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  • Pedal Build Log #1: GuitarPCB Industrial Fuzz

    In this log I will be building a hand-etched PCB provided by GuitarPCB.  I will use techniques typical of my personal builds, and hopefully give the new builders here some ideas.  I also hope experienced builders will contribute their techniques and tricks as well; it's all about empowering our bretheren to make some great stuff!

     

    Here's where I started:

    Masking the copper side

    Masking the copper side

     

    PCB Side

    PCB Side

     

    PCB Paint

    PCB Paint

     

    Fresh Paint

    Fresh Paint

     

    Masking removed

    Masking removed

     

    Raw sides

    Raw sides

     

    PCB side "industrialized" with steel wool

    PCB side "industrialized" with steel wool

     

    Sides dyed black with Sharpie

    Sides dyed black with Sharpie

    Attached Files
    The least comfortable questions lead to the most important answers.

  • #2

    Now for the enclosure:

     

    Raw enclosure and stencil sample

    Raw enclosure and stencil sample

     

    Enclosure paint

    Enclosure paint

     

    Rough metallic "stamp"

    Rough metallic "stamp"

     

    Masking for clearcoat

    Masking for clearcoat

     

    Enclosure clearcoat

    Enclosure clearcoat

     

    Ghetto spray booth (ALWAYS test spray can before applying to pedal)

     

    First coat

    First coat

    Attached Files
    The least comfortable questions lead to the most important answers.

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    • warriorpoet
      warriorpoet commented
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      Completing the basic finish application and preparing components for soldering (tomorrow):

      Clearcoat layer 2

      Clearcoat layer 2

       

      Laying out components and watching paint dry...

      Laying out components and watching paint dry...

       

      Layer 3 and masking (20 minutes between layers)

       

      Masking remove and label relief

      Masking remove and label relief

       

      Sharp clearcoat line (to be buffed with steel wool tomorrow)

       

      To do tomorrow evening:

      1. solder basic components to PCB (diode, resistors, capacitors)

      2. socket transistors (will measure and test when offboard wiring is complete)

      3. mount and fit offboard components

      4. buff edges of clearcoat

      Attached Files

    • cybersecretary
      cybersecretary commented
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      ok! I'll be watching. 

      We are starting to build here. we fix a lot of our stuff and  turned a small bedroom into a "lab" . 

       


  • #3
    :-D
    Mazi Bee Militia!
    JJ Pistols Kickfụck Brigade
    PpP
    My gear list is in serious need of an update...

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    • warriorpoet
      warriorpoet commented
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      Continuing from yesterday...

       

      Tools of the trade:

      Temperature controlled soldering station

      Temperature controlled soldering station

       

      63/37 solder

      63/37 solder

       

      X-Acto knife

      X-Acto knife

       

      Steel wool

      Steel wool

       

      Organization and newspaper

      Organization and newspaper

       

      Not pictured:

      nail clippers (for clipping component leads)

      wire strippers/ cutters

      forceps (for wire tidying)

      Attached Files

  • #4

    You make it look so easy!

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    • #5
      I was looking as the GuitarPCB site to see if they had a clean boost. If they do I can't quote figure out which it is. They all seem like ODs.
      Mazi Bee Militia!
      JJ Pistols Kickfụck Brigade
      PpP
      My gear list is in serious need of an update...

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      • warriorpoet
        warriorpoet commented
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        The Stage 3 is an amazing clean boost that is roughly the size of a 3PDT switch, MKC1 can do clean boost (It's a Klon derivative), SHO 'Nuff is a Super Hard On derivative, and Stage 357 is a clean boost with switchable clipping. I've build probably a dozen Stage 3s and 4 MKC1s, and they're both really, really good (especially with documented mods).









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