Custom Printed Circuit Board?

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  1. youdevil

    youdevil TDPRI Member

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    Do you know of anyone who can design and produce (in low quantity) a custom printed circuit board? I've got a bunch of components to connect up inside a control cavity and it would be MUCH easier to do if i had such a thing.

    If you have alternative suggestions - a micro 'patch bay'? - I'm all ears :)

    Thanks -

    Chris
     
  2. Blrfl

    Blrfl Tele-Holic

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    There are scads of outfits like Advanced Circuits and Pad2Pad that will take an order online, fab the boards and send them to you.

    The expense in doing a custom board is in the setup, so see how the quantity breaks work for you. It might be that ordering a dozen ends up costing the same as doing one.

    Depending on the guitar and your application, Tone Shapers has a bunch of pre-made kits with DIP switches that will let you set pot resistance, tone control capacitance and a few other things. I have on in my '73 and like it.
     
  3. TimTam

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    Or you could do it yourself the way that many people learnt small-circuit PCB making - with a piece of prototyping veroboard (cut to the size needed with a sharp blade) and a track cutter. You just plan the best layout and then mount your components (including any track-linking wires needed), cut a break in any tracks to separate any components that need separating on the same track, and then solder. If it works, you're good to go. Or you trouble-shoot it.
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    You could breadboard the layout first if you want ...
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  4. RodeoTex

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    I did a couple of fairly simple boards myself using the copper PC blank boards and etching fluid.
     
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  5. youdevil

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    thank you all for these! very helpful.
     
  6. LetItGrowTone

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    I successfully built an RF preamp on a perf board (no copper on either side) by just sticking the components through and twisting the leads together on the back. I was just lucky I guess, as RF is very demanding. But I don't doubt it would work in a guitar.
     
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