My activity is to design and handcraft stompboxes, preamps or small amps.
It feeds on my experience as a musician and technician trained in the 60s.
Some of my pedals perpetuate the tradition, with updated means.
Others have an original design.
They are built in the international 1590BB format, approximately 12 x 9 x 3cm.
This size is no longer fashionable but is justifiable : My pedals use traditional components manually welded and not micro-components assembled by robots. The wider printed tracks and pads are more sturdy, and desolderable, therefore repairable without risk of takeoff… Same for potentiometers…
On an other hand, my circuits are more provided than most of stingy circuits in ordinary productions : active filtering in the supply line, really playable presets, pull down components minimizing switching noises…
Improved traditional stompboxes
I reproduce the historical circuits in the love of their sound …
And I perfect with all respect what is worth it.
Improvements by Guitar Poppa :
• Technicity : verified and corrected schematics, sorted components, neat powering.
• Functionality : Well balanced impedance, progressive settings, raised output level.
• Musical potential : refined tone and grain, dynamic response to instrumental playing.
• Customization : custom features and settings, duets coupled in a single box…
3 models in BB size
The [S]cream : TS9® style overdrive, featutring more diversified voicings and textures.
LikeYourFace : 2 transistors Germanium fuzz, FuzzFace® style, which really works.
SoftBender1 : ToneBendser Mk1 style fuzz, with 3 different presets.
Original preamps and overdrives
The identity of a stompbox lies in the sonic grit provided by its technology, the tonalities it distils, and their blend in a sound that is not ordinary …
Above all: his behavior should please the instruments …
BB size models
LoVoltTube : affordable NOS tube preamp, working naturally in 9V with a real tube grit.
CurvyMama : germanium preamp with a warm and fleshy tone for harp or guitar.
SweetGerm : germanium preamp with compressed low mids and clear treble