Custom Build – MP Custom FX “Germaniac”

MP Custom FX Gainiac
MP Custom FX Gainiac

I finished up a custom build of this MP Custom FX Germaniac guitar overdrive pedal for a regular client yesterday.  The client wanted four additional always-on blue LEDs to indicate the corners, which meant creating an additional tiny board to house their resistors and wiring.

This pedal is LOUD, crunchy and trebly.  Naturally, I tested it with a synth. I don’t have guitars around here. But yes, I can build guitar effects!

Farfisa Combo Compact – we can fix a bad coil!

Farfisa Combo Compact Organ
Farfisa “Combo Compact” Organ

We were relieved to discover that this Combo Compact had been much better maintained than the Compact Deluxe we worked on last month.  We were working on it for a friend of ours from DC, who had gotten it from a  relative who was a professional musician in the 70s and had taken pretty good care of it.   Continue reading “Farfisa Combo Compact – we can fix a bad coil!”

Roland JX-3P

Roland JX-3P
Roland JX-3P

When I started working on it, this JX-3P looked like a feral synthesizer that had lived in the forest.  It was rusty, the legends had been scraped off in many places, the plywood bottom piece was rotting requiring it to be held together with tape, and it was spattered with literal mud.  It had also been subjected to one of the strangest DIY repair attempts I’ve seen yet.  Someone tried to overcome some bad key contacts by squirting some of that yellow expanding spray foam insulation stuff into the tops of a few of the rubber key contact strips.  Guess what… it didn’t work. Continue reading “Roland JX-3P”

Moog The Rogue (#2)

Moog Rogue synthesizer
Moog “The Rogue”

This one hadn’t been used in years, and I was told that it had just suddenly stopped turning on.  Without even testing it I suspected the wiring between the rectifier/jack board and main board was to blame, as crackly wire soldering often causes problems in both the Rogue and its relative the MG-1.  In my experience, the types of problems described as “it just suddenly stopped turning on” are usually a lot easier to fix than the types of problems described as something like “sometimes it acts really weird.” Continue reading “Moog The Rogue (#2)”

Moog Satellite

Moog Satellite Synthesizer
Moog Satellite Synthesizer

The Moog Satellite is the Moog not even its own mother could love, Bob Moog’s least favorite Moog and mine as well.  It is a preset monosynth (!?) created in the early 1970s as an accessory for Thomas Organ Company home organs, at a time when boring middle class people all over the US were listening to Switched on Bach and were excited to get their own Moog and pronounce it “MOOOOg.” Continue reading “Moog Satellite”