#1
hello , i was wanting to see about modding and building
pedals but i have no experiences about
pedals what so ever .

the pedal i am most interested in is the Ibanez tube screamer
because it is usually the one most used in a-lot of different style
of bands and probably the most modded pedal ever .

is it better for me with no experience to just buy a modern TS pedal
from Ibanez and mod it ? if so which one would be the easiest
to do mods with mods like Keeley , ts808 , etc .

thx for you expertise advice .
#2
If you're looking to get started and don't have much experience than you should steer clear of going right into a TS. On the chance that you mess something up you don't want to have lost $80 on a pedal that used to function.
If you find something used then by all means go for it. Those cheap danelectro FAB pedals are good to learn on and can actually sound pretty cool.
If you're looking to build a kit the MXR Dist+ is a good start. Simple circuit with little confusion.

Do you have any experience with a soldering iron?
#3
I think you should start off with a simple circuit like the Fuzz Face, Treble Booster or Axis Fuzz then advance to harder stuff when you know how different things work and how to wire up stuff properly. Here's some sites that have easy diagrams to read:
http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/projects
http://www.sabrotone.com/?page_id=4
Hope they help.
#5
^^thx for the suggestions i didn't think that the TS would be that
difficult its about the only pedal im interested in at the moment
besides maybe a delay or EQ or something and i know those
are way over my EXP points i was trying to pick something
that i wanted rather than just any pedal but may be to difficult .

Quote by inkandlead
Do you have any experience with a soldering iron?


yea i have soldering experience ive made my own cables and
repaired very very simple things like broken solder joints etc but
i've never followed schematics or how to know what resistors
and different parts to use like pedals require .
#6
Quote by ao6u

yea i have soldering experience ive made my own cables and
repaired very very simple things like broken solder joints etc but
i've never followed schematics or how to know what resistors
and different parts to use like pedals require .


Thats good. When I got started I didn't know that stuff either. Whether you decide to build or mod you'll be able to avoid schematics for a while. Lots of kit builds have pictures and diagrams and mods are as simple as "replace r20 with 10k" and things like that. As you do more you'll learn more.
#7
I really like the DS-1 as a first mod. You can do a lot of interesting things with it and they're cheap and abundant.
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#9
I've just started by doing the following:
1. BYOC Confidence Boost - for shits and giggles, so I can put it into my Star,
2. Rangemaster clone - because I wanted a germanium treble booster.

I build my Rangemaster using a 6 point terminal strip instead of a PCB, and it was easy as pie. It sounds awesome with an OC71 too. Make sure that you have some heatsinks, solder carefully, and use sockets for your transistors. The only asspain about the Rangemaster is wiring the 3PDT and sorting out the positive ground.