Category Archives: repeat percussion

Multifx pedal… The Wonderchick!

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Combo of modded Repeat Percussion, bigfoot Magbavibe and BBE Sonic Stomp.
Sounds great, messy spaghetti and i managed to cool the reperc’s ticks to a minimum!!! VICTORY!

bea!
yours truly

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Two pedals for my bro

My brother took up playing electric guitar again. He asked me for some boxes..

2n1307 texas instruments fuzz face
Q1 hfe 200
Q2 hfe 198
(leakage, wartsnall measurements)

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This Fuzzface sounds GREAT. The best i built so far, possibly. Very subtleties responsive, can be hard, soft, gainy, bluesy. Amazing basses.

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The other box is a repeat percussion-using BC547 instead of mpsa18.. very quiet sounding, no ticking.
Very happy about these two.

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Golden: fuzzface; toy car green: repeat/percussion.

bea!
yours truly

Psychedelic Combo!!

My friend Stef of Space Pony is an avid collector of italian musical instruments and devices.. hes been waiting for a Repeat Percussion forever.. and hes been lusting after a jen tonebender as of lately.
It’s been on my mind for a while to make a psychedelic toolbox pedal, ahah, with all that a 60es loving trippy musician would need.. but i have never made multi fx boxes.. i decided to box two effects in one for Stefano.
And it was working first off!
Wow..

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‘A metal slice of gruviere’ as the date called it..

I only had a small 1590… goddamit my hands are so big its always a pain to work with these boxes..
To the left: vox/jen germanium tonebender, using q1, ac183 and q2, ac181 npn germanium. Very nice ♥.
To the right, the repeat percussion.
I had a cute multi colour led that flashed when youd switch the repeat percussion on but it caused all manners of noises.. replaced it with a blue led.
IT IS PSYCHE IN A BOX.
HAPPINESS.
So..on to the artwork.

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I used two nos italian decals from the 60es.
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bea!
yours truly

Pedal building

I have been building pedals for little over a year now.. here are some of them:

Vox repeat percussion

The Vox Repeat Percussion is featured in the most unusual spots in 60es music, often used on organ too!
Here is my tagboard build.
I love this effect.
Turns your guitar into a mandolin.
If you dig the first electric prunes lp and early pink floyd, spacemen 3, this is the one and only vibrato for you!
Candysweet carbon comp resistors, philips, tropical fish caps blah blah.
Caution: the musical shredded by this pedal can cause epilepsy. Or tripping on out. Or both for max freakout! Ahahaahaha

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Fuzz Face

The germanium fuzz face is one of the key 60es pedals.
Here are a couple of builds..mojo stuff. Carbon comp resistors, tropical fish, philips, tesla caps, vintage texas instruments transistors (gold plated pins) or good old ac128s or Nkts..whatever sounds great.
That ugly blue n white trimmer there is bound to be replaced with a funky resistor as i am finalising the pedal for my mate Reverendo Mud’s 60es garage band, Seuss.As for any fuzz box i build, i put my ear on it: i like them with lots of attack i like the pick to be leading.. That is more apparent on my Tone Bender mkii builds, though.

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LISTEN to this specific one:
http://m.soundcloud.com/masutomasuto/seuss-fuzz-face

A brown paxoline 1st revision build:

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Shin-Ei Uni Vibe

Univibes.. i like building them. I have a few done now.. a couple of them can be handy.This circuit is one of those PERFECT circuits: mojo components or crappy ones wont change its soul..this heavily populated board vibes on whatever you put in it.I chose to make one that will LAST so no corners were cut..Cute Sprague electrolytics, tropical fish caps, etc all class A stuff here.
This is a classic vintage univibe build, with the best components of today.
The hard part of this build is the tuning part..that is, setting the character of the pedal..its very soul and sound.Back in the 60es the inventor of the Uni-Vibe Fumio Mieda would do this by ear, box per box, to imitate the sound of a rotating Leslie speaker.
Just like Mieda sensei, I tune each univibe by ear. I have my Leslie speaker here as a template!
Now Mieda san is the CEO of Korg…and the mighty, beloved japanese giant as part of the new craze of re releasing its legendary vintage gear is producing a new run of Univibes…they had to change the name though…cos they sold it to Jimmy Dunlop.No Hendrix scholar can go about without one of these.. forget about massively produced, digital, fake analog vibes.
This will make your head spin.

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Pcb by GGG

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This 60es univibe clone will take its place in a gigging venician musician’s rig.
Very rough, temporary artwork.. hes rushing to a gig tomorrow so…no time to make it nicer really…but what do we care for..
I also had to build an ac dc power supply outputting 18 volts for this.
Because of the no-mojo components, i must admit its bite is not as apparent and imposing as in my other builds.
Still..it sounds miles and miles better than any of those fake ass Jim Dunlop univibes…ahahaha!!!

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PCB by Redhouse (forum vibe pcb, classic build)

Maestro Filter Sample Hold

My Maestro Filter/Sample & Hold build.No artwork as yet…who cares, like.
Pure analog pleasure/madness..up sweep, down sweep, resonance, speed…any control..you name it, theres 5 knobs of it!
This is one of the hardest clones to tackle.
I made two, one for the man and one is currently being debugged to be given as a gift to my gonzo mate Jackit.
Amazing filtering and funky funky s&h…pedals like these are just not made by pedal corporates anymore.

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Pcb by Tonepad.

bea!
yours truly