NPBD: Introducing Grape Ape

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  1. Raiyn

    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    So named because this thing is purple and I'd need two union roadies to move it.

    I started out with a set of Hejne shelves from IKEA and some 1/2 cabinet plywood that @Dave J had on hand and we built out the basic structure.
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    Unfortunately I'm great with the ideas and the execution, but apparently I'm not so good at explaining stuff so it was pretty much me marking wood for Dave to cut and then I'd fit it in place. Thankfully, he was game to help out and once it started taking shape the process became easier to follow despite my excited babbling.
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    I'd say we did alright. :D

    Later, I disassembled it to make the jack cavities and shield them. I then glued and screwed everything together.
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    This became the process for all four cavities. Pictured is the input jack. The rest were a much simpler drilling procedure.
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    The right side ports are for the input and output, and the top ports are for a future effects loop. I figured I should build in the capability before I glued everything. The pass through has a set of those brush outlet covers to hide the hack job I did cutting the hole. I knew it'd be ugly, so I planned ahead.
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    I had to invert the plates and offset the holes on the opposite side since my material was only an inch thick. The Strat Jack plate is the input, the round is out. Every jack on the board is a Pure Tone and they're all connected to their match with 20ga silicone insulated wire.
    The purple is a water based product called "Unicorn Spit" that goes on looking like you murdered a "My Little Pony", but darkens up nicely when hit with the clear urethane.
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    That rubber covered port is for the power feed. It's actually intended to mount through a bumper or fender to power a engine block heater.
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    Velcro duties are performed by Scotch Extreme fasteners (Dual Lock stuff).
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Signal path from the input jack is (top shelf small section) Korg Pitchblack tuner > Outlaw Effects Wrangler Compressor > Danelectro Billion Dollar Boost > (bottom shelf) Morley Bad Horsie wah wah> Mooer Ninety Orange phaser (the position is supposedly an EVH thing) > Danelectro Cool Cat Drive V.1 > Danelectro Daddy-O > Danelectro Fab Tone > Danelectro Cool Cat Tremolo > (top shelf) Monoprice Flanger > Danelectro Cool Cat Chorus (18v) > Danelectro DanEcho > Ibanez DE7 delay > DigiTech DigiVerb > output.
     
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    Niiiiiiiiice... I like the cool side badging... & I certainly didn't see that coming from the preview :cool:
     
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    Nice job Raiyn, you put a ton of thought into it.
     
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    It's cut vinyl sticker I found on eBay searching Danelectro stuff.
    I wanted you to think a little. :cheers:
    Thanks John, it was built around that Bad Horsie. I bought it from eS.G. and that started the ball rolling. @Dave J then sold me a batch after that included the 18v Cool Cat Chorus and the Tremolo which started the Danelectro collection.

    I pretty much HAD to build something for them at that point. :D
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    I live in such a small house that anytime I want to use pedal I have to pull them out of the closet so I simply don't bother.
     
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    Thinking about this particular bit of kit gave me a headache!!!
     
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    I don't live in a huge house either, but I planned ahead.

    There's a reason I went with the "Extreme" Velcro...I made a removable side stand for it.
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    It attaches by some more of the extreme Velcro to the inside of the lid / top step. The lid has been limited to 90° by a stay made from two eye screws and a length of paracord, but in the stowed position ≈ 45° is sufficient.
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    I made it from some scrap. The bottom Velcro is just the loop side for a bit of cushion.
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    I can sit it (bottom out) in the corner of our spare room and the cats don't bother it. The combination of the weight and the side stand make it stable enough, though in earthquake country I'd have a mechanism to hold the lid at 90°.
    What? The wiring?
    Be glad I didn't show you the electrical room.... I'm using a couple of these,
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    and individual wall warts.

    It's dead quiet. Much better than the daisy chain I tried first.
     
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    Not the wiring @Raiyn... Just that plug... It looks like it belongs on an X-Wing Pilot’s helmet

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    It was a quick and easy way to get power into the board. Most of the alternatives were more work or way more expensive. This setup allows me to use a common extension cord to run it.
     
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    The Force is strong in this one :rofl:
     
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    You have no idea.
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    Very nice, and what John said, it looks like you put a lot of thought in. Good result. :yesway:
     
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    Thanks. :D
    I just noticed that there's no shot of the center rib I added to the bottom shelf for added support.
    Oh well. It also kinda amuses me that there's bits of an Ace hardware paint stirrer hidden in there too.

    EDIT: Here's the shot.
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    Looks great.
     
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    Early on, I realized that in picking the color, before I'd even put the first coat on, I'd trolled myself.



    I realized it in the shower, absentmindedly humming the song - out of nowhere.

    In fairness, I'm from Minnesota, purple is a cool color where I come from. I'm even a Prince fan. As for the board, I dig it, and that's all that matters. I just thought the joke on myself was too good not to share.

    I also kinda wanted to see if anybody would go there on their own.
     
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    Glad it's getting all sorted out for you.
    Yeah I recognize some of those pedals.
    I must confess that I did get to see a preview of this, but the end result is pretty cool.
    The Grape Ape in a Purple "Raiyn" shower.
    Bravo sir, well done!
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it'd be anywhere near as cool without your help pulling it out of my head.
     
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    Well done man well done!!!!
     
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    Thanks man. If you hadn't sold me that Wah, none of this would've happened.
     

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