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Earthquaker Devices - Monarch revision 2 - 2011 [gut shot]

Postby DWBH » 10 Oct 2010, 11:26

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Re: earthquaker devices monarch

Postby sunburnedgoat » 10 Oct 2010, 20:40

Really interested in this pedal and what's going on under the hood. It sounds killer.

Got any more pictures than just the one?
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch

Postby DWBH » 10 Oct 2010, 21:33

Not really no.
A forum-mate from another forum sent me that picture, that's all I have.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby RnFR » 11 Oct 2010, 14:30

I. dig the sound of this thing as well. looking at it, there aren't any trimmers, so possibly 2 mu amps/srpp's. btw- that battery snap looks monstrous! where do you find those?
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby eniacmike » 11 Oct 2010, 16:08

Monarch Overdrive
The Monarch Overdrive is an all discrete, FET based dirt machine. It’s designed around the input stage of a vintage amp produced by a company that bears the same name as the color of the monarch (hint...). It’s been configured to produce higher gains that sound very natural and free of compression. The treble and bass controls function as frequency boosters, not the traditional roll off filters in most OD’s. They are located in the preamp section and have a large impact on the over all tone, nature and distortion characteristics of the pedal as well as your amp. It gives big bottom end with a snappy, bright top at all gain ranges with some careful tuning of the tone controls. If you are looking for an overdrive for big fat chords with excellent low end retention, this is it! And, yes, it's true bypass.

They do a pretty good job of describing the circuit on their website.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Hides-His-Eyes » 11 Oct 2010, 17:02

The 'colour of the monarch' us usually said to be Blue; what's that all about?
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby culturejam » 11 Oct 2010, 17:27

Hides-His-Eyes wrote:The 'colour of the monarch' us usually said to be Blue; what's that all about?

A monarch butterfly is orange. :D
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Hides-His-Eyes » 11 Oct 2010, 20:04

culturejam wrote:
Hides-His-Eyes wrote:The 'colour of the monarch' us usually said to be Blue; what's that all about?

A monarch butterfly is orange. :D


You queenless yanks don't know nothin' bout monarchs :)
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Steven_M » 11 Oct 2010, 20:57

Hmm, similar parts count to Paul Nelson's "Orange" pedal. Although if they are both FET based off the Orange Amp schemtic I suppose they wouldn't be so far apart.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby SGJarrod » 11 Oct 2010, 23:54

I have actually been wondering how far off this thing is from the "Orange Peel".... they seem to have alot of similar atributes.... I have been wanting one of these and the 4 knob Hoof Fuzz :mrgreen:
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby SPeter » 11 Oct 2010, 23:58

http://www.earthquakerdevices.com/devices/Monarch.htm
" The Earthquaker Devices Monarch is based on the input section of certain large, brightly colored vintage British tube amplifier, legendary for it's burly tonal character."
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby culturejam » 12 Oct 2010, 00:55

Hides-His-Eyes wrote:You queenless yanks

That sounds so pornographic. :lol:
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby SGJarrod » 12 Oct 2010, 17:49

SPeter wrote:http://www.earthquakerdevices.com/devices/Monarch.htm
" The Earthquaker Devices Monarch is based on the input section of certain large, brightly colored vintage British tube amplifier, legendary for it's burly tonal character."
:)


the other Orange pedals were based of other certain British amps as well...and I do beleive the Orange Peel was out first so I am just wondering if there are a few similarities or alot :hmmm:
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby neoflox » 09 Jul 2011, 23:40

Anything new about this one? Curious since a friend (who knows tone) praises the Monarch for it's dirt stacking capabilities.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby neoflox » 23 Oct 2011, 19:18

bump ;)
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby smurfberry » 30 Nov 2013, 17:29

A few 2N5457's and a BS170.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Didi&Stulle » 11 Apr 2014, 21:34

Hi,
I hope there are still some people interested in this pedal. I borrowed a friend's monarch for a couple of days and tried to decipher the components ... really having problems with the resistor codes ... my red-green-colour-blindness isn't of any help there :)
Hope someone can help with the uncertain (yellow) values.
I will unsolder the pots and make a decent shot of the pcb's flipside in the next few days. In the meantime any help or corrections are highly welcome.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Duckman » 11 Apr 2014, 22:07

Are you sure about those 100p, 220p and 470p caps value?
I mean... they look so big... :scratch:
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby johnk » 12 Apr 2014, 07:30

i'm very interested in this one.
IMO, as far as those pico caps go, they're probably more like 100n, 220n and 47n.
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Re: earthquaker devices monarch [gut shot]

Postby Didi&Stulle » 13 Apr 2014, 08:04

IMO, as far as those pico caps go, they're probably more like 100n, 220n and 47n.

I understand where you are aiming at ... I expectetd these to be bigger caps too but here's what they are reading

Only film caps (all 100V), from upper left to down right:

474J, 102J, 223J, 222J, 472J, 102J, 103J, 471J

second row:
103J, 101J, 101J, 221J

So unless Earthquaker Devices are relabeling their caps, I guess the values should be correct, right?
Compared to the parts count, this circuit might be really close the Orange Graphics MkII circuit ...

Any thoughts on the resistor values would be helpful!
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