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Boss - LMB-3 Bass Limiter

PostPosted: 22 Dec 2013, 15:29
by mothbox
I'm interested in modding my LMB-3 with the Steve McKinley Thunder mod. Wondered if anyone has tried it and knows what it actually is.

I can't afford to send my pedal half way around the world to get this mod done so want to do it myself, but I can't find any information on what the actual changes are.

Anybody got any idea?

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 22 Dec 2013, 22:48
by Dirk_Hendrik
No response in 7 hrs... That's not too much.

So, what happened?!
Steve McKinley seemingly is onto something with his Thunder mod. He's onto thatso well that nobody even dared to figure out what he did figure out! Or, It's that damn good people are willing to pay Steve McKinley real money for his Thunder mod!!! The fact that you cannot afford it too simply says you do not want it that bad enough.

OK, here's the plan?
- You, Mothbox, have a little patience and work hard till you get the money together to get Steve McKinley to mod your pedal.
- You get your pedal modded by Steve McKinley and pay the guy accordingly.
- You recieve your pedal back from Steve Mc Etc. and be a sole judge on wether his work is worth the money.
- You determine what Steve exactly did change and post it here or on any guitar related forum so anyone else is able to do the same.
- You feel proud that you were among those who opted to get information you paid real money for into the open source domain which does not give you anything in return, other than an occasional "thanks".

Anything in the above that does not fit your perspective Mothbox? Than seemingly this mod is not really that valueable to you. :blackeye

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 22 Dec 2013, 23:56
by roseblood11
different approach:

- find a schematic or draw one. (LMB-2 is in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8735 )
- understand how the circuit works
- find the mods that work best for you

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 23 Dec 2013, 01:52
by mothbox
Dirk_Hendrik wrote:OK, here's the plan?
- You, Mothbox, have a little patience and work hard till you get the money together to get Steve McKinley to mod your pedal.
- You get your pedal modded by Steve McKinley and pay the guy accordingly.
- You recieve your pedal back from Steve Mc Etc. and be a sole judge on wether his work is worth the money.


If I was based in the US I would pay for the mod. But posting it from China and back again plus the cost of the mod and the cost of the original pedal I'm coming close to what I'd pay for a Diamond Comp, and I picked up the LMB-3 on a budget to begin to experiment with compressors.

I'm tempted to email Steve and request to pay for the mod schematic. The Thunder mod removes a lot of the issues I have with the pedal such as the noise on the enhance knob and some "popping" on certain settings. I'm not trying to do the bloke out of cash by asking if anyone knows what the mod actually is.

As for figuring it out off the back of the original schematic, the engineers at Boss seemed to fail to remove the noise so I'm not sure that I'll be unable to correct the problems in their design! My knowledge of circuitry is limited at best! The things I want to change are the issues with noise in the circuit and not adding features.

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 23 Dec 2013, 04:17
by tube-exorcist
Oh yeah...... China..... I understand....

The only problem is that I havenĀ“t seen a schematic of an original unit yet, and.....

.....I havent seen any guts (except one with only a burned transistor):
http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/i ... ic=99955.0

But obviously you have an original and working pedal:
mothbox wrote: .... I picked up the LMB-3 on a budget .....


Now you have to find only someone with a digital camera. Take some nice pictures of the insides of the pedal and post these pictures here. I think that your chances will then increase dramatically.

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 23 Dec 2013, 10:51
by roseblood11
...and compare it to this pedal:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18385

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 25 Dec 2013, 12:00
by Dirk_Hendrik
And another one bit the dust? :lol:

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 26 Dec 2013, 05:39
by mothbox
Work in progress.

I want to use the unaltered pedal through a jam-room system and also get some DI recording done with it in the loop to see if the artifacts are present in the recordings and if its a specific range within the settings where they appear.

The enhance knob needs altered though. I'm surprised with the amount of noise it adds that Boss released the pedal.

Re: Boss LMB-3 Thunder Mod?

PostPosted: 28 Dec 2013, 10:14
by Dirk_Hendrik
I'm surprised about the absence of the suggested photo's. Might help a lot to speed this topic up. :D

Re: Boss - LMB-3 Bass Limiter

PostPosted: 27 Feb 2017, 17:38
by Rocket Roll
OK, here's a couple of pictures.

Re: Boss - LMB-3 Bass Limiter

PostPosted: 27 Feb 2017, 19:04
by Rocket Roll
...and one more.
Some of the values:
R 55, 560 R
C1, 10uF
IC5, NJM45(58LO)
IC4, NJM3404AL
IC3, NJM4558LO
IC2, THAT 21810
IC1, NJM455(8LO)
C23, 100uF
C22, 47uF
C24, 47uF
C18, 1uF
C12, 1uF
C9, 1uF
C10, 1uF
C40, 2n2
C11, 1uF
C27, 10uF
C26, 10uF
C28, 1uF
C29, 22n
C7, 47n
C8, 1uF
C35, 47n
C33, 10uF
C34, 47n
C32, 1uF
C31, 10uF

Re: Boss - LMB-3 Bass Limiter

PostPosted: 27 Feb 2017, 19:13
by Rocket Roll
Sorry, forgot to post a picture, and I cannot edit previous post.