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my very first pedal build

MattS

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This is a Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer compressor clone. This was my very first pedal build. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.



 

MattS

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I did the graphics myself. I'm a graphic designer actually haha. But I took a screen shot from the ren & stimpy dvd to get that image. I had the ren & stimpy font already. Scanned the enclosure and adapted the graphics to that template. Then printed it on white water slide decal and applied it to the enclosure.
 

MattS

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I don't know what you are referring to as the "star washer". The knob and the switch were put on as I got it.

 

MattS

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I've built a phototheramin expression pedal and a digitech jamman footswitch in the past. But as a first time effects pedal builder, I enjoyed designing/painting the enclosure, I enjoyed soldering the circuit board, but soldering all the wires to the circuit board/input/output inside the enclosure was the hardest part. Apparently I had two options for the enclosure, but I chose the smaller one to conserve space on my pedalboard, but this obviously makes everything a tight fit. I was worried about things getting sloppy cuz of the tight fit and cuz it was getting late and I was tired when I was finishing up, but it seemed to all work out in the end. I had to put a piece of cardboard around the circuitboard and taped it up so it wouldn't touch the knob.

As a bass player, I have never tried nor was I ever really seeking to add a compressor pedal to my pedalboard, but I bought/built this because a) it's a less-complex build compared to other pedals and this was my first time ever building an effects pedal and b) I thought a compressor might be useful when doing two-hand tapping because when using that technique sometimes it can be hard to achieve optimal volume, two-hand tapping also sort of decreases the bass or has a sort of more treble sound to it because it comes from such a hard sharp hit to the strings. It was a fun build and will probably start building another one within a month or two, eventhough I don't need/want to add anything else to my complete pedalboard, cuz i got enough hahaha.
 

Gtowngearhead

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Man I love Ren and Stimpy. You could probably make a nice business out of people sending you enclosures and you customizing them...
 




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