Your favorite sushi box fx pedal to date?

bluedmc777

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Just curious. Also if you’re a guitarist or bassist. Guitarist please list what amp your using as that can make a huge difference.

I’m using a Vox style amp with 2 selectable preamp tubes. A 12ax7 or EF86. Particle Accelerator is my favorite Hands down at the moment until I can swap a couple caps in the King Nothing. I using it at end of drive chain pretty much always on to add a little girth and grit.

The King Nothing is versatile but with my amp a tad too much bass. On the lower gain settings it’s has some great single note clarity and thickness. A sound I would associate with “Dumble” even though nobody they’re all different. That was a suprise. At higher gains it can rock.

The Diplomat is a tone enhancer for me. Doesn’t work as well with my box style amp as it does my deluxe reverb. Perhaps I haven’t spent enough time with its placement in the chain but I do see it driving the hell out of another pedal or end of chain sweetener. Has tons of volume on tap. A lot! The EF86 will always give you more girth. It’s just a thick sounding tube for me.

The Ambassador. Has a drive/distortion unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing. The but is-the always on clean channel just doesn’t work with my brighter vox style amp. With a high headroom Marshall this thing would be perfect in getting those classic rock tones and more. Nathan suggested a couple mods for it to work better with my amp. Hopefully I’ll get to it one day.

Particle Accelerator it is for me so far even though they’re all great with different amps in mind. I believe the extended tone section is what realy works in the P.A.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommending all of them depending on your amp and uses though.

I wonder if the Dr. Watson would pair well with a vox style amp? Or a tube driven compressor. I’ve also thought about putting the vampire slayer tube buffer in my effects loop as it’s passive! Would it be that much better than another good solid state buffer? It also has a digital reverb running in parallel with the passive loop. The amp was designed thah way.

Also, I’ve got in with Rat pedals but have been intrigue with the tube rat lol.

Many thanks to everyone involved in designing these!
 
My experience so far:

I have built the Diplomat and BassDude for one specific reason. If you send Diplomat into BassDude you can achieve architecture quite similar to a Bell & Howell Filmosound 385 amp. The Diplomat has a lot of clean gain that overdrives whatever you put after it. I have tried this only once so far into the cleanish amp (Fender Blues Jr.). It sounds nice.

I have also recently tried to put the BassDude after the tube preamp I built some time ago. It resembles the Dumble ODS topology where you switch channels in the way, you send the clean preamp signal to another separate tube section (BassDude) instead of overdriving the clean from the front. I was surprised at how well it worked.

The King Nothing is the last thing I have to explore. I haven't yet found a way to use it reasonably in my pedal chain. In other words, I have too many drive/boost pedals. :LOL:
 
We all have too many drive pedals lol. My biggest concern is figuring out which ones to sell along with which power supply(s) to sell to buy a supply large enough for 5 tube pedals. Maybe more if I add the tube buffer and whatever else may come in the future.
 
Mine is and always will be (at least for another couple weeks, got something wild in the works) Black Eye. From the moment I first heard the Soldano GTO circuit I said "yup, that's my sound."

I obviously have access to a lot more Sushi Box circuits than most people and there are plenty of cool ones nobody has ever heard, but so far I haven't been able to top Black Eye.
 
My biggest concern is figuring out which ones to sell along with which power supply(s) to sell to buy a supply large enough for 5 tube pedals
I am thinking about using a power supply out of an old HP rack server I bought a long time ago because I wanted the RAM from it.
I think it is 12v at 800 watts so I would never have a problem again.
I think the power supplies from computers can be very useful when converted, most laptops have supplies that can put out many amps and you just need a L7812 or L7809 to get 12v or 9v.
 
I need to try a vampire slayer in my loop one of these days. My Cub 40r player series has an unbuffered effects loop in parallel with a digital reverb. Little suprised by that. Anyone compared the slayer to a good quality buffer or even a clean boost/buffer?

I had some some fun with the kind of the nothing last night. I like pushing other pedals with with it as well as pushing it. You do have dial it in though and each flip of the switch you’ll have to readjust. I’m liking it though. Hats off to @vigilante398 Suppose I’ll have to try the Black Eye very soon!
 
"The Ambassador. Has a drive/distortion unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing. The but is-the always on clean channel just doesn’t work with my brighter vox style amp."

@vigilante398 is there a way to reconfigure this so that the Ambassador is bypasses when off, so that it's not always on?
 
"The Ambassador. Has a drive/distortion unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing. The but is-the always on clean channel just doesn’t work with my brighter vox style amp."

@vigilante398 is there a way to reconfigure this so that the Ambassador is bypasses when off, so that it's not always on?
Sure, you mean like remove the clean channel and make it a true bypass single-channel pedal? I could probably figure out a way to make that work if so.

I know a couple people have kept it as a two-channel pedal and added a DPDT toggle switch as a bypass, it just comes down to whether you want to bypass it with a footswitch or not. The very first Ambassador units I built (SMD) had two footswitches, which is basically the difference between the original Matchless Hotbox and the Hotbox 3.
 
Yeah man definitely! If there was a way to make that 1 channel I can switch on/off, that would be stellar!

As a single pedal straight into an amp, it's absolutely stunning. But with 25+ pedals on my board, having access to only the distortion/overdrive channel would be ideal. Still need to build your version of the rat, I've got the board but my PCB backlog is insane.
 
Yeah man definitely! If there was a way to make that 1 channel I can switch on/off, that would be stellar!

As a single pedal straight into an amp, it's absolutely stunning. But with 25+ pedals on my board, having access to only the distortion/overdrive channel would be ideal. Still need to build your version of the rat, I've got the board but my PCB backlog is insane.
So I'm looking at the design files right now, and the good news is it's not impossible. The bad news is it's not easy. It will involve physically cutting traces on the PCB and jumping wires around.
 
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