I know about people offering stratoblaster pedals, there are complete- non kit- pedals you can buy. But I didnt know alembic was offering them actually. and that jack plate is a nice addition. But that jack plate makes it only useable with a strat unless you wanna dismantle it. Mine would be half the price if you install it yourself and wouldnt require wire nuts which I absolutely hate. The screw in terminals are much more compact and the hold a lot better in my experience.
Regarding the e230. These are obsolete and I havent been able to find any e230's, but that doesnt mean we cant enjoy the stratoblaster. I do have a source for j230's and it is electronically identical to the e230. The important part of this circuit is that I bias each unit specifically. There is a good deal of variation from jfet to jfet (yes, the same exact models coming off the same line have a good deal of variation) and a resistor must be adjusted to achieve the proper bias.
now regarding installation- if you have a guitar with a tiger buffer I would be willing to install the stratoblaster into that guitar and change the usual on/off switch for the buffer to a 3 way "on/off/on" switch that would allow you to get tiger/no buffer/stratoblaster setup.
Another option for getting this buffer would be something similar to a nicely priced alembic producthttp://alembic.stores.yahoo.net/activecable.html
a stratoblaster in the middle of a cable. Mine definitely would not have a nice little wooden box, but it also would not cost anywhere near $400- I'm thinking $175 would be a more honest price. I would use canare gs6 cable (or mogami) and some nice amphenol jacks. and I think the design would be much better if the buiffer (stratoblaster) was placed closer to the guitar end of the cable- not just because closer to the pickups is electronically 'better' as your pickups dont have to drive as much cable before seeing the buffer, but also because I am looking into adding a clip to the buffers enclosure that would allow you to clip it onto your guitar strap. I would also put a true bypass toggle switch on it so turning off the tiger buffer and turning on the stratoblaster would be easily done in between or even during songs. This cable requires no extra installation cost (or diy work) or hassel on your end and no internal modifications to your guitars. This would also allow you to use the stratoblaster on any guitar. and it would be better than a pedal because A.) the buffer would be very close to the pickups- i know a lot of guys like using long cables with their jerry pedal boards in the back and the sheer power of a 3 12" JBL speaker cab and Mcintosh amp. so having a buffer after 10" of cable would be quite a bit better than at the end of 20' of cable. B.) you'd also be getting a killer cable out of the deal- a cable that Hard Truckers charges $36 for 10ft and $50 for 20' lengths- I also would use these particular amphenol jacks that have an awesome strain relief design that will survive years of abuse. C.) you wouldnt have to put an extra pedal on your board and use an extra patch cable and have extra jacks to make contact between. But mostly because it would be very close to your pickups and there is a reason that buffers have historically been installed inside your guitars cavity.
I am gonna build a prototype of it today. I would have built one already but I've had the stratoblaster installed inside my guitar for some time.
So the reasons I thought I would offer it
-proper bias and construction- including proper component compositons. The tantalum caps were in several parts of jerry's signal and they are key to the dist + and the stratoblaster.
-universal installation/ease of installation
I know a lot of guys have the super 2's and tiger setup. But lets not forget the old alligator into twin reverb setup. A little dirty and classic tone. I love the grit jerry got out of his alligator setup and having a little extra gain off the strat pickups gets you there nicely. I also have strong convictions about the MXR dist + and have built a couple of true to vintage dist + pedals for a couple local deadheads. I've never met a pedal where component composition was so crucial, and the (somewhat) recently released dist + from MXR that is supposed to be true to vintage has metal film resistors in it! I build mine with NOS tantalums and the correct caps in the correct places with NOS carbon comps, NOS 1n270 diodes, NOS 741, full sized pots all measured within tighter tolerances- along with modern amenities like true bypass and an LED with high quality wire.
Sorry for the long post- I just really want you guys to try this stuff out- as it seems the stratoblaster and dist + isnt very popular on this forum.
If there's anyone out there that has a good recording setup for demoes and maybe one of those other guys stratoblasters and the modern MXR dist + I'd be glad to send out some of my builds for some shootout action