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Pedal Building Natural Progression?

Discussion in 'Burnt Fingers DIY Effects' started by Huddy, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. Huddy

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    I'd like to get my feet wet in regards to pedal building but not really sure where to begin. Populating a PCB doesn't interest me too much at this stage because I want to be able to "see" how components interact with one another. That helps me with following a schematic and might help me build the foundation of what's going on...

    Is there any Uncle Doug for pedals? I learn best (comprehend and retrain) with videos but I can read if I must. What's the 5F1/5F2 in the pedal world? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Well, one of the simplest pedals would be a fuzz face. You could probably build it on a tag board.

    Here is a video of one being built on a breadboard

     
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    Dallas Rangemaster.
    Simple circuit you can do point to point wiring, or on a small piece of veroboard.
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    I always advise to pick 2 or 3 pedals you can could possibly see yourself building. Then order the reoccurring parts (enclosures, knobs, switches, etc) in bulk to save money. You'll find that buying parts for just one build isn't that economical. DIY Guitar Pedals is a good channel for starters.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/chromespherecom
     
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    Yes! I've found this to be very helpful with building amps. example - Buy 5 68 kΩ resistors for 1.50 or 100 for $9. I'll take 100. ;-)

    And thanks for the channel recommendation!
     
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    Boost pedals in front of a small tube amp are my favorite and they're easiest to mess around with on a breadboard. Chip based or transistor, bipolar silicon and germanium, JFET/Mosfet, lots of possibilities!
     
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    On that note, check out Tayda if you're not already familiar, really great (and cheap) source for pedal parts, enclosures etc.
     
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