A Sampling of Stompboxes I Have Built
- Lots of pictures of projects I have built and my commentary on them.
Anderton Impedance Tester - A simple way to measure the input impedance
of your guitar effects.
Anderton's Volume Pedal Retrofit - No more scratchy
volume pedals! More info here.
Arion SAD-1 Tech Notes - Not really DIY, but for informational purposes.
I'm thinking it could become DIY project at some point.
Building Stompboxes - Some of my ideas on
building stompboxes, how I do the graphics and some unusual stompbox finishes.
Building A Workbench - Some ways to make an effective
electronics workbench in a limited space, inexpensively. Also touches on benchtop
test equipment that is handy to have.
Capacitor Field Guide - Capacitor types and their applications
Compact DIY Pedal Board - Making a compact soft shell pedalboard case
for around $20.00
DIY Guitar Effects Prototyping Board - Something
I created as an aid to designing guitar effects using a breadboard and a few
DIY Audio Probe - A basic audio tester probe I made
as an aid to troubleshooting pesky circuits.
DIY Battery Snaps - Make your own battery snaps from
worn out 9V batteries.
DIY Pedal Board #1 - I made this and saved a lot of money!
Looks cool, too.
DIY Pedal Board #2 - I recently made this to replace my original DIY pedal board.
DOD FX-17 Wah/Volume Pedal - Some technical info on this
unique and useful pedal.
Ebow Technical Analysis - Some technical info on this
unique and great invention for electric guitar.
Fuzz Factory Clone - I made this from a French website I stumbled upon. Works just like the real thing.
Maestro Boomerang Page - Some technical data and hopefully more as time goes on.
Making A Wah Pedal Bottom Plate - Here's how you can make a replacement bottom plate for a wah pedal that is missing one.
Modified Real McTube II - Killer sounding tube overdrive unit.
Radio-Head Tube Preamp - Tube preamp using old radio tubes. Similar
to the Real McTube, but higher gain.
Sewing Machine Pedal A/B Switch? - Something you can
do with what seems like junk.
Schaller Bow Wow / Yoy Yoy Page - Some technical information on an unusual and not often seen wah pedal.
Vox Wah with Fasel Inductor - Some technical info on a vintage Vox wah pedal.
Vox Grey Wah Wah Clone - Some interesting findings about this somewhat mysterious wah pedal.
Vintage CryBaby True Bypass Conversion - How to convert to true bypass to stop tone sucking.
Wah Pedal Mod Page #1 - Here's how you can mod your wah more to your liking.
Wah Pedal Mod Page #2 - Adding a Fasel inductor - a short explanation on what has to be done.
Wah Pedal Mod Page #3 - Fattening the tone of a vintage Vox wah.
Wah Pedal "FatWah" Mod - Here's another way you can mod your wah more to your liking.
Wah Pedal From Scratch?! - Something I did for fun. An interesting project. Hardcore DIY!
Wah Pedal From Scratch #2 - A simpler version of a DIY wah pedal, within the grasp of the
Wah Pedals & Pickups - Ever wonder why your wah sounds a lot
different between the neck and bridge pickups?
Wah Pedals - Myths, Misconceptions and Hype - A write up addressing questions and things I commonly hear about wah pedals.
X-15 Troubleshooting Notes - How I fixed my malfunctioning ART X-15 MIDI Foot Controller.
Links to Other Sites:
Aron Nelson's Stompbox Forum - Great place to get help
in building your own stompboxes. Tons of info and schematics for the many circuits
- Guidelines to what is copyrighted material, fair use, etc.
General Guitar Gadgets
- Great site with lots of guitar effects projects, including some classic designs.
- Tons of info and circuits to build. Electronics as applied to guitar effects,
and info about tube amps, too.
- The place to go for information on enclosures and off-the-shelf transformers of all kinds.
- Sister site of RunOffGroove with lots of guitar effects projects.
Jack Orman's AMZ - Good site on guitar effects and their design. Check out the Lab Note Book section.
- The place to get electronic components.
- Another great site with lots of original guitar effects projects.
Small Bear Electronics
- Specializing in stompbox parts!
- Yet another great site with lots of guitar effects projects.
18,000+ Data Sheets!
- Link to site with over 18,000 data sheets on transistors and IC chips. You don't have to be a member to access the files.