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Custom Fuzz & Distortion Builds Available - keto mfg. est. 2010

Discussion in 'Dealer Emporium' started by keto, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    youtube of the Fuzzrite. Man, I love this fuzz, click to see why! It's not as 'top end hairy'/fizzy as it sounds in the vid, camera mic etc etc.

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  2. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    This one will be a Fuzzrite clone, see post above, youtube has details. see below for finished product!

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  3. Budda

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    Your housing designs are awesome
     
  4. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Thanks, man =) That's the impression I'm hoping to make. I'm not doing anything new and groundbreaking on the circuit side, though I am certainly doing some mods that *I* like....so I hope that by offering a 'custom shop' type, made-to-order, and strictly one-off enclosures, that may be of interest to some of you.

    All that said, here's a plain jane vanilla offering. Based on a Coloursound 1-knob fuzz, added a gain control and a bias control. Transistors are GERMANIUM NTE128's, quite low gain. Very FuzzFace-ish old style fuzz, with a bit of tweakability. The gain (middle) knob is mostly going to be run full up, and the volume (left) close to it - again, almost just like a FF. The interesting part is playing with the bias knob (right), go from sputtery to fat to hot.

    The transistors are socketed, so you can play with any NPN trannies...I tried some medium and high gainers but seems this circuit likes 'lower the better'. Filter cap is also socketed, will affect presence as you change values.

    Case is unfinished, you can polish it up any time you like, or buff it and clear coat it to protect it.

    9vDC only, no battery snap. Smaller 'MXR size' enclosure.

    $70 + Shipping EMT or PayPal preferred
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  5. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    General Mayhem #1. Bosstone with fat switch, slightly more bottom end when engaged. Box is PPP Red Baron Red. Your choice of knobs. 9v DC only, no battery snap.

    SLIGHT FINISH IMPERFECTIONS around LED bezel and a very small mark on the side under the G. No warranty on finish, lifetime on guts.

    SOLD thank you Ryan

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  6. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Here's (another) one I built for myself. It was lots of fun, and I learned a lot along the way. Youtube is a must see!
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    Need to do a little wire management, but not bad for 5 knobs/3 LED's etc etc.
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  7. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Hairy Eyeball #1! Fuzzrite clone, modded, see youtube in post #31 for details. Has battery snap. Colour is PPP Hammered Black.

    I guarantee, you'll have the only one like it :) $85 + Shipping EMT or PayPal preferred.

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  8. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    REVISED Square Wave Generator #1. Added LED. Changed pot values for more usable range. First youtube earlier in thread is pre-changes, also uses LM741 op amp.

    New youtube with changes noted, also uses TL072 op amp, which has more gain, more compression, is quieter.

    BOTH OP-AMPS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE so you can pick and choose what sounds best with YOUR rig.

    I had the volume *a hair* too high, slightly overloads camera input - it's a bit smoother in the room and not as top-endy, and the base Vibrochamp clean is *clean*. I really like how this one sounds.
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    $85 + shipping EMT or PayPal preferred.
     
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  9. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Bender #2. This one is just a SCREAMER, very tempted to keep it. Youtube (same circuit, not this specific pedal) in post #24. As with most of my builds, the transistors (2N3904x2 + 2N5088x1) are socketed. You can easily put in lower gain transistors for a more vintage sound - no biasing required, there's a bias knob! Enclosure is PPP Purple Starlight.

    NO BATTERY SNAP. Knobs can be changed out for same style in black on request.

    $100 + Shipping EMT or PayPal preferred

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    All current inventory is shown below, details are above on this page.

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  10. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Another Bender, same specs as above except 1% resistors (this one's a little smoother, probably due to that as everything else is the same) and I moved the dc jack up top. Enclosure is PPP Black Starlight. $100 + shipping EMT or PayPal preferred.

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  11. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Canada Post Expedited typically is in the $10-12 range and includes tracking and insurance, with pretty quick delivery.

    Don't forget -
    • no deposit required - payment on inspection of pics of finished build
    • many many customization options included in basic pricing
    • many many circuits available - my 'library' and experience extends well beyond those that are listed in inventory or anywhere in this thread. If you don't see what you are looking for, PLEASE ASK!

    For example, I was recently contacted and asked about a boost ala SHO. Sure enough, I can do that - it's almost done, see Pirate Boost below.

    Almost ready to go is General Mayhem #2. It will be a Bosstone clone WITHOUT clipping diodes, which makes it louder and fuzzier. I haven't finalized which additional mod I am going to put in it, but am thinking diodes on a 3 way switch for none/symetrical/asymetrical....but you could specify something else if you act now :)

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  12. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Badger #1 - Rat with LM308 and 3 way clipping - middle = none, top = 2 @ LED (symetrical), bottom = 3 @ silicon diode (asymetrical). Orange LED. No battery snap.

    Went a little different with the sideways configuration, perfect for that 'in between' row on your board.

    Ears = Volume
    Fur = Distortion
    Teeth = Tone
    Tail = Reutz mod, affects both tone and gain.

    Put a bigger cap in the chain, no lack of bottom on this [email protected]!

    $125 + shipping EMT or PayPal

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  13. mario

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    I am the lucky guy who got the Pirate Boost. This is the best boost I have ever used and keto is a pleasure to deal with!
     
  14. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    General Mayhem #2
    -Bosstone clone. Much higher output cap. Could be a bit boomy with a rig that has a lot of bottom end output. Sounds great with my Tele thru a couple of amps but a little overmuch (a little, but still) with a Les Paul thru a 4x12.
    -3 way clipping switch. Top is 4 Germanium diodes - fuzzier, looser, less output. Gets a bit of an octave effect with fuzz maxed. Middle is no clipping - much louder, more fuzz-ish. Bottom is 3 silicon diodes - tighter, smoother,more like an overdrive, in-between volume wise.
    -the 'V' and 'F' are floating in a bubble, so don't be alarmed that they're not oriented straight....they'll always move around.
    -has battery snap and clip. LED is orange.

    $90 + shipping. EMTpreferred or PayPal.
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  15. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Inventory current.

    I've come upon a pretty big stash of NOS germanium (and some silicon) low gain transistors that are IDEAL for: Rangemasters, Fuzz Faces, Tonebenders. Going to work up a few but will take requests. Probably make a couple of Rangemasters first, may put caps on switch to make multi-range boost, may also put a 2nd boost (SHO? LPB? MOSFET? any are easily doable) in the same box (separate stomp switches). Let me know if you're looking for something specific.

    On the subject of Fuzz Faces, I've built a few (lord knows, there must be 1000 ways to tweak them) and not been satisfied UNTIL...I just built a silicon version that ends up being a 4 knobber - vol, gain, and bias for BOTH transistors. It's very similar to a Fulltone '69. The bias on the first transistor lets you dial out some edge, really smooths it out...and the bias on the 2nd lets you simulate dying battery type sounds, and generally fine tune the fuzz. And, bonus, found a trick to give it PLENTY of output, no more running the volume at 90-100% all the time just to reach unity. Sounds HUUUUUGE and, while it can be sizzley and a little ragged (which I prefer), it can also be set very smmmoooooooth. Can be built with either silicon or germaniums, have both in the proper gain ranges. AND yet another bonus, most of the transistors are NPN so can be run negative ground with the rest of your pedal board's power supply.
     

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