#1
All this information on here is good and helpful, but where does a beginner start if he wants to start learning to make his own gear, or repair stuff. I'm more interested in the electronic aspect, effect pedals and amps and such.

Any good advice?
#3
start taking your guitars apart!
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+1. This man knows his ****.


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#4
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start taking your guitars apart!

srsly

If you are curious enough, just take stuff apart. I do it all the time, usually when i need extra parts.
#5
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srsly

If you are curious enough, just take stuff apart. I do it all the time, usually when i need extra parts.


+1

I take nearly everything apart, whether I need to or not. I just like to know how things work.
#6
I got started because whenever the wiring in my guitars broke, I had to pay £20+ for someone to fix it, and usually be told some bull**** story as to how they had to replace all the pots or something like that. Now I fix my own guitars for free!
#7
read read read read read. google.com.

take **** apart, wreck things, fix them. learn to solder.


anyone feel the mintsauce idea of a wiki page to be a really good idea at this point?
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#8
Quote by THE Saint Jimmy
read read read read read. google.com.

take **** apart, wreck things, fix them. learn to solder.


anyone feel the mintsauce idea of a wiki page to be a really good idea at this point?

Whatever happened to that?

But I'dsay learn to solder, that is the most basic skill of anything electronic wise, you don't need to be able to solder micro electronics or anything, but PCBs, wires, perfboard, and components are pretty basic things. Also learn how schematics work and learn how electricity works in general. Start modding small stuff, like I did, I stared on an old gamecube monitor that I modded to be able to accept component cable input instead of just gamecube cable input and the I took an old guitar cable and chopped off one end and attached a cell phone headphone adapted to it so I can plug in my ipod and stuff into my amp from ten feet away instead of being right next to the amp with it. Be creative and try challenging stuff, like switches and stuff, I just wired a piezo and switch into my guitar which was easy except my soldering iron had a **** tip that wouldn't melt the solder unless it was near the base so that made it a pain in the ass. and take stuff apart and put it back together and learn how to salvage parts form old stuff.
#9
Thanks, I'm lookin at this Fuzz Face kit here at: http://generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=130&category_id=7&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=45

Anyone know if I would purchase that, would it have everything I need to get started (minus a soldering iron and solder)?

Or if that's too complicated to start with lemme know.
#10
i started accidentally by breaking a lot of **** i didnt want broken. so i learned how to start fixing them, which led to performing upgrades which led to wanting a garage to turn into a shop.
#11
Quote by rossjohnson87
Thanks, I'm lookin at this Fuzz Face kit here at: http://generalguitargadgets.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=130&category_id=7&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=45

Anyone know if I would purchase that, would it have everything I need to get started (minus a soldering iron and solder)?

Or if that's too complicated to start with lemme know.


Fuzz faces are a great start that are usually recommended for first time pedal builders. Also a good start is the LPB-1 (Electro-Harmonix's Linear Power Booster), or the Dallas Rangemaster (a treble booster). Good to start with a kit because it includes everything. Later you're going to have to buy parts seperately and use perfboard (or make your own PCB's), but a kit is great for starters.
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#12
Quote by asfastasdark
Fuzz faces are a great start that are usually recommended for first time pedal builders. Also a good start is the LPB-1 (Electro-Harmonix's Linear Power Booster), or the Dallas Rangemaster (a treble booster). Good to start with a kit because it includes everything. Later you're going to have to buy parts seperately and use perfboard (or make your own PCB's), but a kit is great for starters.


So if I shell out $55 bucks or so for the kit, I'll have pretty much everything I need, minus assembly tools?

Also, how hard would the following items be to make:

Electric Mistress Flanger
Binson Echorec 2
Big Muff (Older late 60's model)
Vox Wah-Wah
#13
Quote by -MintSauce-
+1

I take nearly everything apart, whether I need to or not. I just like to know how things work.


Spoken like an engineer... ever consider a career path? lol
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#14
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Spoken like an engineer... ever consider a career path? lol


PM that stuff man, try and keep it on topic if you could please.
#16
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PM that stuff man, try and keep it on topic if you could please.


^ looks like someone sat on the wrong side of the stick this morning

i'm not trying to recruit him so why would i PM that? this is a message board - not a communist country... freedom of speech FTW
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#17
BTW. if you want some advice. check out projectguitar.com, buildyourguitar.com, stewmac.com and just wander around the GB&C board (like you're doing now). you can pick up a lot of info. But it's one thing to have mental knowledge and another to actually DO it.

Case in point, a router is a power tool used to cut pockets and shapes in wood. Now you know what it is... but do you know how to use it? probably not...

learn info, buy tools, have fun and dont lose a finger
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#18
Quote by rossjohnson87
So if I shell out $55 bucks or so for the kit, I'll have pretty much everything I need, minus assembly tools?

Also, how hard would the following items be to make:

Electric Mistress Flanger
Binson Echorec 2
Big Muff (Older late 60's model)
Vox Wah-Wah


Those would be pretty difficult to build, even for an intermediate-experienced pedal builder (especially the flanger and echorec). The Big Muff wouldn't be so bad because it's similiar to a fuzz face with a tone stack. The Vox would take some time if you didn't know what you were doing, but I wouldn't recommend it. Stick with the kits marked as beginner kits on websites that sell them.

Also you might try buying a kit and modding the Epiphone Valve Junior. The Bitmo mods are pretty good and they come with instructions. If you buy the EVJ used you can get it for pretty cheap, so you don't feel too bad if you royally screw it up. But before you do any amp work, be sure to read about voltages and how circuits work, tube amps contain voltages that can seriously hurt you and sometimes even kill you.
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#20
muffs in general are complicated... as are the girls that use them
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#21
How do you get started in Gear Building and Customizing?


To gain respect around here?


.... oral sex.

At least thats what they told me.
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#22
every time you have a question about something, try finding the answer. Between google and all the other search sites and results, I figure with the wide range of things I research for fun, I can learn about anything I want at my own pace. Like free school with no awards or certifications lol.

but actually doing things is where everything is learnt.
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#23
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every time you have a question about something, try finding the answer. Between google and all the other search sites and results, I figure with the wide range of things I research for fun, I can learn about anything I want at my own pace. Like free school with no awards or certifications lol.

but actually doing things is where everything is learnt.


That is why I have an official Professor Bull**** Degree !

What about devry? you get certs from them lol!
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#24
Quote by nuthinbuttrubl8
^ looks like someone sat on the wrong side of the stick this morning

i'm not trying to recruit him so why would i PM that? this is a message board - not a communist country... freedom of speech FTW


Don't overreact to that comment, it wasn't said in annoyance or anger, just didn't want to see this thread get derailed. And thanks for the advice from everyone so far, it's been quite helpful.