February 2009

The Hood Preamp

21 February 2009

The Hood is one of my first tube preamp designs. The Hood evolved from my medalings with low voltage 12AU7 tube stompbox designs. The Hood is a low voltage preamp that uses two 12AU7 tubes, four cascaded common cathode Class A gain stages. The Hood is essentially a big glorified stompbox/preamp which offers a lot of unique tones. [you know you want to read more…]


The Ultimate Boss CS-3 Mod

14 February 2009

Ideology Behind the Mod:

Another Boss pedal hits the chopping block!

The Boss CS-3 compressor stock is just a terrible pedal in my opinion. It is incredibly noisy; I mean it has a ton of noise! Yes compressors are high gain and noise is to be expected from them but this pedal design seems excessively noisey. The noise is really over powering and can seriously take away from one’s playing. I also find the actual tone of the pedal very bland and flat/boring sounding. Not that I particularly like using a compressor for rhythm guitar work but when you use the stock pedal for rhythm your tone turns to mush. All the notes blend together with no note separation, it sounds like one big mess. There is no twang or squish that excited me when the pedal is turned on like a good compressor should do. The attack is quite boring and it just seems to lack life overall.

I decided to come up with a fairly simple mod to take this cheap generic compressor and turn it into something more exciting sounding to address the issues above. [you know you want to read more…]