This has two booster in series in side. First is a NPN Range Master followed by a Sparkle Boost. The idea was Joe Gore’s. The two booster work well together. They each have their own flavor, and together get a good over driven sound.
The Range Master side sports a variable input cap. So this effect is a variable range boost, that goes from full range boost to treble boost. The other knob is gain.
The Sparkle Boost is a JFET boost by Andrew Carrol. This is a circuit that would make a good building block for a lot of projects. The First knob is gain the other is volume.
I built this over a year ago, and had originally omitted LED indicators. After playing this with the “band” LEDs were a necessity. The Range Master got a Blue on and the Sparkle Boost got an orange. The switches were 3PDT, and so already had the extra pole. The bigger problem here was drilling the box.
I decided to place the knobs on the side of the box. The reasoning being to avoid hitting them with your foot, and provide more real-estate for foot switches. After some use I find this makes the knows hard to read. Might be best to place them on top. Really the settings can all be done by ear. There seems to to also be some peace of mid to be able to look down and read the knobs without testing.
And of course the last mod would be the DC jack. Originally Joe had suggested this, and it wasn’t on my radar, so the build left a few things out. At this stage with everything assembled, the only place for the DC jack is between the knobs. Which is not a bad spot, but poses a potential awkwardness with DC plugs that have a 90 degree connector, like my One Spot. Should still work, and it will give me another excuse to update this blog.
This is design by John Hollis. It’s a booster that uses an inductor to generate a massive boost. It also has a switchable octave up. The boost sound is very warm and clear. The octave has a nice tone also.
There is a drop in volume between the octave and the boost, since the octave has to push the signal through a diode ring. This made it impractical to make the octave switchable with a foot switch. Hence the toggle.
I got the 3DPT toggle switches from FutureLec for a very reasonable price. I had to wait weeks for them. FutureLec is slow as mollasses, I would not recommend them if you are in a hurry.
This is treble booster from the Stompboxology. This was an interesting new letter published by Nicolas Boscorelli. Who has, it seems, disappeared. If anyone has any information about this guy please email me! I looking for issues of Stompboxology. I have a few I can trade. There are some posted at http://moosapotamus.net/.
He also published The Stombox Cookbook. Which is very cool. It contains a lot of original and interesting Stompbox designs.
It has an interesting and original design based around a pair of FET’s.
Here’s the schematic that I redrew from the Stomboxology article.
Here’s a layout that I drew.