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Piccolo Falsetto v1.0

The Piccolo Falsetto is a multi-stage hybrid germanium overdive, featuring a MOSFET buffer/boost, a passive pickup simulator, and a germanium gain stage. Built entirely by hand in Columbus, Ohio, the Piccolo Falsetto features military grade resistors and hand selected surplus parts including the germanium boost transistor and silver mica capacitors in several locations. The Piccolo is buffered at both input and output, so it can be placed anywhere in the pedal chain.

Exterior Adjustments:

  • Tone: Designed like the tone control on a guitar, allows the user to fine tune the tone of the pedal.
  • Sustain: Controls the signal level passing into the core boost stage.
  • Voice (Switch): In the down position, the pedal reacts like single coil pickups. In the up position, the pedal reacts more like humbuckers. Also matches the tone capacitor to the voicing.
  • Boost: Controls the volume of the germanium boost stage at the core of the Piccolo Falsetto. Indirectly acts as the final volume.
  • Filter: Select from four filter settings (Clockwise from left): full band, low-mid through treble, mid and treble, treble.

Interior Adjustments:

  • Pressure: (shown in blue) Changes the input stage from a simple buffer (counter-clockwise) to a boost. Set to roughly noon on most units during assembly.
  • Bias: (shown in red) Establishes the bias point on the Germanium transistor. Set during assembly and should not need adjustment during regular use.

The Piccolo Falsetto requires standard 9v, center negative power – we do not recommend daisy chaining power for this circuit. Switching is mechanical true bypass. Audio and DC jack are top mounted.


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