#1
I'm looking into building myself a pedal because it's cheaper than I thought, sounded fun, and would help me learn a lot about the hobby I blow a lot of money on. I'm looking to start on building an effect I don't have that doesn't seem terribly difficult or expensive. I'm looking to buy this: http://www.3pdt.com/products/tremolo-pcb

It says I need wire, tin, enclosure, knobs. How do I know what size enclosure? What wire/tin should I buy? I know nothing!! Links to what I should buy would be greatly appreciated, as well as links to any guides for novices. Also, anyone know about this company and if this kit is a good buy? Thanks!
#2
I assume the tin means solder, get the. 32 size (or maybe it's. 032 something like that).
This website sells what I think is the best wire:
Pedalpartsplus.com
The wire is stranded, but soldered together so it's easy to get through holes and stuff but it doesn't break since it's not a solid core.
They also sell enclosures, knobs components, everything.
It doesn't matter what knobs you use, they all fit on the pots, just get whatever ones you like.
For enclosure look at the 125b. I like using it a lot because it's the same size as a boss pedal and it gives you more room to work than a 1590.
For all components I order from tayda electronics, you can get stuff for seriously cheap. I would recommend getting strip board instead of PCBs because they rip you off and a strip board is like $2 and you can make multiple pedals from it if it's a big one.
#3
Forgot to add, for stripboard schematics check out sabrotone.com there's plenty of schematics for all different pedals, and wiring diagrams, pretty much everything you need to know to build a pedal. If you don't have a soldering iron get a 15w one from online or an electronic store. Hardware stores probably have them too. It's important that it's 15 watts since you seem new to this because higher wattages get hotter and you can damage things when you're soldering them
#4
Sorry one more thing haha for enclenclosures you really need to get a unibit drill bit. They're like 15 bucks and it's easier than constantly switching bits plus it makes all the holes perfectly round.
#5
You might be better off looking for a place that sells entire kits that include the enclosure and everything you need.

buildyourownclone.com have some complete kits - they also have some starter packakge kits that come with everything you might need including the tools
#6
Quote by CCrev
I'm looking into building myself a pedal because it's cheaper than I thought, sounded fun, and would help me learn a lot about the hobby I blow a lot of money on. I'm looking to start on building an effect I don't have that doesn't seem terribly difficult or expensive.


Instead, go to www.axeandyoushallreceive.com site and select "DIY" products there. Complete kits, good instructions. https://www.axeandyoushallreceive.com/catalog/diykits?items_per_page=10

Check in on http://www.diystompboxes.com/wpress/ for even more information (and some kits)

And then there's http://buildyourownclone.com/ for lots more information, kit stuff and so on.
#7
Quote by WeZ-84
You might be better off looking for a place that sells entire kits that include the enclosure and everything you need.

buildyourownclone.com have some complete kits - they also have some starter packakge kits that come with everything you might need including the tools


Agree. This is the best option as if you have zero pedal building skills under your belt, its a long way from that to getting parts etc to build one from scratch.

Start slow. Kits are the best option.
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#8
You should give Madbenpedals a look.
The forum is here : http://www.madbeanpedals.com/forum/index.php
Home page : http://www.madbeanpedals.com/
Projects page : http://www.madbeanpedals.com/projects/index.html

The kits only include the PCB, you have to source parts yourself but the forum there is pretty active and helpful.

And go with the Unibit and 125B enclosures like Draco H. said.
The 125B enclosure works with most projects, especially the beginner type ones.
And a Unibit is pretty much mandatory for pedal building.
Last edited by CodeMonk at Jul 19, 2015,
#9
I built 2 fx pedals and I think the easiest way is to get a stripboard, find a stripboard layout for your effect, and then get to work. I reccomend you to start with overdrive or booster instead of a tremolo. Fitting the board in enclosure is quite easy, just drill the holes in right places and get jacks and switched connected to your board while it is inside, and use the shortest possible cables.