It all started when I pulled apart an old Hammond transistor organ and started monkeying around testing parts and whatnot. I developed a circuit around the components and found it to be a super desirable mid-gain distortion.
We, as of now, don't make the pedals with the old parts, we are using new components. We tested hard and tried a lot of options to ensure the same warmth and character as the early Hammond's... the bonus is that the new components are less noisy... which is good. Until I buy and destroy another organ, I'm going to be building the Hammond's with new components.
Each Hammond's I build is a little different from the last. I keep saying I'm going to find a perfect setup, but I never do...
To date, there are 14 versions of Hammond's Organs in the world. The following controls are the most universal, but there are custom Hammond's with different switches and whatnot.Knobs:
- V: Volume
- G: Gain.
- V Switch: Voice. How hard the signal hits the transistors and controls the bass signal.
- Up: Less Bass, Less Distortion.
- Down: More Bass More, Distortion.
- C Switch: Clipping Switch, The clipping options are subtle but do come through, and really shine with the gain rolled back a bit.
- Up: Asymmetrical Clipping
- Down: Symmetrical Clipping
Industry standard 9volt jack, no wall wart included, no battery option. Hammond's Organs do best with isolated high-quality power supply, but they can be daisy-chained too... as long as the power is good. If you have a sub-par power supply, this pedal will be noisy... like most pedals rocking the sub-par power.