Best DIY pedal kit?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by SirGilmour, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. SirGilmour

    SirGilmour Supporting Member

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    I searched around a bit and DIY does not work in the search. I came across General Guitar Gadgets and a few others but am wondering who has HIGH quality kits for any type of pedal. thanks for any input.

    P.S. If someone posts a link to an existing thread Ill delete this one.

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    BYOC is awesome. High quality components and I'm always hearing great things about them. I built the Leeds Fuzz kit from them and it's really great. A friend of mine has the phaser and loves it, I don't think you could go wrong with any of their kits!
     
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    BYOC. I could totally rock an all BYOC board. The classics with a fresh twist, some original (ish) designs and combinations up there too. Awesome pedals.
     
  5. SirGilmour

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    Sounds like BYOC is popular! Thanks for all of the replies so far! Can't wait to build my first pedal!
     
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    You should sign up at the BYOC forum. What kinda sound are you going for for your first pedal?
     
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    Hmmmm......I was thinking a phaser or another dirt pedal. Just checked out BYOC and I am really impressed. I can't wait to order something! Have you done a phaser?
     
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    cj_wattage Gold Supporting Member

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    I built the BYOC Phase 90 and it was great. I also did their CE-2 clone, and it's still on my board a couple years later.

    And their flanger is the closest thing I can find to my old Ross flanger. It's an *excellent* project.
     
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    The Phaser is quite good. I have built a few of the 2 knob versions and a Fully Loaded with all the mods. The regular 2 knob is fine, it pretty much sounds exactly like a Phase 90, nice and fat.

    For sure CJ, the Flanger is one of the best I've had or played. So musical.
     
  10. SirGilmour

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    Great! Now I don't know whether to build a phaser or a flange! They don't sell the two knob phase any more.
     
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    How hard is the Phaser or flange? its going to be my first build but i am very mechanically inclined and can follow directions well. Ive soldered up guitars and cables before also. Thanks for any info
     
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    That's the one I was thinking. How difficult is it?
     
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    Not really difficult, so much as building pedals is a test of patience. And patience is a test of taking your time, planning your build and making sure that your soldering is neat and clean.
    Check out this thread:

    http://www.buildyourownclone.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6401

    It's the Bible, and Stephen is a jedi!

    Kit builds only really progress in difficulty based on the number of components. More components and flying leads off the pcb means more things can potentially go wrong, so take your time, neat and clean, and enjoy the building process. Rushing a build, making it messy and unreliable, and then having to trouble shoot through 100 different connections is no-one's idea of a good time.

    Out of 10? I'd put the fully loaded phaser around 6 or so in terms of complexity. The simpler kits like the fuzzes or 250+ are like 3, very simple, but sound damn good! :)
    My toughest build so far has been a modded small clone build, simple in terms of parts count and connections, but I suspect the opamps are giving me a hassle due to static or something else. Frustrating and rewarding!
     
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    I'm looking forward to getting my BYOC British Blues OD enclosure clearcoated. my girlfriend painted it green, with a sparkly crown. Pretty classy. I feel like it's real transparent, not much coloration at all, just more hair the hgher it goes. It's been a bit since i had it all together, though. Once i remembered to put the op amp into the socket, it worked on the first try, and i'd had very little soldering experience.
     
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    BYOC are AWESOME! their clones are bang on... you cant tell the difference between them and the originals when you close your eyes (and listen with your eyes not your eyes!).

    the OD2 is my favourite, the TS808 clone. also the Shredder & Ram's Head are fantastic
     
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    I actually have 2 of the Phase Royals BYOCs.

    Nice phaser, not sure I'd recommend it for a 1st build. Not the hardest build, but not the easiest either. Quite a few components, knobs and switches in a small area.
     
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    Another vote for BYOC, had a few of their pedals now and they were all great! :aok
     
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    In my opinion, the BYOC analog delay is their most challenging build. It's got a ton of parts and requires adjustment at several bias points. Not impossible for a first-timer, but I would recommend something else as a first build.
     
  20. SirGilmour

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    You guys are making me want to order a BYOC today! I think I'm going with the royal phaser. The instructions were very detailed and I think I can follow them. Any brand of solder you guys would recommend?
     

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