The OD-820 was Maxon's answer to the popularity of the Klon Centaur. While it's not a clone of the Centaur, it still employs the same dual-ganged drive knob concept that gives the Centaur its ability to go from a completely clean transparent boost to an overdrive and an internal charge pump that takes your standard 9 volt power supply and increases the voltage for extra headroom. Where the two circuits really differ though is in the actual distortion circuit. The OD-820 uses Maxon's (and Ibanez's) famous Tubescreamer circuit. This is a huge advantage for DIY-ers since there are many well documented modifications for the Tubescreamer, and most of them apply to the OD-820.
Another place where the OD-820 circuit differs is in the way its dual-ganged drive knob works. As you turn up the gain on the Centaur, it shunts clean signal to ground. And as you turn down the gain on the Centaur, it shunts the overdrive signal to ground. The Centaur sounds amazing with the gain knob mostly clockwise or mostly counter clockwise, but this method of gain control causes some tone loss when the drive knob is set more towards the middle, the same way adding a master volume control to a tube amp does. It's not much, but it is noticeable, especially when you A/B it with an OD-820. The OD-820's drive knob doesn't shunt any signal to ground, so it keeps your tone and pick sensitivity fully intact throughout the entire rotation of the drive knob.
The BYOC Green Pony is based on the Maxon OD-820, but we've added all the obligatory Tubescreamer mods as stock options. On the outside, you'll notice we've added a NORM/THIN/FAT switch which allows you to modify the bass response and gain and a LED/NONE/Si switch that allows you to modify the clipping. On the inside, we made the Si (silicon) clipping asymmetrical and changed the value of one of the capacitors in a low pass filter so that it doesn't cut as much treble, thus reducing the dreaded mid-range hump.
Another neat thing about the OD-820 is that it has a JFET input buffer that uses the 2SK246 transistor just like the BOSS FA-1 FET PreAmp. The kit comes with parts to do the FA-1 mod to give the the Green Pony's "clean boost" function that same jangly high impedance JFET sparkle. But if that doesn't sound good to you, then don't do it....it's optional.
If you're a fan of the Tubescreamer, you absolutely must build this kit, because it is going to be your new favorite overdrive. This isn't just another modified Tubescreamer. If you're a fan of the Klon Centaur, you should give this a try. It has less noise, a fuller frequency response, no dull spots in the middle of the drive pot's rotation, and it has true mechanical bypass.
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Before there was the P.O.G., there was the Mutron Octave Divider. It had an octave down, an octave up, and a dry mix. We took the Mutron Octave Divider and keep the circuit 100% original, but added some improvements. The BYOC Divided Octave is housed in a 1610 size enclosure, so it's much smaller than the original. We've replaced the wall plug and noisy AC power transformer with the MAX1044 charge pump so that the BYOC Divided Octave can be powered with a standard 9VDC power supply, but still provide the circuit with a bipolar power supply for all the headroom and range of the original. And last but not least, we made it true bypass. Even the auxiliary output has true bypass. Aside from those improvements, the BYOC Divided Octave is 100% true to the original. We didn't make any modifications or cut any corners. The BYOC Divided Octave comes with all the exact same chips and transistors that were used in the original. It has the mix and tone knob. It has the "ringer", "stabilize", and "bass only" switches and it has the auxiliary output. And it also has all the tone of the original, but without the $600+ price tag.View full product details
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Add some funk to your pedal board...and a fixed wah too! The BYOC Envelope Filter & Fixed Wah has 3 parameters when in envelope filter mode: Sensitivity, Range, and Attack. When in fixed wah mode, the manual knob lets you control where you park the frequency, and the range knob lets you control the Q. This circuit uses a 13600 Dual Transconductance Operation Amplifier and has a fairly low part count, making it a fantastic sounding envelope filter that's very versitile and easy to build.View full product details
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The Echo Royal is a dual PT2399-based delay, capable of 1.5 seconds (45 bpm) of delay time, with tap tempo, modulation, and many other features.
All these features are smartly laid out in a compact 1590BB/1610 size enclosure (4.7" x 3.7" x 1.5" /120mm x 94mm x 38mm) and we still managed to use all high quality through-hole components and panel mounted hardware. Nothing is PC mounted or SMD. Operates on standard 2.1mm negative tip power supply. 80mA current draw. A truly boutique quality delay pedal, with all the features players want for less than what most fuzz or overdrive pedals cost....you just have to build it yourself. The Echo Royal from BYOC is one of the best delays on the market, and the king of all DIY delays.View full product details
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The Crown Jewel from Build Your Own Clone is the ultimate drive and boost combo. It is not a clone of anything. It is an amalgamation of the best qualities from many different circuits to create something entirely new that is capable of producing a range of overdrive and distortion tones like no other analog pedal has before.
With a parametric midrange, and 3-way Mid Q switch, the 3-band equalizer allows you to voice the drive channel in almost any way imaginable.
The hard and soft clipping switches allow you to select 9 different textures of distortion. Hard Ge (Germanium) clipping is similar to the clipping in the Klon Centaur, Maxon OD-855, and MXR Dist +. Hard Si (Silicon) clipping is similar to DOD 250, ProCo RAT, Marshall Shredmaster, Fulltone OCD*, Boss MT-2, and Boss DS-1. Soft Si clipping is similar to the Ibanez Tubescreamer, Boss SD-1, Boss OD-1, Zendrive*, Marshall Blues Breaker, King of Tone, and Timmy. There’s also Soft LED clipping or no clipping at all. And you can also use soft and hard clipping simultaneously like the Boss HM-2, DOD FX53, and other more obscure dirt pedals.
The Crown Jewel has an internal charge pump that provides 18 volts to the drive channel circuit while still using your standard 9VDC negative tip power supply. The 18V/9V switch lets you decide how much voltage is supplied to the drive channel. Use 18V when you need more headroom or output. Use 9V for more traditional overdrive and distortion characteristics.
The boost channel is completely independent from the drive channel. You can turn it on and off even if the drive channel is off. The boost channel is modular. Changing the module is easy. Just remove the back of the enclosure, pull out the old module from its socket, and plug in the new module. The Crown Jewel comes standard with the LPB moduleView full product details
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The tremolo has become one of b.y.o.c.'s most popular kits through word of mouth. And with good reason....the difficulty of the build is low, it's simple to use, and it just sounds good. This kit is based on the EA(Electronics Austrailia) Tremolo. It's a great vintage sounding trem like you would find on an old Blackface Fender Amp. The amplitude modulation is done with transistors, so unlike most opto-coupler based trems, you don't get an "on/off" sound on slower speed settings and there is much less current draw. It's also a lot easier to build. And the LED status light blinks in time with the speedView full product details
Our 5 Knob Compressor is the pinnacle in the evolution of the Dynacomp/Ross circuit. Yet some people still prefer the lower-fi vintage sound and simplicity of a straight up Ross compressor clone. For those people, we offer the Classic Compressor. It has no modifications, just the standard Sustain and Level knobs. The circuit is true to the original Ross gray compressor and comes with the CA3080E chip and 2N5088 transistors (these are the semi-conductors currently used in the Keeley Compressor). 1% Metal film resistors, polyester metal film caps, a double sided PCB, and Neutrik jacks make this kit a bargain when compared to other Ross clones. And yes, this pedal is true bypass.View full product details
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The BYOC Mouse is a modified version of the original Proco RAT. It has level, distortion, and filter knobs just like the original, and a 4th presence knob. This is a popular mod for the RAT circuit. It is often referred to as the "Ruetz mod". It also has a 3-way clipping switch. It has silicon clipping, like the original Vintage RAT, LED clipping like the Turbo RAT, and Schottky diode clipping for an even more saturated "fuzzy" RAT sound. Comes with an NOS LM308 chip just like the original for that vintage RAT tone.View full product details
If you're looking for a straight forward, 3 knob overdrive that sounds fantastic and is extremely easy to build, this is the kit for you. The BYOC British Blues Overdrive kit is based on the Marshall Blues Breaker which is quickly becoming a favorite of DIYers and boutique builders as a more transparent sounding alternative to the typical Tubescreamer clones.View full product details
The BOSS VB-2 is the king of all vibratos. With its perfect sine wave LFO (low frequency oscillator), warm MN3207 bucket brigade delay analog vibrato, and depth ramp feature, nothing else sounds like it. The BYOC Analog Vibrato flawlessly recreates the original circuit. But we've made a huge improvement by adding a designated bypass switch and ramp switch. The original VB-2 and the new VB-2w are not true bypass. Not even when you have it in "bypass" mode. The BYOC Analog Vibrato is true bypass. And it's a lot less confusing than the original bypass/ramp system. It's either on or off, and it's either in ramp mode or not in ramp mode.
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The BOSS BD-2 is one of the most loved current production pedals. It offers a massive range of gain from a nearly perfect clean boost an almost full-on distortion. It is a FET based overdrive that offers a nice alternative to all the tube screamer and klon based clones. It is touted as being able to reproduce the tone of not just a tube amp, but an old tube amp. The BYOC Blue Overdrive provides all the tone of the original BD-2, but with all metal film resistors and capacitors, and true bypass, it delivers it with less noise and zero tone suck when in bypass. The BD-2 is also one of the best circuits to modify. The BYOC Blue Overdrive is a lot easier to modify than a stock BOSS pedal. There's TONS of BD-2 mods out there. We offer a separate mod pack to perform one of the most common BD-2 mods.
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Named after the legendary Live at Leeds recording, the BYOC Leeds Fuzz is a faithful recreation of the Univox Superfuzz, but without the big funky box. If you've ever played a Superfuzz, then you know that Pete didn't come up with the idea of doing windmills.....the pedal made him do it. The expander knob can take this fuzz from raspy grind to over the top, with tasty octave overtones unlike any other octave fuzz. The two position tone switch goes from tight scooped out mids to flat EQ with a wide open feel. It's almost like having two completely different pedals in one box. This is the more sought after version of the circuit that has a trimpot to adjust the octave amp. The kit comes with higher quality components than were used in the originals like 1% metal film resistors and 5% box metal film capacitors, so it's a little less noisy, but still has N.O.S. Panasonic 2SC828 transistors and germanium diodes to ensure that it has the authentic vintage mojo to get you that sound.View full product details
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Rediscover the joy of chorus again with this kit. The BYOC Analog Chorus is a true-bypassed version of the BOSS CE-2. It uses an V3207 BBD (bucket brigade delay) chip for that warm vintage analog chorus tone. The status LED blinks in time with the rate.View full product details