Emanating Fist Electronics XB-70


Emanating Fist Electronics

Emanating Fist Electronics. That's right. Emanating Fist Elec-tronics. A fist made of electrons heading right into your face. Bam!

Okay words of sense. I had Mr. Castledine design me some PCB's for things I wished to make at random points that I didn't care to make on stripboard and hence forth not produced under the banner of D*A*M. Emanating Fist Electronics is my chosen banner for such things and this, the XB-70, is the very first of them.

The origin of the idea was to be able to make some Ram Head's at some point with and greater ease. I don't really care to do that to be quite frank, old shit is old, so I have opted for this route. The XB-70 is a Big Muff, but to be precise, a clone of my Guild Foxy Lady...that I think is from around 1977!?!? I can't quite recall to be honest. The year ain't important, though the fact it sounds like torn leather soaked in piss and salt smushed lovingly into ears does. It is a brute of a pedal, has a really intense roar at full tilt, like any good Big Muff really. Though my Guild has the extra added bonus of insanely loud background noise and batshit crazy amounts of feedback ladened sustain. So the XB-70 takes this particular Guild box as a reference point though assembled so it's a little more polite but still packing mucho fire in tah belly. As much fun as it would have been to clone that throwing shit at the walls amount craziness into these for the most part the old Guild sounds that way because one of the transistors is fucked. In other words, most sane folk would consider a pedal that they had purchased that sounded this way to be very defective.

So to summarize. The X8-70 is a Guild Foxey Lady replica, from around the time EH were knocking out the Ram Head Muffs, that has a bad attitude but will play nice and not hurt your feelings.

The boards are custom designed by Castledine Electronics and loaded with carbon composition resistors and other such pretty high quality components. There is no mojo in the transistors, these a new stock gain selected BBC337'S. Stable, low noise, good sustain, nice break-up. No frying eggs tone to ruin your vibe. Rock solid awesomeness.

I used Citec pots in these boxes, like I do with the Sola Sound builds. Due to the orientation and the shaft time the pot rotation looks a little different. The controls at zero point straight down and maximum rotation falls a little short of where you would normally expect it to end. Like so...

Tone at zero, Sustain at max. Don't mean shit really, just saying.

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