#1
Hey all, I was thinking about getting into building effects pedals and stuff but I have no idea where to start. Could anyone give me some links to helpful sites for beginners (reading schematics, where to get materials)? Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Oh yeah and could some one tell me how much it costs on average for the parts to build a pedal?
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#2
Yea im interested in knowing some of this stuff too...
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#5
Thanks max but I was looking for more sites that help beginners read schematics and stuff, basically an introduction to pedal building
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#8
^The Trem Bear is way to hard for a n00b. The tweako is good though.

http://www.geocities.com/tpe123/folkurban/fuzz/snippets.html
http://www.geocities.com/tpe123/folkurban/fuzz/fuzzyfaces.html
http://www.geocities.com/tpe123/folkurban/fuzz/fuzz.html
http://www.stinkfoot.se/andreas/diy/diyhome.htm
http://www.singlecoil.com/
http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/
http://www.geofex.com/
http://www.guitartone.net/
http://www.muzique.com/
http://tonepad.com/project.asp?id=33
http://www.diyguitarist.com/LG-index.htm
http://diystompboxes.com/
http://www.hammondmfg.com/
http://www.muzique.com/index.html
http://audible.transient.net/archive/
http://www.ee.ualberta.ca/html/cookbook.html
http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Library/1355/schematics.htm
http://www.diystompboxes.com/analogalchemy/
http://www.robertkeeley.com/audio6l6/dstech.html
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.castledine/greenfuz/wah.html
http://fuzzcentral.tripod.com/rangemaster.html
http://fuzzcentral.tripod.com/index.html
http://www.muzique.com/schem/led.htm
http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/index2.html
http://www.muzique.com/schem/projects.htm
http://www.jpbourgeois.org/guitar/micos1.htm
http://homepages.which.net/~paul.hills/Circuits/Spice/SpiceBody.html
http://www.raphnet.net/divers/fume_extractor/index_en.php
http://www.mitedu.freeserve.co.uk/Circuits/Audio/audio.html
http://www.classicfuzz.com/
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Bill_Bowden/led.htm
http://www.analogman.com/
http://www.formusiciansonly.com/
http://www.dannyg.com/examples/res2/resistor.htm
http://www.electronics2000.co.uk/calc/calccap.htm
http://www.justradios.com/uFnFpF.html
http://sound.westhost.com/projects.htm
http://www.electronics2000.co.uk/
http://www.home-wrecker.com/
http://www.univox.org/
http://www.falstad.com/circuit/
http://www.pedalpartsplus.com/
http://hammer.ampage.org/
http://home.worldonline.dk/jradmer/
http://www003.upp.so-net.ne.jp/kazuhee/ets9mod3.htm
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.castledine/greenfuz/wah.html
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.castledine/greenfuz/wah.html
http://geofex.com/Article_Folders/wahpedl/wahped.htm
http://www.geocities.com/j4_student/crybaby95.gif
http://www.geocities.com/j4_student/schematics.htm
http://www.till.com/articles/GuitarPreamp/
http://www.blamepro.com/talkbox.htm
http://www.lynx.bc.ca/~jc/pedalsUnivibe.html
http://www.obaq.tv/cpf/parallel.php
http://home3.netcarrier.com/~lxh2/tapesat.html
http://home3.netcarrier.com/~lxh2/tapesat2a.gif
http://fatboy.ssguitar.com/schems/siren.gif
http://arts.ucsc.edu/ems/music/equipment/analog_recorders/Analog_Recorders.html
http://www.18watt.com/modules.php?full=1&set_albumName=18-with-36-watt-circuit&id=champ_aa764_layout&op=modload&name=Gallery&file=index&include=view_photo.php
http://www.bnplasers.com/AMPBUILDERS.HTM
http://users.chariot.net.au/~gmarts/fx-order.htm

Just some random crap in my bookmarks.
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#9
I think it would really help if you could take a class on circuits, so you'd understand how nodes/grounding/circuits worked. But there's always starting simple and building up.

btw pink, nice list ^
#10
Pink you are the best, thanks

I kind of need help reading the schematics, any good sites for that?
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#11
http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=13
that might help

http://arts.ucsc.edu/EMS/Music/tech_background/schematics/ReadSchem.html

Btw, whenever you see the GND symbol, think of it all as one single reference point. All grounds should be connected together. Basically creating something like an effects pedal involves tracing a circuit and making sure all the components are connected correctly.
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#12
thanks green! you guys are the best
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#13
oh btw, important concept (from the ucsc website):
The layout of a schematic is designed to show the function, usually with signal progressing from left to right. The actual layout of the circuit will be quite different.

This is very true, yet tends to elude circuit newbies.
#14
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oh btw, important concept (from the ucsc website):
The layout of a schematic is designed to show the function, usually with signal progressing from left to right. The actual layout of the circuit will be quite different.

This is very true, yet tends to elude circuit newbies.

I think I know what you mean but I am not quite sure...

Also could anyone help my noob schematic skills... What do the dots mean? How would you join the two wires togther?

sorry for being a noob

EDIT: Man i really need help reading the schematics, somebody please help me... What's the deal with grounding wires? Is it like attaching all the specified wires to a metal thing?
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#15
A ground is a common reference voltage.

Voltage is a measure of potential difference, so if you have one point at 500 volts, an another at 505 volts, the voltage between those two points would be 5 volts.

The point of grounding everything gives you the same reference voltage for your circuit. You see how a battery has a + and - terminal? The - terminal is usually the ground. if it were a 9v battery, then the - terminal would be at 0 volts, and the + terminal would be at 9 volts. If you look at a 3 prong plug, you'll see 2 poles, and a round rod shaped pole, that round pole is the ground.

As far as dots go, those are where wires are connected. You join 2 wires anyway you can, either by soldering, using a bread/pcb board, or even wire nuts.
#16
^You'll likely be using perfboard on your first few builds...search google for it.
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