First time pedal kit build?

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Love the idea of modding pedals and hate not knowing how!

Figure the best way to start is to buy a kit fuzz or something and build from scratch, any recommendations on what to get and where from?
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 3217
    What's your soldering skills like?  If your soldering is fine head to fuzzdogs pedal parts and Lee will sort you out with a full kit for practically any pedal you could want.  Pick a booster or an OD for your first build they're a bit easier to get right than delay or modulation.
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  • oafoaf Frets: 178
    Agree with Adam_MD, try something like this

    or
    or one of the many other designs on there!

    If you're just starting out it is probably easiest to go for a full kit (including the pre-drilled enclosure).

    freestompboxes and diystompboxes have plenty of info if/once you're wanting to go beyond kits.

    Have fun :)
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  • andy_kandy_k Frets: 51
    I did fuzz dogs 'Noisy cricket ' amp build kit, with all the bells and whistles, (including enclosure)
    took a few spare telecaster knobs to finish it off, and wish I'd took pics, but when I plugged it into a 4x12 marshall cab, I forgot all about cameras.
    I was amazed it worked, and it worked amazing, 
    Wasn't too hard, but I did wish I had a better soldering iron, and I made the classic mistake of soldering on the 9v dc socket  before fitting it to the box, kicked myself hard for that.
    good fun, and a bit different from a pedal--it is an amp ( actually really good sounding ) in a pedal, but great learning experience.
    good luck whatever.
    cheers
    andy k
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 11718
    Big +1 for PedalParts/Fuzzdog kits. They're very good quality, well laid out and good fun. 
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 215
    Thanks guys. 

    I've had a mooch around the Fuzzdog site and am probably going to start with a Fuzz Face just as soon as my wages hit the bank, one of the easier ones by the looks and the added bonus of being a pedal I've always wanted but been put off by the "non pedal board" friendliness! 
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1658
    I'd go for a Tubescreamer kit and then google "the anatomy of the Tubescreamer". There's so many mods you can do, such as swapping the clipping diodes, playing around with the filter cap values, trying different op amps, etc.
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 215
    I'd go for a Tubescreamer kit and then google "the anatomy of the Tubescreamer". There's so many mods you can do, such as swapping the clipping diodes, playing around with the filter cap values, trying different op amps, etc.
    I was only thinking of the fuzz as I don't have a fuzz but I do have a TS.
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 215
    edited May 30
    Thread deviation but its my thread so.....

    Best place to buy a half decent soldering iron? I've 2 cheap n cheerful (a 30w and a 40w) but getting tips is a bit hit and miss. I just want to buy a good one and be done with it!

    IGNORE THIS, I'VE MANAGED TO FIND THE "SOLDERING IRON" THREAD! :) 
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  • BeardyAndyBeardyAndy Frets: 215
    Here we go then!

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