January 16th, 2004, 03:02 PM
Here is a question for any effects pros...So I pickup a cheap DOD compressor, and I really(truly) like the way it interacts with me,better then any others that I tried,Boss,orange squeezer original,dynacomp,Rte 66.
So lo and behold, it craps out the other day.Thinking its a jack, I pop it open and aside from the cheap jacks, the circuit board seems well made. It looks as well made as other pedals I have looked at and some boutique printed circuits.
The question is, what seperates this board as "crap" compared to other pedals. Could it be made to be "Top Notch" with some resistor and transistor changes?
Would it be a waste of money to put it in a good box with better jacks and a switch..is the basic board junk to begin with? To my naked untrained eye it looks ok.
I am open to suggestions/education on the inner secrets of pedal circuit boards.
Thanks for reading if you got this far.
January 16th, 2004, 05:07 PM
The weak spot in most DOD pedals is the switch, chances are that what is wrong with yours.
Really, the quality of DOD pedals is as about as good as you can expect from an overseas assembled PC board product. Which is fine for some and complete junk to others. If it's works and sounds good to you, what does it matter if it's the best quality?
Either way, replacing the switch will probably get your pedal back working again.
January 16th, 2004, 05:52 PM
...that sometimes the claims that certain pedals (or manufacturers of anything for that matter) as being crap are purported by those competing with it, or by those who have a monetary, emotional, or experiential investment in another brand of pedals.
but yes, alas - you do get what you pay for, at least in the aspect that any corner that can be cut with a cheap pedal, typically are. yes, switches are a major culprit. PCBs might be fine, but the jacks, pots, resistors, caps, diodes, etc. are probably not top drawer stuff. but sometimes the parts quality is a bit surprisingly better than expected...
with boutique pedals you rely on the lifetime warranty when it comes to reliability, and pay extra for this. only caveat there is if the company goes bust...
with a cheap pedal, just buy a spare or 2, or at least similar flavors.
all this said, all DOD pedals i've owned worked fine the whole time i had them, except one (see below). one is even disassembled and waiting for reassembly, but still works. the one that blew up was my fault, when i jammed in the 1/8" mono power jack AFTER i had already plugged in the wall wart...
TBO it's rare that any of my pedals have gone up, after being stomped on by size 11 steel toes...
January 16th, 2004, 06:00 PM
what I meant by better quality was a few changes that would lower the noise level when pushing higher compression levels.....nothing major, just figured if it was worth putting a little money into it to make it the "best it could be" ,why not change whatever while in there if it made it "all the better". Kinda like Keeley modded pedal thinking....
January 16th, 2004, 06:08 PM
The cost of the guts is actually pretty minor when compared to the case, switches and connectors...and the labor to assemble it. Mostly, pedals are only a couple of bucks worth of resistors, transistors, diodes and such. The price differential between "good" and "ok" parts is negligable. The tweakers use different parts that affect the tone differently than stock but I don't believe in the grand scheme are more costly or necessarily "better"...just different sounding.