I built a wooly mammoth (the cut down version) and hated it. It wasn't that bad but it wasn't different enough from other fuzzes I had built. I then modded it to get all pots, thinking I'd like it better that way. Still no... I guess that circuit isn't for me. Sure glad I didn't buy that thing new full price.
Lovepedal Eternity Burst,
I boxed it and used it for a few days than recycled the parts, Don't think I threw away the circuit though.
Compared to the madproffesor sweet honey overdrive it sounded shit.
Very true. Still my favourite distortion pedal ever is the Zoom HL01, it is EXACTLY what I want a distortion pedal to be and for the type of music I play. But it sounds like a can of bees with my Engl amp which is the one I use the most. With my Marshall 6101 or VHT Special 6 Ultra it sounds fabulous again. Good job the Engl sounds so good to me that I don't need a distortion pedal with it I suppose
Like you say, the very best thing about DIY is that you can try it for peanuts and you could even throw the board away if you don't like the way it interacts with your gear. Because I socket all the ICs and transistors in my builds I reckon I could build any of the layouts myself or Miro have done on here and it will cost me no more than £2 in parts, even something like the Klon. Much better than gambling £200+ on the latest fad.
Built a lot of circuits that never found boxes. Truthfully, the most disappointing builds I've done are Rangemaster clones - I've built about four of them, fabbed and vero, everytime hoping I did something wrong on the last one, but they all just plain suck to my ears. That, and about half of the fuzzes I vero. But they only cost a couple of bucks and an hour, so no harm.
Catalinbread Galileo... built it and anguished over not being able to get it to work... twice. Spent WAY too much time scraping tracks, reflowing solder, and testing components. Was not meant to be and it was probably the build I was most looking forward to. Definitely just my own incompetence.
Big Muff 66 Triangle. Maybe I've got something wrong, but the sound reminds me of Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber "You want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? EYYYEYEYYEYEYEEYEY!!!!"
Bigfoot Magnavibe. Tried and tried and tried and all I can get is just a very faint vibe out of it.
Fails that I think I built right, but which turned out shite:
Proco Rat. It whines, it sputters, it went in the bin.
Little Angel Chorus. Fuck a stupid PT2399. I could get it to work right if I periodically stabbed the underside of the vero board with a screwdriver.
I know this sounds negative, but I've built a lot more that sound amazing and made me feel kind of god-like. I'll list some of those in the other post.