The original 'boutique' pedal? Maybe. Whatever, this crunch box is capable of some sweet drive.
Famously used by Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - it may not get you his tone but it'll point you in the right direction.
The DIP switches of the original have been replaced in the kit by external toggles so you have easy access to all the modes the pedal has to offer - Crunch, Overdrive, Distortion and the whacky Forbidden mode which can be a lot of fun. You could make the switches internal if you can source some 5mm pitch slide switches, but keeping it all outside the box is the order of the day here.
The optocoupler used in the original pedal (PC239) is now obsolete, so we've replaced it with a more easily obtained H11F3. If you can tell the difference you have better ears than ours.
We've included an optional toggle switch for more bass response, which kicks in an extra cap in parallel with the frequency-choking 22n between the first two ICs. Frequencies are still reigned in later in the circuit, so if you go for this option there'll be an alternative value included for the final frequency filtering cap. Note: the effect is very subtle, perhaps even unnoticeable in a lot of situations. There's a lot of circuitry going on after the bigger cap is introduced. If you're looking for major differences, don't bother with this option.
Designed for vertical mount pots (which have round shafts), or you can wire up normal pots if you prefer.
Not a cheap kit, but those LM308s and optocoupler ain't free!
Partial kit: PCB, all board-mounted components, pots.
Full kit: As above, plus footswitch and appropriate daughterboard/components for your selected bypass type (see Downloads section for details of those), jack sockets, DC socket, battery snap, hook-up wire, LED.
Enclosure (pre-drilled) is only available with full kits, and will not take a battery. Knobs are not included.
PCB size: 50 x 50mm
Knobs required: 3
Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)
Download the INSTRUCTION PDF