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marshall bluesbreaker pedal another fx project

#1 User is offline   dbreslauer 

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:45 AM

i was reading how the original Bluesbreaker pedal is much better than the more recent incarnation, but of course long discontinued. on the Bay, they appear to be quite expensive if you can even find them (and odds are John Mayer has bought them all by now.) :)

so i built my own yesterday.

i got this schematic from tonepad.com, parts all from Small Bear.

i used the iron transfer method for this PCB, as the layout is more complex than other fuzz circuits.
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all drilled. the traces are a lot neater than the freehand way. i still enlarge the pads a bit though.
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i used a larger enclosure this time... room to breathe! :)
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wired up with a 3PDT switch, for true bypass and LED indicator:
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now on to the hard part: painting!
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:49 AM

What color paint design are you going for?
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:52 AM

View PostKimbabig, on 05 March 2011 - 07:49 AM, said:

What color paint design are you going for?



i'm priming now, while i think about it. i got those cream colored knobs for a vintage feel, and the LED is amber. maybe a brown or hammered metal look?

suggestions? :)

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:54 AM

sounds like the knobs and led would look good with an aged yellow look, your choice though man.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:37 AM

i went with a hammered look paint, and used an aged white/cream color. i am a horrible painter, but this does have an old vintage feel too it. it probably needs another coat or two, but i've learned that sandpaper and hammered finish paint do not get along well at all... the finish also bubbled up around the switch: need to flatten that out when i break it down for the sealer coats.

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i ordered some waterslide decal sheets to try some labelling and lettering before the sealer.

i LOVE the sound of this pedal. very warm drive, not biting or harsh at all.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:54 AM

between you and our friend andy, the forum could open up a custom shop for guitars AND pedals.

you are a mad man!

what was the cost of parts and components?

Very excellent job, sir.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 11:43 AM

Gosh, it looks great. Good job!! But, more importantly, how does it Sound??!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:56 PM

View Posticantbuyafender, on 07 March 2011 - 10:54 AM, said:

between you and our friend andy, the forum could open up a custom shop for guitars AND pedals.

you are a mad man!

what was the cost of parts and components?

Very excellent job, sir.



just under $40 for everything, not including the shipping costs and the paint.

thanks!

View Postcharlie brown, on 07 March 2011 - 11:43 AM, said:

Gosh, it looks great. Good job!! But, more importantly, how does it Sound??!

CB


thanks! i like this drive sound a LOT. very warm with the tone rolled back, and then brighter with it up a bit. crank up the gain and it breaks up into a distortion, but again not harshly. think Clapton with John Mayall...

i'm very pleased with the sound (moreso than the paint!) :)

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:28 PM

Here's my British Blues Overdrive I built from a BYOC kit( based on the original Marshall Blues Breaker. $69.00 I think shipping was 8 bucks. Great pedal.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:37 PM

View Postdbreslauer, on 07 March 2011 - 09:37 AM, said:

i went with a hammered look paint, and used an aged white/cream color. i am a horrible painter, but this does have an old vintage feel too it. it probably needs another coat or two, but i've learned that sandpaper and hammered finish paint do not get along well at all... the finish also bubbled up around the switch: need to flatten that out when i break it down for the sealer coats.

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i ordered some waterslide decal sheets to try some labelling and lettering before the sealer.

i LOVE the sound of this pedal. very warm drive, not biting or harsh at all.



Looks great!!!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:52 PM

I like the hammered metal look.
I have a copper/pepper switcher that I use.
How do you achieve that effect? I'd like to know.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:05 PM

View PostCaliforniaman, on 07 March 2011 - 09:52 PM, said:

I like the hammered metal look.
I have a copper/pepper switcher that I use.
How do you achieve that effect? I'd like to know.



Rustoleum makes several different styles of "hammered look" spray paint. the hard part is keeping it even, but you just spray it on and it dries like that. that copper pedal looks awesome!

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:23 PM

i made my first water slide decal label for this pedal. in hindsight, i would do the knob labels separately, and i'm also guessing these decals work better on non-textured surfaces.

but overall i'm pleased with the outcome.

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i have to do some fine sanding on the case and then seal it some more with coats of poly. then, all done. :)

i like the orange LED a lot.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 11:51 PM

That is absolutely beautiful. Congrats

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 11:54 AM

That's great!
How's it sound?
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"If you don't sing, you better have a van, because that's the only way you're going to get a gig." Jimmie Vaughan.

"...Teles and Big Muffs go together like ham and cheese," Gearmanndude.

"If you're going to play the damn thing, play it like it's never been played beforeóor don't play it at all," Buddy Guy.

"See, a lot of cats don't work on the rhythm enough, and if you don't have rhythm, you might as well take up needlepoint or something," Prince.

"A pop star's career lasts for 18 months, but a musician's career lasts a life time," Peter Frampton.

"When I was touring with Neil Young, I got the best schooling ever on guitars and tone. He taught me that basically if you donít have tone, you might as well go home," Mike Ness from Social Distortion.

"To be honest, looking at your pic for about 18 months (I downloaded it, very good shot apart from also being a beautiful guitar) was one BIG reason for me getting it. I thought "I MUST have one of those before it's too late," Gibson Forums Member.

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