by gaussmarkov

Forty-Niner Layout

Mark Hammer ( also designed this pedal, another 4049 project!

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13 Responses to “Forty-Niner”

  1. jameswillisisthebest said:

    This is my first post
    just saying HI

    Posted 08.09.2007 at 3:47 pm

  2. gaussmarkov said:

    Hi! 😉

    Posted 08.09.2007 at 10:44 pm

  3. javier said:

    first of all great page!!!!
    i´ve found another forty niner on the web by Brett Robinson, almost equal to his Smooth-o-matic ( the only difference being a capacitor the first at input)
    i wonder wich one is the good one, i mean the original!!!
    thanks a lot

    Posted 30.12.2007 at 2:10 am

  4. gaussmarkov said:

    as i recall, mark and brett actually discussed this in a thread on it’s been a while since i read it, but i think mark hammer used the name first and brett was going to change the name of his circuit. probably, the smooth-o-matic is the new name that brett chose.

    Posted 30.12.2007 at 8:18 am

  5. javier said:

    ok thanks
    i found it and read it
    those 4049 projects are really interesting
    you can play around with a lot of settings
    thanks again

    Posted 31.12.2007 at 2:03 am

  6. Thaxt said:

    It looks like the 4049 IC has gained new life beyond Craig Anderton’s original Tube Sounding Fuzz.

    The Boscorelli Stompbox Cookbook uses one in his Distort-O-Matic I.

    Posted 21.09.2008 at 5:05 am

  7. metalero said:

    Hi gaussmarkov
    could you put a little description of each proyect???

    coz i dont know what is a 49er. its a delay, a fuzz, a chorus???

    what is a Gristleizer?

    maybe talk about the aplications. if the pedal is great to play metal, rock or blues.

    coz a tubescreamer is great for blues, but combined with the distorted channel of an amp, could help to compress a little bit and control the tone and result a better distortion.


    Posted 25.08.2009 at 12:14 pm

  8. Mark Hammer said:

    In response to metalero…

    This is an overdrive pedal, but the gain in the 4049 has been tamed down quite a bit, compared to the Anderton TSF. Having built a bunch of 4049-based pedals, I have to say that I prefer the sound of a 4049 that is being hit with a hot signal, but uses low-ish gain itself, rather than producing the gain in the 4049.

    The little op-amp section with the 3-position toggle is simply the Anderton Frequency Booster circuit that allows you to insert some pre-emphasis before the clipping to achieve different kinds of resonances. It is not critical to include.

    I can’t begin to count the number of overdrive pedals I’ve made and customized, and I often come back to this little design, simply because it sounds great with my rig and playng style. If you like the tone of players like Mike Campbell (Tom Petty), this is capable of achieving it.

    Posted 14.12.2009 at 2:11 pm

  9. metalero said:

    thanks Mark

    Posted 15.01.2010 at 9:47 am

  10. Matt said:

    Hi! I was wondering about the 560pf “chicklet” style cap; I assume these are the green ones that look like…well, a chicklet? Going to Pedal Parts Plus as well as Small Bear yielded not much since Small Bear doesn’t provide many pictures, and certainly doesn’t use the “chicklet” description, and PPP doesn’t have these in the pf range. I have a ceramic version. I know caps are to a large extent interchangeable, but would I suffer any ill results using the ceramic? I’ve heard people say the ceramics are harsh. Thanks, Matt

    Posted 30.08.2010 at 10:46 am

  11. BlackAdder said:

    Hey Matt,

    As far as that cap is concerned, I used a metal film and it sounds real nice.
    Your post is a few months old so I’m sure you figured it out.

    This is a nice build. Thanks gaussmarkov for this very entertaining web site!


    Posted 16.12.2010 at 7:56 pm

  12. Bruce said:

    Are the pots on the 49er log or linear?

    Posted 14.10.2012 at 4:07 pm

  13. gilberto — from brazil said:

    Are the pots on the 49er log or linear?

    Posted 19.11.2012 at 7:46 pm