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Hey guys, during the last lockdown I made Monarch Pedals, a pedal making company. I've made many many clones over the years and wanted to do my own circuits/sounds under a company name since I've been designing schematics/circuits ever since I got involved with pedal making and repairing. My dayjob (commercial photographer) took a big hit thanks to Covid and left me wondering wtf I was going to do if I can't do my job, and therefore pay the bills. So. Monarch Pedals.

After much dicking with this circuit, as well as artwork, suppliers, PCB layouts, colour palettes, today I finished this:

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It was the first circuit finalised and refined and it's kinda weird seeing the whole thing come together after wondering if I should 'do it properly' and often finding reasons not to because "the market is already packed" but then I thought that since it's an original thing nobody has heard it before and ya know, what is there to lose except time, money, and respect? Exactly. So I fired up Eagle and got to work. Then fired up Illustrator and got to a different sort of work.

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It's sort of a drive, sort of a fuzz, somewhere in between. Fuzzy around the edges but big and fat in the middle. It's not a chugger and I used an earlier iteration (same circuit, different layout) as a boost and standalone first stage drive when gigs were a thing to great success. I wanted it to be thick so one guitarist could fill a lot of space but not step on anyone's toes.

The circuit board is pretty chill, you don't need a huge number of parts to sound good (ask Zvex), and I spent a lot of time chasing noise out of the circuit so it runs cleanly and quietly with the correct amount of knobs, which is 3. The brains look like this:

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Nice. Different. Unusual. Made here.

Anyone know anything about making pedal demos?

And as is NZG custom, anything sold through here helps support the forum itself.

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Well done, it's a plunge I have always talked myself out of, looks great,

I like the pcb additions, if i did it, id remove all of the parts overlay, and just leave random text and images on the silkscreen, after you have populated ten or more, you won't be needing the layout guide anyway.

good luck.

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Hi. I'd love to give it a go. Maybe even sell them through Guitars Rock, if you wanted an existing outlet???? Drop us a PM. Cheers
http://www.guitarsrock.co.nz - Now selling Monarch Pedals and Divine Noise cables.

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Looks awesome, dude!

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Looks wicked!!!!
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Snarblinge wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:04 pm
I like the pcb additions, if i did it, id remove all of the parts overlay, and just leave random text and images on the silkscreen, after you have populated ten or more, you won't be needing the layout guide anyway. .
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Might need to grab that domain if you intend to advertise it: http://www.monarchpedals.com/

I'm definitely interested in how this sounds!! What sort of price point are you aiming at?

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Snarblinge wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:04 pm
Well done, it's a plunge I have always talked myself out of, looks great,

I like the pcb additions, if i did it, id remove all of the parts overlay, and just leave random text and images on the silkscreen, after you have populated ten or more, you won't be needing the layout guide anyway.

good luck.

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Yeah that's a consideration but I plan on bringing in help down the line and it's for that reason it's helpful. Plus there's like 7 other pedal designs and I think it means remaking the entire library in the software to not have the silkscreen on there which is a lot of work for zero benefit really.

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Conway wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:10 pm
Hi. I'd love to give it a go. Maybe even sell them through Guitars Rock, if you wanted an existing outlet???? Drop us a PM. Cheers
Yeah man, lemme send you a pm.

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Keen to give it a go, price dependent. Sounds like a fun pedal!

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Michael wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:57 pm
Keen to give it a go, price dependent. Sounds like a fun pedal!
Currently working that out. Was thinking $179 nzd which is $120 usd.

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NippleWrestler wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:03 pm
Michael wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:57 pm
Keen to give it a go, price dependent. Sounds like a fun pedal!
Currently working that out. Was thinking $179 nzd which is $120 usd.
Looks great! PM me your acct, happy to help out + Cindy says to buy local :)

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Boom! First sale! Looks really good.
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NippleWrestler wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:57 pm


Nice. Different. Unusual. Made here.

Anyone know anything about making pedal demos?

And as is NZG custom, anything sold through here helps support the forum itself.
Reg perhaps?
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