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 […]

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 […]

Stripboard layout of a Purple Plexi by Lovepedal

Lovepedal Purple Plexi On Stripboard

June 12, 2024

Let’s build a Purple Plexi by Lovepedal! Lovepedal’s Purple Plexi is designed to sound like an old Marshall guitar amp from the 60’s, 70’s, with a little bit of 80’s thrown in there for good measure. The “Plexi” name comes from the nickname of a line of Marshall amps that used Plexiglas panels. There’s a […]