DIY Guitar Pedals

DIY Guitar Pedals

DIY guitar effects pedals combine the electronics and music worlds.  Here we are barely scratching the surface of this fun hobby.

Basically for building a pedal you have 3 main options.  You can modify an existing guitar pedal, buy a kit or make one on your own based on schematics.

You can get a books like the Electronic Projects for Musicians or find plans online, but what do all the symbols mean?

To build guitar effects pedals you will need to know how to look at schematics.

We created the graphic below with some of the basic symbols you might see on a schematic to get you started.  Click on it to make it bigger.

Electronic Symbols

You will need to know how to solder.  See our The Beginner’s Guide To Soldering.

You will also need a place to buy parts like Pedal Parts Plus.  We also like Tayda Electronics for basic parts like resistors and capacitors as they are super cheap.

Below we have 2 DIY pedals and 2 kits you can put together.

DIY Guitar Pedals

Orange DIY Guitar Pedal

DIY Guitar Pedal

Randy over at Instructables has a great write up on making this pedal.  He walks you through drilling the proper holes on your box and wiring up the parts to create this pedal that gives your guitar a fuzz sound.

DIY Stompbox

Build Your Own Stompbox

The circuit in this pedal or stompbox, originally appeared inside a guitar called Electra. Premier Guitar is calling this version of the circuit PG Distorion.  They have an extensive PDF of how to build the guitar pedal and take you through testing it on a breadboard and soldering it together.

 Guitar Pedal Kits

DIY Guitar Pedal Kit

Programmable Arduino DIY Guitar Pedal Tutorial

Over at DIY Hacking, they have a tutorial for building an Arduino Uno  based guitar effects pedal. This project has the electronic schematics or you can buy their pre made board kit and just solder on the components.  The kit is roughly $37.

This is a neat project as you can program the pedal to have different effects.

DIY Programmable Guitar Pedal

Li’l Fuzz Kit

This kit from buildyourownclone.com is a remake of the classic late-60’s Fuzz Face pedal.  Add some serious fuzz to your guitar sound.  B.Y.O.C. has a large variety of kits and most are in the $50 range.

The original Fuzz Face pedal goes for anywhere between $100 & $150, so this kit is a bargain.

 

Happy pedal building!