Catch-all Jerry Garcia style preamp module. This is an in-guitar version of our Boost of the Dead pedal. Putting the buffer and boost directly connected to the pickups for maximum signal integrity.
The first circuit, switch closest to the volume knob, is a take on the Jerry
Garcia Tiger Buffer. This
buffer cleans up the signal really nicely, it adds clarity and sparkle.
The second circuit, switch closest to the tone knob, is a take on the
Stratoblaster circuit. Before the Tiger Buffer was put into Jerry's
guitars, he most utilized the Alembic Stratoblaster. It fattens up and adds growl
single coils. Great on it's own and made
even sweeter when the Tiger Buffer is engaged before it.
Designed to fit into most Fender/Squier stratocasters. The image above with the guitar shows the location of the switches once installed.
1: Master Volume, C500K
2: Master Tone, A500K 22NF Cap
3: Boost Gain, C50K
Switches are true bypass allowing the guitar to still be played if the battery dies or there is no battery.
Wire from pickup or pickup selector > preamp module > tone control > buffer > volume control > boost > output jack
This preamp module does not pretend to make you sound like Jerry, is not a
part for part clone of any other pedal, and doesn't guarantee anything
to anyone... I built this for fun, and it should be used to have fun.
Modifying a guitar can damage or destroy it... the buyer is taking on full responsibility for any damage done to their guitar.
Included in this unit: Completed board with pots & switches, Stereo cable jack, 9 volt battery strap.
Not Included in this unit: Set-screw Knobs
Purchaser will need to have familiarity with soldering and guitar modification.
Wire from pickup selector is soldered to the eyelet labeled I, in-between the battery strap and ground connectors.
There are two free eyelets next to the I eyelet for ground. The third ground eyelet has a copper wire soldered to the volume pot. The two remaining eyelets can be used for ground wires. The copper wire soldered to the volume pot can also be used as a ground solder rod.
There are three long wires attached to the board on the Blast side of the board. These wires should be snaked to the jack cavity and soldered to the stereo jack provided. The wires are labeled on the board as T, R, & S. T goes to the Tip of the jack. R goes to the Ring of the jack. S goes to the sleeve of the jack. This is situated so that the battery is only grounded and completing a complete circuit when a guitar cable is engaged. When the guitar is unplugged the battery is disconnected, saving battery life.
The battery strap can be placed anywhere you want. We recommend drilling through the pickup cavity through the back of the guitar into tremolo cavity. The tremolo cavity makes a nice easy place to put a battery. There are bunch of ways to make battery compartments, you do you.
The battery wires are soldered to the board on the battery strap terminals. Red is +, Black is -.
Two holes will need to be drilled through the pick guard for the switches. Consult the template included with purchase.
Because of the nature of this item, it cannot be returned once it's been purchased without a written statement from a professional guitar tech outlining defects in the product. Each board has been tested prior to shipping.
We recommend bringing this module to a professional guitar tech to complete the installation.