Keeley "Phat Mod" BD-2 | Building John Mayer's Tone

The pedal mod that started it all for me! Back in 2009 or so, I started my guitar tone quest. I only had a Keeley Katana and I my wallet hurt from that investment at the time. I quickly realized I should get some dirt too and I knew John Mayer used a Keeley modded BD-2 on the Trio album (which I loved that tone) so I thought I should start there. I was quite confident in the instructions to mod a standard, $100, blues driver and a $20 kit from eBay so I gave it a try. I was happy with the tone but thought the bypass tone sucked a lot of my guitar so I stopped using the pedal. Fast forward almost 10 years of the pedal being in a drawer and I wanted to revive this classic pedal with true bypa

Vertex "Steel String" Clean Drive | New Build Day!

I was always curious about this pedal and the great reviews. If I could have SSS-esque tones from my Hot Rod Deluxe (for band practice), I'm in! I stumbled upon a layout on Guitar FX Layouts which was neat! I soon then stumbled upon PedalPCB's Six String Stinger and I was sold! The PedalPCB layout is gorgeous. I'm preferring the top jacks on 125B enclosures lately so it was a great match for my smaller pedalboard. It makes me curious why the real Steel String is so large if the circuit board is tiny and the components are surface mount? Anyway... I initially had a hard time sourcing J201 JFETs but Mouser electronics stocked J201s for a split second and I was able to grab 10 real J201s. I rea

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