Not always a good guitar pedal has to be complicated. Devi Ever is an interesting person in the business. Not only she produces guitar pedals, but she’s also songwriter, musician, video game developer and artist. And as it seems to me, very individual in every one of these scenes. Devi’s pedals are widely used by top-level artists like ZZ Top, Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. And if something is used by Billy Gibbons, it has to be good.
This one is a clean boost named Karaoke Party, which is acting as a mild overdrive when cranked. The layout is like this:
Not much to say about this, except it’s remarkably compact. Don’t get fooled by just one transistor. This one is a real lionheart. No doubt the power is sufficient for every use. And what a nice mild overdrive when cranked! Very transparent and amp-like. Put this one before some higher gain overdrive or distortion, and let the hell get loose.
The only mod I did was to change MPSA18 to MPSA13. I just didn’t have MPSA18’s in stock, so that was necessity. I put a socket for the transistor, so I can test the difference later. According to tagboardeffects.blogspot.com this tiny mod adds a hint of a gain to this, so think I’ll leave it like it is now. If you do the same, mind the pinout. It’s reversed in MPSA13 and -18.
I couldn’t react against temptation to fit this into 1590A:
Quite challenging it was, and took some careful measuring before drilling. Also needed to bend input and ouput jacks’ ground lugs, and modify the power jack lugs a little to prevent short circuits. And of course, shrinking tube is one of my best friends. Thinking overall, this is my best work until now. Hail to Devi, Blackout Singstar: