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Wiring up Switches – 3PDT

This is the third post about switches. I already covered some basics about switches and what true bypass is. In this post I’m covering how to wire-up 3PDT switch – the most common stomp switch used in DIY effects. As always – video first, if you want to have a closer look at the diagrams […]

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DIY Pedal Basics

Wiring up Switches – True Bypass

In my previous post I covered some basics about switches, in the follow-up post, I’ll cover wiring up 3PDT switches. In this installment, I cover what does a true bypass means. Actually, what options do we have to wire-up our DIY effects? I cover “always on” effect … ha! Then I cover “hardwire bypass“, to […]

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DIY Pedal Basics

Wiring up Switches – Intro

This is a slightly overexplained series of posts about wiring up switches. Feel free to skip this if this is too basic for you. I’m just going through how to wire up some basic switches, namely SPDT, DPDT and 3PDT. In this post I’m going to cover basics and demonstrate how to wire-up switches on […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics Fuzz

Silicon Fuzz Face – PNP Version

I did a post on how to modify circuit from using NPN to using PNP transistors, and as a bonus I added a quick note on how to do this for Fuzz Face. Now it’s time to actually do it. I’ll breadboard a Fuzz Face clone, and then I’ll swap NPN transistors with PNP transistors. […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics Tone Control

Adding Tone Control

After spending my sweet time going through a few boosters – it’s time to make them better. Adding some sort of tone control to a guitar pedal is a great way to make it better. In this post I’ll explore some of the ways to get a useful tone stack for your build. I’ll be […]

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Breadboarding DIY Pedal Basics

NPN to PNP Transistor

A question recently popped up – how to go about if I wanted to use PNP in place of a NPN transistor. In theory – it should be a simple enough task. After all, the circuits should be near equivalent. “Near”, just before “equivalent” is the key term in that sentence. How do we go […]