Hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season! I’ve been busy, but I made time to build up an extra Illuminated OD, so I have one in stock ready to ship out today. Email the orders address and I’ll get it right out to you!
Fresh from the ovens, these two are looking for some good people to give them loving homes.
I now have a Four Banger mk2 in stock. And I will have an Illuminated OD finished and ready to ship in the next day or so. Anyone wanting either of these without having to wait an eternity, now is your chance!
The Four Banger I have here is one of the first to use the new SK880 JFET for the “J” boost section. After a good stock of 2SK117 had become almost completely unobtainium, I tried a few different JFETs in the circuit. I built a couple using MPF102s, and this gave a good sound, though a bit tamer than the ’117. But, now even the venerable MPF102 has been discontinued, so I had to find a new alternative. Fortunately, my wishes have been fulfilled with the Toshiba 2SK880. This is a top-quality modern JFET that gives performance as good (and maybe even a bit better) than the 2SK117. Only trouble is that it is only available as an SMD device. But this is only a minor inconvenience, being the resourceful individual I am, I was able to fashion some little adaptor boards that allow me to use them in the place of the original thru-hole components without any need to throw out all the old boards. Success!
The new boards for the Illuminated Overdrive have arrived! I am very pleased with the new design. I was able to shrink the size of the board and fit it into a much smaller space. This has allowed me to have all controls and clipping switch mounted directly to the board. And that’s a big deal, because it means that not only is there much less wiring needed, the board is also now held securely in place. It is also now much easier to remove the board after construction, in case it ever needs servicing. This is turning out to be a highly versatile board size, so I plan to make it the standard outline I use for all designs that use this box size.
You may notice that you only see two opamp chips instead of the usual 3. Don’t worry, the third chip is still there! It is now living on the underside of the board. To save on space, I opted to use an SMD version of the ’1044 charge pump chip that is used for the voltage inverter/doubler circuit. This is no problem, because the only difference between the SMD and full-size versions of the chip are the amount of power they are able to source without burning up. The Illuminated Overdrive only requires a tiny amount of current from it, so the smaller sized chip is well within its safe limits. In fact, you would be able to power several of them from one chip and not hurt it! No reason to eat up all that space with a big chip when you don’t need to.
So, yes, I now have the parts in stock again to build the Illuminated Overdrive. If you have enquired about one recently, I will have one built for you very soon, and if you’ve been thinking about ordering one, now would be an excellent time.
And have you noticed, they are black? It was totally worth the extra money; they look beautiful – as any Illuminated Overdrive should be.
Just finished this beautiful one-of-a-kind Folk Driver overdrive in a color I’m calling “Cobalt Blue Iridescent Pearl”. This is a very pleasing mild overdrive intended for people playing jazz or looking for a unique boost. The tone ranges from neutral, to fat, to mid-peaky, depending on the setting of the Timbre control. This also controls the amount of overdrive, with the least amount being at the 12 o’clock position, and more being added with a fatter tone or mid-peaked tone depending whether you turn clockwise or anticlockwise. More info can be seen here: Folk Driver Page
The price for the Folk Driver is
$130USD SOLD! (don’t worry, I’ll build another tomorrow!), shipped worldwide via the postal service. Drop me a line at email@example.com if you want it. I will be building some more in other colors soon. I try to give each Folk Driver a unique finish.
Just finished off a big batch of Illuminated Overdrives. So, I can now happily say these are in stock, ready to ship immediately. I am also proud that I was able to get them built quicker than any previous batch – I believe I’ve gotten a good build system down now. Order one now before they’re sold out again!
The next batch will be some Four Bangers. I will start those probably toward the end of next week.
Just a quick update for everyone. I’ve moved and am getting settled in to the new place. I am now working on a batch of Illuminated Overdrives to fulfill a handful of orders and replenish my stock. I hope to have them done by the end of this week. Still waiting on some components to arrive. I plan to always try and keep stock on-hand of my most popular models so people won’t have to wait. Next week, I plan to start a batch of Four Bangers and possibly some Shizzle Deluxes!
I’m getting ready to move to new digs at the end of the month and I’m sitting on some inventory that needs to go! I have some Four Bangers and Illuminated Overdrives in stock and ready to ship immediately. If you order between Tuesday June 26 and Saturday June 30, 2012, you can get either for only $180, shipped worldwide! This offer is only for sales between now and Saturday, and only applies to the extremely limited stock on-hand. First come, first serve, no rainchecks, etc. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and be one of the lucky few to get one of these bad boys for $40 off regular price!
I just put up a page for the Shizzle Deluxe fuzz. Check it out!
I’ve built a handful of these over the past few years, but for whatever reason I never really got around to pushing them. I built one recently for a regular customer and it reminded me how absolutely sweet it sounds, so I decided to finally get off my butt and make a proper page for it… and write and record my first SoulSonicFX demo song! Haha! Give it a listen and don’t judge my sloppy playing too harshly, I was impatient and just wanted to get the thing done so you could hear it. Shizzle Deluxe, with silly demo song!
Yes, if you ask me nicely, I will probably accept an order for this one too.
I am getting things back into gear and am now accepting limited orders for the Four Banger mk2 and the Illuminated Overdrive. I will resume production of the rest of the product line (including a bunch of cool new ones!) soon, but since the Four Banger and Illuminated are my most popular, I figured it would be best to start back up with those two. If you would like to purchase one, check out the PURCHASE page.
EDIT: the contact form I had up earlier today didn’t seem to be working, so now I’ve just put the email address for you to contact me via to place an order. If you tried to contact via the form, please try again via the email address.