Some 'Blaster Questions

Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby Tony6Strings » Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:44 pm

What exactly is a Strat-O-Blaster? Is it a clean boost, a buffer, or a preamp? IE how different is it from, lets say, a MXR Micro Amp? Lets say I wanna give it a spin... Is the Alembic model currently in production the same circuit that Jerry had in his strat in the early 70's?
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby JonnyBoy » Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Tony, I think Waldo has a schematic for one on his site, I am under the impression it is a simple gain step up circuit close to 6db or so. I am sure the right components help too, GGG has a DIY kit also that can fit in a cavity. But It is a booster, basically. An LPB1 would be similar too. I really dont know what the blaster circuit is schematic wise, or if any other booster is comparable tone wise. I was told an LPB1 booster would do about the same thing in general. I had trouble with it being too glassy tho.
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby Mosfed » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:52 pm

My understanding is that it's simply a boost. But in my experience it definitely adds grit. You can totally find the circuit online and build one for $40 with all the best possible components.
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby hippieguy1954 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:15 am

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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby hippieguy1954 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:17 am

Don't forget blocking the tremelo!
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby PaulJay » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:36 am

I use an MXR Microamp as a clean boost. Would that be the same thing as a stratoblaster in a box?
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby JonnyBoy » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:44 am

I think it would be close enough!
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Re: Some 'Blaster Questions

Postby Tony6Strings » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:04 am

hippieguy1954 wrote:Don't forget blocking the tremelo!


That's been a must for me for years now, as a strat guy. To me, a floating trem seems like a gimmick as opposed to a real musical thing, with the exception of maybe Jeff Beck or Hendrix. Some of my fellow Strat people don't understand, just like I don't understand wanting to set up a guitar so it won't stay in tune, etc...


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