This build-it-yourself kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and uses point-to-point wiring on a turret board and chassis-mounted pots for a neat, old-school-style circuit layout. The kit comes with a pre-drilled metal enclosure and all the necessary parts, including a footswitch with an LED ring around it that illuminates green when the pedal is on. All you need to provide are hand tools, a soldering setup and a battery or nine-volt adapter.
The Tone Attack is basically a preamp with active bass and treble controls that allow for boosting and attenuating at their corresponding frequencies. With all the controls at noon, the pedal is approximately unity gain. I used the Tone Attack by itself with a Fender Deluxe Reverb, and it worked well as booster with the master turned up, easily pushing the amp into stout overdrive and sounding particularly cool with a Tele when the bass knob was dialed up past two o’ clock. The Tone Attack plays well with other pedals and doesn’t add much to the noise floor either, although pops are noticeable when toggling it on and off when the master is at a high setting.
Bottom line: Anyone interested in gaining experience in circuit building and creating a useful and high-quality pedal in the process will definitely get what they pay for with this kit or any of the other DIY pedal projects that Mod Kits offers.
Tone Attack Active Tone Stack
PRICE $64 direct
CONTROLS Bass, treble, master boost
KUDOS A complete kit for building a potent booster with active EQ