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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:31 am

Love the Magnetic Echo and the Uberverb - especially the wave detail in the silverface font! 😍

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:52 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:17 am
Real spring tank in a small pedal!! That's epic!! You should post a sound sample ;)
I can't record any samples until I track down the static issue. But This video should give you a good idea of what this thing can do.

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:29 am

ThePearDream wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:52 am
Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:17 am
Real spring tank in a small pedal!! That's epic!! You should post a sound sample ;)
I can't record any samples until I track down the static issue. But This video should give you a good idea of what this thing can do.
That's amazing. I love it!!!
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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by tribi9 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:19 pm

What kind of paper do you print the logos on? The pedals look great, everything in this thread actually..

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:13 pm

tribi9 wrote:
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What kind of paper do you print the logos on? The pedals look great, everything in this thread actually..
Thanks a lot! I use clear waterslide decal paper. You can get it for either inkjet or laser printers. I have a black only laser printer, so I keep everything black or grey. I've used the same paper for some headstock decals too. Between you and me I did sneak a quick color print on the color laser printer at work recently and it turned out well. Those pedals will be appearing soon.

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Post by tribi9 » Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:08 pm

Oh right on, thx and then do you just clearcoat and bake?

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Post by ThePearDream » Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:40 am

tribi9 wrote:
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Oh right on, thx and then do you just clearcoat and bake?
A few coats of lacquer, but I don't bother baking or even polishing.

I'm planning to redo my kitchen in the next six months, part of which will include replacing my old toaster oven. This would allow me to bring this older oven into my shop space, so I could bake these, or oven do some diy powder coating.

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Post by ThePearDream » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:48 am

Finished up this Fender Pelt clone over the weekend.

The idea for the graphics on this one came pretty quick. Pelt = mammal scalp = wig = powdered wig. The pink knobs and pink LED on the white enclosure look pretty cool to me.

I don't know as much about pedals as some other people on here, but I would say that this is more of a polite, gentlemanly fuzz that cleans up well with the volume knob. Not to say that there isn't plenty of fuzz available, it's just more tame than say, a superfuzz. I think it may be similar to a silicon fuzz face. The Bloom control adds harmonic overtones and turns the fuzz "hairier". The mid switch has boost, cut, or normal. And the thick switch adds some beefiness. Lots of versatility here.

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In other news, I'm almost ready to assemble my Bronc-guar build, but discovered that my shielding paint was dried up, so am waiting on supplies to make a diy batch.

And, my 25" Domino copy is almost ready to move off the workbench. Just little more sanding and I will begin working on the finish as weather permits. Tomorrow being December, it could take a while though.

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:15 am

I've got a few more pedals finished up.

First is a 1981 DRV clone (PedalPCB Informant). The stripes from the original 1981 got me thinking about "bomb pop" striped popcicles. Also, because it is based on the Rat, and I associate the Rat with Sonic Youth and my favorite Sonic Youth shirt I used to have is the bomb pop shirt. I matched the knobs and typeface as closely as I could to the original. This is a fun pedal, I haven't put it through it's paces yet, but I like how much range it has on tap between the drive knob and the rat style cut knob.

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Next up, I had a cool knob dial thing that I had been wanting to use. I couldn't find a one knob pcb that I was too enthused about though. At the same time, I had been wanting to build an Acapulco Gold, but couldn't find a US based pcb. So, I decided to try my first vero build on this pretty basic circuit. As I was using the large dial, I opted not to do any graphics. I did put in a huge 8mm green led though. This thing is so much fun. I plugged my baritone in and got a contact high from the sounds coming out of my amp. I'm really glad I decided to build the version with the gain knob too, as I prefer it at around 60-70% gain. This was a quick and fun build and a great learning experience. There are so many vero circuits out there, it opens up a ton of possibilities. This also has me thinking that I may be almost ready to build a tube amp.

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On the guitar front, after posting about the Fender Performer in the Squier 2021 line? thread, I decided to whip out a quick Perfomer drawing in CAD as a possible future build. While researching 24 fret necks as on the original, I discovered something interesting...

25-1/2" scale 24 fret necks without an overhang require 6-3/8" (161.925mm) from the heel to the saddles, this is verrrry close to the 6-1/4" (158.75mm) required by 24" scale 22 fret necks as used on a Mustang or Jag the. I'll note that the heel width of the 24 fret neck pocket is going to be 1-2 mm larger than a standard heel. So, I'm not recommending that anyone spend a few grand on an original Performer just to pop a Jag neck on, but in theory it would work and would intonate just fine.

To get to the point, not wanting a 24 fret neck, I realized that I could build a short scale performer without modifying the body or pickguard lines.

Shown below is a 24" scale Performer with standard strat sized pickups. I decided to angle the pickups in the normal direction. I think this fits the body better than the old pickups. I don't know if I'll ever build it, but I'm really tempted at the moment.

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Sun Dec 27, 2020 11:40 am

Got this thing all wrapped up this morning!
I'll take better pics later and even wipe off all the smudges.

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This is the first of my scratch built necks that I've gotten installed so far. This is the third one I've made - I just haven't finished those other ones yet. I'm really happy with how this neck feels. It's just a hair thinner than I was trying for, but that's all part of the learning experience. The Bootstrap pickups sound great and came with separate ground wires already soldered on to the claws. I was trying to get something stripped down (Bronco), but versatile. A "rock machine" and I feel like I succeeded. The controls are simple, but yield a nice range of sounds. The weight is reasonable as well.

It's name is PRONGHORN after the super cool Pronghorn "antelope" we have here in the western U.S. This is kind of a sibling guitar to my COYOTE build (orange Jagstang with double Jag bridge pickups)

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Here's the full spec rundown:

Weight : 7lb 12oz
Body: 2 piece poplar, 1.625"D, contoured neck heel
Body Finish: VW Sage Green Metallic, with thin Nitro clearcoat
Neck: 24", Maple with Rosewood and pearl dots, 9.5"R, narrow tall frets (0.95x0.47), Deep C shape, 0.830-0.920"D, buffalo horn nut
Neck Finish: TruOil
Tuners and string tree: Gotoh
Bridge: Am Pro
Vibrato: MIJ with Staytrem collet and arm
Pickguard : BWB
Pickups: Bootstrap Big Spotted Cat™ set
Pickup Covers: my own design printed by Shapeways
Switching: 3-way slide with settings for: both in parallel / "neck" pickup / both in series
Controls: 1M master volume, 1M master tone, wired Jaguar style, including the 56K resistor, Boss style knobs

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:31 am

I'm just going to do a bit of a dump here.

I have some laser cut templates on the way for a few upcoming projects and wanted to share some renderings.

First, I'm building a guitar for my wife.
I thought the the St. Vincent could be a good fit for her curvy figure, but I'm doing it in 24" scale since she complains about her short fingers on a full scale neck.
I've been saving a lighter Poplar blank for this project, so the weight should be nice.
I have a nice piece of ebony for the fretboard and I'm thinking of roasted maple for the neck.
The headstock is a mashup of Fender, Musicman, and Firebird. It'll get locking tuners with pearl buttons.
I'm sticking to firebird pickups, but only doing two, with a simple 3-way switch.
Musicman sells the St. Vincent knobs, so I'll buy a pair of those.
She wants an "electric blue" color.

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I'll be making a Fender Performer copy for myself
Rather than 25.5"/24 frets, I'm doing 25"/22 frets, cause I have no need for 24 frets and this allows me to keep the placement of everything really close to the originals.
I have some alder that I'll probably use for this one, along with a two piece maple neck with some decently flamed maple I have.
I'm planning on doing some Lace Sensors since I've been wanting a set of those again for awhile and I think they'll work well conceptually in this 80s super-strat type design as well as visually in place of the original Performer pickups with their closed covers. I need to decide between an all Gold set or a Blue/Silver/Red set and my wiring scheme. The jack will move to the pickguard.
This will also have locking tuners and a 2-point strat trem rather than the unobtanium System1 unit or a Floyd type system.
I'm leaning towards this "Pebble Gray" color. I like how non-flashy it is in contrast to the strange body outline.

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Also, as I posted on the Workbench thread, I'm making a few 22.5" necks and I want to grab a Bullet Mustang body and put together a small Duo-Sonic. I have a really great sounding pair of Fender Japan strat pickups from the 80s that have been collecting dust (the bridge pup is dead) and need a home. Contemplating doing a Nashville tuning on it.

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Since I have had Duo-Sonics on the brain, I was remembering a concept I had a few years ago for a Mustang with XII pickups. Also, I'm not happy with the neck on my XII. So this morning I fired up CAD and put together plans for a Duodeca-sonic. 24" scale neck with a wide nut and hockey stick/smurf hat/flacid penis headstock. A Warmoth body with the Toronado bridge option would work well here and BestGuitarParts lets you put a XII headstock on a 24" neck through their custom builder, they also offer a 1.75" nut. I may never make this myself, I just wanted to share it.

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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by ThePearDream » Sat May 01, 2021 8:07 am

I had a few pedal projects that I completed back in November/December and never got around to posting.

First, a Catalinbread Pareidolia. This is supposed to be a Brownface style vibrato. The graphics have the look of an anaglyph. I don't have any old school red/blue 3D glasses around to test it out, I just thought it would be a fun idea. The LED flashes between red and blue also. This sounds really cool in both fast and slow settings.
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Next, an EQD Life pedal. I scratched up my graphics by the boost switch during assembly, which bummed me out. I had seen a graphic of garlic and made a connection between the curves of the garlic cloves and the sunn logo on the original pedal. This is actually a covert reference to Bob's Burgers and I call it the "Stupid Black Garlic Pedal" and it is brutal.
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Next, a Hudson Broadcast. Pretty much every copy I could find just used a broadcast antenna graphic like the original, which frankly, is pretty lazy. So I started thinking about other things with antenna and decided on Bender Bending Rodriguez. The obvious way to use Bender would be in a Tone Bender copy, but that would have been too lazy and obvious for me. Since I was doing a Bender theme, I chose an enclosure with chrome powder coat. Consequently, it is pretty hard to photograph, but looks really cool in person. This is a super great sounding pedal. I have it set up on my board as a low gain OD at the moment, but it can really stretch out into fuzz and the bass cut knob is really versatile.
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I've had some pcbs sitting around since last year too. I had all of the components ready except for enclosures. I was stuck on the graphics for an EQD Plumes copy and was waiting to order enclosure until I knew what I was doing. Eventually I just said "fuck it, I know it's going to be green, just order it".

So, lastly, I just finished up a copy of the Skreddy Lunar Module Deluxe Mini. This is basically a Dark Side of the Moon inspired silicon fuzz face and every diy build seems to reflect that. I decided to go another way and so mine is inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey and has one of the more iconic shots from that movie, along with a giant 8mm red LED. This thing is super versatile in gain and tone and cleans up well with the volume knob.
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Re: ThePearDream's Project Thread

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun May 02, 2021 5:01 pm

Those pedals all rock, but the 2001 one with the big red eye is fantastic!!!!!
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