I've been catching up on some pedal building this week. I had two old Crackle Booster boards from GuitarPCB laying around, and figured I would put them both into the same pedal. Sort of like the Zvex Super Duper. Instead of two stomp switches, I used a single stomp to turn the whole pedal on and off. I used a Dpdt switch to simply turn the second board on and off. And of course, I didnt put in a master volume like the real Super Duper.
I never really got into Zvex's kindergarden artwork. But I had nothing better to do, so I got out my kid's craft paints and went to work. The enclosure was a messed up paintjob I did a while back, so I couldnt hurt the finish any more than it was. I think it actually embodies the spirit of Zvex's finishing very well!
I've had a few SHO clones around before, and never really bonded with them. I guess thats why I never used these boards. Maybe those other SHO clones sucked, or maybe I did something different on these that I shouldnt have. But they sound fantastic! Either one or two of them, I can get some really great tones. Dont know why I didnt like the SHO before. But this one is the shiz for sure. Now I know why the Zvex versions are so damned expensive. First you have the hand painted enclosure. And you have... what... like 10 components to be soldered.
But this pedal really does sound shockingly cool. I goes from a loud boost to a raging overdrive with the flick of a switch and a knob or two. Its going on the pedal board for sure!