Snapshots of 2022 FX Builds


Gold Supporting Member
Jul 28, 2020
Ypsilanti, Michigan
I began building pedals about 10 months ago and love making custom LED lamps. I've been incorporating fiber optics principles to light some knobs, using hollow shaft pots.
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RoboFuzz Prototype. 'Attack' is a 10k linear pot in series with a 3.9k resistor for biasing the 2N5088 collector. It goes from clean to nasty. I determined the ideal lower and upper limits using a resistance decade box.
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Most of this year's output...
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Oops, forgot one!
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Rangemaster-based. The Strange Master is a treble boost, The Blaster is a high octane booster, and the A-1 Disintegrating Pedal distortion, really just the same as The Blaster, but with clipping Schottky diodes. All three use vintage germanium transistors, mined from junked solid state devices like Walkie-Talkies, cheap tape/cassette recorders, etc.
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Three Ice Pick + and the RoboFuzz. The second from left needs a larger current limiting resistor, the LED washed out the photo...That one and the Maple/Sycamore box use vintage germanium transistors. The same basic one-transistor circuit otherwise, with different biasing and caps on the RoboFuzz, plus the aforementioned clipping LEDs.