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Mods Overdrive

Modding MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive

Continuing coverage of Tube Screamer like pedals – I’ll cover a sort of a Boss Super Overdrive clone. I’ll be covering MXR’s Zakk Wylde overdrive (ZW44). This post continues building on previous posts: breadboarding the pedal, how it shapes the tone and I even did an alternative version. I have already covered SD-1 too. I’ll […]

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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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Builds Distortion

Building MXR Distortion Plus

After trying it out on a breadboard, it is time to finalize my version of MXR Distortion Plus. (I dubbed it MyXR Distortion ++ … lame, I know 😂). I’ll do the final schematic and bill of material, then do the soldering layout for a protoboard. I’ll plan out the enclosure, and finalize the enclosure. […]

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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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Boost Effect Builds My Designs

Building a Simple Op Amp Booster – Assembly

After the introduction, analysis and breadboarding of two op-amp based guitar boosters, I’ll complete the pedal. I’ll do the final schematic and bill of material, then do the soldering layout for a protoboard. I’ll plan out the enclosure, do some artwork and finalize the enclosure. I’ll finally assemble it and do test and demo. Final […]

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Boost Effect Breadboarding My Designs

Building a Simple Op Amp Booster – Breadboarding

After the introduction and analysis of two op-amp based guitar boosters, let’s see how they sound. I’ll breadboard them and try them out to make sure everything works as expected. I’ll give some effect characteristics, do a breadboarding diagram, then do the actual breadboarding (with bill of material) and finally test both effects out. Characterizing […]

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Analysis Boost Effect My Designs

Building a Simple Op Amp Booster – SPICE

I went through schematics for MXR Micro Amp and my Thunder, so now I’ll go through some SPICE analysis for them. I said the circuits are similar and should have pretty similar sound. Let’s see how they look when simulated and if we can learn anything. Schematics Here are the schematics in SPICE: The schematics […]