DIY Guitar Pedals
- Debugging guitar effects It never works on the first attempt! Here is a simple guide for beginners to find why and fix it easily.
- Troubleshooting guitar effects: the audio probeThe audio probe is a really great tool that will help you to find why your new DIY pedal is not working. Learn how to make one and use it!
- 14 good electronics suppliers for guitar effectsWhere to buy parts? Here is a list of suppliers with pros and cons for each one!
- Why you should NOT paint enclosures yourselfMy 2 cents about spray painting guitar effects enclosures
- 3PDT and true bypass To understand properly how true bypass works,you need to understand how the 3PDT switch works.
- Ultimate wiring guide for beginners All the techniques I use to wire guitar effects and avoid mistakes. Very useful for beginners!
- What tools do you need to make guitar pedals?Where to buy tools? What is a "good" soldering iron? Is it expensive? What is necessary, what is not? Here I will answer all the questions concerning tools you need to start building effets..
- Cheap resistorsWhere to find cheap, but good quality resistors. Ideal to constitute a stock of different values.
- Capacitors: which one to chooseHow to choose the capacitor you need, depending on its value.
- Resistors: which one to choose What resistor do you need for guitar pedal building? Does carbon comp mojo resistors make any difference?
All about cabbles
- What is guitar signal? Electric guitar signal is electric of course, but how does an electric signal defines a pitch, volume? How is it modified by guitar pedals?
- All you need to know about resistors in guitar effectsAn article explaining everything about the resistor, and the roles it can play in a guitar pedal.
- Stabilization of the power supply, voltage inverter A classical schematic to make your power supply less noisy, and how to get different voltages from a classic 9V power supply.
- Potentiometers and guitar pedalsHow does a potentiometer works? How can you used it in a guitar pedal?
- Jan Ray (Timmy) OverdriveA nice overdrive, a bit Tubescreamer like, but more transparent.
- EHX Big Muff An absolute classic from Electro Harmonix explained! A super nice fuzz to get unlimited sustain and fuzzy tones. - Circuit analysis - Tonestack circuit analysis - Big Muff mods and tweaks
- Sunface (Fuzz Face) FuzzA classic fuzz from the 60s. Very simple schematic, good to start!
- EHX LPB1The simplest boost in the world. Really basic stuff.
- Rub A Dub Reverb A very simple numeric reverb (yet good sounding) using the Accutronics BTDR2 brick.
- Dead Astronaut Chasm ReverbA more complex reverb, with a feedback loop to have incredibly spatialized reverb settings. Buffered bypass for trails too!
- JHS Superbolt / ROG Supreaux An overdrive inspired by the 16T Supro amplifiers. It uses FET transistors to reproduce these early 60s little amp crunchy tones.
- Klon CentaurOne of the hypest pedals of all! A very light overdrive that mixes the bypassed and saturated signal. I divided this analysis in 3 parts: - Circuit analysis - Klon centaur mods and tweaks - Klon centaur versions and history
- Tonebender MkIII Nice germanium fuzz with a special tweak to avoid transistor selection. A nice tone section too!
- Relay Bypass Another system to switch your effects, without a 3PDT: more reliable and noise-free! Ideal for a first project with microcontrollers (PIC12F675 here)
- Anti-pop system for relay bypass True bypass often cause awful pop noise to occur when switching. Here, we use a photo FET to mute these annoying noises and get a totally silent