Monday, August 24, 2009

Stargazer Fx Waves of Aurora

One of my favorite designs has just been decided to be a full release! My best design, IMO, for a fuzz/overdrive hybrid. Cleaning up the fuzziness leads to a softer distortion/smooth overdrive tonality. This is one pedal that you can always count on to respond to whatever you play into it. The dynamics of your playing will greatly affect the texture and feel of the W.o.A. Silicon-based and can be custom-designed per order. [Colors, Extra tone controls, etc.] True Bypass, super-bright LED, and handcrafted by me in the USA. All orders made on a requested basis, and personal contact and conversations will be made concerning your order.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Updated Rig [Hopefully the Real Thing!]


I modded the amp last night and put it together this morning. sounds good, but I just have to sort out the Hum issues. I removed the reverb and master volume controls and replaced the master with a new volume control, and added an FX Loop toggle for straight amp/Amp with FX Loop. It's got a very nice twin-ish/blackface-y sound to it, I threw in some more midrange though. Touch of warmth too!

I think to fix the hum, Ill just have to send all of the reverb signal to ground. The only other thing is how the speaker buzzes when I play a resonant note or if I play loud at all...


Okay, here's the newest incarnation!

-MIM Fender Fat Strat HH Deluxe [Black]
-MIM Fender Standard Tele [White]

Gtr>SD-1>Blues Jr.

Gtr>A/B/Y>[A]>SD-1>Blues Jr[send>MX200, left channel in and out>return]
>[b]>GV-2>Hot Rod Dlx[send>SSVB>MX200, right ch, in& out>return]

A/B/Y is homemade, Spidey Stomp Volume Box is homemade, SD-1 is modded ["Passion Drive"], Gv-2 is modded [less mud, LED and GE/LED clip switch], Blues Jr is modded [Blackface, True bypassable FX Loop, Celestion G12-HT 100 speaker, Reverb circuit is hard-wired to "off" mode and all connections to the reverb circuit from the rest of the amp are disconnected].

[Blues Jr.]
Sovtek 12AX7 as V1, Groove Tube 12AX7-R as V2, and EHX 12AX7EH as V3, Matched pair of JJ EL84 output tubes.

EHX 12AX7EH as V1 & V2, all else is stock.

(pics and vids are soon to come. Need to get rid of the speaker resonance!)


Soundclips here:


Okay, so im changing a few things around!

My Tele and Strat each have their own rigs:

Tele>SD-1*>Red '69 Fuzz [made by plmr5181]>Blues Jr.*
[in FX Loop] Digitech RP80>DD-20>Phase 90*>Digiverb>Choralflange>RC-2

Strat>GV-2*>MT-2*>BF-3>HRD[Spidey Stomp Volume box in loop]

Tele's Rig is more for general playing and spacey/everything just about. Strat's Rig is more of a driving rock sound! and more of a "Standard" sort of rock/rawk tone for Bigger distortion tones.

Oh! Im also starting to love my little Yamaha keyboard. Tons of fun and great for recording backing tracks and such. I use it with the RC-2 alot to record the background loops when Im not running the Tele through a loop.

*=Stargazer FX Modified

Tons of pics and music to come! Ill actually find time to record.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stargazer FX "Humbug"

Do you have trouble with your pedals' power supply? All of the noise from your Boss DS-1 driving you craaazy? [I know mine is.]

Some hum in your effects chain is caused by a poorly regulated and filtered power supply. The choppy DC waves that are put out by a wall wart's constant stream of power causes these high frequency oscillations which are heard from the pedals. And who has the time to go through the hassle of using only batteries for their pure-wave with no hum?

Well, I've found a solution! All you really need is some extra filtering and adjustment on your DC power supply and then, voila!, the hum is gone!

Using only the best components and very nit-pickingly hand-made right here in the USA, I present the "Humbug". This little bugger will eat all of those choppy DC waves and let out a wave that the pedal wants to see.

Friday, August 7, 2009

JMH's Time to Fly!

Well, today is August 7th.. John Mark leaves for college at UNCA tomorrow morning, and he came by to say his final goodbyes to me and pick up any extra gear he needed. I had to say two of the hardest goodbyes in my life too. First to him and then to his amp that I modded... Cant wait to get one of my own!!Here are some photos and vids of the man and his machine!

John Mark really plays it like a pro. :) I'm glad to do business with him and be somewhat of an exclusive collaborator to and with him. He makes me proud of what I do!I'll miss ya John Mark! Even though we're not next door, it aint good bye for sure. :D Ill keep up with you on Facebook. All of my thanks to you and anytime you need my services, just call me up!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Stargazer FX "Homme Des Cavernes Orthodoxe"

My newest product, but oldest design has arrived!

The Stargazer FX "Homme Des Cavernes Orthodoxe" has arrived as our smallest and craziest pedal yet, especially out of the ones on the site. [Some designs go unrecognized or unauthorized to enter the site.] But our most Massive Gain Monster has arrived; and its our little dark secret.

One knob control how much insane and warm "Output" the "H.D.C.O."pushes into your amp, and the other controls the "Juice" that the pedal recieves and varies it's overall response accordingly. This pedal also reacts very subconsciously to your playing and volume. if you roll it back and use lower "Juice" settings youll get the 8-bit sounds of your favorite old arcade games and the new-age sputter and velcro-grind that HDCO does so well. If you like, sludge, fuzz, or fudge;  This little beast has all of the things you love in one, with enough volume to make the windows shake with a good amp. The decay is also varied depending upon tone, playing styles and juice. In some settings, there will be some wavering and others have a very short decay. A self-silencer is included for minimal noise operation while retaining clarity, doominess, and sustain. Also features True Bypass with LED and a boss style, heavy duty metal DC jack. This pedal will not accept a 9Volt battery; it must be run from wall power. I am attempting a conscious effort to help our environment in doing so. and if neccesary, you can always get a Boss Style Dc jack to 9 Volt connector style adapter, or if you absolutely need one I can one make for you, just add $5 to your order.

With different playing caveats and with the guitar's tone knob in various positions you have endless options with the HDCO.

A rough idea of what it can sound like: (with reverb thrown in a few times to accentuate the natural hugeness of the HDCO)[link shows entire recording session I took while I was playing with it; so youll have plenty to listen to. :)] (Split into three parts.)

Using a Stargazer FX JMH modified Blues Jr. and my Strat in D-standard with Drop-C on the low E string.

It ain't easy being the smallest in the family. :)

The first H.D.C.O. has been created! for Eric of Austrailia:
Artwork may vary on select models, but this may be what I stick with. and notice how bright the Pink LED is! :)