This is the front end to my board, housed in a 1590XX/1790NS. I’ve found the Decimator works best as the first thing in the chain, despite what the manual says. It also does a great job of keeping the compressor from boosting any noise, and it’s completely transparent to boot. I haven’t tried the G-String yet, but I’ve never felt I needed anything more than the regular version. The Engineer’s Thumb is a great compressor by Merlin. He took the basic idea behind the Ross-style comps and improved on it in almost every aspect.
This board has a Phase 90, CE-2, and Rebote 2.5. All Tonepad layouts. They’re all going to go in one big box once I get some JFETs matched for the Phase 90. I got the BBD chips off eBay for a pretty good price, but they don’t look like fakes. I’m curious if they’ll work or not once the pedal’s all wired up.
This fellow is a clone of H&K’s RedBox. It’s a decent DI that goes between your head and cab so you can send your cranked signal to the board. With the line in, you can just run your pedalboard into it for the cabsim and skip the amp. It doesn’t have as much headroom as I’d like though. The Radial JDX is a lot better, but doesn’t have a line in.
Love the Compulator on bass, but I’d rather use a Ross-variant on guitar. Layout and schematic from: http://revolutiondeux.blogspot.com/2012/01/demeter-compulator.html.
This was my first attempt at etching the enclosure. It’s ugly, but it’s still one of the best sounding distortions I’ve ever built. The circuit inside is a Crunch Box v2. Very close to my 2210.