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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Marshall 1974x (18W)

December 8, 2008

The Marshall 1974x (better known as the Marshall 18W) was an amplifier produced by Marshall from 1965 to 1968. At only 18W and being a combo amp with a single 12” speaker the amp was a change of pace from the loud 50W-100W Marshall stacks of the time. Though the 18W was never super popular […]

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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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