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***UPDATE: May 9, 2024: We have enough transistors now for another run of these. This will be units #11 thru 20. Built with OC75 & OC76 “long metal can” transistors, sorted for optimal signal-to-noise. Not many make the cut! I’ve decided on using NOS caps for input, output and tone control – electrolytic caps are modern for maximum reliability. To keep noise as low as possible, I’m using all modern resistors in these builds. (For Mojo Hounds: Keep your eyes out for upcoming “All NOS” Elektrika pedals with point to point assembly)

Remaining quantity: May 9th, 2024 –  6 remaining

WARNING – DEEP DIVE: The “long can” style transistors are the same style as “black glass” transistors, just that instead of having been dipped in a black coating to shield them from light, there is a metal “can” around the glass tube containing the transistor. These are my personal favorite transistors for the Elektrika, and do differ in tone significantly from the “short can” style transistors! If you are familiar with the particular sound and feel of Newmarket transistors (like the NKT275, NKT278, NKT210) these “long can” transistors feel more dynamic, and the breakup is not as “smooth”, like they stand out in a mix more prominently. Yes, this is nerdy transistor talk, but when you spend enough time tuning these circuits, it feels like a significant difference! If you do prefer the slightly more compressed and smooth response of those short can transistors, I’m working on something that will float your boat – drop me a line! More to come soon…. J

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We get a lot of questions about how the OC44 or OC45 version is different from the OC75 version, or the standard Elektrika, etc. Here are a few points:

OC75 are the most expensive transistors, hence the higher price. They were used in original Tone Benders, and demand the most attention when pedals are built with them! The gains tend to fall into that sweet spot, not too low, not too high, and they have a sweet and mean character when driven into fuzz sounds.

HOWEVER – OC42, OC44, and OC45 transistors ALSO fit the bill! These transistors were, until recently, available at a better price… but the word got out – they sound EXCELLENT in a fuzz box!

**** NOTE That the current OC75 Elektrika uses all vintage caps, which add to the cost (and fees on this platform add up fast – see the site for more info at joedocmusic.com)

OC44 – can be a tad high gain, but by selecting the right ones, you get a killer fuzz right up there with the OC75’s. Is there a difference in sound? Yes… it’s in the realm of the subjective – OC44 sounds to my ears a bit more “gutsy” or “rude” than the OC75. This might translate into “more lower mids”, or “distorts sooner as you turn up the gain”.

OC42 – which we have only a few more transistors for now – has an amazing “clean up” with the guitar’s volume knob. Right up there with a fuzzface, no kidding. I don’t know exactly which parameter of the transistor causes this, let’s call it “magic sparkles”. Why not. They’re just great for that. They fuzz well, but have an almost “overdrive” character.

OC45 – These tend to be lower gain transistors, and I now like to blend OC45 and OC44 to get a fuller fuzz tone, but OC45 is perfectly fuzzy when maxed out, but has a lot more in-between… distortion/overdrive style sounds, and excellent cleanup, like the OC42, albeit a bit warmer, fluffier, less “clear and sparkly” like the OC42.

So there you go – that’s transistor cork-sniffing at it’s best. Prices of these pedals reflect the cost of transistors, not that you “pay more for a better sound”, which is nonsense.

The Standard Elektrika is literally a steal at the moment – I got a killer price on a large batch of great transistors (80’s vintage) that make a killer fuzz, albeit a tad more “hi-fi” sounding than the OC series transistors. Turn that built in tone control down a bit and you get right into that warmer “vintage” tone area. Can’t beat it for a budget pedal, for road work, or a spare to lend a friend when dueling fuzzes!

* If you’re familiar with our “standard” Elektrika, you may wonder, “Why the price bump?” It comes down to the transistors. Vintage OC75 transistors are very hard to find, and prices are skyrocketing as supplies disappear. OC75 transistors are currently $25-$30 a piece. Once these precious devices arrive, we sort them rigorously for gain, leakage and noise! Less than half make the cut, putting the cost for the transistors alone at well over $100.

(I should note – Our supply of transistors for our regular production “Elektrika” is in good shape for now, so you may want to consider picking one of those up in any case! )

Specs:

– Vintage Mullard “long can” OC75 & OC76 transistors

– Enclosure Size 125B, Finished in Gold Hammerite, Block-printed Graphics

– Powered by 9v “Block” battery, or +9vDC power jack. We have built in an analog 9v power inverter, so you may power this with a standard negative ground power supply! (aka “Boss Style” adapter). This means the pedal integrates seamlessly with modern pedalboards.

– All the trimmings: Hand wired, Top mounted Lumberg Jacks, cloth-covered vintage in/out wire, low power consumption LED, “Fat/Tight” switch for MK1/Zonk Machine tones, and our custom Gate and Tone controls to dial in all the fuzz tones you dream about…

Thanks for checkin’ it out!

joe

Original price was: $369.00.Current price is: $349.00.Add to cart Buy now with PayPal

Returns/ Repairs:

RETURN POLICY: If you’re not satisfied with any JDM Pedal, you can return within 14 days for a refund (minus shipping and payment processing costs, which Paypal does not refund to us 🙁  If you encounter any functional problems with a pedal at any time just contact us! Since we use vintage transistors, it is possible that a transistor can fail, as rare as that is, and we’ll always do what it takes to get your beloved fuzz machine growling again.