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GuitarPCB.com SuperDrive 70’s 3-in-1 Demo

Check this out! The newly revamped Super 70’s kit from Guitar PCB! An all in one tone machine featuring fuzz, overdrive, and a clean boost to push it all over the top. Here is how Barry from Guitar PCB describes it-

“In the early 70’s, fuzz was king. The fuzz portion of this board is highly “playable,” meaning that the response and dynamics can be controlled by pick attack and the guitar’s volume control.  Later in the 70’s the warm tubey crunch of a mildly pushed amp became highly desirable. The overdrive section of this pedal provides these tones. And best yet, you can mix the sounds of the overdrive, fuzz and booster in any number of combinations. Recreate tones produced by Jimmy Page, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Johnson, all from one box. This board provides the best variety of playable sounds from the 70’s.”

Here is the demo video we shot for it with our own guys throwing down some tasty licks. Get a fully customizable Guitar PCB Super 70’s kit right here at Mammoth Electronics.

Tectonic Compressor Demo Video

The Tectonic Compressor gives you easy to use, transparent compression that works well with single coil and lower output humbucker guitars. Based on a compression unit from the 70’s, it is an “opto-compressor” because of its use of an optocoupler in the circuit.

If you are new to guitar effects, you may be asking yourself, “What does a compressor do?”  The simple way to think of it is that it basically tries to make all of the frequencies in your signal the same volume level, or in other words it “compresses” the frequencies into a certain range. So, if the low frequencies are not very loud, it raises the volume of those to where you want and if the high frequencies are too loud, it squishes them down to be even with the lows. The other effect of the compressor is that when it makes all of the frequencies the same level, it tries to keep them at that level as long as it can, which gives the effect of your note lasting longer or “sustaining”. Hence you see many compressors with a “Sustain” control on them. This is basically the intensity of the compressor effect. Turn it down and you get a little compression and a little more sustain of your notes, turn it up and you get more volume, more sustain, and a really squashed sound. Some compressors have several controls that can control the attack, release, and ratio of the compression as well. A normal good starting point with a compressor is just volume and sustain knobs at noon.

So to smooth out your sound and get better sustain for lead work without much effect on the tone of your guitar, a good compressor is the way to go.

Installing A Clickless True Bypass Mod Into A Boss PS-3 Pitch Shifter

At first, I was a little skeptical as to how to install the Clickless True Bypass System into a digital pedal. But decided to give it the ‘ol college try. This is a bit of a longer video than most of our install videos, and a little more complicated. But the process of installing the Clickless into a digital pedal like this really takes the capabilities of this mod into a whole new direction.

From start to finish, this install took me somewhere between 15 to 20 minutes, but don’t get discouraged if it ends up taking you a bit longer, I’ve been doing this stuff for years.

For this install, I employed a slightly different technique to defeat the BOSS switching system. In short, I didn’t! I made it work for me. The PS-3’s switching system is controlled by a microcontroller; there really isn’t a good, simple way to disable this type of switching system. So what do I do? The trick actually comes from something inherent in the almost all of the BOSS 3 series pedals and some of the other digital pedals they make. Once the 9V power is applied, the pedal is already in the “On” position. Effectively all I had to do is make it not turn off. So I attached the BOSS switch to our Click-Less unit and removed the purple wire to the BOSS board. Without that wire connection from the switch to the board, the pedal never gets told to turn off! Then I wired the ins and outs as usual, as well as the LED so even though the effect is always engaged, the LED still indicates if the pedal is in Bypass or Effect Mode. A big thanks to our friend Goran Gubic for helping us out with this one, and also thanks to Gabe Searles for sending in his PS-3 to be our test subject!

Really hope this inspires you guys to go install a Clickless into your own pedal. Of course, if you don’t have the time it takes to do an install like this, you can always send your pedal to us here at Mammoth, and I’ll install it for you!

Check out the Youtube video of the install below!