Poll: Which Pedal Do I Build?
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View poll results: Which Pedal Do I Build?
Thunderchief
3 21%
Mr. EQ
0 0%
Bluesbreaker
9 64%
Other (Please Post)
2 14%
Voters: 14.
#1
Hey everyone. I have posted about how I am building a pedal this summer and I am about to order parts... like as soon as I am sure of what to build. I am a first time builder, but I dont want to do a beginner project. I want something that I will be able to use and will be a good build. So here are the choices of what pedal I should build:

*Thunderchief: http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=212&Itemid=237

*Mr. EQ: http://www.runoffgroove.com/mreq.html

*Bluesbreaker: http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=60

Or maybe something else. Please vote for which one because I am going to order the parts as soon as I have made my decision.
Last edited by call1800ksmyazz at Jun 11, 2006,
#4
all 3 of them (...though i just dropped $400 on parts so that kind of skews the perspective. Waiting for them to come this week )


but don't be afraid of skipping over some of the beginner projects. Some simple things like clean boosts are suprisingly usefull if you have a tube amp (and even if you dont. The AMZ Mosfet Boost is a great one).
I've seen the "take an amp preamp and use JFETs instead of tubes" type pedals often have problems regarding the transitors you use and biasing them right.
#5
wow man... $400. i hope i dont get that into building. im probably going to build all of the at some point if I am a success at the first one or if its fun enough. its going to be a long summer so I will probably have time for more than one but I want to build stuff that will be useful right off the bat and not any small volume booster.
#6
^This stuff won't be usefull right off the bat if you **** it up, which TBH is likely.

Easy drive. I actually prefer it over my Thunderchief.
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#7
Ok guys. For the few that voted, I decided to build the Bluesbreaker. It won 6-1-0. I just ordered the parts from Small Bear Elec so when I recieve them I will post a thread on my build. I cant wait to get started!
Last edited by call1800ksmyazz at Jun 11, 2006,
#10
Dude! That Thunderchief sounds like a MONSTER! Its awsome. I will definatley build it once I have some experience and I build my Bluesbreaker.

Thanks so much.
#11
Alright well good luck.
Did you buy all the parts you needed?
What did you buy exactly?
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#12
Yea I bought all of the parts for the Bluesbreaker. Heres a list of what I bought:

1 IC TL072 @ $0.70 = $0.70
1 Switch - Alpha 107-SF12020-L DPDT @ $4.95 = $4.95
1 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 1.1Meg to 22Meg (2.2Meg) @ $0.15 = $0.15
2 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 240K to 1Meg (1Meg) @ $0.15 = $0.30
1 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 43K to 220K (220K) @ $0.15 = $0.15
2 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 43K to 220K (47K) @ $0.15 = $0.30
2 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 6.8K to 39K (6.8K) @ $0.15 = $0.30
4 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 1.1K to 6.2K (4.7K) @ $0.15 = $0.60
1 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 1.1K to 6.2K (3.3K) @ $0.15 = $0.15
1 Resistor 1/4-Watt 5% Carbon Film, 120 Ohms to 1K (1K) @ $0.15 = $0.15
1 Pot Alpha Single-Gang Linear Taper 24mm (25K) @ $1.25 = $1.25
1 Pot Alpha Single-Gang Linear Taper 24mm (100K) @ $1.25 = $1.25
1 Pot Alpha Single-Gang Audio Taper 24mm (100K) @ $1.25 = $1.25
1 LED T-1 3/4 5 mm Water-clear High-brightness (Blue) @ $0.50 = $0.50
1 Jack, 1/4 in. Mono Neutrik #NYS229 @ $1.15 = $1.15
1 Jack, 1/4 in. Stereo Switchcraft #12B @ $1.75 = $1.75
1 9-Volt Battery Snap @ $0.35 = $0.35
1 Socket, IC, Dual-Leaf, AMP 8-pin @ $0.35 = $0.35
1 Box - Hammond 1590CBK @ $6.50 = $6.50
1 Pad-Per-Hole Board Medium Double-Side @ $2.25 = $2.25
1 Capacitor Silver Mica 500V 10 pf. - 150 pf. (47 pf.) @ $0.55 = $0.55
1 Capacitor, Electrolytic, Axial 16 V 1 mf. - 100 mf. (100 mf.) @ $0.30 =
$0.30
5 Capacitor, Panasonic ECQ-B 470 pf. - .047 mf. (.01 mf.) @ $0.25 = $1.25
1 Capacitor, Panasonic ECQ-B .056 mf. - .1 mf. (.1 mf.) @ $0.30 = $0.30
2 Capacitor, Panasonic ECQ-B .15 mf. - .22 mf. (.22 mf.) @ $0.45 = $0.90

Sub-Total: $27.65

Shipping: $3.75 (USPS)
Sales Tax: $0.00
Small Bear Electronics Stock List Total: $31.40
#13
There are a few things like wire and a 9v battery that I will be buying at Radio Shack. Ohhh and I bought a 15watt solder gun there today. Is that good? Too low wattage or is it good? I can return it if its not right.
#14
Looks good, only it won't be true bypass.
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#18
True bypass physically removes the effect circuit from the signal chain, non true bypass can cause tone sucking while the effect is off.
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#19
Ok. My Korg Toneworks AX3000G has an "Insert" input in which you can plug a seperate effects pedal in, and press a button to turn it on and off. It sort of acts like a true bypass for an effects pedal without a true bypass. I guess I will use that or I will figure it out.
#20
^That's definetely not true bypass.

It's probalby fine, just wanted to let you know.
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#21
ok thanks though. i will see what it does or i might just order the other part and change it but im not sure yet. also, how will i turn this off? im using the 9volt battery as power but do i have to take it out to turn it off?
#22
You use a stereo jack on the input side and wire the negative terminal of the battery to the "ring" section of the jack. So when you insert a regular guitar cable into it it connect the ring and sleeve sections and the battery is connected to ground, therefore the circuit is completed

http://www.beavisaudio.com/techpages/PedalPower/
#23
ok so when i disconnect the cables from the bluesbreaker, it will shut off right? and i still havent been answered if my 15watt solder is enough? 15watts good or do i need 30watts?
#24
yeah, that'll be the case (only the input side, just like in commercial pedals)


as for the solder: err...15W solder or soldering iron? I've never seen solder rated by power.

As for soldering irons: probably, it might struggle a bit when you're soldering things to jacks. It'll probably heat up a lot faster and might be a bit safer regarding burning out various semiconductors when soldering them (of course, this is not a problem if you use sockets). I've got a 30W and it works fine
#26
15 w is fine, I've used a 15w for the longest time, and the only problems I had soldering were with grounds to pot covers. Everything else solders just fine.