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Tiny (1590A) Klon

26 December 2013

Pictured below is a miniature version of the highly sought after Klon Centaur. The pedal is built in a 1590A sized enclosure allowing for a very small footprint on a pedal board.

While the original Klon pedal is buffered bypass this version is wired for true bypass. The pedal still retains the input buffer, it is not used for bypass operation though.

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This is one of my preamp designs, I call it the Overdrive Extreme. It is designed to be a small pre-amp capturing the big tones of the Dumble ODS amp. The circuit is a mix of solid state (JFET) and vacuum tube. With many controls and features the tones are highly flexible.

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Dumble ODS: 50W #124

July 17, 2009

Dumble amplifiers are synonymous with the rarest finest boutique amplifiers.  Alexander “Howard” Dumble started building Dumble brand amplifiers in the 60’s in southern California. Over time he made and designed many amps (most notable the Overdrive Special) that were used by some very big names in the music industry (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Carlos […]

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Top Drive Preamp

April 18, 2009

This is a new preamp design I have called “Top Drive”. Top Drive is a compact tube powered preamp that is quite unique and rocking. The preamp is voiced in interesting way,  the sound is very much like a classic Vox amp. The preamp has got that great top end “jangley” character with that nice […]

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The Hood Preamp

February 21, 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 […]

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The Ultimate Boss CS-3 Mod

February 14, 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 […]

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The Ultimate Boss BD-2 Mod

August 28, 2008

Ideology Behind the Mod: After playing with Boss BD-2 for a while I was not impressed. No blues player would ever need the gain this unit puts out. Even the minimum gain was blowing my head off. This pedal was very shrill sounding, I couldn’t use the tone control at all, way too piercing. There […]

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The Ultimate Boss DS-1 Mod

December 28, 2007

Ideology Behind the Mod: I bought a DS-1 with the notion to mod it. I knew what it was like stock so I wanted to see what I could do with it to try and improve the sound. I figured I would perform the well known Robert Keeley’s mod and it would be great. Well […]

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