Rhythm & Detonation
1Aug/110

Not taking orders at the moment.

I will have all current orders filled, but I am leaving on tour August 11th, and I will be gone till the end of August. Gone on tour again for the month of October, and again for 3 weeks in November. I basically won't have much time at home until December.

I will be able to handle any warranty issues if they come up, but for the time being I am not taking any orders.

Thank you,
-Mike

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29Jun/110

Durt Mcgurt

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22Jun/110

Purple Fuzz Mutantes

Purple Fuzz Mutantes

Purple Fuzz Mutantes

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6May/110

DH-FEEDBACK

DH FEEDBACK LOOPER - feedback looper with volume control
DH FUZZ VVEAPON - octave fuzz with feedback
DH FEEDBACK RAT - rat with feedback

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2May/110

Orange Peel

This is a pretty sweet project for fans of the ORANGE amp that might not have thousands of dollars laying around. The circuit was created by the fine folks at Run Off Groove. You can order built pedals, full kits, or PCB only from OLC. I chose the PCB only for this project and supplied my own parts.

Run Off Groove's bread and butter is taking a look at classic amplifier schematics and distilling the ideas down and emulating it by substituting Jfets for the tube gain stages, which makes an excellent sounding analog amp emulator. For the Orange Peel they took the 1974 Orange Graphic mkII amplifier and turned it into a sweet distortion pedal including all the touches like 4 position tone filter. Running my strat through the Orange Peel into a blues jr. I was able to jam the classic orange tones at bedroom volumes and it sounds great. To get that huge stoner heavy sound crank the Gain, Bass, and Treble, and leave the tone filter in the 1st position and blaze all day with huge ORANGE heavy tones. Rolling back the gain a little and put the filter in position 2 or 3 and you have a really sweet garage rock tone.

The PCB with all the parts was a tight fight in the Hammond 1590BB enclosure so I opted not to include a battery but it runs of the standard 9v boss dc adapter. I originally wanted to use fluted MXR style knobs but they were too big to fit across so I went with black davies 1510H knobs. The graphic is an image of a ridiculous Orange amp collection and I used an orange LED to give a nice touch.

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21Mar/110

Fuzz Mutantes

This pedal is based on the Fuzz pedal designed by Claudio Baptista for Sergio Dias, the guitar player for Os Mutantes. The circuit design was pretty heavily modified and improved by Madbean and released as the Deadpool project. The FAT control adds resistance in series with the clipping diodes, it goes from squeaky thin to really heavy thick fuzz. The LOUD control is your standard volume control, but it is EXTREMELY LOUD, unity is at 9 o'clock and it goes up from there. The BODY switch adds an input cap in series with the default 10uF cap which thickens the sound. The COMP switch switches the clipping diodes out of the circuit.

The pedal is housed in a CLIFF 125b enclosure painted with Krylon Ivy Leaf. The knobs are RED Davies 1510h. The LED is water clear yellow.

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15Mar/110

HOME IS WHERE THE SOLDER IS.

I'm not officially back from tour till the 17th (I have two shows on the 17th, one on the 18th, and sxsw on the 19th) but I am home and taking stock of supplies. I am open for business again. I have a clean slate as far as orders and builds go so if you want anything made please email me. If you THINK you have an order with me please email me about it because I surely forgot about it in the 3 weeks I have been off.

Tour was amazing I didn't get to work on any pedal ideas or designs like I thought I would but I did learn how to shred on the mandolin and got popeye strong from the SHAKE WEIGHT (or the 18 shows with 3 days off).

Me on the streets of San Francisco

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22Feb/110

ROAD RAGE

This is a little mini power supply to take care of some "special needs" pedals. Madbean designed it to be an inexpensive versatile charge pump. It takes a regular 9v dc input and uses a MAX1044 charge pump to double the output to 18v DC and then outputs 18v DC, and negative (-)9v DC. It also has a spot to put a regulator on to output oddball voltages like 12v dc or 5v dc if you need it, but for my purposes I don't have a need for it. It is pretty common for some boutique effects to run on 18v dc for the higher headroom. Most effects can be ran on 18v if the electrolytic caps are at least rated above 18v. Negative 9v DC is pretty rare in the effects world but a few older circuit designs like Fuzz Faces or Dallas Rangemasters run on Negative (-) 9v DC.

I housed it in a Hammond 1590A enclosure painted HUGGER ORANGE. All the dc sockets are the "standard" 2.1mm negative pin boss style adapter sockets.

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14Feb/110

DH-TG

This is a Gristleizer pedal I built for Dwid Hellion. The Gristelizer is a circuit designed way back in the 70's by Roy Gwinn and made famous by the Avant-Garde group Throbbing Gristle. In it's most basic essence it is a tremolo pedal at heart, but it has some very unique controls that make it a great sound destroyer. The RATE control has an extreme range from ridiculously slow to super fast, so fast that it will self oscillate and create its own notes that interact with the input source. The depth control goes from a mild chop to hard clipped choppy stutter. The BIAS knob is an interesting control that you can adjust to starve the bias and create interesting noise with. The level control sets the overall output of the effect. The VCA/VCF switch selects between the two modes; VCA mode is a Voltage Controlled amplifier behaves like a normal tremolo controlling the level of the output signal with the oscillator, VCF mode is a Voltage Controlled Filter where the Cutoff Frequency is controlled by the Oscillator. This behaves like an automatic Wah.

The middle selector chooses the wave shape form between Ramp Up, Ramp Down, Triangle, or Pulse waves.

The PCB's for this project can be purchased over at musicpcb.com. They did a great job modernizing the circuit for easier to find parts used an onboard charge pump to allow you to power the effect with a standard 9v dc adapter that most guitar pedals use. They also added an LED which flashes along with the rate of the oscillator.

This effect is housed in a Hammond 1590DD enclosure that was painted in Testor's One Coat Lacquer Diamond Dust. The artwork was supplied by Dwid and applied as a waterslide transfer clearcoated with Minwax Polyacrylic. The knobs are Black Davies 1510, and the leds are water clear white.

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9Feb/110

spirit of ’68 2

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