I want to build my effects pedals and was wondering what it would be like to buy a kit and build it.
I found a kit for instruments using piezo pickups that was cheap enough to start with at http://www.fuzzboxworld.com/
I got the kit and was surprised at the lack of info. on how to build it so I thought I would share my experience incase someone finds it useful.
The kit is built on a Vero Board that looks like this and is very small.
The directions are good but the pics are really bad.
You have to take a drill bit and twist it with your fingers to scrape the copper off where it is shown. Then turn it over to insert the parts to solder.
Here is a graphic I was lucky to find and I filled in the missing info to help.
First we solder the transistor socket in at the DSG in the image.
Use little solder or you could have a mess real quick.
Now we will add the resistors.
Click here to get the resistor color codes Resistor Color Codes
The graphic tells you the value of the resistors and where they go.
R1 is 3M but it's 3.3M so look for the resistor with an orange stripe on either end and the next stripe in should be orange also.
solder all the resistors then solder the capacitors.
The value is on them and a - sign means it is negative on that side wire so solder the other wire where the plus sign is at C1 and C2.
Now were going add the wires. The kit comes with a black and white wire I cut in thirds. First solder the red wire from the 9v snap to the +9V.
solder a white wire to the 5K Gain 1,2 and a black wire to the 5K Gain 3 and you can solder the switch that came in the kit to these.
Solder a white wire to Input and a black wire to Ground.
Take the stereo jack and hold it so the prongs are to your right and solder the black wire from the 9V snap to the prong farthest from you.
The Input wire will solder to the prong closest to you.
Solder the wire labeled ground and another piece of black wire to the middle lug.
Doing it this way makes the power turn off when you unplug the jack.
Now take your mono jack and solder the wire labeled out to the prong for the tip and the other black wire from the stereo jack to the ground lug of the mono jack.
Now you put the transistor in with the flat side to the left. You can trim the wires if you want.
You can now plug in the 9V battery and try it out.
With any luck it will work and you can decide which box to put it in.
I bought a box from them but it was way to big so I found an old tin I had lying around and drilled some holes in it and taped everything and installed it.
I had to bend the lid around the jacks but it worked out O.K.
I can't design an effects pedal but I can follow directions and build one. I just wish they would make these directions for the rest of us.
P.S. I attached a better pic of the schematic.