Rehoused Boss Pedal (with pics)

justin_fraser

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Hello TGP!

Having been bitten by the DIY bug last year, I have taken on a number of builds and DIY projects. Truly an addicting but highly rewarding experience! I have a Boss BD-2 that I modded with the Monte Allums mod (sounds great by the way) but wanted to put it into a different enclosure, hence this rehousing and thread.

I noticed that there are very few threads out there with pictures on this process, and although my pictures are not extensive, they will hopefully act as inspiration for anyone else looking to do this (and besides, everyone loves a good rehouse!)


Here is the BD-2 before losing its shell.


The inside of the BD-2.


New enclosure from Pedal Parts Plus with some marking where the holes will be drilled.


Drilled enclosure.


Newly installed guts. I had to swap the power jack so that the circuit board would fit into the enclosure because before the power jack was soldered to the board. Also switched to a momentary contact switch.



Here is how tight the board fits into a 125B enclosure. It's just as snug as it was in the regular boss enclosure.


Finished product! New knobs and LED bezel.



For the rehouse I bought the following items:
- Momentary contact switch
- Knobs
- 5mm LED
- LED bezel
- Power jack
- Enclosure

Total cost of all parts was around $18. Needless to say I am thrilled with the outcome!


Hope you enjoy the pics!
 

justin_fraser

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Thought about making it true bypass, but then 9/10 pedals on my board would be true bypass, so I decided to stick with the buffer. I would argue that its quite a nice buffer anyways.

There were two reasons I wanted to rehouse it. For one, I have never been a fan of the aesthetics of the boss enclosure. And two, I did not care for the footswitch on those enclosures. With this one, I know it will engage when I stomp on it.

As for the sound of the pedal, I put in the Monte Allums H20 mod a few months ago which has greatly improved the sound. It's a fantastic pedal with that mod.
 

buzzp

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Thought about making it true bypass, but then 9/10 pedals on my board would be true bypass, so I decided to stick with the buffer. I would argue that its quite a nice buffer anyways.

There were two reasons I wanted to rehouse it. For one, I have never been a fan of the aesthetics of the boss enclosure. And two, I did not care for the footswitch on those enclosures. With this one, I know it will engage when I stomp on it.

As for the sound of the pedal, I put in the Monte Allums H20 mod a few months ago which as greatly improved the sound. It's a fantastic pedal with that mod.

I've never liked a boss footswitch either. I dig what ya did.
 

Geosh

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what's not to like? they're massive, easy to hit, and silent? i don't get it. . .

if you don't like the aesthetics of BOSS, that i understand. i think boss pedals look amazing and timeless, but to each their own.
I for one love it! Plus, those momentary switches he used are the next best thing to silent.

Now you have me thinking about a rehouse for my OD-1. I always get crap for having that on my board (even though it does sound pretty good), and it would make my board more "botique" looking.

Did you just use a normally open or normally closed switch? And is that a 1590b enclosure?
 

justin_fraser

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Geosh

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Sweet, thanks!! And do you have any problems with "bounce" when switching it on and off? (Basically a unintentional double-tap of the switch)

Here is exactly what I used for a switch (notice that it is normally open): http://www.mammothelectronics.com/KFSSPST-MB-SPST-Momentary-Soft-Touch-Switch-with-p/800-1003b.htm

As for the enclosure, this is what I ordered (although painted obviously): http://www.pedalpartsplus.com/mm5/m...de=PPP&Product_Code=1400&Category_Code=ENC125

They call it a 125B on the Pedal Parts Plus and Mammoth websites, so I think its just a touch bigger than the 1590B enclosure.
 

justin_fraser

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Sweet, thanks!! And do you have any problems with "bounce" when switching it on and off? (Basically a unintentional double-tap of the switch)
I noticed it when putting the pedal together (when the switch was hanging out the side and I was switching with my hands), but now that it is secured in the enclosure, I have not noticed anything.

My MLjr has a momentary contact switch for the tap tempo, therefore I have been using that for sometime in a much more precise manner as compared to just kicking on a dirt box. All in all, very happy with the momentary contact switch.
 

justin_fraser

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Awesome job! I was thinking about doing the same for my Boss tuner, would that switch work??
I would assume so because they are all momentary contact switches, but rehousing a tuner is a completely different beast with the LEDs and screen type thing. Suppose you could look into it!
 
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How hard was it to do? Why do people always tend to make rehousing a boss pedal sound so hard? I would be really interested in doing this to one of my boss pedals, especially if it will only cost me 20 bucks!! Awesome job!
 




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