Beginner for PTP Pedals

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Beginner for PTP Pedals

Postby ltjazz » 25 Dec 2012, 20:03

Hey all,

I want to get into making pedals using point-to-point wiring on vero/perfboard. Like these beauties http://www.jimmybehanfx.net/custom/fuzz-face

My main issue is I have no experience with electronics, but I'm not looking to become a master...just have the ability to read some basic schematics and assemble some cool pedals.

Are there any recommendations for resources to learn how to read schematics and layouts well? Where do I even begin? As for the soldering, I have a couple of cheap, basic kits to learn with.

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Beginner for PTP Pedals

Postby Seiche » 28 Dec 2012, 14:27

how about http://www.diystompboxes.com as well as this subfolder, especially "absolute beginner's" (which you already discovered).

as for reading schematics, practice. Try to find out what all the symbols mean and stand for (there are several resources for that).
gaussmarkov also comes to mind.
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Re: Beginner for PTP Pedals

Postby Nocentelli » 28 Dec 2012, 17:39

For veroboard layouts, the first link is a nice step-by-step tutorial that shows how to make a Colorsound one knob fuzz (pretty much a fuzzface running at full gain) based on the schematic found in the second link - Print out both layout and schematic to see how schems and vero layouts are related, and build yourself a cool fuzz into the bargain.

http://aronnelson.com/gallery/main.php/ ... O.jpg.html

http://fuzzcentral.ssguitar.com/schemat ... obfuzz.gif

Note that the vero layout has an extra 1 Megohm resistor at the input to prevent footswitch pop, and also uses a 820 ohm resistor instead of the schematic's 82 ohm (anything between 82 ohm up to 1 kilohm sounds ok).
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