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Discussion in 'DIY Effects Forum' started by robistro, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. robistro

    robistro Strat-Talk Member

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    Lately I've been interested in building my own effects pedals. Everything I run across on the web is mostly 'kits' to build a certain pedal.
    I was thinking more along the lines of getting a couple breadboards and some components and tinkering around with it.
    Does anyone with experience have any recommendations on where to start and what components to buy to get started or does it depend on what type of pedal I'm trying to build?





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    33db Senior Stratmaster

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    I'll jump in, the question you asked is actually huge, could fill a book with it.
    What I suggest is getting a kit and tinkering by substituting parts, for example different types of diodes or whatever and go from there.

    You know you have a working pedal with the kit, and diagrams, so experiment.
     
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    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

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    Start by buying Craig Anderton's book : "Electronic Projects for Musicians".
     
  4. robistro

    robistro Strat-Talk Member

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    I kind of suspected it was a broad question but wasn't sure how to ask since I haven't attempted before.

    I thought there might be some 'basic' components to get started. I'll keep searching. Thx


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  5. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Build the kit on a solderless breadboard. Then you can rapidly change out stuff. When you find something you like you can commit to a more permenant solution.
     
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    This is how I envisioned it going together.
    So with the breadboard I just add/change components ? With no soldering. (Plug n play) ?
    Excuse my dumbness... I have never used these breadboards before but have soldered with caps, resistors, etc.

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  7. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Gold Member

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    Pretty much. You do have to be able to read schematics or a wirenet list so you can breadboard the circuit. But once you figure out that it gets real fun as you can literally change the circuit in seconds.

    Here's is an example off the web...


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