#1
I really want to make my own pedal this summer, at the moment im still researching everything, i want to make a fairy simple pedal, probably distortion of some sort as i have heard they arent too difficult.

I am having trouble finding parts in the UK though, all the websites i have found that sell parts tend to be american, so could somebody help me find an english site that sells all the parts i would need to make a effects pedal.

Also if anyone knows of a simple pedal build with instructions dont hesitate to give me a link or something,

cheers guys.
#2
Try http://www.maplin.co.uk/ for UK parts
or possibly http://www.farnell.com/uk/

I'm pretty sure Mouser ship internationally (shipping is a bit more though)

www.banzaieffects.com is in germany and has a good selection of harder to find parts that are used in effect pedals (footswitches, germanium transistors, old delay chips....)

for a simple first build with pics and everything demonstrating how to do it: http://www.diystompboxes.com/smfforum/index.php?board=6.0 (just a clean boost but it adds a nice bit of sparkle to your tone)

For other sites with schematics and assorted info
http://www.geofex.com/
http://smallbox.zeonhost.com/
http://www.generalguitargadgets.com/
http://www.runoffgroove.com/
www.tonepad.com
http://www.muzique.com/
http://fuzzcentral.tripod.com/index.html
http://www.diystompboxes.com/sboxforum/
Last edited by seljer at Jun 26, 2006,
#4
axesrus sell a 2.5w amp with dist in a pot form for £15 and it's free delivery to everyone in uk+northern ireland you could buy that, buy a footswitch, maybe a tone conrol pot or even an active EQ, get some output jacks then get a metal case or summt and you'd have a distortion pedal.

http://www.axesrus.com/

you can get all the stuff there. That would probbably cost less than buying a distortion pedal aswell!
EH


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#6
www.rhelectronics.com

I usually use www.smallbearelec.com They're american though.
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#7
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don't you have a local electronics shop to go to??


Parts selection and price is usually better online
#8
Quote by eddiehimself
axesrus sell a 2.5w amp with dist in a pot form for £15 and it's free delivery to everyone in uk+northern ireland you could buy that, buy a footswitch, maybe a tone conrol pot or even an active EQ, get some output jacks then get a metal case or summt and you'd have a distortion pedal.

http://www.axesrus.com/

you can get all the stuff there. That would probbably cost less than buying a distortion pedal aswell!


I couldn't find the amp thing your talking about, can you give a link to it?
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#9
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I couldn't find the amp thing your talking about, can you give a link to it?

http://www.axesrus.com/axeknobs.htm close to the middle
EDIT-Its the one underneath the Vintage Tubescreamer and Expander thing
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#10
thanks for the sites, i should be able to get the neccesary parts that i will need now.

Anyway im learning to read schematics and today im going to get a soldering iron some wire, some LEDS, and a battery connector and im going to make some simple circuits to get the hang of soldering things together.

If anyone has a website with really simple schematics for circuit i can make with relatively simple parts to practice making circuits basically please tell me.

Also when reading the schematics for a circuit where do you start ? Everything is in a loop so in theory you can start anywhere but i was wondering if there was any particular place to start to make things easier for yourself ?
#11
Start on the input jack if you're lookin at a pedal.
EH


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#12
don't you have a local electronics shop to go to??


no, where i live there are no decent electronics shops around.

I just ordered a soldering iron and some wires n leds and a battery clip, im gonna practice my soldering and stuff befroe ordering the parts nad making the pedal.
#16
this thing is easy and sounds very very dirty (it makes your guitar kind of sound like a synth)

http://home-wrecker.com/bazz.html
piece together the offboard wiring from somewhere (the input/output jacks and the bypass switch, and a LED if you want that)

I built the regular version (with a Darlington transistor I ripped out from somewhere...or you can just use 2 regular transistors) once but I ordered some parts a while ago to build the Deluxe version
#17
Interesting ^

You 'll have to help me out reading that, the 2 green vertical lines, what do they represent ? and the purple circle, whats that ?
#18
the ----||---- things are capacitors

the purple circle is a transistors (and a NPN transistor because the little arrow thingy is pointing outwards of the centre)


I'm probably going to make a step by step how-to on building a pedal with a ton of pics some time in the next couple of weeks
#19
what kinda capacitors would i need ? it doesnt appear to say on the website u gave me

and what kinda transistor ? are there different types of transistor ?
#20
Quote by JFJH
what kinda capacitors would i need ? it doesnt appear to say on the website u gave me

and what kinda transistor ? are there different types of transistor ?


the capacitors can be any type you like, the size will determine how much bass gets let into the circuit/out of it (bigger capacitors = more bass gets through)

There it reccomends 4.7uF (microfarads) for the input capacitor and 0.22uF (or 220nanofarads) for the output capacitor. 4.7uF would be a polarized electrolyic capacitor, you have to orient the + side towards the circuit and the - side towards the input


You can get a bunch of different transistors (2n3904, 2n5088, 2n5087, 2n2222, J201, BC338, MPSA18 and other such part numbers) but there in the site its got the reccomened transistors listed (written in blue under the transistor in the schematic).
I personally built the second one where it uses a MPSA13.
Last edited by seljer at Jun 28, 2006,
#21
ok thanks, the left side is input and the right is output ?

And what do i do with the ground wires ?
#22
Yep, left side is input (because when you turn it upside down it becomes the standard in on the right, out on the right setup)

all of them go together on one part on the circuit board (theres a decent perfboard layout listed on the site).

You also run a ground wire off the circuit board to the input jack sleeve section. If you're using a metal enclosure then you don't have to run one off to the output jack.

You run the negative wire from the battery to the ring section of the input jack (so that when you plug in the input cable the battery is full connected into the circuit and the thing is turned on)
#23
^ so all the points on the diagram that have ground symbols need to be attached to the ring on the input jack ? is there anything else i need to know about the ground wires ?
#24
Quote by JFJH
^ so all the points on the diagram that have ground symbols need to be attached to the ring on the input jack ? is there anything else i need to know about the ground wires ?


they're attached together on the circuit board, then from the circuit board you run a wire to the sleeve (always mix this up ) on input jack so everything is grounded
#25
Right thanks alot, when i buy the input and output jacks i read somewhere that i will need mono and stereo ones, is this right ? and which jack will be for input and which will be for output ?
#26
the input will be stereo (because of the negative wire from the battery being hooked up to the ring section)
#27
I'm look for an 470 ohm resistor, but i cant find any sites that do resistors in ohms, they just seem to do them in K,M and R which one of these will i need ? 470M ? 470R ?
#29
Ohhhhhh thanks alot dude, i practiced my soldering and its pretty neat now so im gonna order my parts later today, they should be here in about 3 days then i will start another thread on acctually building it so people can see what im doing and help me if i need it.