Epicurean Shoppe

This is the placeholder page for the 'brand' I use for building guitar pedals and various other audio devices and developments. Right now I don't have anything for sale here, but someday plan on using this webpage to showcase my designs and possibly host a catalog of available products available on a made-to-order basis.

Since 2016, I have been using this "Epicurean Shoppe" branding on the effects pedals I've built, DIY effects pedal projects, along with guitar amplifier servicing. Thus, the be-all and end-all purpose of the "Epicurean Shoppe" brand is definitely a mixed bag.

In addition to my own equipment, I mostly build pedals for Electronic Audio Experiments with my good friend John, who in my honest opinion is designing some of the greatest original effects pedals on the market right now.

For now, contact: me@zachweeks.com for any inquiries.

Here are some circuits & projects I've worked on which may be useful to other people:

BIG RUFF - "The BIG RUFF by Epicurean Shoppe aims to be an authentic, accurate derivative of a well-loved 1970s fuzz pedal with period-correct components.

This circuit is the culmination of years of unintentional Big Muff research, tweaking, and cork-sniffing. I use hand-selected and measured N.O.S. clipping diodes and transistors sourced from all corners of the world to give you the best boutique pedal on a budget without compromising quality. Equally useful for both guitar and bass as a drive or as a fuzz. Hand-made in Salem MA.
Here is a very rough demo video of the pedal in action.

Speaker Cab Impedance Selector DIY PCB - I designed this simple board in order to wire up a 4x12 with both 4 ohm and 16 ohm jacks. Now you can use it, too. Much more affordable than buying a Marshall jack plate. The part numbers are printed on the bottom of the board. You can order the boards from OshPark using this link or just download the Gerber files as .zip here and upload to any PCB fab of your choice.

Traynor YBA-1 Mods - A schematic showing modifications I've done on Traynor YBA-1 amplifiers to make them more versatile and to my liking.

Sound City Revised Bias Circuit - A scheme to add a voltage doubler into the bias circuit of 1970s Dallas Arbiter Sound City amplifiers, which are notorious for running modern power tubes way way too hot.

"The Valve Wizard - Bias Supplies" (backup link) - Great read on designing better bias circuits for tube amps. This is a link to another webpage and isn't my content but I'm including it here because it is extremely useful info for anyone who wants a better understanding of how bias circuits work.

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