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Getting There

Posted: October 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

I had a fairly serious accident, but I’m coming around.  Perhaps in another two weeks I’ll begin the remainder of my planned Recto articles in the current series:

  • Channel 2 analysis
  • Channel 3 analysis
  • Compare/Contrast Ch’s 2 and 3
  • Channel 1 Mods

I don’t currently have any practical mods in mind for distortion, but if I see a need, I’ll look for a solution.  I’m considering a series of articles for more adventurous modifications, which are experimental, along with a series about incorporating best practices from the Recto into new designs, and ideas for overcoming the shortcomings from the earlier designs in different ways from the path Mesa has taken.


To Be Continued

Posted: September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

A situation has arisen which requires some attention.  I expect to be unable to make new posts for the immediate future.  I’m hoping to be back to this by December.  When I return, I’ll be analyzing the dirty channels and looking at ways to tweak all three channels.  You can still comment or ask questions.  I’ll respond when I can.  Don’t be alarmed if it takes a few days before a reply.

Thank you,


EMG Fuzzstortion Update

Posted: January 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

I received some 1n34 germanium diodes and put one in parallel with a silicon diode and a 250pf capacitor on the mix control.  I love it.  The addition of germanium and a cap makes it less harsh, clips easier, and gives the asymmetrical clipping without having to bump the forward voltage up.

You can still clip with heavy picking when the mix control is turned all the way down, but it does provide more headroom.  The lower clipping threshold on the germanium makes the volume difference between 100% and 0% more noticeable.  The cap is less effective as the clean signal is mixed in, so it seems like a very slight treble boost.