Hold on… whoa. Okay, I’m what you call a closet electronics nerd, maybe not-so-much in the closet, but I LOVE to tinker with electronics. The only problem… is that I don’t know what I’m doing. Sure, I know what capacitors, transistors, resistors, LEDs and diodes do and ‘basically’ what they are, but I don’t have the knowledge to go outside the ‘kit’ or the instructions. I also hit walls when things don’t work as they should. But, I do love it, and want to learn more about electronics in general. I think it might be a distant dream of mine to design a pedal or two (or possibly an amp — but I’m afraid to die).
I mentioned the Build Your Own Clone site a few months ago in a post and that totally interested me for sure. I just came across this book at Amazon, which is equally as cool. The book is titled “How to Modify Guitar Pedals: A complete how-to package for the electronics newbie on how to modify guitar and bass effects pedals” and it’s about mod’ing existing pedals. This could be great for opportunity for my broken or under used pedals laying around.
Here is the description from Amazon:
This package will teach you exactly how to modify and custom tailor each of your effects pedals to your needs and tastes. No experience needed! Includes: * Complete details on how to modify OVER 80 DIFFERENT EFFECT PEDALS! * Basic Definitions and Concepts of effect pedals, their circuitry, and mods * “Walkthroughs” of various circuits – what all those parts do, and what you can change it to * Detailed close-up pictures of the pedal’s circuit boards showing where the parts are located * Where to get parts and what kind to get * Download videos included: how to modify effects, how to solder/desolder * All About Components, the different types, and what they do in guitar pedals * How to read and understand schematics * Installing Pots and Switches to control mods * Installing a Pot in place of a Resistor (add your own bass/ mids/ treble controls!) * True Bypass Box Diagram * Most pedals have several different modifications that can be performed, all included!
So, let me hear from the electronic music nerds out there. Any of you building pedals or modifying them?