#1
Hey all,

Just got my blackarts toneworks pharaoh fuzz in the mail today, and there's this clear film over the circuitry as seen below (SORRY ABOUT THE GIANT PHOTOS)

Any idea as to what this could be and if it's a cause for concern?

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#2
If it's really glue, there's nothing to worry. Some Pedal builder use glue to add protection for short circuit with the enclosure or anything that can get in the way.
#3
Looks like some sort of glue to prevent the pcb from moving. Don't worry about it.
#4
It's bad practice, especially when your board has a hole to mount to a standoff, but it shouldn't cause any problems.
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#5
It is most likely a resin that protects the components from vibration and or the typical abuse that gear can suffer. It is common practice to encase circuit boards in resin. It should also help to prevent corrosion, and prolong the life of the pedal.
#6
That's definitely bad design and shoddy workmanship, basically a spit polish fix...they could've add to isolate those parts or even in some cases to protect a certain component to become exposed to "the competition". I'd probably return it as they need to get their game straight.
#7
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It is most likely a resin that protects the components from vibration and or the typical abuse that gear can suffer. It is common practice to encase circuit boards in resin. It should also help to prevent corrosion, and prolong the life of the pedal.


It has nothing to do with protecting from abuse. It's a crude method of mounting the circuit board.
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#8
I'm pretty sure glue is an insulator, so you should be fine.... but that's pretty bad workmanship
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#9
Should I return it? It wasn't exactly a cheap investment, I've waited around a month for it to arrive so it's annoying to have to send it off, but I don't want to use it if it's subpar or not made as well as it should be.
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#10
If it still works perfectly fine, why return it?
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#11
Sometimes, certain glues can corrode pcb traces over the years.

But usually those are dark brown colored glues you find on behringer pedals.
#12
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If it still works perfectly fine, why return it?


Because I've received an item with subpar workmanship to what it should be.
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#13
If you buy boutique gear you need to accept that the PCB isn’t going to look like the stuff made in batches of 10,000 by robots in Shenzen. FWIW this PCB looks a hell of a lot better than some of the vintage hand-soldered stuff people pay through the nose for.
#14
My buddy who does electronics usually puts this glue at the parts that break easily or to hide shoddy work, for example he repaired a 9v input on one of mine and put this exact glue to hold it together cause he said the board was a bit fragile.

If you're not married to the sound I'd say return it and get another brand, they need to get their act together.
#15
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Because I've received an item with subpar workmanship to what it should be.

Most pedals only run with 9v and a few hundred milliamps of current. When talking about circuits of such low currents, a little hot glue is never going to have any effect on the performance of the pedal whatsoever. and the glue is completely out of sight of anyone except nerds on online forums who demand that you take gutshots of your pedal.

I wouldn't give a flying fruitcake if I were you, I don't get excited at what the PCB of my pedals look like, I just know how I want them to sound, and want the pedals to be reliable (which in this case, there's no reason why yours wouldn't be). But it's your time and money.
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