Pedal Builders Anonymous

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  1. bugg

    bugg Senior Member

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    Lately we've had a lot of members starting to build their own pedals. This is quite an addiction all of its own, once you start building it's almost impossible to stop. Why choose when you can have them all?

    CheopisIV already started the Really useful Pedal Building Tools, Tips and Tricks thread for sharing tips/tricks, so I figured it might be time to fire up a thread where everyone can post the fruits of their labor.
    Feel free to chime in and show your work. All are welcome... Original designs, clones, mods, rehousing jobs, whatever!

    This isn't a contest so don't be afraid to show em off, we're all in the same boat here.

    I'll kick it off by posting some pics in no particular order... this will be an ever growing list. I'll post gut shots wherever possible.

    OmniDrive
    This is an extremely versatile overdrive/distortion/fuzz circuit. By twisting knobs/flipping toggles you can emulate quite a few different popular dirt boxes.
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    Fuzz Factory
    This was one of my first clone builds, I think we all know what this is.
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    Little Green Scream Machine
    Modified TS808, combines several "boutique" mods along with my own tweaks for extra crunch. My #1 favorite overdrive.
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    SoulDriver
    Another one of my favorites, a clone of the Fulltone PlimSoul.
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    Fuzzy Lunatic #2
    Fuzz Factory + Tremulus Lune combination
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    Harmonic Reactor
    Systech Harmonic Energizer clone, gets those super cool cocked wah sounds
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    Distortion II
    My unofficial, unauthorized MXR Distortion II Reissue, runs on 9 - 18VDC
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    Super Hard On Clone
    Huge boost in a tiny box
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    Mesmerizer / Trembling Loon
    The Mesmerizer is a clone of the Catalinbread Pareidolia Harmonic Mesmerizer, Trembling Loon is a Tremulus Lune clone
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    Centurion
    Hmm.... I wonder what this could be? :hmm:
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    Opamp Big Muff
    This is what happens when you gut a new EHX Big Muff and build a 1977 Op-Amp Big Muff V4 inside
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    Angel Fuzz
    London Fuzz II clone
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    Iron Man Drive
    Modified TS808 with footswitchable gain, this was a custom build for an unnamed member who disappeared once it was completed. :shock:
    I tried to convince Kalz that he needed it, but he knew it was just too awesome for him. :laugh2:
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    FullDrive 2
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  2. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Very nice work, Bugg! :applause:

    I'll post pics of my first build when I get to my laptop. It IS addicting and there WILL be more :naughty:
     
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  3. Brocko

    Brocko Senior Member

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    Great little tip I heard was regarding soldering on to pots. You know you get those little pots that are designed to be put straight into the pcb? Sometimes you want them off board, so just get a spare scrap of perfboard 5x2 (making sure the strips are the right way round of course) and solder the wires you were going to solder to the pot to that, then just solder that little board to the pot. Makes the whole task much easier!
     
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    I'll be sure to add some pics when I get some more time! Gotta pack up my crap, moving to a new unit in a couple of days!
     
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  5. bugg

    bugg Senior Member

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    Not a bad idea! I knew I was saving these little scraps of vero for something. :thumb:

    You should post this over in the "Tips and Tricks" thread as well, definitely a good one to add to the list.
     
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  6. Brocko

    Brocko Senior Member

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    Yeah I stole it from the guitar fx blogspot!
     
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  7. AleisterCrowley

    AleisterCrowley Senior Member

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    good show, bugg!

    those looks great. what do you use for your graphics? decal paper and printer?
    i would like to do more labeling/graphics on mine, but that is the part i always screw up.. instead i just go with the flow and do the plain treatment..


    here are a few:

    most recent completion, a 2 in one, boost + TS with effect order switching. TS can switch between different combos of clipping diodes.

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    guts of a LED/photo-resistor based trem, now belongs to forum member freak:

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    TS type OD, build for forum member 7gtop.

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    true bypass and feedback loop with kill switch and bad masking job..

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  8. bugg

    bugg Senior Member

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    Your stuff always looks awesome! I remember seeing a couple of yours in the Member Classifieds recently and thinking how great the solid color enclosures looked.

    The graphics on my first builds were done with plain inkjet paper sprayed with aerosol adhesive then drowned in clearcoat. It works, but the adhesive goes on kinda thick so the "decal" appears raised no matter how many coats of clear you put on it.

    The more recent ones are done with clear inkjet waterslide decals. They only need a couple coats of clear to give a nice smooth surface with little to no visible edges.

    I'm always looking for better ways to apply graphics though... One of these days I'm going to break down and build a simple screenprinting rig.
     
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  9. Brocko

    Brocko Senior Member

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  10. Brocko

    Brocko Senior Member

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    The "Spitfire" is more or less done. Bodged the writing a bit so might redo that...:(

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    bwahahaha too many painkillers made me miss an 'I'.


    even better!

    ...unless you guys really can buld pedals and they're eve awesomer?
     
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    (that one was on purpose)
     
  14. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    I've got a couple things to share.

    Here's a Freakshow FX Digilog (PT2399 delay) that I did NOT build but modified to add tap tempo and modulation.

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  15. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Here's my favorite switch and program changer for my Stereo Wet.

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    Had to modify the Wet, also...
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  16. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    Favorite switch for my El Cap

    (This pic is not the finished pic but close. Can't find it)
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  17. dickjonesify

    dickjonesify Senior Member

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    And my first real pedal build. A Pale Green Compressor clone!

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    With Vero
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    Done
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  18. AleisterCrowley

    AleisterCrowley Senior Member

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    mmmmm.... i dream of a never ending supply of powdercoated enclosures and a screen printing setup.. :drool: :laugh2::laugh2:
    i like picking the color scheme, but painting is my least favorite part.



    few more pics now that i am home..

    Germanium fuzzzzzz face type, with mods - bass cut, feedback loop, voltage sag

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    front of the trem

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  19. bugg

    bugg Senior Member

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    Those are spray can jobs? :shock:

    You must have some sort of lightbox for taking photos? That pic of the tremolo is excellent.
     
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  20. AleisterCrowley

    AleisterCrowley Senior Member

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    the black fuzz and the green TS are brush-on poly clear over powdercoat.

    the others are krylon rattle can specials. that light blue paint was a winner. i tried a nice ugly off-green that was just crap. real thin, did not adhere well, stay away.

    various levels of success with different clears, nothing i am really satisfied with though. that minwax brush on poly melted my eyes every time i put a coat on, got pretty yellow with more than one or two coats too. just picked up a can of rustoleum spray clear, we shall see..

    thanks. :)
    the trem pic was not taken with a light box per se - but same idea - sunlight diffused through white curtains, pedal on a white piece of paper, a little brightness adjustment in PS.
     
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