This is a lot of stuff that might not be important to you, but I like to be thorough. If you don’t want to read through all the options, the stock build is as follows: Volume, Tone, and Gain controls; Germanium transistor; no buffer; and mechanical true bypass in a 1590A. Base price is $120 plus actual shipping. Demo here.
Payment is due upon completion of the pedal to your specifications. As soon as we have worked out any details, put an X here:
___ Ready to build
Please tell me what kind of guitar/pickups you use.
Just put a little X next to what you want and fill in the blacks if needed. Please read the returns policy before selecting any mods that will physically alter the enclosure.
___ 1590A (stock — this is a mini case)
___ 1590B (this is a “regular” sized case, like MXR pedals)
I only keep the 1590A in white in stock for this effect.
Base color: Basic enclosure colors come from Smallbear and are included in the pedal’s cost. The stock art uses a white background. If you want a different base color, Pedal Parts Plus has lots of options, but there will be an upcharge in the actual cost difference.
You can have custom art if you choose (it’s free), or I can paint the ship on yours as well.
__ Standard art
___ Custom art depicting _____________.
Version 2.5 of this effect (September 2015) is now available with a transistor input buffer. I highly recommend this if you plan to place the Clipper Ship after another effect that isn’t on all the time or if your pedal chain isn’t already buffered at the input (for instance, if you always use a Boss buffer first in your chain, the additional buffer won’t matter), but you don’t want to place the clipper ship first in your chain. Although the sound change isn’t huge, the stock (unbuffered) Clipper Ship becomes brighter following a buffer or some other active effects. The new input buffer corrects this and makes a few incidental changes to the circuit to normalize the sound of the effect. This is available at no extra charge.
Standard is a low–medium-gain Russian transistor. However, a silicon or MOSFET may be used for a slightly sharper and more biting tone (less “creamy”) and less transistor breakup. Silicon will also never experience temperature drift, though that isn’t a big problem in this design. The MOSFET has a slightly different distortion character, a little softer than silicon but not as soft as germanium.
___ Germanium (standard)
__ Silicon (subtract $5)
__ MOSFET(subtract $5)
___ Add diode switch (add $5 for a switch, and your must choose 1590B enclosure)
The stock Clipper Ship uses germanium diodes for clipping. I can add a switch that switches to silicon diodes or even lifts the diodes entirely to squeeze every bit of boost possible out of the effect. Warning: anything other than germanium clipping will be VERY LOUD and there may not be a unity volume setting at all when the gain is set at max!
__ True mechanical bypass. I’m using alpha switches for these now, which seem to be a little nicer than the blue switches, but this is the same type of mechanical bypass most people are familiar with.
__ Optical bypass. This is a good bypass option if you often have trouble with switch pops in true bypass pedals. Although I take every precaution with the true bypass, the simple truth is that with some gear, a pop might still be audible, because true bypass can never be perfect. Optical bypass also uses a really nice quieter alpha switch and an opto-FET chip. The result is a “nearly true bypass” with no effect bleedthrough or guitar loading in bypass, and no switch pops.
__ Millennium II bypass. This is a true bypass scheme that uses the softer Alpha switch that’s in the optical bypass. It’s an active bypass for lighting the LED, but the signal is still fully bypassed.
If you’ve thought of something that you can’t imagine your Clipper Ship being complete without, ask — it might be possible. But I’m kinda partial to the stock build!