New guitar build – Baritone Jazzmaster

September 25th, 2015

Here is a Barritone Jazzmaster I finished last week, what a great guitar, so low and beefy. Here are the details:

Neck is a DC Kunkle Std. 28.629″ (ebay)
Body is from – hilimireguitars (ebay)
Scale length – 28.629″
Pickups – Duncan JB (bridge), Duncan Jazz (Neck)
Gotoh tuners
Fender US Tremelo/vibrato
Squire Jaguar bridge

Finished with Tru-oil (three coats of the tru-oil branded sealer, 10 coats of tru-oil, lots of wet sanding between coats).

New Stompboxes and Effects – October 2013

October 18th, 2013

Here are 9 more finished pedals. Lots of great sounding effects in this batch!

New Stompboxes – Summer 2013

August 2nd, 2013

Here are some recent builds I finished up

The green “O3″ = A Pearl Octave clone (Madbean Low Rider PCB)
The Orange = Orange Squeezer Compressor with external Bias control
The black with red devil = Okko Diablo Clone (A medium gain amp like distortion)
Black “FF” = Fuzz Factory clone with 9mm board mounted pots, used AC128 transistors
Gold “!” pedal = EP booster (Madbean Fat Pants on Vero)
Guvnor = Marshall Guvnor with clip mod switch (LED, none or silicone)
STC = Super Tone Control
Nuke pedal = Pinnacle clone (love this thing!)
Systech Harmonic Energizer clone
Ross Tan distortion
Tap Delay = Deep Blue Delay clone with Taptation mods for tap tempo and depth (really nice on the Deep Blue).

Five more finished pedals

November 9th, 2012

Here are five more finished pedals. They are…

– A Big Muff Pi “Creamy Dreamer” clone
– A ZEN drive clone
– The “Engineer’s Thumb” compressor
– Woolly Mammoth Clone
– An EchoPlex style booster (with 18v charge pump)

4 new pedals finished

October 19th, 2012

I finally finished a bunch more pedals (paint, artwork, etc..). Pretty happy with the results.

Top row – A clone of a Catalinbread Heliotrope, and a Rebote 2.5 delay with added tap tempo controls

2nd row – A Tap Tempo tremelo (musicpcb.com board), and a timmy clone

My pedals even made a Crate amp sound good

July 23rd, 2012

Had a great jam session last weekend, the amp I used was a crate half stack (ick), but using the clean channel and some of my DIY fx I was able to make it sound pretty good. The chain was, Dirty Sanchez into Harmonic Energizer, into an OCD, into a Triple Wreck, then into a Mid Fi Clari. The OCD was great for riffing, and the Triple Wreck for the high gain stuff and leads.

My new tag line should be “My pedals even make a Crate sound good!” :)

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Here is my buddy Pete using the pedals through the crate, they were a big hit at the jam.

New batch of finished stompboxes…

July 2nd, 2012

finished my latest batch of pedals, many of these have been on my board for months (they sound amazing), but I finally stopped playing them a few days to get them all painted.

Here they are…

First row (L to R) – Snow White Auto Wah (clone), MXR noise gate with mods, a Systech Harmonic Engergizer, a BBE sonic stomp, and a Mid-Fi Electronic’s “Clari(Not”
Second row (L to R) – Fulltone OCD clone, A Peridolia clone, A EHX Big Muff Pi (modded), and a Wampler Triple Wreck clone

Some new builds I have done, other stuff…

June 29th, 2012

Been a while since I updated the blog:

I am still building many guitar FX circuits.

Here is the board for a “Mad Professor Auto Wah”, which came out amazing, better than any auto wah I have used in the past
Layout = http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=508

Here is the board for a Big Muff Pi (Creamy Dreamer Modded) being tested. I was blown away by this one, amazing 70’s muff sound (think Pink Floyd to Sabbath)
Layout = http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=68

Here is the un-painted boxes for the above Big Muff as well as a Catalinbread Merkin Fuzz (sounds like a classic fuzz)
Merkin layout = http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=355

Other fx I have built over the last few months:
– MidFi Electronics “Clari(not)” – http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/2012/02/mid-fi-electronics-clarinot.html
– Crap-Fi Delay – http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-thought-delay-freaks-may-like-this.html
– Ersatz Verben (pseudo reverb) – http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/2012/03/ersatz-verben-psuedo-reverb-by.html
– Devi Ever “Ruby” fuzz – http://tagboardeffects.blogspot.com/2012/06/devi-ever-ruby.html
– Systech Harmonic Energizer – http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=310
– Catalinbread Pareidolia – http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=2528
– BBE Sonic Stomp – http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=534
– MXR Noise Gate w/mods - http://www.sabrotone.com/?p=1238

Lastly, here is a shot of my guitar pedal board, from mid May… lots of DIY on there…

I plan to paint about 6-8 pedals over the weekend, once they are ready I will take another round of pictures and post them here!

New finished pedals – Phase 90, Filtrat, BSIAB, Dr Boogie and more…

March 2nd, 2012

Did a big batch of painting last two weeks, finally finished these ones up (for myself mostly). Some of these had been built last October but I didn’t want them to be out of commission while they got painted. I am very happy with this batch, the “Yoda” Phase 90, Pharaoh, BSIAB, the Cranked AC and the Dr Boogie are my favorites.

DIY Effect switchers (bypass, A or B, FX order)

February 9th, 2012

My DIY switching pedals, these were some of my first builds and are an easy way to get into pedal building (they are pretty easy).

reverse order switcher:


This box does one thing, it reverses the order of two loops. Here is an example: Phaser in loop A (output of phaser into “loop A – in”, input of phaser from “loop A – out”), then hook up a fuzz pedal to loop B (same as phaser), the guitar signal goes into the switchers main input, and the main output goes to your amp. In one switch position the effect order will be guitar->phaser->fuzz->amp, and in the other switch position it goes “guitar->fuzz->phaser->amp. This creates a totally different sound with the same effects. I have even used it on groups of pedals (all my dirt pedals on loop A, and all my modulation (phase, flange, etc) on loop B.

A or B box (I added a second switch for A/B or C):

I use this as an easy way to switch between three different guitar preamps/sounds (clean/fuzz, blues, crunchy metal). It works quite well for this. Remember this is not a bypass box at all, it’s an “either/or” box.

I actually don’t have a layout for this, I will create my own if I cannot find one.

Bypass Looper with Volume control:

Mine has a feedback switch and feedback knob, but it’s not that great, If I built it again I would just do the single switch and single volume. Works really well with my Morely Power Wah as I can control the volume of the wah, and the true bypass is amazing compared to the bypass in the Morley.