So – it’s been about 13 months since my last update! What the hell happened?
Well – a whole lot happened! I started graduate school, changed jobs, etc., and in the end, the pedal building suffered and I’ve been away for a while save for a few custom orders that trickled in now and again.
So – what now? What now? I’ll tell you what now. GodaSound is going to get back on track. I will be having a good hard look at the various pedal designs from the past and I am currently working up some new ones. I will be doing business in a different way, and by that I mean I will have set pedal design that I make and sell. I will only sell pedals that I have already built, and I will not take custom orders. I don’t want to come across as rude, but it’s important to make this kind of decision in order to protect the business. Mods and custom orders are money losing endeavors for me, so I am dropping them from the “services offered” list.
I am also raising my prices.
Yeah, sorry. I sold a lot of pedals around $50-75 and basically that’s charity work. Every pedal has between $25-50 in parts inside, nevermind finishing costs, packaging, taxes and fees (eBay and PayPal take a big bite), and nevermind the hours of work hand-building the damn things. In the end I was losing money or just barely breaking even on most every pedal sale I made. Bad move, and not something I’ll be doing in the future.
So – in the very near future I will be introducing a clean-ish germanium boost pedal as the first pedal in the new GodaSound lineup. The prototype builds are sounding great and I’m just dialing in the finishing touches to make sure they are as good as they can be. At a price of around $100 it promises to be an excellent deal on a hand-made, quality guitar (and bass) effect that you are sure to love.
Keep checking in, and in the meantime here’s a shot of the current prototype build of the clean germ boost:
Here’s some sound of me doodling around with my newest fuzz pedal, the Oso Negro Fuzz! It has some cool features, including a ‘choke’ control which will give you some nice glitchy sounds should you need them!
The GodaBender has been redesigned, keeping the elements which make it a great and unique fuzz pedal, but upping the ante with an even better component spec and some minor changes to increase the gain, volume and clarity of the effect!
So I was in the process of building the second NegaFace since the first one sold fairly quickly and I came across a perfectly matched set of CV7355′s. I love these transistors, but it’s not as common as I’d like to find a low-gain matched set, and these boys tested identically for gain (103hfe) and leakage (0.03mA), so . . . I couldn’t resist! I put them into this build and – voila! Another great sounding NegaFace hits the streets!
I played around with a few other things on this build too, just for kicks, like using a tant cap on the Q2 emitter gain (‘fuzz’) control – which, as you might guess, just achieves the same result as using an electrolytic. But it sure looks cool!
Anyway – yeah – I know why you’re here . . . porn:
The NegaFace is nothing special – just a great sounding fuzz using 2N404 transistors, which are PNP, but this pedal is wired up with negative grounding so you can use your standard power adapter and daisy chain or whatever you want to do. Great sounding pedal, using NOS Mullard Tropical Fish caps, Dale mil-spec resistors, etc.!!