This is the classic ratty sounding distortion form the '80 and '90s, with some Dazatronyx tweaks.
A distortion unit with two voicing modes. 'SI' silicon mode is the classic sound. This is achieved by a two-stage distortion of first overdriving the operational amplifier chip into a metallic fuzz, and then compressing the signal using hard-clipping silicon diodes.
In the 'GE' germanium mode, the op amp fuzz has been removed. Germanium transistors and four germanium diodes are used to achieve a more rounded and organic overdrive-distortion. This works well with humbuckers where the gain is driven a little more.
There is an internal trimpot to dial the mid/high saturation to suit your pickup and style - only if you feel the need to fiddle. Turning this completely right achieves the 'stock' metallic ratty distortion. Turning this left achieves a more flattened and bassier response, which can be well suited for the germanium mode.
All of the active signal processing is handled by parts wrapped in either metal or glass - all mojo. These components are in limited availability, and likely will be subject to change in the future as this project continues.
- Authentic NOS LM308 Metal can operational amplifier IC
- NOS germanium transistors
- NOS Telefunken black glass matched silicon clipping diodes
- NOS Germanium clipping diodes
- Nichicon film capacitors
- Panasonic electrolytic capacitors
- Dale Industrial grade precision metal film resistors (1%, 100 PPM / C)
- 600V Teflon wiring
- CIC Footswitch, Switchcraft audio sockets, Hammond enclosure