mrbagrat at Jan 31, 2008,
#6
Bump. All I need is for someone to tell me which capacitors to get.
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#8
ASE=All Seeing Eye.
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#10
.0047 uf
.1 uf

Those alright?
I can't find any of the other ones though.
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#13
The Big Muff will kind of always be like that. It is not the best pedal to mod, there are a few things you can do. Could you take pics of the inside, so we know what version you have and such?

I offer a DS-1 that reduces the white noise hugely. It is a custom mod, much better than Keeleys. It also comes with a mid knob and a clipping switch. I can sell you my custom mod with instructions and mod kit.

I would not do the stock DS-1 mod...It is fuzzy and loose flabby sounding...Very uncompressed and nasty imo.
Last edited by kurtlives91 at Feb 1, 2008,
#14
Quote by forsaknazrael
Man, 600V is the smallest they carry? Damn. Well, that's pretty darn huge. I doubt you'll get it to fit there. You might better going with the normal Poly film types.

You don't have an electronics store near you, or anything?


I do. But I'd rather ask here so I can make sure i"m getting the right thing.
I'm not limited to just small bear though. I can buy from two stores if I need to.

Quote by kurtlives91
The Big Muff will kind of always be like that. It is not the best pedal to mod, there are a few things you can do. Could you take pics of the inside, so we know what version you have and such?

I offer a DS-1 that reduces the white noise hugely. It is a custom mod, much better than Keeleys. It also comes with a mid knob and a clipping switch. I can sell you my custom mod with instructions and mod kit.

I would not do the stock DS-1 mod...It is fuzzy and loose flabby sounding...Very uncompressed and nasty imo.


Ok, I'll crack it open and get pictures up in a bit.
Hmm...do you have any sound clips from the mod? I listened to the ASE mod and it sounded beautiful to me. But I'm open to anything new.
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#15
Quote by mrbagrat
I do. But I'd rather ask here so I can make sure i"m getting the right thing.
I'm not limited to just small bear though. I can buy from two stores if I need to.


Ok, I'll crack it open and get pictures up in a bit.
Hmm...do you have any sound clips from the mod? I listened to the ASE mod and it sounded beautiful to me. But I'm open to anything new.

No I do not...I have sold a lot of DS-1s with my mod and they were all a hit.
#16
Ok. Well I'll think about it. How much would the kit cost?

Anyways here are the big muff pics.




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#17
^ahh you got a NYC reissue BMP. It is already true bypass. What I did with mine is convert the adapter to a standard 2.1mm Boss style one and add power filtering.

What do you want out of yours sound wise?

PMed
#18
Well mainly I want to try and make it so it doesn't give off as much feedback and add a noisegate. Apparently you can do one of those by

"adding a 100k trimpot (wired as a variable resistor) parallel to the 100k to ground of the second gain stage (R14)."

Tonewise I want it to have more of a middy sound rather then a heavy bass sound when the tone knob is twisted counterclockwise.
How did you add power filtering?
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Last edited by mrbagrat at Feb 2, 2008,
#19
I tried the noise gate mod....HAHA what a joke...doesnt work at all...

Duncan Tone Stack Calculator....play with it.....shows you the frequency curve...

Power filtering....add a 220mF (above 9V) or so cap to the - and + of the DC jack. Make sure you orient the cap right.....This mod is only useful if you use an adapter..
#20
^big muffs don't have power filtering?

that's like mega hum with a dc jack plugged in...
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#21
Nope....thats the first thing I did with mine....New 2.1mm Boss Style jack....the other one was so crappy. Then added power filtering.

The Muff is not an easy pedal to mod...It will always be a mean sustain machine.

And no power filtering does not mean mega hum.
#22
haha but adding a power filter cap isn't bad. iono about the jack cuz i never really seen a BMP.
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#24
^haha that sucks. u reminded me to get some DC power jack for my clyde mccoy clone.
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#26
the reissue ones have different resistors than vintage specs?


thats sooo bs. lameness to the max.
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#28
Quote by kurtlives91
I tried the noise gate mod....HAHA what a joke...doesnt work at all...

Duncan Tone Stack Calculator....play with it.....shows you the frequency curve...

Power filtering....add a 220mF (above 9V) or so cap to the - and + of the DC jack. Make sure you orient the cap right.....This mod is only useful if you use an adapter..


One of these?

http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=185&sfs=608ff60a
Yup, I use an adapter.
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