The White Klon
Posted on February 28th, 2015
So I wanted to see what all the fuss for the Klon was about. This was the first pedal I have built for a while. I didn’t want to buy or etch a PCB and I kept finding links to tagboardeffects so I bought the components and set to work over the New Year.
The vero board layout mentioned that it might be a squeeze to get the layout inside a 1590B so I took that as a challenge. I ended up using a Hammond Eddystone enclosure which is slightly smaller than a 1590B so I was glad I managed it.
I kept a white colour scheme using white knobs and DC jack along with an ultra-bright white LED.
Since space was limited a 3PDT might not have fitted. I liked how I had mounted the LED to the footswitch when I built my prototype pedal. So I mounted the LED and a millennium bypass circuit to the DPDT footswitch.
I had forgotten how much of a challenge strip board could be. Initially I had a few components in the wrong place but this made me look closer at the circuit. I like how the dual-gang gain pot varies between a clean and a distorted op-amp, I’m tempted to try a similar design again. The pedal isn’t high gain but does vary between a nice clean boost and transparent overdrive. I got some really nice sounds turning up the gain on an Orange Tiny Terror.