DIY Pedal Resources

The thought of trying to build a guitar pedal from scratch can be daunting. Where do you begin? Where do you buy parts? What do you do if it doesn’t work? Well, I’m here to tell you that the internet is chock full of DIY resources. Here are a few of my favorites:

DIY Guitarist - Paul Marossy

This is the first website that I found on my DIY quest to build guitar pedals. Paul has put together a rather comprehensive collection of his DIY projects. These projects range anywhere from amp restoration to a rather extensive list of his DIY pedal projects. Be sure to visit this site before it’s gone! Paul has recently announced that he will be decommissioning the website on 12/28/2014.

Beavis Audio Research - Dano

I can’t say enough about how awesome this website is for the DIY musician. Check out Dano’s tech pages for circuit explanations, component explanations and differences, as well as where to buy parts, and so on. Visit the projects page for some serious pedal boxes and small tube amps. If you can get your hands on a Beavis Board, then consider yourself lucky. This discontinued project board allows you to build any number of effects pedals on a breadboard for tweaking. All in all, this website is a great tool for any beginner.

AMZFX - Jack Orman

Another absolutely amazing website. Jack has compiled a respectable schematic and project list for you to comb through. The best thing about this website is Jack’s lab notebook. In here, you will find an abundance of information to read and learn from. Would you like to learn about diode clipping? Done. Would you like to learn about compression and limiting in distortion boxes? Done. What about LED noise? Well, I think you get the point. While you’re here, pick up an AMZ PC board and build a pedal or two!

GEO - R.G. Keen

I have learned so much from this website over time. Be sure to read the Guitar Effects FAQ and the Tube Amp FAQ for more information than you will ever want or need. My favorite part of this website is The Technology Of... Series. Here you will be taken on a comprehensive tour of some popular schematics to learn how and why they function as they do. Be sure to pick up Keen’s book “PCB Layout for Musical Effects” over at Small Bear Electronics (www.smallbearelec.com) to learn all about designing your own PCB layouts.

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