November 15th, 2011, 12:41 PM
I have some experience changing guitar pickups, pots, etc. but that's about it. Eager to learn more and try a pedal build.
Question is, what is a fun entry-level pedal build to get my feet wet before I become an all out addict?
I don't necessarily need a clean boost but I've been looking at the BYOC Confidence Booster. Seams pretty straight forward.
November 15th, 2011, 10:29 PM
The BYOC kits are pretty good from my limited experience of 2 builds. If you can make a decent joint go with a basic dirt box. Very simple circuits and BYOC instructions are easy to follow. I skipped the confidence builder and went with "slow gear" for my first build. Super easy.
November 16th, 2011, 01:41 PM
You might consider an A-B box. I suggest that because another plan might be to re-house two effects into one and use the A-B switch all in one enclosure. For instance, two DS-1 pedals set differently can be useful to switch between them.
You might also want to consider simple mods to existing pedals (like the inexpensive and plentiful DS-1). You're probably pretty good at soldering by now, but schematics and symbols may be new to you so start with your weaknesses and build on them.
November 16th, 2011, 02:07 PM
I built the BYOC A/B Looper. That was pretty easy. I also did the general guitar gadgets 60's Fuzz Face. The directions were not clear (they were for the PNP positive ground version), but I eventually figured that out and got the pedal done. It was my first effect pedal. I like it. I refused to build a pedal I didn't want just for practice.
November 16th, 2011, 05:10 PM
A/B/Y box is a good option. I have 2 amps so I could run one or both. Hmmmmm?
November 17th, 2011, 02:26 PM
My strictly personal opinion is that you shouldnīt pick modification of a commercial pedal as your first project.If you build a preamp,overdrive or something else that isnīt too complicated you will learn far more and if we consider the worst case,a pedal that doesn,t work the chance of fixing it is bigger .If you screw up a BOSS pedal you havenīt learned how it works and you may have destroyed an expensive pedal.