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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 […]

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Analysis Boost Effect My Designs

Building a Simple Op Amp Booster – Introduction

In this final build, when it comes to simple booster effects, I am going to use Op-Amps. An op-amp is an integrated circuit (a chip) containing several transistors inside of it to achieve a very large gain. But it does so in a way that makes amplifier design very consistent and predictable. In this post […]