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Soundtank, anyone?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassteban, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. I may regret sharing this *secret*, but those cheapass-lookin, plastic, looks-like-it-came-in-a-box-of-breakfast-cereal Ibanez Soundtank stompboxes are IME pretty cool. I snagged an EM-5 Echo Machine(delay)for next to nothing, later got an FL-5 flanger and just got a DL-5 Digital Delay.
    The EM-5 is rightly coveted by guitarists as it sounds VERY analog- dark, fairly-lo-fi, and is tweakable via internal trimpots into SICK self-oscillation & spaceship sounds.

    I have not opened the flanger or digi-delay, and was wondering if anyone here was aware of trimpots in either..?

    I'll pop them both open at some point, unless some expert tells me there's no reason... the EM-5 IIRC was a bit tricky to get apart(although I have trouble tying shoes sometimes :)).

    I also wonder about rehousing and replacing the sometimes-temperamental footswitch... maybe slapping all three into one box for a faux-UE type thingie. :ninja:
  2. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I don't think they make those anymore.
  3. Um, no- not since the mid-80's I think...
  4. Soundtank series is from 90´s.
  5. OK- that's cool, but what I'm asking is has anyone here modded, rehoused or found trim pots in a DL-5? :)
  6. The main problem with Soundtanks is the bypass. It sucks out a fair amount of highs. I have the Bass Chorus, which I bought used for spare change, and it sounds great when it's on, but I had to remove it from my pedal board because of it's very bad bypass. So, if you think of rehousing, do yourself a favor and turn yours into real bypass...

  7. Now THAT is useful! :)
  8. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA

    I have a TS-5, which is the the line's version of the Tubescreamer. I personally, didn't care for the bypass, but supposedly it's very similar to the TS-9, and easily converted to TS-808 specs.
  9. So does anyone know about trimpots(in a DL-5)or do I hafta get off my ace and look myself? :rolleyes:
    Cuz I will DO it. Seriously- like within 6 months, maybe less. :eek:
  10. Well I am THRILLED to tell y'all that there are 3 trimpots in my DL-5; one large(compared to the ones I've seen before)yellow plastic one that seemed to do nothing & two smaller, metal ones- these seem to adjust delay time & perhaps repeats... I'm getting tired so I plan on shelving for the night. The exciting part for me is that the two metal units are positioned so that cutting a small hole in the plastic case will allow access to them w/o disassembly. I will also have to pop open the flanger and see if it has nausea-inducing trimpots as well. :hyper:

    Edit: I will also take pics
  11. As promised(pardon the nearly-useless level of blurriness):
    This is the flanger- the(3- woohoo!)trimpots are yellow. Didn't keep track of what I did, but it is now easily tweaked into self-oscillation, but can also still be ramped down into *useful* territory.
    Here's the DL-5:
    I turned the yellow one ALL the way up- now it can be coaxed into runaways, but it's not as touchy as my EM-5. Easy to get it(DL-5)to *almost* runaway, but stay very consistent. May be useful for live dorking/experimentation.
  12. [​IMG]
    Side trimpots- I Dremelled an ugly access hole in the casing, although the inaccessible yellow one is the *magic* thingie... not much happens when I fiddle w/these two.

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