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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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Hybrid Pedal Projects Raspberry Pi Pico

Choosing Display Option for Hybrid Pedal

As part of my Hybrid Pedal project in this step I’ll try out a few different display options. I got an application development board from Pimoroni crowd, and couple of LED matrices and LCD display breakout boards. If you want to keep an eye on the progress I’m making, be sure to subscribe to the […]

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Breadboarding Overdrive

Tube Screamer on a Breadboard

I think there is no need for a long introduction for Tube Screamer pedal. It’s been around since 70’s and featured on many-many-many guitar player pedalboards. While maybe identified a lot with blues, it is used in all possible music genres – blues, rock, grunge, heavy metal, trash metal, metal core … I mean, all […]

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Hybrid Pedal Projects Raspberry Pi Pico

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi Pico and MicroPython

I started my Hybrid Pedal project. This is the very first step in the process: preparing my machine to do Raspberry Pi Pico programming in MicroPython. The original guides use mostly Linux and IDEs that I’m not familiar with. Since I am using Windows, I decided to prepare a short video on how to set […]

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Builds Distortion

Building Maze Runner – a RAT clone with mods

Another pedal that has been out there since ’70s (well, late ’70s) is RAT. A legendary pedal used by likes of Jeff Beck, Dave Gilmour, Joe Perry, James Hetfield and Cobain just to name a few (Stylistically, a surprisingly diverse bunch). While similar in design to MXR Distortion+, a bit more complex, more versatile and […]

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Builds Distortion

Building MXR Distortion Plus

After trying it out on a breadboard, it is time to finalize my version of MXR Distortion Plus. (I dubbed it MyXR Distortion ++ … lame, I know 😂). I’ll do the final schematic and bill of material, then do the soldering layout for a protoboard. I’ll plan out the enclosure, and finalize the enclosure. […]

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Breadboarding Distortion

MXR Distortion Plus on Breadboard

MXR Distortion + pedal has been around since 70’s and featured in many 70’s and 80’s rock and metal recordings (and many more modern ones). A true icon, used by likes of Dave Murray, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Tom Morello and many many others. Iconic, sounding great, yet simple, great for DIY effort 😆. Let’s build […]

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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 […]