Thursday, January 27, 2011

Interesting Sounds from the BF-2

Here's a mod that comes from the Brian Wampler book. Putting the cap across a couple of pins on the clock controller gives some big depth on this Boss BF-2 Flanger. Woohoo! More of a bend than a mod.

Decided to not keep this one for now.

Otherwise, I did all of the Wampler mods to clean up the hiss and reduce the "boxy" sound. Then I replaced the op-amps with Burr Brown low noise op amps. Now a sweet sounding "Made in Japan" BF-2.

Time to play around with some of the trimpots!!

Friday, January 07, 2011

ZMD #4 - the Dog Face

Zorro Music Devices #4 is finished.

It's called Dog Face.

It's mean! It's fierce! It'll bite ya!!

It's a Fuzz Face clone. This pedal has provided hours of fun! I've been practicing with this one and haven't used my Tube Screamer or Big Muff for a while.

November Update

A big repair project kept "The Zorro" busy for the month of November.

Many of these pedals were in a flooded basement and had been under water for several hours. OH THE HUMANITY!! They were definitely worth opening up and putting in the time to bring them back to life. The worst was the Tube Screamer. This thing was riddled with rusted components and was sounding really ratty. A lot of replacements got the pedal breathing and back on its feet.

The moral of the story: if your gear is soaked then open it up and let it dry out for a really long time!!! Wait a while before you fire it up again.