Crazy Chicken Guitar Pedals

Various guitar pedal components on a work bench.Welcome!

Here’s my website about guitar pedals, mostly DIY guitar pedals/making your own guitar pedals, but we’ll also see where this adventure takes us.

I’ve made this site because I enjoy making my own guitar pedals and want to share my hobby with other people, give them some advice, and encourage them to take up the hobby of making their own guitar pedals as well.

I also find that having a website like this helps me learn more about making guitar pedals and electronics in general. You pick up a lot of random knowledge wit this hobby, but sometimes forget to ask “why.” Let’s find out together.

Recent DIY Guitar Pedal Posts

  • What’s The Difference Between Symmetrical And Asymmetrical Clipping?

    What’s The Difference Between Symmetrical And Asymmetrical Clipping?

    When it comes to clipping sound signals, typically in guitar pedals, you’ll often hear about symmetrical and asymmetrical clipping. Although clipping guitar signals (and any audio signal for that matter) can be done through a variety of ways, when talking …Read More »
  • How To Use A Distortion Or Overdrive Pedal

    How To Use A Distortion Or Overdrive Pedal

    If you want to add a little more oomph to your sound, it’s common to use an overdrive or distortion pedal. The two affects have similarities, but there is a difference between overdrive and distortion. But if you’re using a …Read More »
  • What Is True Bypass In Guitar Pedals?

    What Is True Bypass In Guitar Pedals?

    Whether you’re looking to learn how to build guitar pedals or just into guitar pedals in general, you’ve probably heard the term “true bypass.” While it’s somewhat obvious what the term true bypass implies, personally, I was 100% certain what …Read More »
  • What’s The Difference Between Overdrive, Distortion, And Fuzz?

    What’s The Difference Between Overdrive, Distortion, And Fuzz?

    Whether you’re just getting started with guitar effects pedals or already have a collection (whether you’re building them or buying them), you’ve probably heard of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. Maye you’ve heard these terms used interchangeably or heard they’re similar, …Read More »
  • How To Wire Guitar Pedal Enclosures

    How To Wire Guitar Pedal Enclosures

    So you’ve finished soldering your guitar pedal circuit, you’ve debugged it and it’s working, so it’s time to put it into an enclosure. Well done. Wiring up a guitar pedal enclosure can be a daunting task. It seems like the …Read More »
  • Vox Tone Bender On Stripboard

    Vox Tone Bender On Stripboard

    Here’s the Vox Tone Bender, a great early fuzz pedal that’s sure to please. The build I’ve done here is the NPN version of the pedal, so it’s slightly different from the original, which used PNP transistors. The big difference …Read More »
  • How To Wire A Guitar Pedal DC Power Jack

    How To Wire A Guitar Pedal DC Power Jack

    Although it’s important to correctly place and solder in every guitar pedal component, at the end of any pedal build, perhaps the most important thing to get right is wiring the power supply. Sure, there are passive pedals out there …Read More »
  • How To Find The Audio Signal Path For A Guitar Pedal

    How To Find The Audio Signal Path For A Guitar Pedal

    Part of building DIY guitar pedals is creating something that doesn’t work then figuring out how to fix it. This is all part of the process of debugging guitar pedal builds. These things are hand built, after all, and even …Read More »
  • ZVEX Super Hard On On Stripboard

    ZVEX Super Hard On On Stripboard

    Time to build a ZVEX Super Hard On! The Super Hard On, or SHO, by ZVEX is a nice little boost pedal. It offers a fairly clean boost with only a little bit of clipping at higher gain levels. It’s …Read More »
  • Should I Make Guitar Pedals On Stripboard Or PCBs?

    Should I Make Guitar Pedals On Stripboard Or PCBs?

    Whether you’re new to making guitar pedals, or if you have a few builds already under your belt, you’re probably wondering about the best way to pursue the hobby. One easy way to start building guitar pedals is building then …Read More »