Dallas Arbiter™ Rangemaster
This is a replica of the legendary old-time booster. It uses a germanium transistor available from Small Bear and other places.
- General Build Instructions
- Tone Booster Notes & Modifications
- Rangemaster Instructions
- Rangemaster Bill of Materials Text
- Rangemaster Schematic
- Rangemaster Parts Layout and Wiring Diagram
- Rangemaster Ready-For-Transfer Printed Circuit Board Layout
- Rangemaster Project Revisions History
For Compatibility with other Negative ground circuit stompboxes on the same power supplies, some builders may want to seek out and use a NPN germanium transistor. Here are the diagrams to build it with an NPN transistor
Rangemaster PNP Germanium Transistor With Charge Pump Version
The addition of a charge pump on the input power, gives you the ability to daisy chain power to your PNP Positive ground pedal with all your other negative ground pedals! Eliminate any need for special considerations when powering your Rangemaster with the other pedals on your pedal board.
GEB PNP Germanium with Charge Pump Instructions and Diagram
Buy a Rangemaster Complete Kit. Includes all the parts and materials you need to build one (except the Germanium transistor), all for about the price you would pay for a PCB and parts.
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From Alex Anest:
You may want to adjust the input cap. My Rangemaster replica sounds totally different with my (single coil) Tele than it does with my home-made humbucking thinline Tele, and so I use a different “range” by flipping the input cap switch. A .033uF or .05uF seem to work well for single coils, between .005uF and .001uF for humbuckers.