#1
This is to be my first build, and I'm wondering how exactly I'm going to do this.

I've read up (No, really) on electronics and specifically pedal builds, and I think I'm ready to try this out.

Using the following schematic, I'm going to try and build a volume pedal.
http://www.vmsrecords.com/dissolute/mrcleanschem.gif

This is what I understand so far:
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y225/Sephiroth101101/Schematic.png

,but what's that thing labeled ?? ? I'm guessing it's a cap, but I'm not sure.

Just by looking at the schematic, I'm guessing I'll need two mono jacks, a pot, that ??, some paint, a soldering devise, a circuit board, and some kind of stomp mechanism. But if I want a real pedal, and not a stompbox, how would I do this so that the volume changes depending on how much the pedal is depressed? Where can I buy parts for all of this, and about how much money would it cost?

Thanks greatly for the poor soul who is kind enough to answer my questions.

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#2
100pF is a capaciter to make sure when you turn the volume down the tone doesn't get bassier.

You don't need circuit board, just wire. The switch will be attached to the casing, and so will the pot, the capaciter will be attached to the volume pot, and the grounds will all be attatched to the back of the volume pot. Everything else is just wires.
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#3
Thanks, that clears things up quite a bit.

So from what I've gathered, I need a stomp or toggle switch, a pot, a capacitor, two jacks, a box, a volume knob, and wires.

Any ideas on where to buy these?

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Last edited by MusicalMinority at Feb 2, 2007,
#4
The ?? is indeed a capacitor. To allow you to do volume swells (the whole idea of a volume pedal), you should look into getting an older wah pedal case that you can just clean out and hook this circuit up inside.
EDIT: Shit, I'm late. Check out this site which should have everything you need, I'm not sure about the case though.
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#5
Thanks for the link.

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I'm also having trouble finding the right switches, jacks, pots, and wires. Meh, I'm pathetic at this stuff.

EDIT: And on top of that, I'm now debating on the size of the case I'm going to put this in. <_<

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Last edited by MusicalMinority at Feb 2, 2007,
#8
Your main problem is how you're going to be able to do volume swells with your foot with a standard enclosure. I couldn't find anybody who made DIY wah enclosures, this site might give you some inspiration to make your own.
I still think you're MUCH better off getting a old wah of some sort (it doesn't even have to work).
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#10
an ernie ball volume pedal is really only two volume pots wired in series. one will turn it down, but not all the way down, and one will turn it all the way down. it doesn't even have a circuit board. it works with a string
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#11
whoa, i was just thinking of making a volume pedal right before i read this... so i guess its pretty simple after all... heck, you could even use an old 500k pot out of an old guitar.. could you skip doing the switch and just have a wah-type pedal that rocks without switching off??
#12
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Your main problem is how you're going to be able to do volume swells with your foot with a standard enclosure. I couldn't find anybody who made DIY wah enclosures, this site might give you some inspiration to make your own.
I still think you're MUCH better off getting a old wah of some sort (it doesn't even have to work).

So if I get an old wah pedal as the enclosure, is that going to change how I would build this normally?

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#13
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So if I get an old wah pedal as the enclosure, is that going to change how I would build this normally?


I don't think you're getting it. If you built it into a normal enclosure, you would have to turn the pedal down BY HAND unless you were handy with your foot. By buying an older wah enclosure, you can have an adjustable pedal that you can use your foot on.
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#14
Yeah, but would it change the way I'd build the insides is what I meant by the question.

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#15
Nope, everything would be laid out the same. You might have to pay a bit more to replace the pot though, I'm not sure if standard pots will fit with the gearing mechanism
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#17
Well, that shell's about as expensive as just buying a volume pedal, but I've got some guys at Guitar Center to look for damaged volume/wah pedals. I think I might be able to get one pretty cheap.

Thanks for the heads-up though.

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#18
yeah, i get lucky, the musician's friend clearance center is right near here, sells all the defective stuff from MF. lots of cheap stuff- broken wah pedals for $8.
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#20
I was thinking about building a volume pedal simply using a vaiable resistor. Is this a bad way of going about it?
#21
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I was thinking about building a volume pedal simply using a vaiable resistor. Is this a bad way of going about it?


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EDIT: and small bear sells the pots with the gears, it's all under the wah wah and volume pedal parts. get an enclosure there too.


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#22
hmm i have old steering wheel for pc with brake and accelation, so i think that has 2 pots..
could i make wah or volume pedal from that? or both?
looks like this
#23
do NOT bump threads 7 months old.
yes you can make a volume pedal, even a wah just go put it in your own thread or the ultimate pedal building thread....
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do NOT bump threads 7 months old.
yes you can make a volume pedal, even a wah just go put it in your own thread or the ultimate pedal building thread....

ok ty..
i got this thread from google, i wasn't looking the date of it..