EHX Germanium 4 Mod + Oscillation Fix

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by winterpegian, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. winterpegian

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    Seeing as the germanium 4 is basically two separate pedals in one, I though I'd add a DPDT switch to allow me to choose whether the OD or distortion side is first. Easy mod that requires cutting a couple of traces on the stompswitch PCBs and re-routing the signal through the new switch.

    The distortion side of my pedal also oscillated with the gain much above noon. This was another easy fix thanks to an old Jack Orman article on negative ground PNP fuzz faces. http://www.muzique.com/lab/fuzzface.htm I removed the battery wires, put a 220uF Low ESR cap in their place, then soldered the battery connections back to the legs of the cap. Full range of gain now available with no nasty squeals

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