19 Jan 2013

A Different Kind of Design

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Friend and prolific pedal builder, Scott of Mezei Tone, once warned me about the overwhelming addiction that comes with building your first guitar pedal. What started as a simple DIY Tube Screamer project has exploded into 22 hand built guitar pedals of all shapes, colors, textiles and functions with plenty more on the way. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

The creative process and tangible outcomes are what keep me hunched over my workbench. Fine tuning the signal path of a guitar to create beautiful, sometimes raunchy, sometimes reckless, sounds is an exciting experience. Different finishing techniques for the enclosures complete the personality of each build.

A majority of the PCBs for my pedal projects come from MadBeanPedals. A purveyor of nothing but the finest PCB boards. They also have an amazing forum with a huge amount of information.

All of the enclosures were finished with either paint, decals or fabric. The Morris Chorus was etched with ferric chloride acid. Here are a few of my favourites: