BJFE Thread

oil

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I built the Bone Bender kit during the Christmas holidays and it was great fun and the results amazing. As Bobby says, it is very well organised and easy to follow. This is my first pedal kit ever, all I have soldered before are pots and pickups. Most of it was pretty easy if you follow the instructions closely. Wiring the board and the pots, jacks, etc, together was a little more tricky - but not very difficult.

You will definitely need a cheap magnifying glass like this - https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/3116467432...=9046619&device=c&campaignid=974961043&crdt=0

I watched a couple of youtube pedal soldering vids and off I went - and it was incredibly satisfying. I spent time over a few days looking at the kit and the vids, etc, but the process of putting it all together only took me a day.

I found the biasing tricky to be honest. But Bjorn said that this is a big part of it and allows guitarists to tune their own pedals to their liking.

So I have an incredible sounding Bone Bender and I built it myself! Whats not to like about that!

I cant recommend this kit highly enough. Please feel free to PM me if you want to discuss anything about building the kit.
 

Blues Lyne

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I built the Bone Bender kit during the Christmas holidays and it was great fun and the results amazing. As Bobby says, it is very well organised and easy to follow. This is my first pedal kit ever, all I have soldered before are pots and pickups. Most of it was pretty easy if you follow the instructions closely. Wiring the board and the pots, jacks, etc, together was a little more tricky - but not very difficult.

You will definitely need a cheap magnifying glass like this - https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/3116467432...=9046619&device=c&campaignid=974961043&crdt=0

I watched a couple of youtube pedal soldering vids and off I went - and it was incredibly satisfying. I spent time over a few days looking at the kit and the vids, etc, but the process of putting it all together only took me a day.

I found the biasing tricky to be honest. But Bjorn said that this is a big part of it and allows guitarists to tune their own pedals to their liking.

So I have an incredible sounding Bone Bender and I built it myself! Whats not to like about that!

I cant recommend this kit highly enough. Please feel free to PM me if you want to discuss anything about building the kit.

Yeah, biasing can be tricky with some fuzz circuits. Congratulations on your build!
 
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Jazzmaster60

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For those interested, I bought one of those Bone Bender kits myself, and am going to attempt to do a video and written review about the process of building it and then a video demo of the pedal itself. It's my first time building an effects pedal, although I grew up with a soldering iron in my hand and built many Heathkit projects with my electronics industry Dad when I was a kid. Should be really fun! The kit is REALLY nice, everything is labelled and bagged up nicely, and a fuzz is usually one of the easiest pedal circuits to build. Maybe it will lead me into making some more pedals if I really dig the process - and the kit is much more affordable than the BJFe built version of the pedal.
Hey Bobby
I have a friend interested in buying the BJFE kits . Where did you buy yours from ?
 

BJF

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Hi There,

Yes biasing can depending on the circuit directly set what overtones are produced

Here you go Jazzmaster 60 for your friend:

https://moodysounds.com/en/produkt/bone-bender-1-kit/


For now there’s only one kit but more are under way.



BJ

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"What It Is" Steven Bruton

"The Truth Is Unbelievable"

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BJF Electronics
Sweden
New web site under way details to follow
Companies I do designs for in no particular order
http://www.one-control.com
https://lundgren.se
http://www.olssonamps.com
http://www.vuorensaku.fi
https://moodysounds.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LouderAndMore


No longer affiliated with sales of Bearfoot fx pedals
No longer affiliated with MP Amplification Ltd while MP Amplification Ltd will continue to produce 42 products my designs have resulted in
 

BJF

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Hi There,

Thank you for digging my designs, yes Bearfoot will make the designs I have supplied them with up until end of 2017 so many classic BJF models may still be available. There will however not be any new BJF designs or iterations of older designs made by Bearfoot.
Bearfoot may also make somethingelse I am not involved in but that is another story that doesn’t belong in this thread I’d think.
Bearfoot is no longer the home of BJF in USA, but is just something I once made.

Have great fun


BJ

this post contains Mr Distorted’s Opinion


"What It Is" Steven Bruton

"The Truth Is Unbelievable"

Affiliations
BJF Electronics
Sweden
New web site under way details to follow
Companies I do designs for in no particular order
http://www.one-control.com
https://lundgren.se
http://www.olssonamps.com
http://www.vuorensaku.fi
https://moodysounds.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LouderAndMore


No longer affiliated with sales of Bearfoot fx pedals
No longer affiliated with MP Amplification Ltd while MP Amplification Ltd will continue to produce 42 products my designs have resulted in
 

whitenoize

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Yes, thanks Bjorn for your excellent designs, great service, efforts, clarifications, and positive and friendly demeanor...it is and has been very much appreciated...look forward to future designs in pedals, amps, pick ups, fuzz guitar, and whatever else you bring to fruition
 
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scottcw

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Back to the subject of this thread, BJFE... I have found that my CAFs have cured me of FAS (fuzz acquisition syndrome). Every time I come across a new fuzz that triggers my buying impulse, I find some videos and always end up thinking, “I can dial in a CAF to get that tone.” Impulse buying averted.
 

BJF

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Hi there,

Dynamic Orange OD:
Well that is very similar to Aqua Marine Wondermachine.
Dynamic Orange was first made as an OD to be used at stage volumes with consideration to what sound would be amplified via PA systems and it has Z control to set slope of Volume control on guitar so as to allow rapid rolloff in case sensistive playing is called for on the catwalk.
R2D2:
Interesingly I made the Model R shortly after to have distortion box that would be similar in function and,hnece the R control and to have an aligning EQ. When the original parts used in Model R were all used I made a substitute and for fun called that R2D2 as in the second R.
Specific with R2D2 is that it is a transition model and seethrough red was temporarily out when this was made.
Model R is still in production but as Version 2 and this is not noted on pedal surface. The first Model R’s were all numbered as x/99 as there were 99 units possible to be made and out of those two DLX versions were made. One with a built in predriver and the other with extended controls
Out of version 2 three DLX versions are made then with whole lot of extended controls
Aqua Marine Wondermachine has been made in three versions:
V1: has Volume Drive and Z ( as described above) and Texture. Texture would to one side alter clipping and the other side increase treble, but the net effect while dialing the Texture is rather moving the midrange up and down-it has that effect though it is not an eq control per se.
V2: has Volume Drive Treble and Bass. Distortion engine is similar but the tone controls are boost/cut

V1 is available in mass produced version as MP Sky Blue OD-however earlier SBOD’s have a lot thicker midrange due to an alter value that snuck into design-this is the version TAG likes. Later ones are more similar to BJF AMWM
V2 is available in massproduced version in MP Royal Blue OD. The MP version has less upper midrange than the BJF version 2 and that by choice as I belived it better with less upper midrange

V3 that is currently made has Volume, Drive, Texture ( while this version of Texture only affects clipping and compression) Boost Cut Treble. Z is preset at about noon if it would have been a control

AMWM has also been made as dlx version in four units then with up to 9 controls.


Yes I suggested starting Bearfoot years ago and it was fun. It’s a closed chapter now while Bearfoot may make the models supplied up until end of 2017 but there will be no modifications or iterations or versions of those designs without my written consent. That said I’d think the number of models supplied will be sufficient for years to come.
So believe Bearfoot will be making be making the models they have made up until 2017 with last model SBEQ 4. Enjoy.
I’d think Bearfoot will evolve into making other things not based on BJF designs…
Since so far all Bearfoot makes are my designs it is ofcourse fine to ask me about those too



BJ

this post contains Mr Distorted’s Opinion


"What It Is" Steven Bruton

"The Truth Is Unbelievable"
Affiliations
BJF Electronics
Sweden
New web site under way details to follow
Companies I do designs for in no particular order
http://www.one-control.com
https://lundgren.se
http://www.olssonamps.com
http://www.vuorensaku.fi
https://moodysounds.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LouderAndMore


No longer affiliated with sales of Bearfoot fx pedals
No longer affiliated with MP Amplification Ltd while MP Amplification Ltd will continue to produce 42 products my designs have resulted in
 
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Jazzmaster60

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Hi there,

Dynamic Orange OD:
Well that is very similar to Aqua Marine Wondermachine.
Dynamic Orange was first made as an OD to be used at stage volumes with consideration to what sound would be amplified via PA systems and it has Z control to set slope of Volume control on guitar so as to allow rapid rolloff in case sensistive playing is called for on the catwalk.
R2D2:
Interesingly I made the Model R shortly after to have distortion box that would be similar in function and,hnece the R control and to have an aligning EQ. When the original parts used in Model R were all used I made a substitute and for fun called that R2D2 as in the second R.
Specific with R2D2 is that it is a transition model and seethrough red was temporarily out when this was made.
Model R is still in production but as Version 2 and this is not noted on pedal surface. The first Model R’s were all numbered as x/99 as there were 99 units possible to be made and out of those two DLX versions were made. One with a built in predriver and the other with extended controls
Out of version 2 three DLX versions are made then with whole lot of extended controls
Aqua Marine Wondermachine has been made in three versions:
V1: has Volume Drive and Z ( as described above) and Texture. Texture would to one side alter clipping and the other side increase treble, but the net effect while dialing the Texture is rather moving the midrange up and down-it has that effect though it is not an eq control per se.
V2: has Volume Drive Treble and Bass. Distortion engine is similar but the tone controls are boost/cut

V1 is available in mass produced version as MP Sky Blue OD-however earlier SBOD’s have a lot thicker midrange due to an alter value that snuck into design-this is the version TAG likes. Later ones are more similar to BJF AMWM
V2 is available in massproduced version in MP Royal Blue OD. The MP version has less upper midrange than the BJF version 2 and that by choice as I belived it better with less upper midrange

V3 that is currently made has Volume, Drive, Texture ( while this version of Texture only affects clipping and compression) Boost Cut Treble. Z is preset at about noon if it would have been a control

AMWM has also been made as dlx version in four units then with up to 9 controls.


Yes I suggested starting Bearfoot years ago and it was fun. It’s a closed chapter now while Bearfoot may make the models supplied up until end of 2017 but there will be no modifications or iterations or versions of those designs without my written consent. That said I’d think the number of models supplied will be sufficient for years to come.
So believe Bearfoot will be making be making the models they have made up until 2017 with last model SBEQ 4. Enjoy.
I’d think Bearfoot will evolve into making other things not based on BJF designs…
Since so far all Bearfoot makes are my designs it is ofcourse fine to ask me about those too



BJ

this post contains Mr Distorted’s Opinion


"What It Is" Steven Bruton

"The Truth Is Unbelievable"
Affiliations
BJF Electronics
Sweden
New web site under way details to follow
Companies I do designs for in no particular order
http://www.one-control.com
https://lundgren.se
http://www.olssonamps.com
http://www.vuorensaku.fi
https://moodysounds.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/LouderAndMore


No longer affiliated with sales of Bearfoot fx pedals
No longer affiliated with MP Amplification Ltd while MP Amplification Ltd will continue to produce 42 products my designs have resulted in
The Dynamic OD sounds cool Bjorn . I love my Model R , it’s number 30 something . It’s the loudest pedal I’ve ever owned . It truly is a beast .
 

thiscalltoarms

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Hey Bjorn!

Long time (well, since 2005!) BJFe, and Bearfoot, and Mad Professor player. I have my early HBOD, early SBEQ, R&D SYOD, and the PGOD on my mainboard still!

You know the one thing that I've always wanted and been too broke/hesitant to ask for? Tap tempo in the mini-vibe. I'd love to get that sound sync-ed with my delays and reverbs (I'm all midi-clocked these days). I know it'd be expensive and maybe un-doable. But, as I saw ChaseBliss Audio take off with tap tempo control of analog mods, I always thought your vibe with tap would the absolute grail of modulation for me.

Probably a pipe dream, but I figured it'd be worth throwing out there!

-Coup
 

Sammo

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Fuzz guitar!!! :D



Will this be/is this available in pedal format? Great sound and I'm not that much of fuzz guy. No, I cannot buy the guitar, I'm afraid (but I have pretty nice Tyler with P90s). If any fellow Finns are reading this, Helsinki Tonefest is in couple of weeks (10th of February) and Vuorensaku Guitars are there as exhibitor, maybe this guitar will be there too ...
 




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