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Currently Available as of July 7, 2010

-Square Wave Generator - see post #38
-Bender, see post #39 and another one post 40
-Hairy Eyeball (Fuzzrite) see posts #30 & #31
-Modified 'One Knob Fuzz' see post #35
-Badger - Rat with LM308 & 3 way clipping switch see post 42


keto mfg. est. 2010 - Custom Fuzz & Distortion Pedals

As some of you will know, I've been building my own pedals for a few months now. I enjoy this hobby, and thought I might offer up a completely custom shop approach to a few circuits I like.

  • All circuits are hand built on perf board.
  • High quality components are used, like Switchcraft open or Neutrik enclosed jacks.
  • I use 24 guage wire, which is heavier than typical. Reduces breakage.
  • Finishes are fully customizable for colour. Typically 6-8 coats of paint. **UPDATE MAY 24 2010 - I have purchased a quantity of pre-painted/powder coated boxes from Pedal Parts Plus and will primarily be using those for the time being.
  • I finish them with a very thick clearcoat, several coats and then baked. Because of the thickness of the clearcoat, sometimes there will be some areas (the sides, NOT the top) with runs - it doesn't detract from the overall look in my opinion! It's just the clear, not the paint itself. See below for illustration.
  • All are true bypass
Every finished pedal will be essentially a 1-off. There may be thematic carry overs, but I don't expect any 2 pedals will be identical.

There are a couple of categories of stuff I will build, more simple circuits (1-2 knobs, 1-2 transistors) and more complex (tone knobs, multiple circuits, toggle switches for tonal changes, etc.) in 2 price points. All are clones of classic fuzzes and/or distortions. All transistors will be and many other components can be socketed - this allows you to play with gain and tonal changes.

BELOW IS A PARTIAL LIST. IF YOU DON'T SEE SOMETHING YOU WANT, PLEASE SEND ME A PM!

$85 + SHIPPING INTRODUCTORY OFFER UNTIL JUNE 30, 2010: $85 SHIPPED
  • Jordan Bosstone - Mostly considered a fuzz, though really more of an overdrive than a fuzz, kind of like a Rat is sometimes called a fuzz (it sounds nothing like a Rat). 2 knobs, volume and gain/fuzz. High gain (but not in a tight, modern/metal way), thick (very thick), no loss of bottom end. Does get more fuzzy with the gain up, though can be overly bright with some amps when cranked. Can be tuned for bass via socketed capacitors. This is absolutely my personal favourite pedal! Sound clip in post #6
  • Fuzzrite/Fuzzbrite - sharp, cutting, square wave. 2 knobs, volume and fuzz. Top end heavy, definite loss of bottom end when engaged - perfect for leads. Or, put larger capacitors in output and have a hairy more rounded fuzz!
  • Octave Fuzz
  • Working on a Fuzz Face variant, TBA.
$100 + SHIPPING INTRODUCTORY OFFER UNTIL JUNE 30, 2010 $100 SHIPPED
  • Silicon Tonebender variant - higher gain than your typical Tonebender. Has bias trimmer, no tone knob. Toggle switch for fat. youtube sample in post #24
  • Big Muff, op-amp variant. Can also do transistor variants (Ram's Head, Triangle, Foxey Lady, etc.) but so can a bazillion other builders. Not many offer the op-amp variety.
$125 + SHIPPING INTRODUCTORY OFFER UNTIL JUNE 30, 2010 $120 SHIPPED
  • Roland Bee-Baa - has both a fuzz and a high volume clean booster on board (via separate stomp switch), in an either/or (not both simultaneously) configuration. Bigger box. Fuzz is very high gain, very square wave. Has toggle for mid-scoop of the fuzz. Has vol, sustain (fuzz), tone, booster volume knobs plus the aforementioned scoop switch and dual stomp switches. youtube sample in post #26
  • Rat variant, with 3 way clipping (diodes sym/asym + LED's) and 4th knob for Reutz mod.
  • Guv'nor - Marshall in a box, 3 way clipping switch, volume + treble + middle + bass + gain knobs. Sound clip in post 7 (yes, I will redo it one of these days).

Here are some options that will be offered with every build.
  • input/output jacks placement and type (open or closed)
  • DC adapter jack yes or no
  • DC adapter jack placement
  • battery snap - yes or no (can have both, DC adapter + battery snap) IF NOT SPECIFIED, I WILL NOT PUT IN A BATTERY SNAP
  • LED yes or no - with some of these (Bosstone, Fuzzrite) there will never be a question *grin*.
  • LED colour. I usually have red, blue, yellow & orange on hand and prefer orange for most builds. Other colours available.
  • knob type - typically have at least 5-6 different types on hand
  • colour of pedal enclosure - or, you can leave that to me
  • naming - if you want to call it something else, by all means!
  • Scheme, theme, whatever. Want something custom on the box? That's the whole idea! Or, trust my artistic judgement ;)
Customer satisfaction will be important. I won't be asking for payment until completion, and your inspection of pictures of the finished build. When you order, you'll have my personal email and phone number. And I'll give warranty after the fact. This isn't about getting rich (look at the prices!), it's about carrying on a hobby I enjoy. I pledge not to take on more than I can handle, so I won't be doing more than 2-3 a month. I estimate 3-4 weeks typical from order to completion and shipping. That's NOT due to a waiting list, it's due to the custom paint & finishing of the enclosure.

youtube demos slowly being added, more coming shortly

Here are a few completed builds....




Here's a fuzzy cam (hey, nobody ever accused me of being a pro photog) shot of what I mean by some clearcoat possibly running. Again, to me it doesn't detract from the overall look....the thick clearcoat I use isn't perfectly dead flat in most spots anyways, having a slight waviness to it.
 

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hey Keto - check your PM's......I'm interested
 

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Silly = Silicon, as in, silicon transistors in the Tonebender :) OK, maybe not #1 on my list of all time brilliant ideas, just having some fun with design. :p

Of the cluster, I like the visuals the best on it :D


When are you going to get sound samples up of these?
 

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First clip. Bosstone. Bumped my head on the mic about halfway through, you'll hear it :p

AV62RI Tele --> 81 Hiwatt DR504 --> Vox 1x12 w. Celestion Blue --> SM57 --> PA used as a preamp, RCA stereo out into Boss BR864. Used the PA as a preamp as the Boss preamp is overly sensitive to volume. A touch of reverb but no compression or other pre, during, or post recording effects used, no EQing, nothing.

This is a test too of the file hosting system I'm using (FileDen). Let me know if you get ANY sort of popups or other nonsense, and how the speed is. Clip is 8MB and about 6:30 long.

Bosstone1.mp3
 

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And a clip for the Marshall Guvnor clone. Not real happy with it, will likely re-record....sounds more compressed than what it does in the room. Guvnor1.mp3
 

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Finished up the BeeBaa, though I noticed I have to replace the top right knob. The paint is a hammertone that orange peeled, I like the effect so just clearcoated and baked it as is. Shee by mrs keto :) The picture in the post above is a better representation of the actual colour.


Did a concept on a Guvnor clone....had issues with the paint that you can see if you look REALLY closely, and am moving to a different type of labelling for major graphics in future (same as on BeeBaa above, it looks OK for knob labelling but not for picture or major graphx.)
 

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Couple more completed builds.

This one is truly a bit of a mess, but I just did it for myself, curious about the Shin-Ei Companion Fuzz and with a theme I'd had in my head a while. It's....not one of my favourite fuzzes hehe. That said, I could certainly build you one!


From certain angles the letters pretty much disappear into the reflective tape.


And a Fuzzrite. I socketed the output capacitors and, for my own purposes, used higher-than-called-for values. With .002's, it's a wickedly bright cutting no-bottom fuzz. I ended up at .0068 and have a much fuller sound out of it. Very fuzzy, cleans up with volume nicely, TONS of output. Gets slightly gated on attack if you hit the guitar real hard.
 

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This Bosstone clone (name is courtesy of our own lbrown) is SOLD. This is a particularly juicy sounding one, a touch fuzzier and very sweet (they all sound a wee bit different). Transistors (2N2222 + 2N3906) are socketed, as is the output capacitor. Set up with output cap at .047 for a fuller rounder tone than stock .022, but I'll include an .022 in case you want to experiment - you get a bit more upper mid and top end with .022, but lose a bit of bottom. LED is blue, also has a battery snap.

The lettering scheme is a bit of an experiment - I believe they are stable but on the off chance they don't stand up to repeated stomping (well, you shouldn't hit them with a STOMP but hey, I'll take the risk) or whatever, I'll warranty complete case replacement for 1 year, you pay shipping back to me and I'll do the rest.




 

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This Bosstone clone (name is courtesy of our own lbrown) is for sale. Introductory offer of $85 SHIPPED in Canada. This is a particularly juicy sounding one, a touch fuzzier and very sweet (they all sound a wee bit different). Transistors (2N2222 + 2N3906) are socketed, as is the output capacitor. Set up with output cap at .047 for a fuller rounder tone than stock .022, but I'll include an .022 in case you want to experiment - you get a bit more upper mid and top end with .022, but lose a bit of bottom. LED is blue, also has a battery snap.

The lettering scheme is a bit of an experiment - I believe they are stable but on the off chance they don't stand up to repeated stomping (well, you shouldn't hit them with a STOMP but hey, I'll take the risk) or whatever, I'll warranty complete case replacement for 1 year, you pay shipping back to me and I'll do the rest.




Very Kool. If that one is not spoken for I will take it along with the Bee baa I ordered previously.
 

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OK thanks, Scott....consider it yours. Bee Baa I'm working on as we speak...unfortunately had to scrub the box twice now, definitely taking too long to get it done LOL. On the plus side, April was tough with lots of work travel and relatives visiting when I was home....May has much less of the first and zero of the second.


In other news, here's a Fuzzrite clone. Box is powdercoated 'copper penny' from Pedal Parts Plus. LED is orange. The transistors (2N3904's) are socketed - I've tried others but these sound the best. The real magic is in the output caps....stock is .002, which yields a VERY VERY bright cutting fuzz.....I've put in .0068's and get a much rounder fuller fuzz, tho it still has plenty of cut. Any bigger cap and it started to get boomy, for my ear this is perfect. But you can experiment with it yourself very easily due to the socketing.

No battery snap on this one, external 9v only as it's in a slightly smaller box.

SOLD. 1 year warranty for full box replacement if the letters become dislodged - you pay shipping back to me, and I'll redo the entire box with a different scheme and ship at my expense.

Very slight mark under 'FUZZ' where I didn't quite get some glue cleaned up...other than that, it's just reflection in the 2nd pic under the letters.



 

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Heck, I am a sucker for all fuzzes. I will take the Copper penny one as well if no one has previous dibs.
Very nice, thank you sir.

Progress is significant now on BeeBaa, hope it meets with your approval. This is pre-clearcoating.

 

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Another one to sell. Square Wave Generator....op amp based, more a distortion than a fuzz....*somewhat* like a Distortion+/250. Fairly low gain and low output, unity is a ways past noon on the volume. Will supply 2 op amps, which are very easy to change out:
-LM741 is noisier, lower gain, but more defined all the way thru and particularly better bass response
-TL071 is quieter, gainier, a little less defined and a little less bottom end.

Output capacitor is also socketed - I haven't played around with it, the value as supplied should be fine but if you want brighter go smaller and vice versa.

Here's a youtube of the pedal this is based on....tho I will tell you that it's not that close to what I hear in the vid...probably just a matter of the gear being used/camera mic compression/old components in his. Gets you in the ballpark anyways. YouTube - DeArmond Square Wave Distortion Generator

NO BATTERY SNAP.

REVISED SEE POST 38, with new youtube. ADDED LED, CHANGED POT VALUES TO MORE USABLE RANGE.




 
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