Poll: Build Which Pedal?
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View poll results: Build Which Pedal?
Thunderchief
8 50%
Blue Clipper
2 13%
Bluesbreaker
5 31%
Rangemaster Treble Boost/Vox Brian May Treble Boost
5 31%
Other (Post)
2 13%
Voters: 16.
#1
Hey. I am a first time pedal builder and I want to start a project for this summer. I have never built a pedal before but I dont have much to do this summer and I could use some pedals.

Here are the choices:
*Thunderchief: http://runoffgroove.com/thunderchief.html
*Blue Clipper: http://www.tonepad.com/project.asp?id=49
*Bluesbreaker: http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=60
*Rangemaster Treble Boost/Vox Brian May Treble Boost: http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=60

Any other recommendations are welcome, but I want something that I will be able to use. I dont just want a volume/gain booster, I would want a treble/mid/bass/full booster if you are recommending one.
#2
the blues clipper seems simple enough
in fact, i already have the parts to build it

i just might
#4
I want maybe a bluesy distortion tone, a tone boost, or an overdrive. Is there any other suggestions for builds? I dont know how to use schematics so I need the pedal build to have a circuit board picture. And also, keep doing the poll so I can see which to build.
#5
The Thundercheif is a way too advanced for a first effect. You will **** up, and you will have no idea whats wrong. Really. TERRIBLE idea. It'll put you off effect building forever.
The Blue Clipper is simple, but uses an IC, IMO it's better to start with a bipolar transistor.
The Bluesbreaker is just too advanced.

The Rangemaster is a GREAT choice, but only worth it if you have an amp like a Marshall or Vox type amp voicing. It's no good for solid state or Fender type amps. This was my first build, really good idea.
The Easy Drive was my second build, and it sounds REALLY good. URL here:
http://www.diystompboxes.com/analogalchemy/pedals/easydrive.html
This is super simple.

AND LEARN TO READ SCHEMATICS! Trust me, you can't do ANY of this stuff without knowing how. They're really easy to figure out too, search google for some info. You'll probably want to breadboard these circuits too first, so you can't just use the etching layouts. Plus, I doubt you're gonna etch your first few boards, you'll likely perfboard them(cheaper for starting.)

And as a newbie, put your semiconductors in sockets so you don't fry them
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#8
i dont really want a power boost, but it looks asy enough to build. are there any treble/mid/bass/full boosts as combos (treble/full), (mid/bass)

i dont want a fuzz either becuase i have no use at the moment. i will build one when i get better at building.

my gear:
Guitars:
Godin Freeway Classic
(Soon To Have) PRS McCarty

Amps:
Hartke GT60C
Hughes and Kettner Edition Blue 30R
#9
Just take the rangemaster, and change the input capacitor value. .1uF will be a full range boost, and the smaller you get the more treble you will have.
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#11
^What do you mean by noticable enough? A booster pedal is IMO a must for a tube amp...really good for distortion control. And for the input cap, breadboard the circuit and find one you like that matches your amp well.
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#12
Ok so what in your opinion would be better for me: full boost or treble boost

I want it for Classic Rock tone.
My amp sounds like a Fender Blues Junior OD or Peavey Classic 30 OD when my amp is set on overdrive. When its clean, I think it sounds thick and a little warm and tubey which sounds nice.
#13
^For that, I'd try more of a full boost.
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