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Recently Digitech has released a new version of the venerable FX 10 BiFet preamp, The FX10 was an updated design of the original DOD BiFet 410 Studio Preamp. The original 410 was designed as a preamp for acoustic guitars with piezo pickups. It has a very high input impedance with no foot switch so it was an always on device.

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There is also an XLR ouput connector next to the standard output jack presumably to go direct to a mixer for SR or recording. The “BiFet” label is sometimes misinterpreted as there two or “bi” FET devices in the circuit. BiFET actually refers the type of op-amp used with an FET input and a bipolar transistor output. The combination of these two device types produces an op-amp with good high impedance input with the FET  and an improved bipolar output with low impedance and good current drive abilities. The tone control is a “tilt” type EQ that provides simultaneous treble boost/bass cut or bass boost/treble cut. It is a very effective type EQ  that gives subtle shifts in tone around the mid point from 10 to 2 o’clock on the knob. The same basic tilt EQ is used in quite a few DOD overdrive and distortion pedals.

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Here is the schematic for the original 410 Studio Pre-amp. It is a simple single op-amp circuit easily built by a diyer.  I have included  a circuit snippet from the FX10 schematic for comparison. The FX10 is a more complicated circuit with FET switches incorporated. You could build it on a piece of perfboard, or if you have the abilities I have included a simple PCB layout below.

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This is a great circuit for an always on buffer or to follow an over drive or distortion that needs some post EQ. Try this circuit after a standard cry baby wah to see how it can improve the sweep.

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