#1
from General Guitar Gadgets.

Has anyone tried making it?

And if yes, how does it sound?

I've heard a few clips of the original on the net an it sounds pretty sweet.
Does this sound similar?
#2
For some reason, no one is responding to this...

Anyway, i just got all the components.
For the switch, i got a 3PDT toggle switch rather than a push button, coz i couldnt find a pushbutton one.

Also, what difference will it make if i use a linear pot for volume rather than a log taper (like in the schematic)?
Is it just that my volume increase would be slightly more drastic than if i used a log?

btw...I'm attempting to build this from components i bought individually, not as a kit, and the pcb is general purpose, so the final result will be a bit messy.

This is my first build, wish me luck
#3
I've never built it, but to help you out on he questions in your second post?

a toggle'll work (electronically) the same, but it'll be a pain to lean over and switch in on/off when you need it..
www.smallbearelec.com has 3pdt stomp switches, as do lots of other places

the linear pot'll make the volume increase non-linearly as you turn the pot up at a constant rate. the first half of the pots rotation will make the most dramatic difference in volume, and the last bit of the pots turn wont do much. linear will work fine. its not desireable, but it'll get the job done. if you end up ordering a 3pdt from somewhere, though, you might as well get a log pot along with it.

good luck
#4
I built the other version of it the tube sound fuzz, just some of the cap values are different. It is definatly a fuzz doesnt sound so good with my SS amp but works really good with my tube amp. Dont know about the volume pot, mine can get really really loud. 9 oclock on the volume is unity to being turned off. And you will want the stomp switch pedal parts plus has em for about half the price of small bear.
#5
I WOULD get the stomp switch, but as in my location, i live in India.

I'm not sure those places would deliver....

I might just use a toggle now and when relatives some over here from the US, i'll ask em to get me some componenets and stuff.

And my solder joints keep cold soldering, any way i could avoid that?
#6
Email smallbearelec.com, pedalpartsplus.com, and effectsconnection.com. You never know, they just may ship stuff over.
You won't know until you ask.

Here's some clips of the Red Llama...
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llamalyle.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llamatom.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama2tom.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama1.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama.mp3.html


And as for your cold solder joints...Don't move the wires/components when soldering. Keep them still. Don't blow on them to "cool them down". Those cause cold solder joints.
http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/how_to_solder.htm
Last edited by forsaknazrael at Nov 13, 2008,
#7
Quote by forsaknazrael
Email smallbearelec.com, pedalpartsplus.com, and effectsconnection.com. You never know, they just may ship stuff over.
You won't know until you ask.

Here's some clips of the Red Llama...
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llamalyle.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llamatom.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama2tom.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama1.mp3.html
http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/v/MrHuge/album100/llama.mp3.html


And as for your cold solder joints...Don't move the wires/components when soldering. Keep them still. Don't blow on them to "cool them down". Those cause cold solder joints.
http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/how_to_solder.htm


Those clips sound great!

And yeah, i think i WAS moving the components while soldering...whoops
Thanks.
#8
^ I find it hard not to move components too.

What really helps are those little clips, they're called "helping hands" or something.

(Oh and by the way, no one answered right away because you posted very early in the morning for the USA (which is where most useres hre are from), it was about 3 AM where I live when you posted)

I find effects connection to be a lot less expensive than smallbear. For example, a $4.50 3pdt switch compared to $10.00.

By the way, your English is excellent.
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#9
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^ I find it hard not to move components too.

What really helps are those little clips, they're called "helping hands" or something.

(Oh and by the way, no one answered right away because you posted very early in the morning for the USA (which is where most useres hre are from), it was about 3 AM where I live when you posted)

I find effects connection to be a lot less expensive than smallbear. For example, a $4.50 3pdt switch compared to $10.00.

By the way, your English is excellent.

Yeah....when i get the 3pdt's, im gonna ask for a pencil size soldering kit from Radio shack. (My soldering iron had a pretty thick tip...)

Sorry....i didn't really consider the time difference. It was about 2PM here when i posted.

And thanks!
I would hope so, since i have been speaking/reading/writing it for about 17 years. (I'm 18 btw )

UPDATE:
Done soldering the basic components (resistors, caps, etc).
Now i gotta drill the enclosure (tomorrow....its late today), and then install and solder the pots, switch and I/P and O/P jacks.
Night!
Last edited by unet at Nov 13, 2008,
#11
I have access to most other components pretty easily.

I guess i WILL email smallbear and pedalparts to see if they deliver.

Also, what size holes do mono and stereo jacks and pots need to be drilled in the enclosure?

And in stereo and mono enclosed jacks, all the extra pins need to be grounded right?
Last edited by unet at Nov 13, 2008,
#12
Anyway, i finished building it...(college takes a lot of time away)

I haven't housed it yet, but i thought i'd try it.

Made all the jack connections, pot and battery connections, the connected it.

NOTHING!!!!

No sound at all. A few times, as my hand brushed some wires, i heard some signal...but couldn't figure it out.
Is it always this FRUSTRATING !?!?!?!?!
#13
you switched it on right?
Check over the schematic again, make sure all your capacitors, resistors, diodes etc are all the right values, input jacks may be soldered the wrong way around, cold solder joints?
Check all the solder joints with a multimeter...
#14
The circuit's fine...i checked it a few times.

I think the jacks might be soldered wrong...coz i have these weird enclosed jacks, where there are like 7 pins for a stereo jack and 3 for a mono.

Would pics help identify?