Note: the material presented in this thread is for informational purposes only. Any action taken as a result of this thread is at the reader's sole responsibility. Neither I (theelectic) nor TGP (The Gear Page) can or will be held responsible as a result of any use or misuse of the information presented in this thread. In other words, if you break anything or do anything it's your own responsibility! Be careful! Also please do NOT PM me personally for help regarding this project. All the time I have to devote to the project will be going into posting in this thread and answering questions in the thread. If you do not receive a response please do not take it personally, use the many online resources available to help yourself. To the best of my knowledge, there has been only one version of the Tuna Melt ever made - the model pictured in this guide was recently purchased online. This guide is meant to be used with the model pictured only - if yours happens to differ in a major way, do not use this guide! As the author of this guide I retain copyright so please do not copy/paste any text or photos and host or distribute them anywhere else. Feel free to link back to this thread. Be sure to read this guide completely in its entirety before starting anything! Like this re-housing guide? Made a few bucks doing some re-houses for a friend? TGP has graciously hosted this guide - why not take a minute and scroll all the way to the top of the page and click on the "Make A Donation" button. You'll become a TGP Contributing Member and help support TGP! Enough of the mind numbing stuff, let's dive in! Inspired by CS Jones and his "6 in 1" thread, I will be presenting a step by step guide to re-housing the Danelectro Tuna Melt Tremolo. The Tuna Melt is a great sounding little trem, but like all Danelectro mini-pedals, it suffers from an electronic bypassing system and a less than roadworthy plastic case. In this guide, we will be re-housing the Tuna Melt in a solid die cast aluminum case (the standard Hammond 1590BB, choice of many boutique and mainstream builders) and installing a true bypass switching system. This is an advanced project and is not suitable for beginners! It requires solid soldering AND de-soldering skills, machining (drilling holes in metal), and wiring up complicated switching schemes. If you have never built anything electronic before, I would recommend starting with a simpler project first. If you can build a complete effect pedal from scratch without any help, you should have no trouble - but then why are you reading this when you can do it yourself? If you can put together a BYOC kit without any help and have it work the first time, you should be OK. Otherwise, we'll be going slow but seek help from your local electronic geek friend. Your question(s) may also be answered in this FAQ: http://www.diystompboxes.com/cnews/FAQ.html As with most DIY effects, this is NOT a cheap project! You've got to really love the tone of the Tuna Melt in the first place. Put any thought of "oh, I can build that for $20" out of your mind - the section of the Guitar Effects FAQ linked below explains it best: http://geofex.com/effxfaq/bldfx.htm Let's break down the costs before starting: Danelectro Tuna Melt Tremolo - $38.99 + $5.95 shipping from Musician's Friend (less elsewhere) Cost of required parts from Smallbear Electronics: $43.10 + shipping (depends on location) Rough cost: $80-90 That's just the parts required for the re-housing. If you don't already have a drill, soldering iron, drill bits, wire cutters, etc. figure to add some more $ to your shopping list. Of course, if you already have the parts lying around or can get them from a cheaper source, subtract as necessary - but figure to spend at least $50-75. Besides the obvious stuff (soldering iron, solder, drill, drill bits, etc.) you should also have a digital multimeter handy. At the very least, one with DC volts, amperage (current) and continuity functions. It will be invaluable if/when troubleshooting is required! Note: I will be referencing the parts as found at Smallbear Electronics and will not answer any questions about substitutions - it just makes things simpler than to have to answer dozens of questions about this or that different part, even if it's an equivalent. I have no affiliation with SBE, however as a company they are the main source for parts for many in the boutique pedal industry. You could do worse than to support them! When this guide is complete, the finished re-housed pedal (with some extra mods/tricks I won't be illustrating) will be sold and the profits donated to TGP. So if you have no electronic skills but still want a re-housed pedal, keep your eyes peeled!