Updated: Jun 19
Diving into a bit into my research into the Aqua-Puss MK1 AP2 as well as re-creating the circuit in a way that pays tribute to the original, however, offers a drop-in retrofit into an MK2 enclosure. Another fun announcement is that I'm opening an e-commerce outlet directly on this site and will be adding more DIY items as well as full builds as they become available. Check it out: Here
Recreating the original Aqua Puss really is the first pedal that has ever sent me down the rabbit hole. From my internet research, a proper clone of one does not exist, and minimal DIY resources are available. There is a pretty epic thread of a team of folks in https://www.freestompboxes.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4216 reverse engineering an AP2 unit. This thread kicked off Mad Bean's Aquaboy PCB which started off as a tribute to the Aqua Puss, however since the Aqua Puss is largely a Boss DM-2, Madbean reverted the goal of the board to be a DM-2 circuit clone versus the Aqua Puss. Technically, you could modify the AquaBoy to build an Aqua Puss and I've done this a few times with great results. It still felt funny and I wanted to go a little deeper than that to make it look like a real AP2 so I retrofitted a board into my MK2. I retrofitted one more time using a Suchahardman PCB with very favorable results. Even with these favorable results, I wanted something that was built specifically for the MK2 enclosure and since I have the PCB design making skills, I thought I would revisit that.
Quickly let me recap the reason why I want to recreate an Aqua Puss so bad...
John Mayer (surprise surprise!) used the MK1 AP2 from the beginning of his career until ~2013 Born & Raised Tour where he switched over to an MK1 AP1. John Mayer Trio, Where the Light is, Continuum, etc. had the AP2 present.
They are out of production. FORBIDDEN FRUIT!
Expensive and I can't afford the ones that pop up online for $2,000+ USD.