Red Booster

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.

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    1. Hi Matthew,
      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 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.


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