Wiring diagram showing diodes set up for symmetrical clipping.

What’s The Difference Between Symmetrical And Asymmetrical Clipping?

July 17, 2024

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 about symmetrical and asymmetrical clipping, people are specifically talking about clipping diodes in guitar pedals. […]

Wiring diagram showing hard clipping using an operational amplifier and diodes.

How To Use A Distortion Or Overdrive Pedal

July 12, 2024

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 distortion or overdrive pedal, do you know and understand what the different knobs do? Are […]

Very basic guitar pedal foot switch bypass.

What Is True Bypass In Guitar Pedals?

July 11, 2024

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 it was and wanted to better understand what it is. Also, if there’s a true […]

Wiring diagram showing soft clipping using an operational amplifier and diodes.

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

July 9, 2024

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, but you don’t really know the difference. Gear heads could probably go on and on […]

Inside of a DIY Vox Tone Bender guitar pedal built on stripboard.

How To Wire Guitar Pedal Enclosures

July 5, 2024

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 easy part after getting a pedal’s circuit working, but getting a pedal enclosure wired well […]

Stripboard layout for the NPN version of a Vox Tonebender guitar pedal.

Vox Tone Bender On Stripboard

June 28, 2024

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 here is that this NPN layout allows for negative ground, putting inline with the what’s […]

Diagram showing how to wire a 2.1 mm power socket for centre pin ground.

How To Wire A Guitar Pedal DC Power Jack

June 26, 2024

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 that don’t require a power supply, but most of what you’re building is going to […]

Stripboard layout for a ZVEX Super Hard On boost pedal

ZVEX Super Hard On On Stripboard

June 20, 2024

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 also transparent, so all it’s doing is pushing your sound as far as it can, […]