26 May 2012

MXR Blue Box C11 & Volume mod

Hey Hey! Been a while since I posted anything but here is something I've been playing with... an MXR Blue Box! This pedal is crazy. It sounds like something between Super Mario's boops and some other fuzzy thing... go try one out! I like it but it suffers from a couple of issues. Mainly a large volume drop when you kick it in, even with the output maxed out. I came across this blog: http://ravtones.blogspot.de/ Check it out. I did the C11 mod and added a switch to go back to stock. I do like the stock tone but as is mentioned in that blog the C11 mod alone doesn't increase the volume enough. Tony here is a fan of the SHO, so after chatting to him about it I decided to give this boost mod a go.
For me, unity now seems to be around 11 o'clock on the output dial, and this thing gets LOUD! Getting the little bit of vero is in a bit fiddly. I used to offcuts of resistor legs to mount it on the board, and it's also sat on a pair of transistors that needed to be bent over. I've noticed some bleed from this pedal but I think that was there originally anyway.