This time I've tried a more complex pedal! (It's just my 5th pedal) and I'm having some issues.
When turned on, the pedal lows the intensity of the signal... meaning, dry signal alright, pedal on low volume...
I've verified the drain voltages from the original as mentioned on the comments:
Mine has the following:
It's quite close right? Why am I not getting the effect to work? Maybe my multimeter isn't precise enough? It's quite cheap...
The voltages are probably OK. I'm assuming you have turned up the volume, treble, and normal controls to max and it is still less than unity gain. Use your audio probe to see where the signal drops. Start from the output and work your way backwards. This pedal should put out lots of volume.
I see this post is a bit old, but I have the same problem after building the pedal last week. The volume is pretty low and the gain is also nowhere near the gain levels of the original. With everything at max its like a light crunch. Did you solve the problem on your pedal in the end? Any help is apprechiated!
I thought I had good JFET's too, as I got volume and the pedal I used them was advertised as a low gain pedal. Then I tried to build a Pinnacle and was underwhelmed. Then I learned ALL my J201 JFET's were fake. I ONLY use SMD JFET's these days.