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Corrected Maestro Bass Brassmaster BB-1

After a great deal of detective work by some effects makers and comparisons with original units, it has been determined that the manufacturer’s schematic for the Maestro Bass Brassmaster model BB-1 is incorrect in one small way: the pinout for the darlington device (2N5308) is shown backwards. This is shown in the corrected schematic below.

backwards. This is shown in the corrected schematic below. The Bass Brassmaster PCB sold by General

The Bass Brassmaster PCB sold by General Guitar Gadgets properly reflects the schematic except in three ways. These are:

1. The positioning of the Darlington is show according to the original, incorrect schematic diagram. This can be corrected by turning the transistor 180 degrees in the mounting holes.

2. The nomenclature for R22 and R27 was reversed on the schematic noting the part numbers for the PCB. If these are reversed, it is then correct compared to the schematic, and has been proven to work properly.

3. The switching on the filter was simplified to simply put one resistor in parallel with the other. For instance, instead of switching from 47K to 6.8K, the two were simply paralleled. This makes the switching much simpler, requiring only a 3PST instead of a 3PDT switch. It does change the filter frequency slightly, making the high position about 14% higher in frequency. In practice, this changes the sound of the effect very little.

However

I have updated the PCB layout.

Updates, layouts copyright R.G. Keen 2009. All rights reserved. No permission for local copies or presentation from web sites other than http://www.geofex.com.

U T S R Q P O N M L K V V W W
U
T
S
R
Q
P
O
N
M
L
K
V V
W W
X X
Y Y
A
B
C
F
G
H
I
J
D
E
3 4 5 +9 +9 +9 +9 R14 R18 2.2K R13 220K Q6 R12 C9
3
4
5
+9
+9
+9
+9
R14
R18
2.2K
R13
220K
Q6
R12
C9
12K
1uF
1.5M
C10
0.1uF
D1
D4
C12
C8
Q4
Q5
R21
1uF
C5
2.2K
D2 D3
R19
0.1uF
220K
R22
R23
C11
22K
3.3K
R15
C7
10nF
C13
C14
150R
R17
47nF
2.2K
4.7nF
4.7nF
T1
82K
6.8K
R27
6.8K
R25
R20
1
13
+8
15
14
2
12
+9
R4
R24
R26
R31
R3
12K
47K
47K
C3
47K
150K
R28
C15
C1
0.1uF
R30
0.1uF
1.5M
150K
47nF
In
Q1
C2
VR3
+8
+8
1uF
VR1
10K
Q6
10K
R7
R1
R2
R5
R6
10K
R29
390R
R9
470K
2.2M
150K
1K
VR2
10K
R10
C6
Q2
Q3
1uF
+9
R32
820R
C4
Out
1uF
+8
R8
D5
R16
C16
C17
470R
R11
2M2
1N4002
25uF
10uF
4.7K
9Vdc

Updates, layouts copyright R.G. Keen 2009. All rights reserved. No permission for local copies or presentation from web sites other than http://www.geofex.com.

SW3: Brass ½

Lo

Hi

SW2:

Harmonic

V W X Y S R T VR1 VR2 VR3
V
W
X
Y
S
R
T
VR1
VR2
VR3

Battery Clip

Black

Red

V

W

X

Y

S

T

On left edge of board

Updates, layouts copyright R.G. Keen 2009. All rights reserved. No permission for local copies or presentation from web sites other than http://www.geofex.com.