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EHX Deluxe Memory Man (MBP Dirtbag Deluxe)

Happy new year everyone! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog in the last year, and I can promise you I’ll have some interesting projects in the works for 2013.

First, a little bit of a confession. When I first starting building pedals, the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man was a pedal I knew I wanted to build, but didn’t think I’ve ever have the skill/patience/luck required to build one. However, as my builds started to get more and more complex I decided to bite the bullet and order the parts required for this legendary analog delay.

I found out that MadBeanPedals sells a PCB for the DMM that they call the Dirtbag Deluxe. A nice thing about this board is that you can use CoolAudio v3205 BBD chips and you don’t have to build a time machine or sell your house to get a pair of rare M3005 chips (which is the chip used in the original DMM). While the v3205 chips don’t quite sound the exact same as the M3005, I’m plenty happy with how my build turned out.

Using the power of the internets I found some original artwork for the DMM, and I modified it using GIMP to suit my build. While this pedal will fit (snugly) into a 1590BB enclosure, I decided to go a bit larger as to closer match the insanely large footprint of the original. Here’s how she turned out.

Dirtbag Deluxe

Look familiar?

The pedal sounds fantastic. The vibrato and chorus are lush and deep, and the delay is pure analog goodness. The delays do distort slightly if your input signal is too hot, but that’s just part of the charm. I’ve got to say this is my favourite build so far, and by far my favourite delay pedal.

Dirtbag Deluxe PCB gutshot

If you plan on building this pedal please do your research first. Read through the great PDF file located on the MBP site and understand that this pedal will take some time to complete. I believe it took me several hours just to populate the PCB. The pedal did fire up right away, but it did take a fair amount of time to properly calibrate the unit. Enjoy!

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Madbeanpedals Firebomb (ZVex Super Duper 2 in 1) & Gretsch Controfuzz

So I just started on an Ontario/Quebec tour with my band so this may be a quick post. First build today is a Madbeanpedals Firebomb. It’s a high quality PCB that won’t break the bank. I have a feeling I’ll be ordering from them again sometime in the near future. One thing I really like about PCBs is that you don’t have to cut traces like you have to with Vero board. Anyways, here’s the completed gutshot.

You’ll notice that I chose not to add a battery jack to this build.  I found that I rarely use them, and with the added time/cost of installing a jack, as well as the environmental factors involved with batteries I’m simply opting to not install them. The only exception to this rule would be some fuzz circuits as a fuzz face simply sounds better with a cheap dollar store battery. It’s science, can’t argue with that.

I also switched up the way I wired the footswitches on this build. I used what I like to call the “Skreddy” way of wiring. To be honest I don’t know which method I prefer more. Anyways, much like the Zvex pedal that the Firebomb is modelled after, I chose a yellow LED for channel 1, and a red for channel 2. Oh yeah, for those of you who are unfamiliar with this pedal or the pedal it’s based off of, it’s a two channel boost pedal. Each channel has an available 25 db of gain for a whopping 50 db total gain boost (I feel bad for my amp). The first channel has just one knob with controls gain while the second channel has controls not only for gain but has a master volume as well.

It’s a pretty powerful pedal, and since I love the overdriven sounds of my amp this pedal is the perfect booster for it. It’s just not a apartment friendly pedal as it works best when you run your amp wide open.

Next up is a Gretsch Controfuzz. It’s a weird circuit as it combines a very high gain fuzz with your clean signal. It’s a very simple build with low parts count.

It was a quick and easy build. I used vero (my board of choice) and I was done the pedal in about 2 hours time. Here’s a gutshot. Once again you can see that I omitted the 9V battery snap and I used brown wire for teh mojo.It’s an interesting sounding circuit. At first I didn’t really like it with my guitar, but I find running an OD into it completely changes the nature of it. Even better was running my synth through it on an organ patch. I was able to get a nice dirty sound while still retaining the original tone of the patch.

Finally here’s the artwork I did for the pedals. Originally I meant to talk about waterslide decals in this post, but that will have to wait until next time. Enjoy!

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