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Dinosaural OPA-101 Overdriven Preamp trace

Tracing Journal: Dinosaural OPA-101 Overdriven Preamp

We’ve got a trilogy! The very first tracing journal we ever did was the Dinosaural OTC-201 Opticompressor back in August of 2019. A few months ago, we took apart the Tube Bender. And today, we tackle the last …

Tracing Journal: Crowther Hot Cake

Here’s an interesting one. The Crowther Hot Cake is one of the original boutique distortion pedals, dating all the way back to 1976. They’ve been hand-built by Paul Crowther in New Zealand for the past 44 years. And …

Tracing Journal: Cornish CC-1

Cornish says the CC-1 is an all-original design, but how accurate is that? Have a look underneath the goop.

Tracing Journal: Cornish ST-2

We tear open a Cornish ST-2 to answer the question once and for all: is it an Overdriver?

Tracing Journal: Dinosaural Tube Bender

There are only 150 of these pedals in the world. We were able to trace one of them. Check out the photos, schematic, and a DIY version you can build.

Tracing Journal: Cornish SS-3 Soft Sustain

The second new Cornish pedal today is the SS-3 Soft Sustain. The SS-3 is an update of his earlier SS-2 circuit, an 1970s-style overdrive with roots in the MXR Distortion+. The SS-2 had already been traced… sort of. …

Tracing Journal: Xotic Soul Driven Boost/Overdrive

Xotic is best known for their AC & RC Booster pedals as well as the BB Preamp. The Soul Driven was released in 2016, making it a relatively new addition to the Xotic family, developed in collaboration with …

Tracing Journal: Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster

The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is a clean boost pedal with the added feature of being able to simulate the resonant peak of different pickups, letting a single-coil assume the character of either vintage or modern humbucker. It …

Tracing Journal: SoloDallas Storm

The SoloDallas Storm is a pedal conversion of the Schaffer-Vega Diversity System (SVDS), the first wireless system for guitar that was reliable enough to be used by major touring acts. The SVDS was designed by Ken Schaffer and …