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Clíodhna My Designs Overdrive

Clíodhna – Super Screamer Pt2

I think that the first part went pretty well. Let’s continue designing our own DIY overdrive pedal. In this post I’ll cover various clipping options. The previous part was dealing with clipping section too, but it was covering frequency response shaping. This one will cover the actual clipping. You can jump to schematic, or breadboard […]

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Clíodhna My Designs Overdrive

Design Our Own Super Screamer Like Pedal

After covering a lot of ground around Tube Screamer like pedals, I think it’s right time to try our hand at doing some super mod heavy design of our own pedal. In several steps I’ll try to design some DIY overdrive pedal that will have all the character of a Tube Screamer but with much […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Tube Screamer Like Pedals

Now, let’s talk about Tube Screamer like pedals. Maybe not in the sound but more in the circuit topology. In this one I’ll be covering Boss Super Overdrive – SD-1. This post continues building on previous posts: breadboarding the pedal, how it shapes the tone and I even did an alternative version. To be honest, […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Minimal and Scaled Tube Screamer Version

Let’s continue covering arguably the most famous overdrive pedal out there – Tube Screamer. This post continues building on previous posts: breadboarding the pedal and how it shapes the tone. In this post I’ll try getting Tube Screamer sound with completely different set of components. Well, different values of the components – it is still […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

What is a Tube Screamer?

I did a nice breadboarding exercise in one of the previous posts. I breadboarded TS808 – Tube Screamer. Pretty famous pedal, and this, sorts of continues my “Screamers” series of posts. I’ll go totally techno-philosophical with question – “What is a Tube Screamer anyway”? What differentiates a TS from the other pedals? I’ll approach it […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Tube Screamer on a Breadboard

I think there is no need for a long introduction for Tube Screamer pedal. It’s been around since 70’s and featured on many-many-many guitar player pedalboards. While maybe identified a lot with blues, it is used in all possible music genres – blues, rock, grunge, heavy metal, trash metal, metal core … I mean, all […]

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Breadboarding Distortion

MXR Distortion Plus on Breadboard

MXR Distortion + pedal has been around since 70’s and featured in many 70’s and 80’s rock and metal recordings (and many more modern ones). A true icon, used by likes of Dave Murray, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Tom Morello and many many others. Iconic, sounding great, yet simple, great for DIY effort 😆. Let’s build […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics Tone Control

Adding Tone Control

After spending my sweet time going through a few boosters – it’s time to make them better. Adding some sort of tone control to a guitar pedal is a great way to make it better. In this post I’ll explore some of the ways to get a useful tone stack for your build. I’ll be […]

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Breadboarding Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Experimenting

After the introduction and breadboarding it, let’s see if we can get a bit different sound. Fuzz Face had lots of different versions throughout time, a testament just how tweakable the design is. I’ll explain some possible experimentation that can be done with the effect first and I’ll just jump straight into trying various options […]

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Breadboarding Fuzz

Building a Fuzz Face Clone – Breadboarding

After the introduction let’s see what’s the sound of the clone is. I’ll breadboard it and try it out to make sure everything works as expected. I’ll do a breadboarding diagram, bill of material and then do the actual breadboarding. Finally I’ll test the effect. Breadboard Diagram Here’s the Fuzz Face diagram once more: It […]