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Help me spec a custom stomp box

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Toasted, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I know we talk about OD alot here, but ive done a search and havent found any threads like this!

    Im having a custom overdrive built. so far i know that its going to be

    Valve based

    hard wire true bypass

    have a wet / clean mix dial

    What else do you think is appropriate? Were still in very early planning atm, so give me anything wet wild and wonderful!

    (ps: anyone think of a name for a really smooth, but really crunching OD?)
  2. I would suggest a bass eq knob, unless you don't want any bass in your distortion, which is cool too. but definatly a bass eq, maybe a high eq and quite possibly a mid eq.
    if you want something wet wild and wonderful, i would throw in a built in autowah or pitch shifter. of course, you would probably be going in the direction of a wah pedal or unibass respectively.
    maybe a two stage distortion would be cool, I don't know if that is the proper term for it though. you know, like first kick in a distortion, and than kick in another distortion to really rock out! now that would be cool.
  3. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    I know I'd like more of my effects to have a mix (wet/dry) knob.
  4. the only thing i can add is a mid eq and frequency adjuster. The mids are IMHO the most important part to the sound.
  5. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    wet/dry = good

    low, sweepable mid and high eq customized for your bass and style.

    separate output volume so that you can get blistering distortion and not overdrive the input on your amp . . . unless you want to.

    a second gain stage (a la Fulltone) so that you can go from a bit of overdrive to blistering overdrive.

    a really cool paintjob.

  6. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Well, the "Toasted Weed" actually sounds catchy - plus if you add a second switchable gain stage it can go to "Shredded Weed"!
  7. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    "Captain Crunch"