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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby SwamperGene » 15 Apr 2009, 03:24

Very cool indeed Dan :D

Back to the CC Vibe, I finally went ahead and did my mods, jumping board power to kill the delay and adding a trimpot to adjust the output volume. I haven't built or modded anything since before the 'net was around, having just recently picked up a guitar again after many years without one. (OK I lie I did a few of the usual mods to my TS9 a few weeks ago.)

For the volume mod, I wanted something easily adjustable, and seeing the battery box makes these pedals pretty tight inside I decided to go with a 10K trimmer mounted on the board between the output and power jacks. The board made it simple, I just got out the trusty dremel and hacked out a pad from the big ground surface on the back of the board (after figuring out where my holes would be) :

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This gave me my pin 3 to ground point, pin 1/input on the new pad, and I added another hole for the output cable's shield to ground. Pin 2/output is at the top of the pot so I just soldered directly to the lug. Pic is a little fuzzy, but here's a closeup:

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For the delay, I just soldered a jumper between the in/out board power lugs on the switch. I like seeing a distinct on/off LED, so I passed on wiring the LED to the speed pot but may add a separate "speed LED" on later. Thanks to the tips here, it all works great!

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The only place I messed up was drilling my access hole in the case, I almost did it on the wrong side...just caught myself, but still made a mark in the case...oh well.


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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby ShortScaleMike » 17 Apr 2009, 09:04

Very cool indeed! Nice work.
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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby devastator » 17 Apr 2009, 12:29

your pedal is very cool , danielzink .

It's really more usefull than the regular danelectro pedal ? I mean, the rocker pedal adds something more (expect the fact you can control one parameter with the foot) ?
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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby danielzink » 17 Apr 2009, 17:24

devastator wrote:your pedal is very cool , danielzink .

It's really more usefull than the regular danelectro pedal ? I mean, the rocker pedal adds something more (expect the fact you can control one parameter with the foot) ?



The foot pedal (rocker) is attached to the speed pot.

The fellow I built it for wanted to be able to vary the Vibe' speed at different times during a song.

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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby kev324 » 19 Apr 2009, 05:32

Will the foil mod work on this one like it did on the CS? I'm have assuming it won't make a difference since the lightbox top should already be reflective. Though I'd ask. I haven't taken mine far enough apart yet. I'd like to keep the Cool Cat on my board, but it doesn't quite have the same "swoosh" as my CS.
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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby danielzink » 19 Apr 2009, 14:35

kev324 wrote:Will the foil mod work on this one like it did on the CS? I'm have assuming it won't make a difference since the lightbox top should already be reflective. Though I'd ask. I haven't taken mine far enough apart yet. I'd like to keep the Cool Cat on my board, but it doesn't quite have the same "swoosh" as my CS.



No need to as the lightbulb/ldr's are inside of a silver metal reflective box already.

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Re: Danelectro Cool Cat Vibe Rehouse

Postby jonesin4tone » 23 Apr 2009, 03:43

hey, Ive been trying to find info in the chicken salad mod.
All I see everywhere are the dreaded "red Xs"
does anyone have a good drawing and how to for the Chicken Salad R.G. mod and rehouse!
Im new at all this and so confused about pot values and I just cant make sense of schematics that Ive found so far.
HELP!!!!PLEASE!!!!!

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Re: Danelectro - Chicken Salad rehoused

Postby Fuzzer » 23 Apr 2009, 15:09

If you're new at this, I suggest you start with basic projects, that way you'll get the grip and learn all the necessary to make more advanced projects.

Also, please post questions or comments in the appropriate thread, use the search function, that's all in the rules.
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french toast mod walkthrough

Postby doctorums » 08 May 2009, 17:31

i tried searching but couldn't find what i was looking for. could someone help me rehouse my french toast step by step. apologies for total and utter n00bness, i've only got one build under my belt and it was from a kit. schematics are like greek to me, maybe someone has a pictorial or layout or something. thanks in advance.
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Reason: You didn't try hard enough, post any questions regarding the rehousing process here please, That's what this thread is for.
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Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby danielzink » 18 May 2009, 05:58

Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby salocin » 18 May 2009, 08:22

Nice. How did you do the graphics?
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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby danielzink » 18 May 2009, 12:13

salocin wrote:Nice. How did you do the graphics?



I do all my graphics in Visio then full face waterslide.

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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby frankus » 21 May 2009, 11:07

This looks awesome, I'm doing the same project at the moment - do you have a decode for the rainbow cable or have you wired the board up not using that?

The decals look great :applause:
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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby danielzink » 21 May 2009, 12:14

frankus wrote:This looks awesome, I'm doing the same project at the moment - do you have a decode for the rainbow cable or have you wired the board up not using that?

The decals look great :applause:



Thanks,

Unfortunately I'm also using the "second" board - as I do not have the pinouts of the rainbow cable. I followed the rehouse article on TGP and it works great.

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Re-housing a Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster

Postby shooto » 09 Jun 2009, 06:29

the thing is so damn big!...would re-housing one be a big deal?
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Re: Re-housing a Behringer VT999 Vintage Tube Monster

Postby Greg » 09 Jun 2009, 07:34

Could you post a few pics of the inside ?
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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby Cow4prez » 13 Jun 2009, 04:00

couple of pointers for rehousing the tuna melt. The legs on the speed pot are ground points, which are disconnected when you remove the pot. So you need to jumper them together. The tuna melt is a relatively hard rehouse if you try to bypass the buffer. You can force it to be on, and throw a looper around that and that's easier.

Here are the assignents
purple = 4.5v
blue = output
green = 4053 #3 input
yellow = 4053 #5 clip out
orange = ground
red = 9v
brown = LED clip out
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Re: Rehousing a French Toast

Postby Cow4prez » 13 Jun 2009, 04:12

remove switching circuit
remove the brown wire (LED)
remove orange wire
add 4.7M to input (blue)
add 100uF electrolytic to 9V (green) and add diode protection

exchange pots (all 50k).
Jumper the legs on the volume pot ...grounding points

that's pretty much it. If you need the schematic, give me a shout.
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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby frankus » 15 Jun 2009, 12:28

:D cool - that is cool, thanks Cow4prez, I've just finished a Tremulus Lune and wanting to finished the tuna melt too :) awesome.
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Re: Danelectro Tuna Melt rehouse:

Postby danielzink » 15 Jun 2009, 21:12

Cow4prez wrote:couple of pointers for rehousing the tuna melt. The legs on the speed pot are ground points, which are disconnected when you remove the pot. So you need to jumper them together.



Can't quite see it..but it's there (the jumper that is) :D

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