FX Pedals

Earthquaker Devices Crimson Drive Bad Ass Overdrive

A while back I posted an article about a couple of overdrives I built and one of them was based on the Earthquaker Devices Crimson Drive which was one of my favorites.

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Joyo Ultimate Drive Just Got Better

My craigslist $30 Joyo Ultimate Drive just got even better! It was a great sounding overdrive right out of the box for sure. It’s been compared to a Freakish Blues Alpha Drive, or more precisely they are the same drive with a few different component values. I found a mod that is supposed to make […]

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One Overdrive Pedal Ain’t Enough

VHT V-Drive, Joyo Ultimate Drive, Way Huge Saucy Box Sometimes it’s hard to find a deal on an item you may be looking for, and sometimes the deals hit one after the other. Such is the case here. I was looking for a good overdrive since I hadn’t tried anything new for awhile and was […]

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Give Your DIY Stompboxes a Stunning Anodized Finish

Since I got into the whole DIY stompbox thing I find myself looking for those things that will make a build unique. I’m sure you all do it too. So the other day I was driving past an Autozone and decided to pop in and take a look at the available paint colors. Brother did […]

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Killer DIY Overdrive Pedal Using A Turret Board

I’ve successfully built 10 pedals so far and I’m getting better with each build. All done using vero-board (strip board). Feeling more and more confident I got curious about a turret board design. I was impressed by 6 Defrees FX SallyDrive pedal and how cool the guts look. These things are a work of art […]

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DIY Eternity Burst and Crimson Drive: Awesome Pedals!

I wanted to learn to build my own guitar pedals to save money, so I jumped in with both feet. I know how to solder, and electronics is something I am familiar with to a degree, but I’m talking minor repair stuff, not constructing circuits like these. I now understand what motivates most of the […]

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IC Chip Workaround

Using an 8 pin IC socket on an expanded vero board One of the drawbacks to using an expanded vero board is attaching IC Chips like op-amps because obviously the pins can’t be expanded to match the board, but I have a workaround for this (you need to use an ic socket for this). First […]

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Speaker Cranker

Earthquaker Devices Speaker Cranker Ever since I got the Orange OR15 I haven’t used dirt pedals much. It really doesn’t need one unless you want to set the amp clean then drive it with a pedal so you can don’t have to fiddle with the amps controls to get the grit and grind when you […]

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EHX Soul Food Overdrive

I know what you’re gonna say before you even say it.  You’re gonna say “holy crap! this dude bought ANOTHER dirt pedal!” And my reply to that would be “yep I did”. But in my own defense I was talking about one of these for a long time and G.C. finally got some in. So […]

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Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MkIII

I couldn’t help it. It was one of those days, I was watching demo videos when I hit on one that got the gas (gear acquisition syndrome) goin’ strong! It was Andy at Pro Guitar Shops and a Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret overdrive. I really dig Andy’s demos. You really get a feel for the […]

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