Projects

Here are various projects I've built over the years. Many were completed. Some where not.

 

Noisy Cricket

A half watt, battery powered guitar amp with vol/gain/tone controls. Based on the LM386 chip, a fun and simple project that yields a usable practice amp.

fuzzLab

Take five fuzz circuits and put them all in one enclosure with various mods. The first real Beavis build!

 

Frank Zappa's Digital Delay

Wherein I have the honor to fix a dead rack delay from the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen.

Four Knob Rat (FKR)

Four Knob Rat distortion pedal with switchable clippers and lube. Using the Ruetz mod, and LEDs, MOSFETs and standard diodes for clipping.

 

Arduino Punk Console

A microprocessor controlled tone sequencer using the wicked cool Arduino Board. Includes schematics and source code.

Doppler Box

Concept of idea to simulate rotating speaker effect. I wonder if this would actually work?

 

Double Rat Rack

PRoco once put two Rat distortion pedals in a single rack-mount case and called it the R2DU. In this project, we mod an R2DU to make it a double-FKR, or, an eight-knob Rat.

fuzzLab Jr.

A fuzz with 10 knobs, sort of the junior version of the original fuzzlab. Schematics and notes included.

 

Large Hadron Delay Collider

Re-housing a Malekko E600 delay and mating it to a homebrew Powerglove for real-time controllability.

Tube Cricket

A redesign of the Noisy Cricket Half-Watt amp, this time with a 12AU7 tube preamp stage and a modified tone control.

 

Valve Caster

A 12AU7 tube-based boost/overdrive running off a 9 volt battery, designed by Matsumin. A super simple build. Build a nice tube preamp without dying from high-voltage mistakes!

TrashCanCab

Watch me build a completely impractical 2x12 cab out of wood trash cans and various bits of hardware detritus from my garage.

 

BATG

The Big Ass Throbbing Grinder: one of my very first builds--the Dr. Boogey distortion pedal. A stupidly-oversized enclosure, problems with scale on PCB etching, and innappropriate wire gauge choices make this one of my worst builds ever!

Board Pimpin

Turn standard pedal boards into something more usable and fun.

 

Armageddon Processor

Modular whack box with a load of patchable effects. Never finished, but some interesting schematics came out of it.

Digital Sequenced Wah Filter

AKA the Precision Ass Tornado. Using an arduino microprocessor to generate variable LFO signals which feed a variable low-pass filter.

 

BYONC

Build your own Noisy Cricket practice amplifier with 100% Radio Shack Parts! A fun project except Radio Shack bit the bullet, went tits up, into the great beyond, etc. So no more Radio Shack parts.

Tufnel Distortion

The world's loudest guitar pedal? Two LM386 power amp chips in series in a distortion pedal...Named after Nigel "It goes to 11!" Tufnel.

 

Frequency Analyzer Rehouse

A true-bypass rehouse of one my favorite pedals ever, with CV In mods. The Electro-harmonix Frequency Analyzer is probably the best analog ring modulator pedal ever, with massive 48v DC headroom and tone for years.

1/2 Watt Class A Amplifier

My build of Tim Escobedo's whimsical power amp, complete with simulated LED backlighting.

 

MFOS SubCommander

Big complex guitar synt effect from Music From Outer Space. Never got it to work.

Various Misc Builds

Assorted projects which don't particularly warrant an entire page and writeup.

 

Motors and Gears

Adapt a vibrating pager motor into a hillbilly device. Complete with video that reveals the super secret Beavis Design Methodology!

Various Misc Builds

Runoffgroove.com's great little amp, the inspiration for the noisy cricket, and a fun project.

 

Trotsky Overdrive

Single transistor low gain overdrive--super easy build. My version uses vintage soviet transistors.

Screamer Lab

One box, one tube screamer, all the mods. Several folks have built their own take on this, loads of fun.

 

Humninator

Eliminate hum from crappy power supplies with this easy to build beginner project.

Stutter Pedal

Build a passive stutter pedal. One of the easiest builds in the world.

 

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