The new "Beauty & Ruin" Bob Mould signature distortion came about from my love of Bob's guitar tone. It uses the classic 741 IC, just like the originals and the two silicon diodes for clipping, give a slightly clearer and crisper distortion than the earlier germanium based units. Component values are based on my two favorites with some very slight changes in a couple of component values to fine tune it to these two units.
The pedal has the typical volume and gain as is standard on all these units and is powered by a standard Boss style 9V adaptor jack with no option for battery like all my pedals. Artwork and details were sorted out and a package including the pedal, a T-shirt and certificate like my other signature pedals was finalized to Bob's specs.
"While touring in Australia a few years ago, Tim brought me a Tymexar St. Paul distortion pedal. I was touched by the gesture but didn't get around to trying out the pedal until recording the guitar tracks for Beauty & Ruin. I was thrilled at the sound of the Tymexar Â– all the good essential qualities of the original MXR Distortion+, a much higher signal output, and best of all, a noticeable reduction in the sometimes overbearing high frequency sizzle.
We've modified the look of the Tymexar and are proud to present the new, custom hand made Beauty & Ruin signature pedal. I hope you all enjoy and use this pedal as much as I do." Bob Mould.
My designs are inspired by the classic old units but with modern components and appointments and many options like true bypass or non-true-bypass switching, LED's, added "active" tone controls, boosts and "Boss" compatible 9-volt adapters. NONE of my pedals use batteries.