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marshall bluesbreaker pedal


dbreslauer

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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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board populated:

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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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Don

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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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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!

 

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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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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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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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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