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  • #31779
    Steve
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    Waiting for parts etc. to continue my NT singles, I thought I needed/wanted another OD pedal. The Killer Bee is definitely KILLER! As far as the controls work.. Volume controls volume, Tone controls the tone and the Drive, that’s a little different. To my old wore out hearing anyway. It seems to add drive right up until the 12:00 position but after 12;00 it doesn’t seem to add any more drive/gain. What I am hearing, it starts compressing the tone and keeps doing so until it is knob maxed out. And with the knob all the way CCW there is another completely different tone. I love it! The cherry on the top is the not so little Gain +/- switch. Flip that switch and hold on to your hat! I don’t know what the dBA increase is, but it’s plenty! And the sustain with it on is incredible! Great Job GuitarPCB!!!

    #31782
    Bradley
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    Looks like another pcb I need to add to my build list.  Very nice work and especially with the graphics.  Do you use waterslide decals or is that something else, inkjet or laser?  Whatever it is it looks very clean and detailed.  Love it.

     

    #31784
    Steve
    Participant

    Bradley, I used a transparent vinyl sticker sheets (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K32SX5L/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1) because I was printing on the entire sticker. It was the first time I tried the vinyl and I am very pleased with the outcome. That being said, I tried using the clear on an enclosure that just had some area’s printed and when applied it looked “splotchy” everywhere the clear wasn’t printed. In the past I have always used waterslide (clear and white) and have good luck with them. The only down side, in my experience, if you don’t wait 48 hours after installing the decal to apply the lacquer top coat, it will wrinkle on you. With the vinyl I printed it in the morning, sprayed right after it was printed, and assembled it that night!! By the way, I use a laser color printer for all my work and use a resolution of 600 pixels/inch when creating my artwork.

    #31788
    Bradley
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    That’s the same vinyl sticker sheet I bought and used on my 70s pedal and a couple of others.  I have the same problem with the splotchy look too.  Seems when the painted pedal surface shows through the clear part of the decal it looks like small air bubbles maybe.  I tried to smooth them out but couldn’t get them all.  Doesn’t seem noticeable where the decal has print on it.  I haven’t tried a solid print like your killer bee but I’ll give it a shot.  Also, I haven’t sprayed any kind of lacquer on mine, just applied the sticker and pressed it down to get a good seal around the edges.  What do you recommend for lacquer?

     

    #31793
    Steve
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    #31794
    Barry
    Keymaster

    Well done and thanks for sharing!

    I wonder if a decal setting solution and squeegee would help smooth out air bubbles? I have never worked with vinyl.

    #31796
    Steve
    Participant

    No the decal setting solution wouldn’t work. The vinyl stickers are not porous. I even tried a bondo spreader with lots of force and could not get it to clear up. I wanted it to work so bad because it knocked 3 days off of finishing time.

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