Here’s a distortion/overdrive pedal that I made with the intention of using as a booster that doesn’t muddy heavily distorted rhythm tones. I think I succeeded, especially with the lowest Hard/Smooth pot, which controls the pedal’s treble content and detail. Hard retains treble frequencies for rhythm and Smooth warms things up for lead.
I need to do a comparison post between this, my blue pedal, my cream pedal, my gold Klon klone, and my BB Preamp.
Hey Jonathan, you got some pretty cool projects! You mentioned you have a gold Klon klone! Did you also make that yourself? And what are your thoughts on this klone called Keeley Oxblood? I’ve come across this https://guitarunited.com/keeley-oxblood-review-kron-killer-the-best-klone/ and it seems good but I also want your feedback. Were you able to test that out?
I’ve been looking for the site that I stole the Klon circuit design from, but I can’t find it. It was bookmarked on another computer, and I suspect that it was from some forum. I know that I was browsing http://ampgarage.com/forum/ around that time, but it may have been a now-defunct site. I think some guy just made up the schematic, and I had to do the stripboard layout myself from that.
To tell you the truth, I really haven’t had much experience with klones. I just built the pedal as a personal challenge, and I’m not a huge fan of the results. I wouldn’t take my opinion on this seriously, though, since I use low- to mid-gain sparingly. Most of my tones come from an amp: crystal clean, ridiculously high-gain, or gain with the guitar’s volume knob rolled back. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard pretty good things about the Oxblood, Soul Food, and Mjolnir Overdrive.
Thanks for your insights and the forum link, Jonathan! I really appreciate it 😀