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 […]

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 […]

Example of blank stripboard.

What Is Stripboard And How Do You Read Layouts?

June 13, 2024

Also called Veroboard, stripboard was originally made for prototyping electronic circuits. It’s still called Veroboard a lot because it was originally made by a company called Vero Technologies, but a lot of people (like me) use the generic name stripboard. Stripboard is made of a non-conductive top layer where you place your components and a […]

Guitar pedal PCB

What Is A PCB?

PCB stands for “printed circuit board,” and that’s pretty much what it is. Using special printers, all connections needed between components are created and the holes needed or each component are also put in place. In this way, all that’s needed to build a guitar pedal (or whatever you’re making) is to populate the PCB […]