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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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I am beginning to put together a Marshall 1974x, better known as the Marshall 18W amp. This all tube powered amp will be built in a head cabinet that can be hooked up to an external speaker cabinet of choice. This 1974x circuit won’t be stock though, I am using the 1974x circuit as a platform to try a few modifications and circuit tweaks/ideas. The end goal of the build is to have a low power Marshall JTM/JMP/Plexi type amp. Lots of big fat clear clean tones and sweet harmonic distortion.

The chassis, eyelet board, power transformer, output transformer, faceplate and head cabinet are coming from the good folks at Trinity Amps. The rest of the parts I am sourcing myself.

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Tramp

January 15, 2011

This is a little single ended Class A amp design from Trinity Amps called the Tramp (a play on the Fender Champ, get it?). The amp is single channel with one 12AX7 and one output tube. The amp can run 6V6, 6L6, EL34, 5881, KT66, KT66, etc for the output tube. With the variety of […]

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TC-15

July 15, 2010

The TC-15 is a Trinity Amps version of a 15W Matchless DC-30 clone. The Matchless DC-30 is a very popular 30W boutique amplifier that is modeled after various Vox “AC” amps. The DC-30 is well known as a classic point to point handwired amp that recreates many classic Vox tones in one package. The TC-15 […]

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Overdrive Extreme Preamp

May 7, 2010

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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Fender Tweed Deluxe

June 20, 2009

The Tweed Deluxe (5E3) is one of Fender’s classic amps. The Tweed Deluxe’s simple circuit packaged with ergonomic cabinet design have made it very popular over it’s 60+ year life time. The Tweed Deluxe’s simple design has also made it a popular amp to build among hobbyists. Though simple in design the Tweed Deluxe is […]

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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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