Dunning ∿‌‌ Kruger FX

Effect Pedals and Guitars, etc.

Dubious Distinction

Dubious Distinction Circuit Board (with the colors way out of whack)
Dubious Distinction

Details

This was the second pedal that I made, and it has the dubious distinction of being the one where I learned how to troubleshoot a non-working pedal. I eventually figured it out with some help from the pedal-building community, though.

This pedal is built from a BYOC Large Beaver Triangle, which is inspired by a specific version of the iconic Electro-Harmonix Big Muff π. There have been a ton of different versions of this pedal since it was developed in 1969 (and they’re still being made today). I don’t claim to know the complete history, which is complex and convoluted, but “Triangle” is a name that fans have given to some of the earliest production versions.

This one has some elaborate tone controls. In addition to the standard tone knob, there is a switch that allows for a mid boost, mid cut, or flat mids, and another switch to bypass the tone stack completely and let it run wild.

I didn’t realize how much I needed this pedal until I built it. It’s crazy good.

Vital Stats

Girth
Harmonic Complexity
Graphics from Microsoft Word
Yellow
Odor

Sound

The sound sample is the Junior into the Dubious Distinction with the tone stack bypassed into a slightly breaking up Fender Deluxe. Then the Coronacaster comes in with the Dubious Distinction in mid-boost tone mode with the sustain cranked up into the same amp.